Forget Orlando, you've just been transported to the beautiful South Pacific. From the moment you step into the lush, tropical lobby you know this isn't your typical resort. An energetic pool environment, high-end restaurants and theme park perks make this an excellent choice for both a romantic getaway or a family vacation. The Royal Pacific Resort is one of 3 resorts on Universal Resort's property. This is considered the "value" resort of the three, but it's hard to understand why, this place looks just as high dollar as the others!

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are just a short trip from your room, either take the boat from your resort, or take a short walk along the riverside path. But the best perk to staying at one of these 3 resorts for your Universal vacation is the 'front of line' pass you receive for select rides at the theme parks.

6300 Hollywood Way Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 407-503-3000 • 1-888-430-4999
Parking is $15, and can usually be validated with a visit to the bar or restaurant.

 

Emeril's Tchoup Chop
This resort is home to the second Emeril's restaurant on Universal property: Emeril's Tchoup Chop. We've dined here a few times and it's easily one of the best restaurants in Orlando. They are open for lunch and dinner. You'll find some mean Tiki Drinks here as well. Look here for the menu.

Islands Dining Room
The other full-service restaurant is Islands Dining Room, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner with a Pacific Rim inspired menu along with more traditional options. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, plus nighttime entertainment.

Wantilan Luau
Have a taste for something more exotic? Why not experience their Wantilan Luau Polynesian dinner show performed Saturdays, and select Tuesdays. Knife twirlers, fire dancers and hula dancers - enough said. This is on our list of must-do's in the upcoming months. Stay tuned for a future review. (Universal AP holders get a good discount on this.)

Overall: A beautiful resort worth a stop to explore. We'll be back for Jake's happy hour- it's nice to waste away a couple hot afternoon hours before hitting the park, and lounging at the pool bar. I don't see us chillin in the lobby lounge though, it's kinda awkward unless you're waiting for your cab to arrive.   


 

Sunday
Aug082010

Bula Bar & Grille Pool Bar

Great spot to grab a refreshing beverage while relaxing at the pool.

Cocktails
Cruzan Mojio - $10
A recipe of Cruzan light rum muddled with fresh mint and lime juice.

Corona Extra Chelada - $6
A refreshing mix of Corona Extra and fresh lime juice served over ice in a glass rimmed with salt.

Midori Witch Doctor - $9.50
You'll go wild over this mixture of vodka, rum, gin, triple sec, Midori melon liqueur and sweet & sour mix.

Leblon Caiprinha - $10.50
A refreshing mixture of Leblon sugar cane rum, muddled with fresh limes and sugar, served on the rocks with a splash of soda water.

Appleton V/X Mai Tai - $9.50
"Mai" island favorite, made with Appleton V/X rum and a blend of tropical juices.

Island Colada
- $9.50
A classic frozen blend of pineapple, coconut and light rum. With Myers's Dark rum floater add $1

Island Rita - $9.50
Relax with gold tequila, triple sec, sweet & sour and your choice of banana, mango, peach or strawberry, served on the rocks or frozen. With Patron Silver tequila add $4.25

Chi Chi - $9.50
A smooth blend of vodka, pineapple juice and coconut cream.

Blue Hawaiian - $9.50
Sung to the tune of Cruzan light rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and a splash of sweet & sour.

Coral Crush - $9.50
Bacardi Coco rum, Hiram Walker peach schnapps, amaretto, cranberry, pineapple and orange juices.

Florida's Orange Crush - $9.50
Locally distilled 4 Orange Premium vodka, mint, fresh orange and soda water.

Pacific Paradise - $9.50
Loews Royal Pacific's signature cocktail made with Bacardi O, Bacardi Limon and Hiram Walker Mango liqueur mixed perfectly with pineapple and orange juices.

Pacific Sunset - $9.50
A frozen combination of coconut rum and island juices topped with a strawberry meltdown.

Big Bula - $9.50
Captain Jake put Bula on the map with his very own mixture of Malibu Coconut rum, banana and melon liqueurs blended perfectly with a secret fusion of passion fruit juices, served on the rocks or frozen.

South Seas Hurricane - $9.50
Get blown away with a mix of Bacardi Select Dark rum, Bacardi Superior light rum, passion fruit juices and a splash of grenadine.

Malaysian Mary - $10
A Jake's family recipe of Absolut Peppar vodka, spicy tomato juice with a blend of island spices.

