Gulf Coast Getaway at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

For several years I have enjoyed traveling to the Southwest region of Florida to take in the charm of the area and the warmth of the sun. I have visited up and down the Gulf Coast, from Sarasota to Sanibel, and Naples to Key West, and each area has its own cool vibe that keeps me coming back for more.

Recently I took my daughter, Morgan, on a father-daughter vacation to celebrate her journey off to college. She wanted to go where there were beaches and shopping. (Did I mention she was eighteen?) I immediately thought of the Gulf Coast and began to search for places. Through my Travelocity search I came across a pretty good deal for a fly & stay at the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point. For a little under $400 each we got a roundtrip flight out of Rochester and 4-night stay at one of Hyatt’s premiere resorts. And as if that package wasn’t good enough, our arrival flight got us into the Ft. Myers airport by 11:30am, with our departure flight not leaving Florida until 5pm. To me those are great bonus hours for some sun & fun!

Upon arriving at the Hyatt Regency – Coconut Point Resort & Spa I couldn’t help but be in awe at the true luxury that welcomed us. From the valet parking to the doormen, this place screamed “vacation”! As you enter the resort the Stillwater Spa is located to your left. This full-service spa offers an enormous menu including their ‘Aqua Massage’. As guests enter the main lobby comfortable sitting areas and the Concierge are located to the left, with the minimalistic check-in area to the right. I found my check-in to be quick and easy, with the friendly desk manager giving me all kinds of information and answering all of my questions. Included with our check-in was a glass of champagne for me and a glass of OJ for Morgan.

Located on Estero Bay, which leads out to the Gulf of Mexico, the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point offers views that are simply breath-taking. We actually made it a point one evening to stay in our room and take pictures of the sunset over the Gulf from our balcony. Incredible!

Our guestroom was magnificent. The suite contained two queen-size beds, a table with chairs, a kitchenette, and luxurious bathroom. The decor was modern, but not over-the-top. The staff cleaned our room each day and even turned our beds down at night when we weren’t there. Classy!

The Hyatt Regency – Coconut Point was recently awarded Travel & Leisure magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in the World and Top 50 Family-resorts in North America. Guests surveys have also resulted in the resort & spa receiving the AAA Four-Diamond ranking. With its 70,000 square feet of conference rooms, six restaurants and lounges, and three pools this Hyatt Regency has it all. My favorite place to eat at Coconut Point is the poolside restaurant known as the Corkscrew. Serving up great lunches and dinners, the Corkscrew is great as you relax by the pool. For more formal dining, Tarpon Bay and Tanglewood are superb. Tarpon Bay serves the best of area seafood, while Tanglewood offers up some wonderful American grille cuisine.

A stay at the Hyatt Regency – Coconut Point wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Hyatt’s private island across Estero Bay. A free water taxi takes guests from the resort’s dock to the island every 30-minutes. While on your way you are likely to see dolphins and rays swimming alongside the boat. Once at the island, a two-minute walk to the other side brings you to the Gulf of Mexico in all its glory. (Wait, see the sunbeams shine down and hear the angels sing from above.) This mile long strip of private beach is for Hyatt guests only and has complimentary chairs and umbrellas, and is perfect for saltwater swimming, sunbathing, and seashell collecting. 

Though the resort has everything you could want during your stay- tennis, golf, pools, wall-climbing, internet, flat-screen TVs, restaurants, and more- if you wanted to venture out Southwest Florida is packed with things to do. Morgan and I had lunch at the Bayside Restaurant in Naples one day, took in the sunset and had dinner at the Ft. Myers pier another night, and shopped at the amazing Coconut Point. It is an outdoor shopping and eating experience rivaled by few,with condos above the stores known as The Residences. From designer shops such as Coach and Aldo, to chain stores like Target and Champs, Coconut Point has shopping covered. The area also has great restaurants such as The Grape, Stir Crazy, and California Pizza Kitchen.

