22K Hyatt Points Giveaway + Hyatt Lost Pines Review

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This week I have rounded out the summer by focusing on topics that I think “real traveling families” could benefit from learning more about.  What I mean by real traveling families are those who are constrained by schedules, budgets, flexibility, limited miles and points, and time…which I think includes most of us!

The topics covered so far have been:

Redeeming Airline Miles for Premium Seats vs Coach Seats

Best Uses of Club Carlson Points in the United States

Miles and Points Programs That Allow Free Transfers Between Family Members

Using Miles and Points During School Holidays

For today’s “keeping it real” topic I wanted to look at a Hyatt property that is a terrific family friendly resort.  There’s no denying that I love redeeming my Hyatt points at fancy joints like the Park Hyatt Zurich and Andaz Liverpool in London as much (or more) than the next person, but the real point of all of this miles and points madness is to spend quality time with family, and the Hyatt Lost Pines has that down to a science.  I have reviewed this property a couple of times before, but it has been almost a year since my last visit, and since then they have finished a $6 million dollar enhancement to the 491 guest rooms and suites, restaurants, gathering spaces, and around the 405 acre resort.

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To celebrate this and all of the Hyatt’s family friendly resorts where “real families” like to use their miles and points to visit, Hyatt has donated 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for me to give away.  For those curious, there is no compensation for me in conjunction with this giveaway other than a chance to share some Hyatt love with all of you.  Details on how to win the 22k points at the end of the post.  Update: The contest is over, but please feel free to still enjoy the review!

Video Review:

As I am trying to do with some of my hotel reviews, we have a video overview of this property available.  I know video isn’t for everyone, so I have included most of the details in the video in this post as well.  However, if you are considering staying at this resort I recommend checking out the video as it can give you a pretty good feel for the resort.  It can also give you a good laugh as trying to do a video review with a 3 year old and a dog present is…interesting. 

Hyatt Lost Pines Basics:

Hyatt Lost Pines is a very large resort that is located in Texas between Austin and Bastrop.  It is near the McKinney Roughs Nature Park and takes advantage of its location by offering horseback riding, river kayaking, fishing trips, bike riding, bird watching, stargazing excursions, and more.

Located on the Colorado River

Located on the Colorado River

They also have a golf course, a spa, and, my personal favorite, a large pool area that they call the Crooked River Water Park.

Hyatt Lost Pines entrance

Hyatt Lost Pines entrance

This property is a Category 5 Hyatt that goes for 18,000 now 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night.  Rates can vary anywhere from just over $100 per night during their very slow days to well over $400 per night on peak dates during the summer and on other school breaks such as spring break.  Here is a post on how I leveraged points and elite benefits to save big at this resort on a recent trip. 

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Horse trail rides and camps and pony rides are available

Hyatt Lost Pines rooms and suites:

There are close to 500 rooms and suites at this property, so they are well spread out around the grounds.  My favorite location is the Regency Club rooms that are located near the Regency Club and the pool/spa side of the resort, but it isn’t too terrible of a walk regardless of where your room is located.  On our most recent stay we were in a Regency Club room with two queen beds one night, and a Junior Suite the second night.

I was excited to see how the rooms looked after their recent renovation.  Here is a shot of a room we stayed in a couple of years ago.

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Pre-renovation room from 2011

And here is what the room and suite looked like on this most recent visit.

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Our renovated room from this trip

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As you can see, they moved away some from the florals and instead now have all white bedding, cleaner lines, and all around updated furnishings.  It didn’t look bad before, but it looks much nicer now.  The one area they don’t seem to have touched significantly during this renovation are the bathrooms, which I do think could use at the very least some fresh wallpaper.  Still, they are clean and perfectly functional so not a big deal.  I do love that the bathrooms offer both a shower and a tub so that adults and children have a comfortable place to bathe.  Thumbs up on that decision!

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If you need more space, this is a good property to consider upgrading to a suite as even the Junior suite does offer a true suite experience with doors that close off the living room to the bedroom.  The couch does pull out into a bed, and you will also gain a small dining table where your family can have snacks and meals.  Both suites and standard rooms also offer balconies or patios so you can sit outside and enjoy the view.

Family friendly amenities and activities:

The rooms are nice, but this is not a resort you come to just for sitting in the room.  You come here for the amenities and activities, and trust me they are plentiful!  The family oriented activities change on a daily basis and included things like hunting for worms (eating your way through whipped cream to find gummy worms), meeting some Texas Longhorns, petting miniature donkeys and alpacas, and doing a variety of crafts.

