Great Get Away! A review of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
My Wife, 6 year old son and I stayed at the Lost Pines Resort July 8-12, 2006. We took advantage of the buy 3 get one night free deal. As several reviewers have noted, the resort is still working out minor details of a new property. These are minor and in no way hindered the enjoyment of our stay. Dont expect an established Ritz or Four Season's feel here. You get a great "Texas Lodge" experience at Hyatt Lost Pines Reort.
You enter on a 2+ mile private road that winds thru the hills and trees leading to the resort. We immediately began to decompress and get into "vacation" mode. Upon pulling up to check in, all the staff members were very polite and helpful. One unique aspect of the resort is that Hyatt recycled much of the trees cut down during construction and used the wood for floors and other features in the hotel. It seems that they have worked hard to be a good steward of the land and have joined up with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to provide educational tours on the area and Colorado River. There are wonderful trails running along the Colorado River and other parts of the property. The Resort has alot of information on the history of the area as well as Texas in it's paintings, displays, and plaques located througout the property.
The majority of the rooms have very nice views of courtyards, the river or the pool area. There is a wing however that provides minimal views or of the entrance drive, and some include a view of the self-park area. We had a great room with two double beds and it was very comfortable and included a 32" LCD TV. We were on the first floor and had a wonderful old pecan tree outside the porch and in the distance the pools.
We were told that the pool complex had the largest "lazy river" in the US at a resort and would not argue as it is 1200 feet long +-. The complex includes the river, a 95' long slide, sand beach & pool, and seperate adult pool accesible by river. We spent the majority of our time at the pool. Yes, the pool area is in need of additional umbrellas and shade, and we were told that they have been ordered. The pool staff works very hard to make sure that everyone has a good time. We were especially pleased with all the activities that they have for the kidsw. Special thanks to Lea and Jessica for all their hard work with the kids. We had no trouble getting service when needed. The pool was uncrowded, especially during the week. I am sure this will change as the word gets out about this fine resort. There are bikes available to check out, Tennis and a Spa. The s'mores are now free and while we were there ran from 8 until 9:45 at one of the fire pits on the property.
The golf course is beautiful and tough. I played twice and did not/would not get tired of this course. It is a little tough for a "resort" course, but with several tee options, you can find one that fits your game. The signature hole is #12, an elevated par 3 high on a ridge overlooking the resort. Bring a camera for a great picture.
The staff is very polite and helpful. We didnt encounter anyone who didnt go out of their way to be helpful. Very courteous and plenty of Texas Hospitality. Even the maids were great and help with my wayward spanish! You couldnt walk anywhere and pass a Hyatt employee who didnt ask how you were or saying hello.
Alot fo the people we talked to came from the Dallas area. Much shorter drive to Lost Pines than to Hyatt Hill Country. With a new property, the foliage is still growing in, the trees are new, the grass is still getting thicker etc., so with the exception of the very old pecan and oak trees, dont expect a place that looks like it has been there forever.
Go now before people discover Lost Pines Resort and the crowds come. We are already planning a return trip this summer.
The resort is approximately 25 minutes from Austin and 10 minutes from Bastrop with a wonderful old main street.