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I started my review of the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in this post. In the first post I described the lobby, the room, the Regency Club, and other amenities inside the hotel. In this review I am going to get to the really good part, the outside activities and amenities. Don’t get me wrong, the inside of the hotel was great, but the outside is what makes it spectacular. Get ready for a photo overload – I want you to have a chance to see how awesome this resort is with your own eyes!
As I mentioned in my first post, this stay was in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, or otherwise known of by Hyatt (at least until after they found the first half of this two-part review). The opinions are 100% my own. The great news is that after finding my first review, I have emailed back and forth with the social media contact at this Hyatt, and they are sponsoring a great contest so that one Mommy Points reader can experience a night at this resort for free! More details at the end of this post.
I’ll get straight to the good stuff and talk about their piece-de-resistance…the pool complex. When we visited the resort last month, it was 108 degrees on an August summer afternoon. Logically speaking, the only truly acceptable thing to do for any length of time outside on a day like that between the hours of about 10AM-6PM is go to the pool. And so we did. And did. And did again.
When we were there the pool was definitely active, but it wasn’t over-crowded. It probably helped that our visit was the weekend after school started for the area. I have read that it can be busier earlier in the summer. We had no trouble getting a seat for our stuff and finding some room to ourselves in the pool area.
They have a decent sized splash pad and very shallow pool for the toddler crowd. The splash pad was made of a squishy bouncy material that would not hurt much if you fell on it. Perfect toddler material. It took C no time at all to conquer the shooting water!
After a few minutes at the splash pad, we went to the lazy river. The water temperature was perfect – it was not too cold, but was a nice refreshing change from the crazy oppressive air temperature. I loved that you didn’t have to pay extra to rent a tube. You just waited until an empty one floated by and grabbed it. It didn’t take more than 30 seconds for us to get two tubes. C floated in my lap and we all had a great time. Sorry, no pictures of the river as we were all too busy floating to take pictures.
After the lazy river, we went to The Slide. Ooooohaaaaaah. This was one of the highlights for C. It was her first water slide. They let parents go down holding their kiddos who aren’t tall/old enough to go on their own. Some resorts don’t do this, so I was happy that this resort does. We all had a fantastic time doing this repeatedly. The wait was never more than about 5 minutes and it was so much fun.
After a few rounds on the slide we went to the beach portion of the pool. Some families had some serious sand castle building going on here. C was more interested in trying to fill the pool with sand than build a sand castle. Maybe we’ll try the castles next time.
Next to the beach area is a zero entry pool section that is again perfect for the 3 feet tall crowd….or anyone for that matter.
Overall the pool complex was amazing. There was an adults-only pool that we didn’t get to check out on this visit. Even though it wasn’t for us this go-round, I am still happy when resorts have this option. On trips where C isn’t with us, we like to have a little child-free refuge! There is also a walk-up bar next to the pool that we also didn’t get to utilize on this trip. The fruity drinks that I saw people enjoying looked magnificent. Pool, I miss you already!
I can’t tell you how many times a day we sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” or otherwise talk about animals in this house. C is very well versed in her animals and what sounds they make, so she is thrilled when we get to see animals in person. This resort is great about having scheduled activities every hour or so, and animals are a large part of many of those activities. We took part in a mini-petting zoo with miniatures donkeys and baby alpacas. In truth, it was really too hot to be out for this activity. I think it was about 3PM and we were melting after about five minutes, but those were five happy minutes full of lots of animal petting (and chasing).
On the Sunday morning that we were there they also had a time where you could go meet a huge longhorn and horse. What I loved about this was that it was held early enough in the morning that it was still under 100 degrees and it was located right outside the main lobby just mere steps from the air conditioning. The kiddos got to take turns sitting on these truly massive creatures while parents acted crazy trying to get them to look at the camera and smile. Yes, I was one of the crazy parents trying to get my toddler to look at me and smile while she was sitting on a 2200 pound animal. She loved it!
Additional Outdoor Amenities:
There really are too many for me to list. There are things we didn’t do like golf, tennis, basketball, disc golf, and bike riding. The bike riding especially looked fantastic. Just borrow a bike and go for a ride around the property. That is absolutely on my list for a future trip. We did get a chance to walk down to the Colorado River just before sunset. It was pretty and peaceful. And hot. Especially for The Man, who played the role of donkey for Little C. It was way too far for her to walk without some Daddy assistance.
We also spent some fun time at a playground that was right outside from our room. I just love that this resort gives your family so many options of things to do, without making you feel like you are forced to do anything at all. It’s just like it is all one big backyard for you to explore at your own pace.
Outdoor movie and s’mores:
At 8PM the resort sets up an outdoor movie screen and shows a kid’s movie. The day we were there it was Monsters, Inc. I really wanted C to see part of it, but she was just too tired to stay up any longer. They provided blankets, and families played and gathered on the lawn while waiting for the movie to start. I know this sounds insanely corny, but it felt like a magical way to end the day. I look forward to when C can stay up a little later and we can watch a movie on the lawn.
They also had s’mores that were available right next to where the movie is shown from 7PM-9PM, so we did take full advantage of those before we headed inside for bath and bed. Again, I love that there is no additional “nickel and diming” for things like s’mores. Just take what you want and enjoy! It was so cute watching kids debate the best way to properly cook a marshmellow. You got to see kids just being kids without the distractions of video games, computers, or tv.
It was clearly bath-time after s’mores!
Traveling with a toddler or young child will never be easy, but this resort is so well done that it makes family travel almost feel easy.
So when are you and your family making a trip to Central Texas to check out this resort for yourselves??!! I hope that my family is able to make a return visit next fall when it is still warm enough to take advantage of the pool, but not quite as hot as it is in late August!
Win a Free Night Away at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa:
Once the Hyatt Lost Pines found the first half of my review, they were very excited to help a lucky Mommy Points’ reader experience the magic of this resort for themselves, for free! You can tell from my reviews how much my family enjoyed this resort, so I am more than thrilled that one of you will get to do the same. Here’s how it will work:
- Answer two questions in the comments section of this post: 1. Why do you need a day away at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa? AND 2. What activity or amenity do you most want to experience at this resort? Check out their Facebook page for ideas!
- Entries will be accepted from now until Friday 9/30/11 at 11:59PM CST.
- The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries (real person, real email address, answer the two required questions listed above) by the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines.
The free night will be sent to the winner by the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa and will be valid for one year from receipt on a Monday – Thursday stay, subject to availability. I was told that if you book with some decent advance notice, there isn’t usually a problem utilizing these types of certificates. The only exception would be on a day that had extraordinarily high demand. This is a great opportunity, but please only enter if you plan to actually use the night. If you aren’t familiar with the area, Lost Pines is located very close to Austin, Texas, so it would be easy to add a night away at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa if you are going to be in the Austin area. It is also located within about 2.5 hours from Houston, and within an hour from San Antonio.
If you have been following the news about the Central Texas wildfires, this resort was very, very close to where some of the worst fires were. While the resort was thankfully untouched, several of the employees lost their homes. You can check out their Facebook page for information about ways to help. Thousands have lost their homes in Texas, and we can use all the assistance, good vibes, rain, and prayers that we can get.