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Beach Club Getaway - Day 11 - Portofino Bay Resort


Checking into Portofino Bay Resort for our day at IOA and Universal tomorrow

We have a room on the first floor overlooking the bay. As it is our first time staying here we are off to explore and make our front of line passes soon.









Patio over the bay. You have to go down to level one from the third floor reception and into the east wing.



Bathroom is large.






View from the patio.






The east quiet pool called Hill Pool.



The lounge area off the hotel reception. One of the places you can get free wifi.



The piazza. Although the hotel is pretty and well laid out like an Italian piazza the architecture is actually just painted on the walls rather than using actual block work. Therefore it looks better further away than up close.



It wouldn't be Italian without a fountain around every corner.



Machines for creating the express passes.



One of the green areas leading down to the pool.






The second smaller pool. Villa Pool. It is in a nice tranquil setting but quite near to the main beach pool.



The main Beach Pool.



The kiddies area. There is free wifi around the pool.



Taken from the boat dock to City walk and the parks.



We walked across to the parks and there was a storm brewing.



We wanted to use the pool back at the hotel but it is now shut because of lightning in the area.



The Hard Rock Cafe.



City walk. Getting a bit dark now as the clouds are black.






It is really hot and muggy. Time to dive into some air conditioning.



Got back to our room and they had delivered a basket of fruit and this amazing chocolate and fruit beach scene.

Everything is edible.



We eventually got in the pool at 8pm. It is quite shallow over most of it with a gentle sloping beach style entry.



Some of the restaurants along the bay.















But we decided on pizza in Sal's.









Salvatore pizza. Sweet Italian sausage. Pepperoni and mushrooms.



Cheese pizza.



Some final shots as we walked around at night. This is the Villa pool. It is open until 11pm where the main Beach pool closes at 9pm.



A fountain at the villa pool.



The Ballroom area grand staircase.



Escalators down to the various ballrooms and conference areas.



Italian street scenes leading back to the reception.



The indoor piazza.



Reception at night.



Finally the lounge area. Time to go back to the room. Early start tomorrow.


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Looks lovely. Can't wait to stay there for a night in January
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It looks gorgeous! I'm really excited about spending a night there next year.
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Wow. Really want to do a night here now.

Did you order the basket or was it a freebie?!
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WOW what a gorgeous hotel, I'd love to spend a night or two there. Not this holiday unfortunately, maybe next time. Your photos are fab.
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What lovely pics. We love PBH. Seriously tho in one day you've explored more of the hotel than we did in several stays there I had no idea there was an escalator inside! The view over the bay is stunning isn't it. Love the villa pool and The Thirsty Fish is one of my favourite people watching places.
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Wow fantastic photos, loving the look of the hotel.
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