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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa Review

Situated on the banks of the Colorado river about 20 minutes from the Austin Airport and 10 miles from Bastrop, the new Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa Enterance to the Hyatt is a premier resort in a rustic setting and a remote escape from the hectic city living. The Hyatt Lost Pines offers luxury accommodations and outdoor adventures along with services that pamper the body and the spirit. The entry to the Hyatt is your first clue that you are in for a real treat. To get to the Resort, you wind your way through the rolling hills and scenic landscape with three different ecosystems which are home to over 200 species of birds, animals, amphibians, and reptiles. One of the reasons the Hyatt is a Texas Outside Favorite is because it offers adventure, inspiration, and relaxation.
Please note that when we visited in December, the grass was dormant and the trees had lost all their leaves as you can tell by the pictures. Although the Hyatt is still majestic and beautiful in the winter, in summer it is even prettier. Take a look at some of the Hyatt's pictures on their website to see the difference between winter and summer.

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines opened in June 2006 and has 492 guestrooms on 400 acres of diverse terrain (riverbed, pecan and oak trees, and rolling hills) adjacent to the 1100 acre LCRA McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Accommodations include three different room types plus suites and a stand alone guest house. We stayed in a premier room which had a patio with chairs and a table overlooking the Colorado River, a separate large shower, tub, coffee maker, flat screen TV, and other nice amenities - and an excellent mattress (not your typical uncomfortable hotel mattress) making for an excellent nights sleep after an enjoyable day.

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The Hyatt Lost Pines seems to cater to the business travelers who shun the idea of all work and no play, to families with kids, and to outdoor enthusiasts. Throughout the resort they have done an excellent job of promoting the local and Texas culture. As you walk the halls you can learn about some of the history of the area and of Texas. For example, one hall had pictures and a plaque of famous Texas musicians like Willie Nelson, Pat Green, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubbs, and The Flatlanders. The Sheller's Barrelhouse Bar features the famous barrelhouse blues of the Bastrop born "Grey Ghost" - Roosevelt Thomas Williams - and other blues musicians.

Spa Django is where you can enjoy a full menu of soothing treatments from healthy body scrubs to hot stone massages. Spa Django has 18 treatment rooms to pamper you with a variety of relaxing therapies for men, women, and couples in a very nice 25,000 square foot facility with steam rooms, hot tubs, and a pool overlooking a small pond. There is a 24 hour fitness center for your use to help you shed some pounds from all the good Hyatt food.

a marriage at Hyatt Lost PinesThe Hyatt is well equipped and staffed (very friendly and helpful) to handle small to large reunions, business meetings or retreats, and weddings. There is over 60,000 square feet of indoor space for just about any type of function. The Lost Pines Grand Ballroom is 16,000 square feet and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the 7,000 square foot Baron's Ballroom is great for smaller functions, and the executive boardrooms are excellent for team meetings. There are two excellent locations for outdoor weddings. The first is a covered large patio off the golf course clubhouse overlooking the resort, portions of the golf course, and the river. The other location is even better - an outdoor pavilion near the pool and overlooking the Colorado River. A Cinderella carriage can take you to or from the wedding. Check out the Outdoor Weddings Section of Texas Outside to help you with your wedding planning.

Camp Tortuga is for kids 3 to 12 and focuses on local culture, flora and fauna, sports, group participation, and learning activities. They offer: hiking, crafts, games, tennis, swimming, dance parties, scavenger hunts, and more non stop fun. There is also: a youth spa with make-up and massages, a pony ride, video arcade, and horse back riding lessons. In the evening, everyone can enjoy cooking and eating s'mores in the moonlight - doesn't get much better than that for kids, and for us kids at heart.

You have plenty of excellent choices for dining and/or nightlife, including:

  • Old Bucks Poolside Bar & Grill is perfect for drinks, burger, or sandwiches as you enjoy the pool area and volleyball
  • Major Neighbors Grill at the golf course serves breakfast and has an excellent lunch menu plus magnificent views of the resort grounds
  • Firewheel Cafe is casual dining for breakfast (great breakfast buffet), lunch (try the grouper sandwich), or dinner
  • Sheller's Barrelhouse Bar is named after the valley pecan shellers and is the place to munch on appetizers, pizza, burgers, sausage, or sandwiches; listen to live music; watch sports; and play pool or shuffleboard
  • Stories Fine Dining takes elegant dining to a new notch in a contemporary setting including an outdoor patio
  • Scribes Club serves the finest brandy and cognacs in a cozy library lounge
  • McDade's Emporium, a general store serving Starbucks coffee and breakfast pastries

Music at Hyatt Lost PinesEvery day you'll find some type of music event featuring local musicians. When we were there, a very entertaining three piece county music group was playing around a roaring fire under a full moon and tons of stars. Sheller's also has live music most nights. An outdoor amphitheater along the banks of the Colorado is used for plays and music concerts - Asleep at the Wheel recently played at the amphitheater.

