OK, I got the name right this time! My post on this topic was quite popular according to blog traffic stats. So, I asked my cousin-in-law if she would be willing to tell us more about her experience at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. She was hesitant at first and said she isn’t really a writer. So? Neither am I, and that never stopped me from blogging.
She was kind enough to do it in spite of her busy schedule. As you’ll see in a minute, there are no photos of the room. Nobody besides bloggers worries about pictures of toilets and bedding. When my family enters a hotel room, I usually order my husband to hold on to the kids before they mess everything up. Then I snap the photos. Even travel feels like work when you are a blogger…
Anyway, if you want more details on this property, go to this page on Trip Advisor. But here is an account from an ordinary family who got to stay here for only $75 per night (all-in, no resort fees) when rates were hovering around $400. Enjoy!
“Over Labor Day in 2015, we decided to take a family trip to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. I hope to go back again this year on our renewal certificates. Fingers crossed they don’t raise it to a Category 5. This is definitely a resort with plenty to keep the kids busy.
There are pools with slides and waterfalls, plus activities like golf and large lawns to just play ball. They also have kid-friendly movies at night. One reason I really enjoyed this resort is because it reminded me a little bit of the Grand Hyatt in Kauai (my all-time favorite). It’s like a miniature version.
On our first day, we spent a couple of hours at the Barefoot Beach, just a few minutes from the resort. This beach is often rated #1 in Florida. It’s perfect for families with small children because the water is very calm. My kids (ages 4 and 7) swam all over. They are usually reluctant to go in the ocean and just play in the sand. My son liked diving down looking for shells, and found quite a few nice ones. We went on a holiday but were able to walk down the beach just five minutes from the access point and had a long stretch all to ourselves.
Back to resort. A nice perk if you stay here is that you have access to Hyatt’s private island. We did this the second day. Pack up a picnic lunch and plan on spending a few hours here. It’s kind of a little adventure for the kids because of the boat ride to the island. I thought it would’ve been romantic for couples too. They have umbrellas and chairs set up (free) so that’s a nice perk.
This beach was not as pretty as Barefoot Beach, but it had great shelling and it was nice to have chairs and umbrellas.
The only thing I will do differently is try to go when it’s not a holiday. We had a blast, but the pool area was a bit crowded. But even with it being totally booked, we were still upgraded to a room with a balcony and a view of the bay (due to having Platinum status that comes with Hyatt Visa). The resort is also close to an outlet mall if you want to do some shopping. I thought this area was very upscale but not too built up like some of the other beach towns. We can’t wait to go back.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m drooling over this place! The closest airport to Bonita Springs is RSW (Fort Myers) and it’s served by Southwest Airlines. You can also fly into Tampa or Naples (might be cheaper) if you don’t mind a bit of a drive. If you have a Chase Hyatt Signature Visa and just got your renewal certificates, definitely consider using them here. What a deal!
You can also transfer Ultimate Rewards currency to Hyatt because paying 15,000 points per night in high season is extremely reasonable considering basic rooms go for over $400 per night. Of course, the easiest way to collect UR points is to sign up for cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Plus (see my first post for more details). Side note: Chuck at Doctorofcredit reports that Chase will soon institute the same 5/24 rule for Chase Ink Plus. See my updated post for more on Chase application rules.
Another option is to sign up for Chase Hyatt Signature Visa. Sure, there are fancier properties in Hawaii and elsewhere. But if you can’t afford or don’t want to fly across the world just to maximize hotel certificates, this is a good option. And you can even drive to Florida unlike Kauai and Madlives.
Readers, who else is drooling besides me?
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.