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New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

This past weekend, my family had the chance to stay three nights at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. We had previously stayed there in July 2016 and enjoyed the beautiful summer scenery along with the fabulous pool area. Would a winter stay over New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines be just as fun?

I’ll cut to the chase. Yes! It was fabulous! Most of this review will sound like I’m gushing, because I am.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

About Hyatt Lost Pines

The resort is located about 30 minutes east of Austin, Texas, but it feels like a world away. The hotel is three miles off the highway, and the road to the resort is narrow and hilly. It’s hard to imagine there is a large resort at the end of the road!

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Hyatt Lost Pines sits near the banks of the Colorado River. The resort has ~500 rooms, a golf course, spa and water park. Parents can utilize Camp Hyatt for a date night! Hyatt Lost Pines also offers horseback riding and partners with the nature park next door to offer hiking, fishing, zip lining, etc.

The resort is simply stunning in the summer. Watch this video to understand its beauty and size.

Our Room

We stayed in a room with two queen beds and a rollaway bed for my “extra” child. We had plenty of room!

Our Room We stayed in a room with two queen beds and a rollaway bed for my “extra” child. We had plenty of room! The room had a chair, desk with two chairs, and small refrigerator: The large bathroom:

The room also had a chair, desk with two chairs, and small refrigerator:

Our Room We stayed in a room with two queen beds and a rollaway bed for my “extra” child. We had plenty of room! The room had a chair, desk with two chairs, and small refrigerator: The large bathroom:

The large bathroom with separate tub and shower:

Our Room We stayed in a room with two queen beds and a rollaway bed for my “extra” child. We had plenty of room! The room had a chair, desk with two chairs, and small refrigerator: The large bathroom:And a balcony:

Our Room We stayed in a room with two queen beds and a rollaway bed for my “extra” child. We had plenty of room! The room had a chair, desk with two chairs, and small refrigerator: The large bathroom:

 

Family Activities

Hyatt Lost Pines is a destination resort. All of the entertainment you need is onsite, and there is really no need to leave.

This past weekend, we experienced many of the same family activities that were offered during our summer visit.

Although it was cold, my kids did enjoy the main pool and the family hot tub on the first day. Of course, we didn’t spend most of our day in the lazy river like we did over the summer, but the kids were satisfied.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

My boys played ping pong overlooking the river:

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

We also played outdoor games like bocce ball, horse shoes and ladder golf.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

My daughter enjoyed meeting many of the animals that live at the resort, including the longhorn cattle and the alpacas:

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

We also watched a special bird show and got to see a laughing kookaburra, Eurasian eagle-owl, hawk, vulture and raven.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

We bundled up for a chilly hay ride:

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

One night, a game truck rolled up for a few hours!

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

My daughter went crazy for this neon dance party in one of the ballrooms:

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

And thank goodness for some indoor games as well:

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Every evening, we ended up making s’mores around the fire pit:

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

The activity schedule varies greatly depending on the season and weekend vs. weekday. You can see the event guide from last weekend to get an idea of all that was offered. The hotel has more activities during busy time periods and weekends.

Most of the activities are free (or included with the hotel’s resort fee).

New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Hyatt Lost Pines had some special activities just for New Year’s Eve. The carnival showed up on Dec 30 and lasted for two days. Woohoo! The rides and games were included in the New Year’s room rate, so we didn’t have to pay extra for each ride and game.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

There were six rides, two that were geared toward younger kids and four that were for older kids and adults. My boys went on the Moby Dick ride at least 20 times!

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

The carnival also had a fun house with a mirror maze and a giant slide.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

There were several carnival games that were fun to try. My kids won a handful of prizes, including stuffed animals, mustaches, slime, sunglasses, etc.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Unfortunately, the second day of the carnival was VERY COLD. Most people stayed inside. Not my kids. They wanted to stay. We froze!

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

A kiddie train and horse-drawn carriage rides were also happening in the afternoon and evening.

A barbecue buffet was included in the New Year’s package. The dinner included several meat carving stations as well as yummy sides and a separate dessert section. We were stuffed!

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Inside, the resort had a fun photo booth, face painting, balloon animals and a dance party that lasted until 1:30 a.m.!

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

At 9:30 p.m., we all stepped outside in the cold to enjoy fireworks. It was great that the fireworks were earlier in the night so that younger kids (and adults!) didn’t have to stay up until midnight. We enjoyed the convenience of walking back to our room instead of having to fight traffic and deal with drunk drivers on the road.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

The combination of the resort activities plus the special New Year’s activities kept us very occupied. My son said he felt like we were on a Disney Cruise on land!

Spa Django and Fitness Center

The resort fee ($34 per day plus tax) includes access to the amenities at Spa Django. I didn’t utilize the spa on our last visit, so I decided to check it out. I’m so glad I did!

The spa attendant gave me a robe and slippers, and I had full use of the women’s indoor steam room, sauna and hot tub (the men’s side has the same amenities).

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and SpaNew Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

I could also use the co-ed outdoor heated pool and hot tub.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

I ended up going to the spa two days in a row. It was so relaxing, even without getting a spa treatment.