Kontiki Daiquiri - $9.50
Choose from an exotic frozen blend of banana, mango, peach or strawberry paired perfectly with Cruzan Light rum.

Island Punch - $9.50
A tempting twist of an island recipe combining Three Olives Cherry vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine and a splash of Sprite.

SKYY Vodka Lemonade - $9.50
Take a break from the island heat with this combination of SKYY vodka, fresh lemons and a sugar rimmed glass served on the rocks or frozen.

Royal Rip Tide - $9.50
A crashing combination of Stolichnaya Razberi, Blue Curacao, Razzmataz, sweet & sour mix and Sprite.

Beers
American Premium 16oz. - $5.25
Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Miller Lite, Coors Light

Imported
Corona Extra, Corona Light - $5.50
Heineken, Heineken Light 16oz. - $6

Wines
Available by the glass from $8 to $10

Food: Limited bar menu munchies. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, nachos, etc.

Atmosphere: Open-air bar with tv's and the pool right in front of you. If you're not dressed for the pool, it can be a hot place to hang out.

Friday
Aug062010

Jake's American Bar

This adventurerer themed restaurant/bar is located on the bottom floor of the hotel. Enjoy the casual, laid-back atmosphere where you can relax with a drink, watch tv or chill on the patio. Hungry? Good news, it's also a full service restaurant.

In Flight Cocktails
Captain Jake's Air Raid - $8.50
Captain Morgan's Spiced rum & Absolut Kurant vodka, orange, pineapple and cranberry juices topped with a splash of Midori melon liqueur.

Pacific Paradise - $8.50
Bacardi O, Bacardi Limon, Mango Passion liqueur, pineapple and orange juices.

Tsunami - $8.50
Absolut Mandrin vodka, Melon liqueur, Amaretto liqueur, orange juice, sweet & sour, topped with a splash of Blue Curacao.

Captain Jake's Perfect Margarita - $12.50
1800 Tequila, Cointreau Orange liqueur, Rose's Lime juice, margarita mix topped with a splash of Grand Marnier.

Tommy Bahama Mama
- $9.50
Tommy Bahama's White Sand rum, Gold Sun rum, and banana liqueur mixed with orange and pineapple juices with a splash of grenadine.

Blue Hawaiian
- $8.50
Bacardi Light and Blue Curacao mixed with pineapple juice.

Specialty Martinis
Dirty - $11.25
Grey Goose vodka and olive juice served with three large olives.

Island Beat - $8.50
Absolut Kurant vodka, watermelon schnapps, sweet & sour, splash of 7Up.

Chesapeake Breeze - $9.50
Ketel One Citroen Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur, Pama Pomegranate liqueur and cranberry juice.

Tanaka - $9.50
Malibu Coconut rum, Midori Melon liqueur, Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice.

Coral Crush - $9.50
Malibu Coconut rum, peach schnappps, Amaretto liqueur, cranberry, pineapple and orange juices.

Cosmo - $11.25
Ketel One Citroen vodka, Cointreau orange liqueur, cranberry juice.

Island Fantasy - $8.50
Absolut Mandrin vodka, peach schnapps and orange juice.

Caribbean Sunshine - $9.50
Bacardi O rum, Pama Pomegrante liqueur, cranberry and orange juices.

Lemon Drop - $9.75
Absolut Citron vodka, Citroen, sweet & sour mix and freshly squeezed lemon juice, served in a sugar rimmed glass.

Mile High - $9.50
Stolichnaya vodka, Frangelico Hazelnut liqueur, Starbucks coffee liqueur and half & half.

Frozen Specialties
Joanna's Pina Colada - $8.50
Bacardi Light rum, banana schnapps, coconut.

Bali Hai - $8.50
Stolichnaya Razberi vodka, peach schnapps, coconut, bananas, and pineapple juice.

Island-Rita
- $8.50
Jose Cuervo Gold tequila, margarita mix and mango.

Pacific Sunset - $8.50
Parrot Bay rum, Passion fruit and coconut with a strawberry meltdown.

Easily conquered this Mt.!(Best Shared Drink)

Mt. Kumuneyewanadrinkya - $19.95
32oz. of Bacardi Light rum, Myers's Dark rum, pineapple schnapps, orange, pineapple and cranberry juices with a flaming shot of Bacardi 151 rum.