Digging (eating) for worms

Digging (eating) for worms

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There are family activities each and every day

There are also activities that occur pretty much every day such as evening s’mores and an outdoor movie.  Most of these activities are all included in the $25 per day resort fee (reduced by $5 for Hyatt Diamond or waived totally on award stays), though occasionally there will be a small fee for some of the craft activities.

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The crown jewel of this property is absolutely the Crooked River Water Park.  The water park has a splash area and very shallow pool for toddlers.  It also offers a beach with sand and a shallow zero entry portion of the pool, a water volley ball section, a two-story water slide, and a lazy river.  It does get busy, but we are usually able to get a seat at any time of the day due to the huge number of chairs situated around the water park.

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Josh and C heading down the water slide together

Josh and C heading down the water slide together

There is also an adult pool area that is located off of the lazy river if you need a few moments away from some of the family-oriented excitement of the water park.  It is important to note that while this resort can be very quiet and peaceful when the kids are back at school, during the summer and on school breaks there are families and young children everywhere.  This is great for us, but if you don’t like to spend your vacations around a bunch of other families, then take that into consideration.

20130821-141954.jpgIt is very easy to spend almost a full day out bythe pools since there is so much the kids can do, and there is food and drink service that will come to your lounge chair by the pool!

This property also offers a Regency Club that offers a decent breakfast, and above average evening snacks.  Being able to grab some food and drinks in the club, if you have access, can really cut down on some of the out-of-pocket expenses that can come from staying here.

Regency Club

Regency Club

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This resort is not particularly close to anything else, so if you want to avoid paying resort prices for food and drinks you should bring some essentials with you and make use of the small in-room fridge.

There is also an on-site Camp Hyatt that has reasonable rates.  Our daughter stayed there from 9AM – 12PM one morning for $30 while we rode bikes, strolled the property, and had a couple of moments in the adult pool.  She had a blast and always is sad when her Camp Hyatt time is up since they do a great job at keeping the kids entertained and participating in the activities around the resort.

Camp Hyatt

Camp Hyatt

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I could go on and on about this resort, so please don’t hesitate to shoot me any questions if you are considering a visit.  Now on to the giveaway details…

Enter to win 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points: The contest has ended – thanks to all who entered!

Now that you have seen one of my very favorite uses of Hyatt points for my family during the summer, I want to know where you and your family like to use your Hyatt points during the summer vacation months.  To enter to win 22,000 Hyatt points (enough for a night at any Hyatt around the world), just tell me where your family likes to use Hyatt points during the summer in the comments section of this post.  You can get one bonus entry by tweeting me your answer to @mommy_points using the hashtag #MPHyatt22k.  For those newer to Twitter, an example of an eligible tweet will look like this:

@mommy_points I like to use my Hyatt points to visit the Grand Hyatt Kauai during the summer! #MPHyatt22k

You can have a maximum of two entries – one here in the comments section, and one on twitter using the method described above.  A winner will be selected at random from all entries received on our before Sunday August 25, 2013 at 11:59PM Central.  The winner will be announced the following day.  Must be 18 or up to enter, and void where prohibited by law.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about the Lost Pines Resort!

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  1. My family likes to use Hyatt points & free nights to visit the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in D.C. during the summer! Its convenient location is a big plus. #MPHyatt22k

  2. I love to use my points at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD for our family summer vacation.

  3. Our family has never stayed at a Hyatt but we’d love to try one. I’d more than likely use this reward in Aruba to extend our vacation. I’m off to check their site to see if there is one!

    Michelle

  4. Anywhere in Europe would be a great place to use these points if I was lucky enough to win them! Going to Vienna next year and hope the new Park Hyatt will be open!!!!!

  5. I would use it to stay at a property that I could not typically afford like Paris Vendome and live like how the other lives for a day:)

    Thank you for sharing this post about this hyatt property I have never heard of this place and I am digging the lazy pool and the ponies!! I am going to put this property on my list!

  6. HYATT ASPEN (TIME SHARE) It’s only 12,500 points on a room that goes for over $400/night (in summer) plus no resort fee when paying with points. Great location, Great rooms !!!

  7. We go between the Hyatt on Maui and the Grand Hyatt on Kauai each summer! Already saving points for our trip next summer! And I have to agree…Lost Pines is awesome!

