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Opening date set for Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
An opening day has been set for Universal's new Cabana Bay Beach Resort; reservations are now being accepted for stays beginning March 31, 2014. The resort will be the fourth on-site option for Universal guests and will cater to families by offering 900 suites and a lower price point, with standard rooms starting at $119 per night, and 430-square-foot family suites start at $174 per night. Families staying longer will even be eligible for discounts of up to 25 percent off.

There will be two distinct sections of the resort. The North Courtyard will be the first to open. This area will house 600 of the 900 family suites and be reminiscent of a 1950s and 60s motor court, with clean lines, bright colors and neon signs. Four-story buildings will have inside hallways to access rooms. Suites will be able to sleep six, with a fold-out bed, kitchenette, sliding privacy partition, two TVs and a large bathroom.

The North Courtyard's 10,000-square-foot, zero-entry pool will be a great place for family’s to cool off together. Kids will love the 100-foot water slide, waterfall features and a 4,000-square-foot interactive play area. Cabanas will be available to rent.

The South Courtyard will open later in 2014. This area will be themed differently than the North Courtyard, offering a tropical resort feel. Seven-story towers will surround a 8,000-square-foot pool and lazy river. There will also be a 6,000-square-foot sand beach nearby. The South Courtyard will house the remaining 300 family suites, as well as 900 standard guest rooms. The standard rooms are 300-square-feet and sleep four in two queen beds; a mini-fridge is also included in every room.

The hotel is designed to remind guests of "the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families - spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway, where families relaxed and played after a long day's drive."