Bottled Beers
Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Sam Adams, Bass Ale, Amstel Light, Corona, Corona Light, Heineken, Heineken Light, Bud Light Lime

Draft Beers
Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale, Sam Adams, Michelob Ultra, Yuengling, New Castle, AmberBock

Happy Hour
Daily from 4-6pm
$3 Yuengling Drafts  |  $4 Wine  |  $5 Rail Drinks

Review: Decent happy hour prices, especially considering it's available on the weekends which is a rareity. If you're willing to share with your friend, recommended is the
Mt. Kumuneyewanadrinkya. The size of three specialty drinks for the price of two! And with a generous topping of 151, how can it possibly be bad?

Sunday
Aug082010

Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar

Off to one side of the main lobby you'll find a large lounge area with a bar on one side and Sushi bar on the other side. Sushi bar opens at 5pm.

South Seas Martinis
Tanaka - $9.50
Malibu Coconut rum, Midori Melon liqueur, Chambord liqueur and pineapple juice.

Ampala "Apple" Martini - $8.50
Absolut vodka, Hiram Walker Sour Apple liqueur, sour mix and a touch of Sprite.

Kokoleka "Chocolate" Martini - $8.50
Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and Bailey's Irish cream liqueur swirled with chocolate syrup.

Shark Bait -$8.50
Malibu coconut rum, Hiram Walker, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and a splash of mango puree.

Bali Flirtini - $8.50
Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka, Chambord liqueur, pineapple juice and topped with Bouvet Brut Champagne.

Tropical Temptations
Pacific Paradise - $8.50
Bacardi O rum, Bacardi Limon rum, Marie Bizard mango passion liqueur, pineapple juice and orange juice.

Tsunami - $8.50
Absolut Mandarin vodka, Midori melon liqueur, Amaretto Di Arrono liqueur, orange juice, sweet & sour mix with a splash of Hiram Walker blue curacao.

Kontiki Daiquiri - $8.50
Cruzan light rum blended with a choice of banana, mango, peach or strawberry.

Royal Orchid Sunset - $8.50
Malibu Coconut rum, passion fruit puree, topped with a strawberry meltdown, Blackstone Chardonnay and sparkling water.

Singapore Sling - $9.50
Plymouth gin, Pama Pomegranate liqueur, sour mix, splash of simple syrup and soda.

Royal Orchid Tropic - $8.50
Stoli Vanilla vodka, Malibu Coconut rum, Hiram Walker banana liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice, splash of mango puree and grenadine.

Fiji Sun Flash - $8.50
Malibu Coconut rum, Chambord liqueur, Hiram Walker peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, splash of grenadine.

Tahitian Iced Tea - $9.50
Beefeater gin, Level vodka, Cointreau liqueur, Mount Gay rum, Patron Silver tequila, orange juice, and cranberry juice.

South Seas Margarita - $10.50
Sauza Hornitos tequila, Amaretto DiSarrono, sweet & sour mix with a sugar rimmed glass.

Royal Mai Tai - $8.50
Myers's Dark rum, Cointreau liqueur, Amaretto DiSarronon liqueur, sour mix, orange juice and a splash of lime juice.

Waikiki Wild Berry Mojito - $8.50
Cruzan Light rum, fresh mint, blackberries, raspberries, simple syrup and a splash of soda.

Sake
A good variety of sake are available from two major breweries
Gekkeikan: Haiku, Draft, Horin, Zipang (sparkling split)
Momokawa: Plum Sake, Asian Pear, Nigori Unfiltered Sake
Avaliable by glass or tokkuri.

Domestic Beer - $4.75
Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra

Imported & Specialty Beer - $5.25
Amstel Light, Blue Moon, Corona Extra, Guiness, Heineken, Heineken Light, Kirin Light, Sam Adams, Sapporo, Stella Artois.

Food: Assorted sushi. The prices where moderate - spicy tuna was $6; higher for the more elaborate rolls. We did not try any this visit, but will another time.

Atmosphere: The modern decor and glass walls looking into the courtyard housing their large fountain do their best to help you forget you're essentially sitting in the lobby. What won't help with the illusion will be the people walking by your table with their luggage in tow on their way to the elevators. Instead of thinking of it as a restaurant that's missing a few walls, think of it as a great lobby with a sushi bar and enjoy!