  8. Count me in for the Andaz Savannah! Savannah in the summer is amazing. Lots of tours for the kids and great food for the adults.

  9. We are you using our two free night with our 3 year old twins at the hyatt cypress resort in orlando…..since they love disney so much…..point stays will follow..

  10. I would use the points out west, how about in Beavercreek! Would love to take the family on a trip similar to my favorite from my childhood next summer.

  11. We would like to use the Hyatt Points at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC to see the sights of our Nation’s Capital!

  12. I’d love to use the points to stay at the new Andaz Amsterdam boutique hotel located on the Prince’s Canal. So cool!

  13. Love to use them in San Francisco! Either as a family at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf or as a couple downtown at the Grand Hyatt!

  14. We love to stay at the Andaz 5th Ave in NYC, but we have an upcoming trip to Tokyo where we are hoping to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo!

  15. My first every Hyatt stay will be in Denver in 10 days, so I’ll be fitting it in at the end of summer. Next summer, I’m hoping to enjoy some time at the Andaz Maui for my honeymoon!

  16. Staying at Hyatt Regency Austin in a couple of weeks to meet up with family. Would love to have our next meet up at Lost Pines!

  17. Hyatt Place San Antonio Northwest. Close to Six Flags, which my kids love; close to some good restaurants; and a great relaxing hotel after being at an amusement park all day

  18. My wife and I will be using out Hyatt points at the Hyatt Maui Andaz in September. I think 22K points is an amazing deal for a brand new hotel that would normally cost $500+ per night!

  19. I have been to Oahu and Kauai, so I think our next stop would have to be Maui and the new Andaz (It will open eventually, right?)

  20. Aviara is nice, but now that I see this place I’m wondering about it, so I would give it a try if given the chance :)

  21. I am new to miles and points and have never stayed in a Hyatt property ever before. But I’m sure we could find one to stay in and it would be awesome!!!

  22. I will be using my Hyatt points at the Grand Hyatt Kauai next summer (your series of posts helped make it a very easy decision) and am looking forward to taking my wife-to-be and my five year-old…so a few extra points would help get us a nice suite! 😉

    Thanks in advance!

  23. The Turners’ cannot get enough salty island air in the summer. If the waterfront vistas of the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa weren’t enough to bring us back the pet parrot and turtles are!

  24. I like to use mine just like this weekend, in a cool weather place like in California at the Manchester Grand in San Diego!

  25. We like to (or would like to) use points at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Booked our first trip there next month, based on your reviews, and our 2 year old is super excited about it.

  26. It will sound boring but we like to stay at the Grand Hyatt in Schaumburg Illinois. It’s not a resort but is close to places we like to visit and is very nice.

  27. I’ve never had Hyatt points, but I would love the opportunity to get away — anywhere! Thanks for the chance to win!

    aandj8804[at]gmail.com

  28. I would like to use the points in Andaz Shanghai. That was an awesome property and my family and I love there very much. In addition, you could have so much fun in Shanghai.

  29. I think that the Grand Hyatt Kauai is a fabulous use of Hyatt points for families, but our family is thinking about using our current crop of points to visit New York City to stay either at the Grand Hyatt or Andaz 5th Ave.

  30. I love to use my points to visit the Hyatt Regency Maui. Although I think the Andaz will be a better use of points when it opens!

  31. I have a trip to Australia coming up in January. A night at the Park Hyatt Sydney might be one of those bucket list items :)

  32. There is no better accommodation for Montreal Jazz Fest than the Hyatt Montreal. Center of everything. Perfect location.

  33. Not the most exciting place but I am going to be in Cleveland for a wedding and plan to catch an Indians game. I would use it for a few nights at the Hyatt in Cleveland.

  34. Since we have moved to Guangzhou, China for work, my family does not have the luxury of having nice “resort-style” Hyatt hotels like Hyatt Lost Pines. The closest thing that we have found and enjoyed is the Hyatt Regency Shatin in Hong Kong which is away from the hustle and bustle of city life with amazing service. There is an outdoor heated swimming pool that my daughter loves as well as a Camp Hyatt. We like to go there once every few months for a few nights. At 12,000 points a night, we just have to top off 2000 more points to enjoy 2 nights. It’s a steal! :)

  35. I would love to take my family to the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood. My kids have been dying to meet a celebrity on the Walk of Fame. :)

  36. I like to use my Hyatt points to visit the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay – our favorite hotel (and I’m not just saying that because we won Family Iron Chef there!)

