Bonita Springs Resort Hotel: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Florida
Along the Southern Gulf Coast of Florida in Bonita Springs, Halfway between Tampa and Miami, I found a little piece of paradise—the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Very close to the ever alluring chic shopping and world-class galleries in Naples and only a few miles from Fort Myers, stands this recreational and relaxation haven.
It is placed smack dab in the middle of 26 gorgeously landscaped acres that back up to the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve which borders the Gulf of Mexico. Just an hour from the Everglades, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point has the largest resort poolscape south of Orlando in the state of Florida (3 acres of cascading water!). It is the perfect place for those who are in town for business, want to take their children someplace fun or maybe just want to take the day off to relax at a beautifully decorated getaway.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the amenities that stood out for me.
Bonita Springs Resort Hotel: A Peak into the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Florida
POOLS & SLIDES
There’s a good chance that you will get a room that overlooks the bay and huge array of pools that this resort has within its serene surroundings. But, don’t just look at them from above—indulge!
There are four swimming pools; each one with its special features. Some have a slide, others are heated and/or adult only. You may find one to spend the entire day at or for some variety, do a little pool hopping.
I was lucky enough to spend a day in their private cabanas at the Lazy River Water Park, a complex that has 3 waterslides (YES—three!!) and a 6 mph moving river. Two of the waterslides are side-by-side speedsters, which makes it fun to have a friendly competition to see who can get down first. The other one is an inner-tube slide that leads right into the lazy river, the start to a relaxing float.
If you want some exercise attempt to walk the Lazy River, going against the current. I tried and only made it a quarter of the way before calling it quits. How far will you get?
After your float, head to the 5,000-square foot Adventure Pool and zip down the infamous “Corkscrew” slide, it’s 140-feet long and a whopping 2 1/2 stories tall. It also has a kiddie waterslide for the youngins or scaredy cats.
If you are keeping count, that’s a total of 5 waterslides and one 1,095-foot heated Lazy River! Plus, the resort was at 91% capacity when I was there and it felt like 25%. That’s a great thing! The pools weren’t crowded, it was easy to get lounge chairs and the restaurants always had availability.
Yes!! You heard me right, the resort has a private island beach. Big Hickory Island is a secluded beach on the Gulf of Mexico and is a part of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. The island excursion here is reserved for guests of the hotel only, with 15-minute ferry services provided by the resort for those who want to visit.
You may even see a dolphin or two on the way over (we did!).
There are no food facilities or sundries store on the island, so get some delicious snacks at the hotel’s Cool Beans cafe and pack your sunscreen before heading over. They have picnic tables, plenty of beach chairs with umbrellas, lots of sun and sand, plus it is perfect for bird watching and a sheller’s paradise.
NATURE & WILDLIFE
The entire resort backs up to the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, which pretty much guarantees you a healthy dose of nature and wildlife throughout the area. The estuary is home to to a variety of wildlife, mangrove trees and seagrass beds. You may see bald eagles, fiddler crabs or even gopher tortoises.
During my visit I saw bunnies hopping around the resort, fish, lizards and about a dozen different kinds of birds—including this odd one:
There is something for everyone at the Hyatt Regency resort hotel in Bonita Springs. Besides the incredible water recreation, there is ping pong, a giant connect four, corn hole, a putting green, bocce ball, a floating golf hole, tennis and a wall climbing area. If that isn’t enough you can go to the Belvedere Room to simply play a game of checkers, backgammon, or chess.
Plus, if you want to take a walk to the water, there is a wooden boardwalk that will take you through the mangroves. Be sure to read the informational signs and see what wildlife you will spot on the way.
And my FAVORITE activity of them all…making S’mores. Don’t forget to get a S’mores kit from Cool Beans cafe: it comes with Hershey bars, graham crackers, marshmallows and long sticks. Go to one of the 2 fire pits and spend the evening making the best dessert and the best memories.
To sum it up, there will probably not be enough hours in the day to do everything offered at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point!
The service was top notch throughout my stay, exceeding expectations around every corner. The staff genuinely says hello in the hallways, reception is there to answer all your questions and requests are met with a smile. They are relaxed and casual, but offer supreme accommodations, service and food. My kind of place.
FOOD & RESTAURANTS
You have a lot of options at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point when it comes to food. You could always go to Cool Beans for your early morning coffee fix or to pick up snacks to bring to the private beach. They also have ice cream from a local dairy, an assortment of cold cuts, juices, cereals and fruits.
Tanglewood is perfect for the breakfast buffet and go to Corkscrew for lunch to get a killer burger and a beer using their innovative beer cup that fills from the bottom (you gotta see it!). It allows your beer to have less air, it’s a more controlled pour and the bartender can be hands free while it’s being filled.
Have a pre-dinner cocktail at Mangroves lounge. Enjoy it while watching a sports game on the big screen or take it outdoors to drink next to the peaceful water fountain in the Banyan Courtyard.
Trying the local black grouper, the seafood tower and a flight of ceviche (they have 8 different kinds to choose from) at the beach-vibed Tarpon Bay is a must for dinner. Not a fish fan? There’s a risotto bar! Enough said.
I’m a fish and risotto lover, but could have also just turned the appetizers and sides into a meal. Who can resist Lobster Mac n’ Cheese and Creamed Corn with Cauliflower?
After a day at the private island or zipping down the waterslides restore your body at the Stillwater Spa that has 18 different treatment rooms and a 4-foot deep saltwater pool. One of my favorite things about the spa was being engulfed in a light mango scent that was both soothing and delightful (I actually took the candle version home with me).
Treatments can be anything from a warm stone massage to a hydrafacial to a coconut spice body polish that will scrub, exfoliate, condition, moisturize and smooth you. But for a real bucket list experience, book a full day of relaxation and do all three.
The standards rooms are playful but stylishly decorated with neutral colors and a whole host of amenities.The bathrooms are beautifully equipped, very spacious, clean and have wonderful toiletries. Beds are always a potential deal breaker for me and these rooms have the Hyatt Grand Beds. They are comfortable—snuggly, warm and downright luxurious with cushy pillows (pillows always have the potential to be a deal breaker for me).
But let’s talk about the balconies for a second. I had a corner room with three balconies! And the bathroom one had this killer view:
And for good measure, here’s the view from the another balcony on the other side of my room:
While my room was well and good, it is the lush Regency Suite that really caught my attention. We are talking, 1789 sq. ft. of absolute royalty. Modern, yet elegant furnishings, an oversized shower, a gorgeous tub with a view to die for, several balconies at your disposal, a desk and a dining table that can seat eight!
Of course you get everything else: the big 65″ TV, a fully stocked fridge, high speed internet, a safe, plush bathrobes, 76 channels on the humongous TV including NFL & MLB networks and presidential service to tie it all up in a beautifully delightful bow.
If you choose, you could always upgrade any room to include the Regency Club that gives you access to the private lounge on the 17th floor that comes with a complimentary continental breakfast, beverages, exclusive Regency Club Concierge service and even some hors d’oeuvres to boot! FYI—The club is included if you book the Regency Suite.
If you are looking for a United States getaway that feels like you are somewhere overseas, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point is a little piece of paradise right in Florida’s Bonita Springs. Ready to book? Book Here.
Disclosure: My stay at the resort was courtesy of Hyatt Regency Bonita Point. All opinions my own.