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Cabana Bay


Our 5 day stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando. Retro, cool and a place like no other.

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I could shout from the roof tops how much I love Cabana Bay.

We booked a short stay in Cabana Bay for the start of our wedding/honeymoon holiday and we was really sad to move on after 5 amazing days to another hotel.

I was sceptical about staying here when we originally booked. We had always stayed on-site at Disney or on International drive so I was worried we would feel secluded there and out of the way with amenities and restaurants.

Arriving at Cabana Bay was easy. You are given 30 minutes free parking while you check in and are then allocated your parking lot which best suits the location of your hotel room.

Checking in was a breeze and as we were in Florida to get married they gave us complimentary drinks for our stay which was so lovely as we weren’t expecting anything.

We had upgraded to a suite before we flew out as we felt with taking a baby we would need the extra space and kitchen facility. We could have got away with a standard room but still it felt nice to have that slight upgrade and space.

We as a family where in awe of Cabana Bay. The unique 1950’s Florida beach feel is different to any hotel we have ever experienced. There is so much on site to do. Their games room is amazing as is their swimming pools and lazy river. So much for the children to get involved with and a great gift shop too. We sadly missed out on the character meets that happen every Friday night though.

The food court, Bayline Diner had so much to offer with an array of food stations that catered for everyone in our family. We have a fussy child and he loved the menu’s.

The other restaurants on-site included the hideaway bar and grill which is located near the lazy river and Atomic Tonic which is located on the pool deck. Another of our favourites was the galaxy bowl restaurant which served American classics. It was great to go bowling and then grab something to eat.

There is also the swizzles lounge which serves cocktails and snacks and a Starbucks.

If you want to eat in your hotel room they also have Delizioso pizza which you can have delivered to you.

What we loved more than anything was the ease of access to the parks. It was so easy to jump on a bus outside our hotel and be taken to the universal transportation centre. Even better that you got given the perks of entering the parks an hour before off site guests.

If your not wanting to take the bus then the walk to the park is lovely. Walking along the water ways which sees guests going back on the boats to their hotels. The paths are well lit and full of beautiful flowers.

More often than not we would choose to walk in with the baby in the pram because it was such a lovely walk on a beautiful fresh morning. We also would avoid the mad rush at the transportation centre because the path leads to its own bag search and takes you on to city walk.

Since our stay there they have since built Volcano Bay. This is right on Cabana Bays door step and Cabana Bay now have a section of the hotel which over looks the amazing water park. A stay in one of those rooms is very high on my to do list.

We would certainly go back in a heartbeat. It is a hotel that my eldest thinks of fondly and enjoys reminiscing about. It has left an amazing impression with all of us.

Book your Cabana Bay stay with Virgin Holidays.

Virgin benefits include free parking saving $12 per day, late check out, complimentary welcome drinks and 2 free rubber rings for use on the lazy river.


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