  37. I would take my family to Hyatt Lost Pines! It’s my favorite resort and it’s only 35 minutes away. I can’t wait to see the renovation.

  38. Park Hyatt Vendome. We went this July and the staff was kind enough to give our 14 month old a lovely french designer plush toy as a welcome amenity.

  39. @mommy_points I like to use my Hyatt points to visit the Hyatt Regency in Miami and get out of the cold northeast! #MPHyatt22k

  40. Hyatt Lost Pines is great! A lot of my family lives in the Austin area. We also like to stay at the Hyatt Anaheim near Disneyland!

  41. @mommy_points I’m just getting started with Hyatt – we’d like to use points to take the kids to the Grand Hyatt Kauai! #MPHyatt22k

  42. Would love to use the points for the Hyatt Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France for one night during my honeymoon September 29, 2013!

  43. In July we used points at the Hyatt Regency in Maui. It was a fantastic resort and family trip. Wanted to finally try an Andaz property but it wasn’t open yet. Perhaps next time.

  44. My wife and I are using 44,000 points for two nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo this year. Our first time in one of the best Hyatts in the world! We are super excited. This will actually by only our second stay in any Hyatt ever so we are pumped. Would love to win the extra 22,000 points :)

  45. Manchester Grand Hyatt in San diego… love downtown SAN, close to gaslamp quarter!! Great to take the kids to seaport village.

  46. My daughter and I take a mother/daughter trip every year, and I would love for the next one to be at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome.

  47. We used our points this summer at the grand hyatt kauai. We also live an hour from lost pines and hope to check it out next summer.

  48. This summer we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and two summers ago at Grand Hyatt Kauai — love them both and would LOVE to return!!

  49. I like to use my Hyatt points at the Hyatt Regency Montreal – great weekend getaway while visiting my Vermont friend!

  50. We fell in love with Hyatt during a stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai! Even the kids always ask “when can we go to Camp Hyatt again?!” We enjoyed stays in Indian Wells and Carmel Highlands a couple of weeks ago. I am dying to try the one you wrote about…a good reason for a first trip to Texas:) We also like to go to the Hyatt Chesapeake Resort in Maryland. With the kids it is tons of fun (and semi-local like Lost Pines is for you)! It was also a fabulous place for an off-season girls weekend to use the spa:) Thanks for the detailed review!

  51. We were just at Lost Pines last weekend, and it is hands-down our favorite summer destination. My boys want to LIVE there!!!! :) I was planning to wear my new mommypoints T-shirt there, but I left the darned thing in the dryer. 😉

  52. my family likes to use hyatt points at the awesome hyatt regency in maui! place is sooooo nice! if i won the points i want to teu the new andaz in maui openong next month! thanks!

  53. My family likes to use Hyatt points at the Park Hyatt in Paris. It’s super expensive and worth it for the points! Looking forward to going back next year!

  54. I like the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. My kids are too young for skiing so we prefer the summertime activities such as hiking and biking.

  55. We live in Florida and are planning a trip to Disney. So I would bring my family to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and hope it would be worth it!

  56. We’ve never been in New York and would love to use this 22K points at Hyatt Times Square New York, Manhattan’s largest new Hyatt hotel, for family reunion next year.

  57. my family loves to staycation at the park hyatt chicago! perfect location and top notch service. close to lakefront, courtesy car to navy pier (within 2 mile radius).

  58. Almost any Hyatt is a treat! Looking forward to a Cancun Christmas!
    Love the Orlando airport Hyatt to sit out and people watch, plus wonderful service ther always.

  59. We’ve never been in New York and would love to use this 22K point to book a stay at Hyatt Times Square New York, Manhattan’s newest and largest Hyatt, for our family reunion next year. Thank you!

  60. We usually go to FL but during the later or earlier parts of summer and we stay at the Clearwater Beach property or the Key West to have some family fun.

  61. Mommypoints, since you’ve been at both Hyatt resorts in Texas, which Hyatt in your opion that will accommodate a family of five? Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio or this Hyatt Lost Pines? Thanks in advance.

  62. So I currently don’t have any Hyatt Points but if I did, I’d be trying to figure out a Maui Trip to try out the new Andaz

  63. Please Note that my reply: “Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort is our favorite”
    was at #438 awaiting approval and has not posted.
    In fact someone else’s comment is now at #438.
    I don’t know what happened.

