Waterpark opens at Hyatt Regency on Gulf coast

The resort added three three-story waterslides and a lazy river to its existing water options.
The resort added three three-story waterslides and a lazy river to its existing water options.

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa opened a $7.1 million, one-acre waterpark, adding to an existing two-acre pool area at the AAA Four Diamond Bonita Springs resort on southwest Florida's Gulf coast.

The waterpark features a trio of three-story waterslides that plunge into a 1,095-foot, heated lazy river. In its dining and relaxation areas,  200 lounge chairs have been added  to create an aquatic attraction within the resort, complementing the area's natural beauty with more than 5,000 native Florida plants and trees.

The Corkscrew Pool Bar, part of the original pool complex, has also undergone a major renovation and is three times its original size. It provides poolside service for all four pools, including the new waterpark. Corkscrew will provide quick bites via a food truck that will directly serve the new waterpark's relaxation area; the food truck is not yet in operation.

The waterpark joins the resort's three existing pools: a 5,000-square-foot, heated lagoon-style pool with a beach entry and two smaller waterslides; an unheated pool with waterfall cascades; and an adults-only, heated pool with an adjacent hot tub. The waterpark is open exclusively to registered hotel guests.

"The addition of this exhilarating water experience allows us to deliver a unique destination for both families and groups that leverages our year-round tropical climate," said Brian Kramer, general manager of the resort.

This expansion rounds out the resort's aquatic adventure offerings, including the pristine private beach on Big Hickory Island, accessible only by boat. There, guests can enjoy a beach that is also a wildlife refuge, hunt for sharks' teeth and seashells (there are more than 400 types found in the area) and kayak or paddleboard along the shoreline and observe native and migrating wildlife.

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