We packed our belongings, kids and took a road trip to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa for a mini family vacation. Located in a small town named Bastrop near Austin, this resort definitely did not disappoint. The landscaping and wilderness of the 405 acre property is eye catching, welcoming and beautiful. The resort is located on the banks of the Colorado River. For a second you forget that you are close to the very busy and loud City of Austin.
We arrived in our suite and were welcomed with an amazing Welcoming Package that included beer, chocolate, pretzels and cookies! This resort had me from hello, literally!
Originally, we wanted to go to the beach, so Pumpkin could experience sand in her toes, but we weren’t quite ready to brave the long drive or fly, and our budget was limited. I was happy to see that the resort offered a variety of entertainment at their Crooked River Waterpark. The resort had a large pool that included a sand area that she enjoyed quite a bit. There was also a lazy river, splash pad, water slide, and even a space to play water volleyball and basketball. Don’t like kids? No problem, they have a separate pool just for adults located on the other side right next to the pool bar that both parents and non parents frequented (myself included).
During our visit, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Jill Williams, the Public Relations Coordinator for the resort. I mentioned to her that I was very impressed by all the recreational activities that were offered throughout the property. She said that her team realizes that without all the activities offered that the resort becomes just a resort and their goal is to provide an unforgettable experience for all of their guests. She said that they have made an effort to beef up their activities for the pre-teen and teenagers staying at the resort. Given that I have a pre-teen in our party, I did notice there were plenty of activities for him to do. Activities include archery, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, tether-ball, shuffleboard, golfing, fishing, biking, and zip-lining. They even have a Youth Spa for kids! The list goes on and on, so tell your kids to leave their technology devices behind. They will fight it at first, but then they will be so busy that they won’t even notice (hopefully).
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If you are looking to fall off the map for a few days, one of the great things about the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is that you won’t see any city life within miles of the property. You can walk around the property for hours and come across a few furry friends! Horses, longhorns, alpacas and even miniature horses are local residents.
Don’t feel like walking? No problem. They offer bicycle rentals daily and if your child is at least 40 lbs., they can ride on the handlebars in the seat with you.
As a mom, I look forward to vacationing just for the mere fact that I didn’t have to cook or do dishes! That alone was a win for this tired mom! The resort has many restaurants, cafes and dining options. We frequented the Firewheel Café for their amazing buffet offerings. There is a fine dining restaurant named Stories Fine Dining Establishment only open on certain nights and reservations are required. Usually, the words fine dining and children do not mix, but Williams assured me that many families enjoy the restaurant with their kids in tow and to not be scared off from making a reservation. Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to frequent this restaurant, but when we come back for another visit, we will definitely partake.
At the end of the night, we resorted back to our room and this is where it got crazy for this family of four. Trying to get Pumpkin to sleep was impossible in this room because she wanted to party it up all night long. She sleeps by herself in her own crib at home and being able to see what we were all doing in the same room made it hard for her to relax. After hours of rocking, walking back and forth, holding her to help her from not crying we succumbed to letting her sleep in the bed with us. The next morning, I felt her gums and low and behold she has three teeth trying to cut through. In hindsight, we should’ve upgraded our stay to the Junior Suite to allow her privacy in one room and my stepson the option to stay up later in the living room. It will be worth the money to get a good nights sleep for all of us. The resort front desk staff was smart in placing us down the hall with a few other families with babies. I met one mom the next morning that asked me if I wanted to trade babies with her for the night. She said hers didn’t sleep well at all either. At least I was in good company!
Overall Rating: A+
Don’t let the price scare you away because you will make up for it with all the free entertainment and activities that the resort provides. There are additional fees for the excursions and for dining. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfy and the bathroom we had included a full bath and separate shower. I don’t see that option often in hotel rooms. The hotel staff was very complimentary and friendly during our stay. In my opinion, The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines resort is an upscale, grown up Summer Camp. Your kids will enjoy it while you will secretly relive and enjoy going back to your own childhood. The beauty of nature and wilderness will completely suck you in making it easy to forget the stressful and busy life you left behind. Vacationing with a baby/toddler can be scary and tiresome, but don’t let that scare you from vacationing. I saw plenty of families with kids of all ages! We will definitely be back for years to come and I do look forward to going when Reese gets a little older, and this would be a great option for a weekend away with your loved one or a girlfriends getaway.
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Tips during your stay:
- Make sure to book your excursions when you book your hotel. They do fill up quickly during the summer. We weren’t able to book the rock climb and zip-line activities because they were full already and we tried to book two days in advance.
- Don’t miss out on the nightly smores cooked at the fire-pit. They were delicious!
- When you call for your luggage cart, have all of your belongings packed. The bellhop will not drop if off and come back. They are instructed to stay with the cart at all times. Needless to say, we did not know that and had to pack all of our stuff in 2 seconds flat.
- Don’t feel like packing all your baby supplies? No problem, because the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa offers mom-friendly options such as providing complimentary cribs, high chairs, and other kid furniture during your stay. They also offer baby wipe and diaper packages that you can purchase, so you don’t have to pack everything! How cool is that? Families can benefit from the Family Plan which offers 50% off a second room for the kids. We will take advantage of this special during our next visit.
- Consider bringing a jogging stroller or baby carrier during your hiking and walking onsite. It can be tiresome holding your baby throughout your stay.
Have you vacationed with a baby? What are your survival tips?
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