  64. I love to use Hyatt points in Lake Tahoe and really want to try the Beaver Creek in Colorado. I am heading to Kauai too in january (Hyatt of course!) and loved your recent tips. Thanks!!!

  65. I like to use my Hyatt points to visit Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa during the summer. The resort is great for family fun and culture. The rescued horses were beautiful and friendly and we got to take lots of pictures with them. There were goats too which is a wonderful experience for kids. The pool was nice, cycling up to the farm was fun. The property was built on an Indian reservation. There is lots to see, do and learn.

  66. We just stayed at our first Hyatt resort in Lake Tahoe 2 weeks ago for an anniversary (no little one in tow). As a family, we’d love to visit the Grand Cyprus Resort in Orlando (once the construction is complete).

  67. I will use them on my upcoming trip at the park hyatt Tokyo. Can wait to see how much better then the conrad in Tokyo it is.

  68. I am planning a vacation to Hawaii for next summer. So I would like to use the Hyatt points for a stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai!

  69. My family loves the Huntington Beach Hyatt. It is across the street from Huntington Beach – and it is beautiful! We love the beach front fire pits and bike rides along the beach! My kids love the expanse of sand. We are planning to have a family photo shoot on the beach next weekend to end our summer! The sunsets from the hotel patios are amazing! We love this Hyatt!!

  70. My family loves the Breckenridge, CO Hyatt. Most people go during the winter-my family loves it in the summer! We love the cooler weather and beautiful hikes in Breck. My family loves this Hyatt!!

  71. My family would love to go back to the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. Great beach views and overall great resort.

  72. I like to use my Hyatt points to visit the Hyatt in Santa Barbara and enjoy a nice glass of local wine after the kiddies drift off

  73. We haven’t had a chance to stay at Hayatts yet, but we want to stay at Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée on our France trip next summer. I’m sure it will be a new favorite.

  74. I’d use the points at the new Andaz Maui at Wailea! I want to visit this property so bad. The beach which is right in front of the property used to be the perfect secluded beach to go to on Maui, but I’m guessing its a bit more crowded now…

  75. I would love to take my family to Tokyo and we would have to stay in the opulence of the Park Hyatt Tokyo to be waited on hand and foot!

  76. We would use the points at the Hyatt Place Mystic in CT so that we could bring our son to the Mystic Aquarium – one of the nicest aquariums I’ve ever been to.

  77. Hyatt Regency New Brunswick (NJ) for only 8,000 points/night. Princeton HR is same rate, but I really like the style of the New Brunswick hotel.

  78. Grand Hyatt Seattle: visit family when Seattle is beautiful, stay someplace I wouldn’t front the cash for, but thoroughly enjoy.

  79. I know it’s been repeated….but I have to say Park Hyatt Paris Vendome…
    I was there with my daughters (13, 20) in March and let me say….everything about this property is exquisite. We used our Chase 4 free nights (2 cards…mine and my husband’s) and our Diamond status for a Suite. AMAZING! Free breakfast, free wi-fi, the most amazing service!

  80. I like using my Hyatt points to take short trips throughout the summer–I’m at the Hyatt House Fishkill right now!

  81. I like to use my Hyatt points at the Hyatt Place, Las Vegas. But now that I read there’s one in Cancun, maybe we’ll try that next!

  82. I would use these points at the Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle next summer along with the 2 free anniversary nights my husband and I are getting in October from the Hyatt credit card.

  83. I’d love to use my Hyatt points in Key West if they didn’t charge as much as the Park Hyatt in Tokyo. I’d probably use them for a weekend in Savannah.

  84. Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki was perfect for a recent long weekend with kids. Many families I spoke to make it an annual trip and stay for more than 1 week. Too much for our travel style, but the suite we upgrade to was wonderful for a family of 5 and the property was beautiful. Concierge was beyond amazing. Rented a car one day…beaches were a little better than Galveston to say the least!

  85. We would absolutely cherish park Hyatt Washington, D.C. Stay, checking out stuff in national’s capital with the kiddos!

  86. After a wonderful stay there last year, I’d go back to the Bali Hyatt in a heartbeat. Of course, I’d need to do that soon, given their upcoming renovation.

  87. Went to the Park Hyatt Paris this summer but would also like to try the Hyatt Huntington Beach, CA for a closer to home weekend trip!