Without a doubt if you are looking for rest and relaxation in a peaceful, luxurious setting, the Hyatt Regency – Coconut Point is beckoning you. With incredible weather year-round, true southern hospitality, and slow-paced way of life, the Gulf Coast is one of my favorite places to be. Located between Ft.Myers Beach and Naples, and just 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida international Airport, the Hyatt Regency – Coconut Point is the perfect vacation destination for your next getaway. For more information contact Erin Flanagan at 239-390-4205 or visit their website at


Relaxing at Hyatt’s Coconut Plantation

Most likely when you think of vacationing in Florida you think of the hot spots of Miami, the Keys, Ft. Lauderdale, or the tourist mecca of Orlando. But a few years ago my wife, Rachel, and I found a fantastic getaway. Located about 10 miles south of Fort Myers Beach and 15 miles north of Naples, is the quietly growing community of Coconut. By using our Hyatt Vacation Club membership, we now try to make the Coconut Plantation on Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico an annual getaway.

Flying into Southwest Florida International (RSW) gets our vacation off on the right foot. Perhaps one of the cleanest and most enjoyable airports in America, RSW sets the tone of relaxation from the moment we landed. With a dedicated area on the ground level of the airport, getting a rental car is as easy as renting a car can be. And we’re off on vacation!

A drive of less than 20 minutes find us at our destination- The Hyatt Vacation Club’s Coconut Plantation. Off the Tamiami Trail and onto Coconut Drive, the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Coconut sits against the sun-filled sky. All of the amenities at this 4-star resort are available to those staying at the Coconut Plantation, located less than 1/4 mile further down the road. In between these two resorts is a gorgeous golf course called Raptor Bay. With water and sand placed strategically throughout the 18-holes, Raptor Bay turns out to be an enjoyable round of golf.

The first thing you will notice when walking into the main lobby of Coconut Plantation is the one-of -a-kind scent of what else? — coconut oil! From the beautiful mahogany wood floors to the warm two-sided fireplace, and welcoming “come sit in me” chairs, the Coconut Plantation screams, “Get ready to relax!”

We traditionally start our retreat with lunch at the Corkscrew Restaurant, located poolside at the Regency. However keep in mind that saying ‘poolside’  may be somewhat confusing for first-timers, because both the Regency hotel and the Coconut Plantation resort each boast 5 pools each! And between both locales, and the golf course, visitors can choose between 5 distinct restaurants.

Settling into our room is always a treat. Each room at Coconut Plantation has a beautiful lenai, with each screened in patio offering up a unique view. Whether the view is of the golf course or the resort’s pool area, each is always a relaxing. With studio, 1-bed, and 2-bedroom units available, the HVC quality never wavers. With granite counters in the bathroom and kitchen, cool tile floors in the living area, and comfortable carpets in the bedrooms, the Coconut Plantation is a fabulous home away from home.

With cascading waterfalls, a 1000-foot lazy river, and pools ranging from a kiddie pool to the adult pool on the veranda, Coconut Plantation has enough water to cool you from the typical 80-degree temperatures. Tennis and basketball courts, bike rentals, and an air conditioned fitness center are just a few of the other amenities for guests. And whether you’re taking in the rays at the Regency or the Plantation, their poolside beverage servers are the epitome of relaxation and luxury.

When we finally force ourselves to leave the grounds of this multiple resort, the south Gulf Coast offers an array of fun options. Less than two minutes away sits the vast condo/shopping area of Coconut Point. With hundreds of famous name stores, dozens of restaurants, and luxury living accommodations, this community is a modern twist on an early 1900’s city. The city of Naples is about 15 miles south of Coconut, and their pristine beaches, unique shopping, and outdoor restaurants make this a must-stop every time we’re in the area. The famous Fort Myers Beach area is just to the north of our resort and  is always ready to offer up fun til the early morning hours. Picking shells on the beaches, taking in the sunsets at the pier, and great food and drink at the Yukatan is a typical afternoon and evening at FMB.

Though the region offers beautiful public beaches and the two resorts have 10 pools between them, the best part of our stay at the Hyatt Vacation Club’s Coconut Plantation is always a trip to their private beach located at Big Hickory Island, across Estero Bay and on the Gulf of Mexico. Privacy and more relaxation is the order of the day when spending time at the beach. With complimentary lounge chairs, umbrellas, and ice-filled coolers for your favorite beverages and snacks, a day at this beach will surely spoil you for future excursions.

Though this region eluded our vacation getaway radar for some time, we now have it locked in and look forward to our visit nearly every year. For more information about The Coconut Plantation or the Hyatt Vacation Club, contact 1-800-Go-Hyatt and mention this column.