Use Points to Stay at These Hyatt Resorts With Lazy Rivers

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Sometimes a hotel is just a place to lay your head at night between adventures and sometimes the hotel resort is the destination all by itself. When you are looking to piece together a fun-filled family vacation fueled by points it can be very handy when the resort you are staying at has an amazing water complex that can keep everyone busy and happy for hours, if not days, especially since you typically don’t have to pay to play in the water as a hotel guest. We’ve used points to stay at some Hyatt Resorts with amazing pool complexes, so when I got a question on Twitter yesterday about which Hyatts have a lazy river, I was happy to compile a list.

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While there are dozens of Hyatt resorts with amazing pool complexes, the list of those with an actual lazy river is a little shorter than I expected, but there are still a few to pick from if you are looking for a place to relax in an inner tube with a cool drink and let the water take you on a ride.

Hyatt Lost Pines Lazy River

1. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

  • Hyatt Category 4, 15,000 points per night
  • Bonita Springs, Florida
  • 1,095 foot heated lazy river

I’ve never been to this Hyatt, but I think we need to add it to the list since the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point just opened a massive $7.1 million dollar addition to their pool area in 2016. This addition includes three 3-story waterslides, one of which is an actual inner tube slide! Also included in this now three-acre pool complex is the crown jewel, the 1,095 foot heated lazy river.

2. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

  • Hyatt Category 5, 20,000 points per night
  • Near Austin, Texas
  • 1,000 foot Crooked River (not heated)

We have visited this Hyatt resort more than any other and have taken more trips that I could count around their 1,000 foot lazy river. Pro Tip: Bring water shoes if you expect to circle in the lazy river more than a couple times and have to push along the bottom to keep up with your kids. 

Lazy river at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

This lazy river is not heated, but it is pretty well shaded, which is super important in the hot Texas summer months. In addition to the lazy river there is a two-story waterslide, a small splash pad, a heated activity pool, and a sandy zero-entry beach area. They used to allow you to go down the slide holding a toddler, though on my last visit that policy seems to have changed.

3. Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa

  • Hyatt Category 4, 15,000 points per night
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • 950-foot Ramblin’ River

The five-acre water park at this resort is very nice for kids of all ages, even in the crazy Texas heat thanks to the ample trees. This lazy river has a small beach area accessible from the river which makes for a great transition for the smaller crew.

In addition to the lazy river there is a 22-foot water slide for those 42″ and taller (though they let me hold my toddler going down the slide this past summer). There is also a FlowRider which is great for the 42″ and up crew, though this attraction comes with an additional fee which is cheapest first thing in the morning.

4. Hyatt Residence Club Wild Oak Ranch

  • Hyatt Residence Club Category 5, 20,000 points per night for a studio
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • 800-foot river pool

This Residence Club property doesn’t always have points availability, but when it does it is 20,000 points per night for a studio. There are also often some good rates to get you to try out the Hyatt Residence Club experience. In terms of the lazy river, it is a little smaller than the others mentioned at 800 feet long, but there is even an indoor portion to the pool, which is pretty unique in Texas!

I’ve never been to this property, but I’ve heard from lots of folks who have enjoyed their time here so it is another Hyatt lazy river option in the Central Texas area.

5. Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort

  • Hyatt Category 2, 8,000 points per night
  • Egypt
  • 50-metre ‘lazy river’

This Egyptian hotel has three cascading pools with a 10 meter drop between them, waterfalls, an 80 meter corkscrew water slide, and what they describe as a 50 meter lazy river that meanders through caves and grottos.

 

Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh

Lazy River Honorable Mentions: 

Grand Hyatt Kauai and Hyatt Regency Maui

These two Hawaiian Hyatt Resorts technically don’t have a true lazy river where you can circle infinitely in a tube, but they are worth a mention on this list because they do have inter-connected pool areas that are lazy-river-esque at times, and certainly fun to explore. We have visited both resorts a couple of times and they each offer very large five-star pool complexes.

Hyatt Regency Maui

Hyatt Regency Maui

Hyatt Regency Maui

Hyatt Regency Maui

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

This Hyatt property is located in Thailand and while it doesn’t have a true lazy river, it does have some interconnected pools and a seven-meter-high water slide, so it absolutely makes the honorable mention cut and adds another fancy pool option outside the United States.