One of the major reasons we really liked the Hyatt Lost Pines is because of the wide variety of outdoor activities and fun things to do. The Hyatt has partnered with the Lower Colorado River Authority to offer a variety of activities on the 1100 acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park. You and the kids will not be bored when you stay at the Hyatt. Each week the Resort has a list of sponsored activities that vary by day and season, like sunset kayak floats, climbing wall and zip line, or trail rides. Some of the outdoor activities include:

  • Tennis on two tennis courts
  • Hiking, biking, and jogging paths - the adjacent McKinney Roughs Nature Park has over 17 miles of trails
  • Fly fishing
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Kayaking, canoeing and rafting on the Colorado river
  • Pool area with a hot tub, 1000 foot Crooked River, water slide, and sand volleyball
  • Nature walks, GPS nature scavenger hunts, birding walks, or disc golf,
  • Horseback riding - Renegade Trailhead offers a variety of rides based on time and skill, for example: adventure rides are for 2.5 hours on a tougher trail deep in the pines through the Hyatt and McKinney Roughs Nature Park property, up steep hills, and into the river; a 1.5 hour trail ride through the pines trees and along the river bank; the 45 minute Armadillo ride on Hyatt property; or special rides like an evening ride or a picnic ride to a scenic point overlooking the valley and Colorado River for proposing to you potential spouse. The rides are managed by White Lightning Ranch

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If you like to golf you will love the Hyatt's Wolfdancer Golf Course. This 18 hole championship course, designed by Arthur Hills, meanders through three different ecosystems - rolling prairie, heavily wooded ridge line with outstanding views of the surrounding area, and the Colorado River valley. The course is demanding yet fun. If you play before 1:00 a forecaddy is required and the forecaddy is intended to speed up play, help locate stray shots, make shot recommendations and distance judgments, fetch and carry clubs, rake traps, and generally enhance the golfers’ experience. Wolfdancer is a Texas Outside Top 10 course and rated 8.4 stars. To learn more about Wolfdancer and to see some pictures, read the Texas Outside review of the course by clicking here. The pro shop is very complete and offers a wide selection of equipment and apparel. You should plan to have breakfast or lunch at Major Neighbors Grill at the clubhouse. Major Neighbors offers a wide variety of very good appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Make sure that you stop in after your round and sample some of the specialty drinks or martinis - if you had a bad day on the golf course, try The Wolfbite which is a shot of Wild Turkey with red pepper flakes and after a couple of these you'll perk up, remember this excellent golf course, and will have forgotten your score. You can also get a cold draft beer for the price of what you shot on 18 holes - don't lie!

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Another advantage of the Hyatt Lost Pines is that it is conveniently located to a lot of fun things to see and do, some of which include:

  • Three nearby golf courses in Bastrop and plenty of outstanding courses to choose from in Austin - click here to read some reviews of various courses in the area
  • McKinney Roughs Nature Park - 1100 acres along the Colorado river with walking, hiking, and equestrian trials, Natural Science Center and more
  • Bastrop has quaint shops, a historical district, river walk, good restaurants, and fun nightlife
  • Austin is only 25 minutes away and has everything that you could possibly want including excellent restaurants, plenty to do outdoors, lots of cultural sites, superb nightlife, and the best live music venues in Texas
  • If you have time, explore Wimberly, Gruene, San Marcos, or the Highland Lakes - see Texas Outside's Discover Texas to learn more
  • There is plenty of shopping in Austin and at one of the country's largest outlet malls, the San Marcos Outlet Center
  • Bastrop State Park has some good hiking trails and a very inexpensive golf course

If you must leave the property for food and entertainment, then check out:

  • Maxine's - a funky place well known for their breakfast plus they usually have a great singer during breakfast and lunch
  • Cindy's Gone Hog Wild - just a couple miles toward Austin, this fun and lively icehouse has pool tables, an excellent outside patio, a stage for live music, fire pit, and food - come here for cold beer, good times and great live music

You can read more about Bastrop State Park, Lost Pines Golf Course, and Bastrop in the Exploring Bastrop Thank God For Weekends article. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Spa and Resort is an outstanding resort - live.play.enjoy!

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