Monday, August 20, 2012

Hyatt Lost Pines: A Great Place to Get Lost If Only for a Weekend

On Day 3 of our recent Austin adventure, after our excursion to the magnificent Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, we headed for our last stop - Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa.

Surrounded by wilderness, the 405-acre Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa is located 13 miles from historic Bastrop and within 27 miles of Austin attractions such as Barton Springs Pool, the University of Texas, the State Capitol, and South Congress Avenue.

Upon our arrival, we walked in to find a lovely bottle of wine and a fruit and cheese tray as a welcome gift. The kids room had a basket of cookies, chips and other snacks. That was a great way to kick start our visit!

We quickly changed into our swim suits and headed down to what turned out to be our favorite part of the property - the Crooked River Water Park, which includes a lazy river, a 2-story waterside, cabana with waiter service offering food and beverages and an adults-only pool (holla!).

The good news is that from the moment you check in, you’ll find an incredible host of things to do in and around the resort. They offer horseback riding, archery, skeet shooting, kayaking, zip-lining, horse camp, rafting trips, etc.  The bad news is that most of these awesome amenities are at an extra surcharge. And I do mean extra, as in the cheapest activity is around $45 and it goes up from there. If you have several kids or are looking to do something fun as a family, it could get expensive fast.

However, if you are like me (cheap) you will be happy to know that there are plenty of free activities to fill your time. We had a great time hiking the nature trails around the property, playing horseshoes and washers, and at night they set up an outdoor movie screen and show family films (we saw Rio) and let you make your own 'Smores on outdoor fire pits.

T-Bone and Rib Eye

We got up on Sunday morning and my husband said, "Honey! Come look at this!!" There were 2 cowboys riding these huge longhorn steers outside of our room. When we went down for breakfast, we saw them out in the courtyard. There names are T-Bone and Rib Eye and the kids can climb up on them and have their photo taken.  Our boys couldn't get out there fast enough to flash their "Hook 'Em Horns" sign for a pic.

I'm seriously considering trying to rally my family to go to Lost Pines for Thanksgiving.  24 hours was not near enough time to enjoy this paradise. If you are looking for a getaway that offers lots of outdoor fun for the entire family, I give the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa two thumbs up. 

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines, Texas, USA 78612