We love to travel and this was our first family vacation since COVID started in March 2020. To say we were excited to have some fun in the sun and relax is an understatement.
We were really late in planning this trip so there were no VRBOs available anywhere in Southern Florida. We did some research and ended up booking at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs Florida.
The first thing notable about this resort is its proximity to RSW Airport. It's close. Real close. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the hotel which was great and a big plus when we had to catch our flight back home. It's also centrally located and an easy drive to Naples which has beautiful beaches and a great downtown and Fort Myers Beach for a little nightlife.
Driving up to the resort was a nice first impression. The hotel is impressive and there was a nice selection of exotic cars out front including a Lamborghini and a wide range of Tesla's, Audi's and more.
The common areas and the grounds of the hotel were beautiful...top notch. Grabbing a drink and sitting outside at night near the fountains was a highlight. The air was warm, the drinks were strong and the sound of the water set the tone for our first night. We were officially in vacation mode.
Quite frankly, we were unimpressed by the rooms, particularly at the premium price we paid. They were a bit dated, the beds weren't particularly comfy and the bathrooms (tub/shower combo) were not nearly as nice at other Hyatt properties we've stayed at. We didn't spend much time in the room, and you likely won't either but still...for the price we expected much more.
The Pool complex is the star of the show at this hotel. With 4 pools, 5 slides and a lazy river there is more than enough to keep everyone busy and having fun for days. Most lazy rivers have multiple opportunities to get soaked. Not the case here which was fine by me. I had my drink in hand and just floated along...and along...and along.
Word of caution...the pool chair situation is intense. You need to get your towels down before 8 am or you will likely not have chairs, particularly by the pools with the slides. If you missed out you will have another shot at chairs when they open the lazy river side at 9am. There were ample chairs at the adult pool and at less desirable areas.
The wait staff from Corkscrew that cover the pool areas are rock stars. Super friendly and attentive. The chairs have little flags attached that you flip up for service. We seldom waited more than a minute or two for our waiter when we needed them. Drinks were $10 which is pricey but not unreasonable for a resort. Definitely try the Killer Coladas, the Grouper Sandwich with plantain chips and the Hummus!
Another awesome feature of this hotel is the private beach. Getting to the beach is a quick 15 minute boat ride across the inlet and you might even see dolphins along the way (we did). The beach was great. Not overcrowded, great sand, plentiful chairs with umbrellas and tons of shells to find. If you end up doing a beach day keep in mind there are no services at this beach aside from bathrooms. Come prepared with your drinks and food if you want to spend the day there. We failed to plan and only stayed a couple hours. Don't make the same mistake we did! Get your Yeti and cooler ready!
The Food and Drink
We ate at most of the restaurants on the property. Tanglewood has a great breakfast buffet and very delicious pizzas, which you can get at a few locations in the hotel. Corkscrew was our "Go To" for days at the pool. We also ate at Tarpon Bay - the resorts upscale offering. The food there was definitely a higher caliber but not out of this world and the service left a little to be desired. Feels like we just ate there on an off night. The bartender there was outstanding... great service, great drinks.
The hotel has a lot to do besides the pools. There is a small climbing wall, bags and a few fire pits for making s'mores at night (you can buy supplies on site). We didn't venture off property much but we did rent a boat for the day which was a blast. Check out Bonita Boat Rentals. Friendly staff, decent (but older) pontoon boats at a reasonable daily rate of around $400. It was so fun to putter around, look for dolphins and look at the beautiful properties that line the water front.
Closer to the hotel we did an evening of mini-golf at Congo River Golf which was a blast. A totally fun course with all kinds of water features and little twists to the game to keep things interesting.
Overall we had a fantastic vacation at the Hyatt Coconut Point in Bonita Springs and will be back!
Rating: 4 out 5 Stars
Things we bought and packed for this trip:
Shoes - Bought my 3rd pair of Hey Dudes for this trip. I LOVE (love) these shoes. So comfortable, so light and airy, great for the beach, the pool or just walking around town. My wife thinks they are ugly. I think they are awesome.
Coastal Crew gear:
Brought our Anthem UPF50 Sun Protection Hoodie. Its insanely comfy, looks great and is perfect for when you're done with the sun throughout the day. Dries super quick.
Also packed our New Charleston lightweight Hoodie in Athletic Grey. Wore it out to dinner one night and looked good enough for my wife to comment. Also had someone at the bar ask me where I got it. I said..."how much time you got..haha".
Last but not least I packed our Nantucket Deckhand Q-zip. It's lightweight and perfect for cool summer evenings. Looks great with a pair of dress shorts and flip flops (or Hey Dudes).
About Coastal Crew
Coastal Crew is a clothing brand for those that love the preppy look and live to be on the water. Our marque items are our Lightweight Deckhand Hoodies (the only hoodie with a dress shirt fabric hood liner), our Deckhand Q-Zips and our Dockside Men's Polos. We were founded in 2019 and operate out of Chicago where our products are made.