ADVERTORIAL • January 2022

Seven reasons to check into Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

When you want to pull out all the stops for the whole gang, nowhere does family-friendly fun like Universal Orlando Resort. But when it comes to bedding down for a night, it’s the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel that ticks all the boxes. We lift the curtain on all it has to offer...

A Portofino paradise

A Portofino paradise

While the resort is all fun and games during daylight hours, you’ll be looking for a calm and comprehensive base to retreat to when the gang’s tuckered out. Set next to the bay, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is as soothing as it sounds, a pocket of Italian charm and splendour complete with cobblestone streets and lofty cypress trees in none other than the Universal Orlando Resort. Three themed swimming pools, ping-pong tournaments, pool basketball and lawn bowls are great for kids with energy still to expend, while the hotel’s Mandara Spa® offers the perfect salve for prickly parents (fees apply).

location, location, location

Location, location, location

Done for the day? Wish you could teleport home? Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is set within the resort’s grounds, and just a hop and a skip from the parks, with free water taxis and shuttles available throughout the day. Everything is within walking distance, and hotels and parks are connected by handy paths. You’ll also be able to charge anything bought across the Resort to your room key card, while any merch you buy will be delivered straight to the hotel for ultimate ease.

All under one roof

All under one roof

What makes a trip to Universal Orlando Resort so enthralling is the countless thrills on your doorstep, provided by three exceptional parks. Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida. Journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Universals Islands of Adventure and enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. What’s more, if you’re staying at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, your stay comes equipped with Early Park Admission1 and Universal Express Unlimited2, meaning you can enjoy the parks’ thrills before anyone else and skip the regular queues at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios for the rest of the day (theme park admission required; select attractions).

A place to wine and dine

A place to wine and dine

Peerless pasta, pizza and the best of Italy’s mind-blowing cuisine are standard at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, where six restaurants dish up decadent feasts from across the peninsula, especially Naples, Piemonte, Tuscany and Portofino Bay. Ones to look out for include Trattoria del Porto, which serves seaside favourites with a fresh twist, while Mama Della’s Ristorante offers the best of home cooking in a warm and inviting tavern. And the jewel in Loews Portofino Bay’s crown, Bice Ristorante, cooks traditional fare, offering spectacular views and private spaces that are perfect for small parties.

lights, camera, action

Lights, camera, action

Film fans, welcome to your mecca. Universal Studios Florida is the home of all things Hollywood, where cult blockbusters are brought to life in technicolour glory. It’s just like watching your favourite TV shows and movies in real life, except with the ultimate ridey things full of twists, turns and drops. Relive the horrors of the evil mummy Imhotep on The Revenge of the Mummy ride. Face villains more menacing than your kids pre-breakfast. Save the earth daily, or even hourly. Oh, and here be dragons – one of them even breathes real fire, so that’s cool (or hot). There’s something here for everyone, from immersive shows to family-friendly superstar parades.

A treat for thrill seekers

A treat for thrill seekers

Just five minutes from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel lies the ultimate theme park ride experience: Islands of Adventure. We have a real fondess for this one – a spectacle of plunging rollercoasters, gripping river rides and suspense-soaked journeys through fantasy worlds filled with superheroes and magical creatures make this park a wonderland of precisely what it says on the tin – adventure, imagination and surprise. There’s plenty of fun for younger tots, too.

A bumper discount

A bumper discount

Ready to book your break to Universal Orlando Resort? Well the good news is it’s even cheaper since up to 30 per cent hotel saving is included on stays of seven nights or more at any Universal Orlando Resort hotel including Loews Portofino Bay hotel. Valid for selected travel throughout 2022 and 2023. The specified offer will appear in red text during the booking process, should it be applicable. Price shown on includes any applicable discount. All offers are subject to availability. To book, click here 

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1 Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

2 Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.

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