My husband used the fitness center. It had Gatorade and cold towels.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and SpaNew Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Food Options

On our first visit to Hyatt Lost Pines, we had access to the Regency Club Lounge because of my Hyatt Diamond status. We did not have access to the lounge this time, so we tried a few more of the food options.

While Hyatt Lost Pines does have three full-service restaurants, we didn’t eat at any of them during this visit. The New Year’s Eve package included a dinner buffet on NYE and a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day. We drove to a great Mexican restaurant in Bastrop for dinner one night, had pizza from an onsite food truck another night, and we grabbed a few quick bites at McDade’s Emporium. The to-go food at McDade’s Emporium was reasonably priced and tasty.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Quick bites at McDade’s Emporium

The Hyatt Lost Pines Touch

I had hoped that the weather last weekend would be at least in the average range for the area, in the 50s and 60s. However, a cold front swept through, and the temps remained in the high 20s and 30s with a lot of wind. It really kept us inside more than we wanted.

The staff at Hyatt Lost Pines was keenly aware of the cold and tried to make things as pleasant as possible for all of the guests. One night, as we drove back from dinner and headed for the parking lot, we noticed a golf cart following us. When we got out of the car, the employee told us to hop in instead of walking to the door. My boys also were offered a ride when walking from the carnival to the s’mores fire pit. We were thrilled to get out of the cold for those walks and very grateful for the employees offering the rides.

New Year's Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Thanks for the ride!

Cost of New Year’s Eve and Using Points for a Stay

The New Year’s package at Hyatt Lost Pines includes a lot of awesome stuff—extra family activities, dinner and breakfast buffet, dance party and fireworks—but it also comes with a hefty price tag. This year, rooms started at $500 a night with a two-night minimum. By the time taxes and resort fee are added in, the cost is at least $1200 for a two-night stay around New Year’s.

However, if you book very far in advance, historically some rooms have been available to book using World of Hyatt points or discounted rates like the Hyatt Friends and Family rate. Hyatt Lost Pines costs 20,000 points per night or 10,000 points + $125/night. As of this post’s publishing date, rooms are available on points for New Year’s Eve 2018/2019. I doubt these rooms will be available on points for much longer. Edited to add: If you book on points, the NYE dinner and breakfast buffets are not included. This year, the price was $80 for adults, $40 for kids, with kids 5 and under free. 

If you have Chase Ultimate Rewards points from a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, you can transfer the points to Hyatt on a 1:1 basis.  You can also apply for the Chase Hyatt card (referral link here) and get 45,000 points after spending $2000 in the first three months and adding an authorized user.

Bottom Line: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is a great resort that is a blast in the summer and winter! Does New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines sound appealing to you? Or would you rather visit in the summer?

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Author: Nancy

Nancy is a contributing writer for Miles For Family. She enjoys traveling to the beach and is a big fan of Disney. Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids.

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20 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

  1. We were there. I’m sorry I didn’t see you and get to say hi, but like you said, the weather was SO COLD that we were indoors more than we liked. We too braved the carnival on NYE in the evening and there were less than 10 people there. The workers outnumbered the guests! But our boys had a ball. It was our youngest son’s 3rd birthday and he thought the party was for him. So cute!

    It was our first stay at Lost Pines. We thought they did a great job on all the New Year’s activities. I wonder if we would have liked it as much absent the special activities, even in pool weather. Because our boys are still so young, 3&4, they can’t participate in a lot of the neat stuff yet. And I actually thought the pool area was small (for as many rooms as the hotel has) and may be really crowded if the hotel was at high occupancy in the summer. Maybe I’m just used to the massive pools at Mexican resorts?

    I will say that on a C&P stay, you will be charged extra upon check in if you want to participate in the NYE activities. I tried to wiggle out of it saying I would have booked differently if I had been notified of this but it didn’t work. I am pretty sure they would do this on an all points stay as well but can’t say for sure.

    Great review. I’m impressed by your speed getting it posted. I haven’t even unpacked yet! And I’m jealous of your spa time. Looks wonderful!

    • @Lindy I didn’t realize you were there! I’m glad you had a good visit. Do you mind me asking how much Hyatt charged for the NYE activities for points stays? I’ll add it to the post. We stayed on a Friends and Family rate, but we had to pay $40 for my “extra” third kid for the buffets, which I didn’t think was too bad.

      Funny you mention the size of the pool, because we thought it looked much larger over the summer with everybody in it! It definitely appeared smaller when it was deserted in the winter. I think your family might enjoy a summer visit, especially if you time it to be on a weekend or around July 4th when there are a lot of free activities. The resort has bounce houses set up outside and inside and the ground are much prettier in the summer.

      Oh and I’m still doing laundry from the trip. Usually takes me at least a week to get back to normal. 🙂

      • I think you might be right about a summer visit but we are just nuts for the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort (went twice this year). I think I was comparing the pool area to the Marriott’s water park which is quite extensive but it’s also a much larger resort.

        We paid $80 pp for access to all the NY’s activities including the buffets. Kids 5 and under were free so we ended up paying $160 extra for my husband and me. It was totally worth it.

      • @Lindy I’m glad you didn’t have to pay extra for your kids. I haven’t been to the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort. I’ve heard it’s great!

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