This month, I had the incredible opportunity to partner with Universal Orlando Resorts to stay at the stunning Aventura Hotel. I was so so excited when they reached out to me for this collaboration, as I've always loved theme parks since I was a little girl and I was way overdo for a fun theme park trip! I took my bestie, Jessica, and we had SUCH a great girls weekend.
We arrived at the hotel and the first thing that caught my eye was the gorgeous open concept layout in the lobby. We checked in with ease and met their friendly little robot helpers! The staff explained that the robots help with room deliveries, share candy in the lobby, and even tell funny jokes. Talk about the future. SO cool.
The dining area is conveniently located next to the lobby, which made it really easy to chow down then head straight to the parks! They even have a Starbucks to grab your morning brew to go.
Once getting up to the room, I went right over to the window and checked out our sweet view that looked right over all three of the parks. Although the view was quite impressive, what really wowed me was the advanced in-room technology. The iPad next to the bed controlled literally everything in the room. When I say everything, I mean it! It controlled the lights, temperature, TV/ Netflix/ YouTube, room service, dining reservations, etc. I was even able to set a timer for the TV to turn off at night when we were ready to hit the sack. They really thought of everything!
We headed to the parks and made our first stop at Universal Studio's Florida. Of course, we had to take a pit stop on the way to get the notorious wave picture! We ran around the park for hours and had the best time. My favorite parts of the day had to be visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time and riding the Revenge of the Mummy.
Once back at the hotel, we headed up to the rooftop bar, Bar 17 Bistro, to catch a sunset drink and some bites. We invited some local Orlando friends to join us and we had such a lovely evening catching up while looking over the beautiful city lights.
On day two, we stopped by the outdoor bar, Sol Bar, to grab a drink before heading back to the parks. Our server was so friendly and even gave us some good "pro-tips" for navigating the parks, like taking the Hogwarts Express to get from one park to another instead of walking! My feet thanked him later for that.
For our second day, we went to Universal's Islands of Adventure. Our first stop was The Incredible Hulk Coaster and holy cow!! Talk about an adrenaline rush. Later in the day, we got a Turkey leg for lunch and it really lived up to our childhood memories of it. My favorite ride of the day was the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. We rode it three times and honestly, I would have done it 100 more if we had the time!
All in all, Jess and I had such an incredible weekend. After working so hard for months, taking this weekend to dedicate to pure FUN was so necessary and needed! We truly had the best time and our hotel, Universal’s Aventura Hotel was the perfect mix of comfort, style and convenience for the modern traveler.
A special thank you to Universal Orlando Resorts for having us, we can't wait to be back!