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Which Hyatt resort has your family’s favorite lazy river? If I left one on the list, please let me know and I’ll get it added!

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Comments

  1. The HR Hua Hin in Thailand has a quasi-lazy river. It’s a winding river, but I don’t think there were tubes.

    Takes a bit longer to get to than the others on your list too.

  2. I actually spent today in the lazy river at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, yes all day. The hotel is full, but the water park was empty. Of course it was only only 66 degrees, but felt warm to us (we’re from WI). This resort is beautiful!

  3. I’ve been fortunate to visit each of the first 4 you mention, as well as Maui. I have to agree that these resorts provide a really excellent way to unwind, have fun, and connect as a family. I think you missed one – the Hyatt Residence Club Bonita Springs Coconut Plantation. It’s located a short distance from the Coconut Point Resort but has its own lazy river and pool complex, which is completely separate from the one around the water slides pictured above. Guests have reciprocal privileges, if space allows. The lazy river at Coconut Plantation is very similar in look and feel to the one at Wild Oak Ranch, except there is one extremely shallow section (literally about 1 foot deep) that sneaks up on you quickly, and my husband and I both ended up with painful scrapes on our knees!

    The lazy river at Coconut Point Resort was the least impressive in my opinion. The way it is located around and underneath the water slides makes it much less unique, scenic, and relaxing than the other Hyatt rivers. However, the water slides at Coconut Point Resort were super fun with several to choose from, and the adult pool and hot tub was very nice as well. I did not like the fact that you have to reserve a place on a boat to take you to the beach though. That process was very stressful, as we went online to reserve the day before at the exact moment the booking window opened and were only able to reserve space for 4 out of the 9 people in our party. In our rush to get to the boat in the morning, we forgot to pick up towels at the pool, and they have zero towels available on the private beach. When we finally got situated on the beach, a large storm started rolling in and they announced the beach was closing and then we had to stand in the rain for 30-60 minutes waiting on boats to pick us up and return us to the hotel. On top of that the water was not pretty at that beach (google overhead pictures to see what I mean). Moral of the story is; go to Coconut Point for the pools, not the beach. Probably better off driving yourself to a nearby public beach.

    My personal favorite was my first Hyatt lazy river experience at Lost Pines in late September when it was still hot enough for the cool water to feel amazing but there were no kids and crowds. Riding around with a drink in hand looking at the lovely scenery was bliss! 2nd place goes to the Hill Country resort, but that may just be because it was super crowded when we visited over July 4th but also super fun. Next would be Wild Oak Ranch, which we visited for the day while staying at the Hill Country Resort. Just to clarify, the indoor pool shown in the picture above is not connected to the lazy river, which is located a short walk away in a separate area. My kids loved our day at Wild Oak; it was much less crowded than Hill Country Resort and they said the water slides were faster and more fun (one indoor and one outdoor). Keep that in mind as an option when visiting HCR during busy season. Thanks for the post reminding me of all the fun Hyatt resorts; can’t wait to go back!

  4. Thanks Mommy Points! Great post with perfect timing for us. We are planning a trip to Austin this coming spring break in April and I have a free night certificate. Will it still be too cold to swim in April though?

  5. Lazy rivers are the ultimate in pooltime fun.  I had the pleasure of staying at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio for a conference.  It was a truly spectacular resort… unfortunately, I was stuck in a conference room all day and couldn’t enjoy the pool.  But I look forward to returning some day with the family so we can enjoy all of the amenities.

  6. Will work on getting the Hyatt Residence Club Bonita Springs Coconut Plantation added this morning – thanks!

    Ryan, seems like that property should join the honorable mention categories. Thanks!

  7. Hyatt Regency Sharm el Sheikh has a lazy river and then a slide into a different pool, can’t remember if it twists or is just straight.

  8. Our family of six stayed at the Wild Oak Ranch for a week and it is a hidden gem! We loved the lazy river, roasting marshmallows at night, the property landscaping and our two bedroom residence; our balcony had a fabulous view, too.

    We traveled in February and the lazy river was open but not heated; the rest of the pools make up for this with no problem at all.

    San Antonio has so much history, food, adventure and scenery, we would recommend this Hyatt property, most definitely 🙂

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