Two years. That’s how long it took me to go from putting the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa Django on my “list” to actually getting there. It all started with a simple news release about seasonal treatments at Spa Django. From the moment of conception in my mind, a destination tends to simmer a bit. But once it’s on my radar there is no turning back!
In mid-November while in Austin for a girlfriend getaway, I broke away for a quick one-night stay at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. The verdict? I’ll be going back and next time bringing my family.
To get to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines from Austin, one drives out of town past the airport down nondescript Texas Highway 71. It gets rural rather quickly and stays that way right until the turn onto the private Hyatt Lost Pines Road. It’s here that you think you’ll run smack into the mega-luxury resort, but this is where it gets interesting. The road that leads to the Hyatt is the best part of the journey: around twists and turns, over hills and finally, after 3 miles I arrive at the resort.
The sprawling Hyatt Lost Pines is simply gorgeous and utterly Texan. When I arrive, the unmistakable aroma of smoked meat wafts toward the parking lot from a nearby smoker and I’m welcomed by a couple of resident Texas Longhorns. I can’t resist photographing them. The property strikes me as very unique and with its own personality. I can’t wait to explore.
Guest rooms are large by industry standard and typical for a Hyatt Regency: clean, comfortable, well-equipped and with luxury bedding inviting a fabulous night sleep. Feeling a bit under the weather, I order room service for dinner and it is a delightful in-room dining experience. My creamy pasta with chicken is delivered within the specified timeframe by a friendly server; it is delicious. There are a number of interesting dining options on the property ranging from ultra casual to fine dining. It would take you several days to feast your way through all the options
As a golf resort, family or couples getaway and a corporate retreat, the resort seems to satisfy many demographic groups at once.
The Family Factor
During my stay, the resort was nearly fully committed with a large business conference. From an outsiders perspective, it looked like a really fun place to have a meeting. On the weekends and during holiday periods, the resort caters more to families. And I could see why. A rich and varied recreational schedule is offered throughout the week. The list of onsite activites is endless: stargazing, campfires, bird watching, hiking just to name a few. The Crooked River Water Park features a 1,000 ft. flowing Crooked River, active pool, adult pool, sandy beach, kiddie pool, whirlpools, splash pad, two-story water slide and shaded decks. It’s a kids dream and a parents savior for bored kids. No way, not here!
The next morning the weather is simply superb as I wander over to Spa Django for my treatment. After five days of crisp, unseasonably cold temperatures, THIS is what I expected November in Texas to be like.
I have some time before my treatment so I luxuriate in the relaxation lounge in my gorgeous cocoa-hued robe, enjoying the complementary tea, juice and snacks: trail mix, the most delicious ever house-made granola bars, fruit and mini M&M’s. I’m offered a mimosa by the friendly spa attendant. The spa decor is distinctly Native American with a warm color scheme of deep chocolate browns, mustard and burnt orange.
The treatment I choose is the colorado River Rock Massage and my therapist, Marci, rocks it! Pun intended? Maybe. But I was in a state of warmth and bliss like I’ve never experienced. Other treatments are based on traditional therapies and rituals.
What I love most about Spa Django is the stand up Vichy Shower. I’ve only ever seen a horizontal Vichy Shower that is positioned over a treatment table. This one is in the women’s locker room and is available to all guests. Other features to love are the oversized super-powerful steam room, the large lockers (thank you, brilliant spa designer) and the covered outdoor whirlpool surrounded by lush landscaping.
By visiting the spa midweek when all the other guests are in business meetings I have the place nearly to myself. I lavish the personal attention. Spa Django delievered a perfect spa experience.
Was Hyatt Regency Lost Pines worth the wait? You bet it was. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but I’ll be back to explore again.