There seems to be no end in sight to the expansion of Universal Orlando Resort’s meetings portfolio. Earlier this year, the resort announced a massive meeting space expansion at Loews Royal Pacific Resort to be completed by spring 2015, as well as the openings of Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the eight new dining venues at CityWalk Entertainment Complex earlier this year. The latest addition will be the 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, scheduled to debut in summer 2016 as the resort’s fifth resort hotel.
The new Caribbean-themed property will be located between Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and will feature more than 131,000 sf of meeting space. An air-conditioned covered bridge will connect the Loews Sapphire Falls to the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, which will allow meeting planners to use both properties for an event. Together they will provide more than 272,000 sf of combined meetings space and 2,000 rooms.
“Meeting and event planners tell us they desire immersive experiences that transport attendees to another place,” says Kathy Cattoor, vice president of resort sales for Universal Orlando Resort. “For Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, we decided upon a tropical environment and thought a colorful Caribbean hideaway would be the perfect complementary theme to its neighbor hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, as they will be connected by bridge.”
The resort’s Caribbean theme will really help meeting attendees get an away-from-it-all sense the moment they step on property. The resort-style pool and sand beach will help form a central courtyard area, while the property will also feature a full-service restaurant with scenic views and outdoor dining and a themed lobby lounge. It will also have water taxis available to whisk guests off to other Universal dining and entertainment options.
“From embarking on an exhilarating scavenger hunt throughout the Universal Orlando theme parks to challenging groups through a series of hilarious games, we offer countless experiential and teambuilding opportunities,” says Cattoor. “Our team can even work with meeting planners to create custom activities that reinforce a meetings theme, support a company initiative or highlight company culture.”
As part of the Universal Orlando portfolio, meeting planners can easily incorporate the theme-park experience into an event. The latest Universal attraction is the Diagon Alley expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened this summer doubling the size of the area. Meeting planners will be able to choose from a number of Harry Potter-themed shops and dining venues—even the new multi-dimensional Gringotts bank ride—as a backdrop to a fantastical event. Plus, attendees staying at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will get early park admission to Universal’s theme parks.