By Logan Hawkes

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is not your usual getaway waterpark adventure. In fact, the flowing waters are little more than one of many great attractions in this major resort tucked serenely beneath he lost pines near Bastrop.

Mom and Dad will enjoy romantic dining in the Stories Restaurant or the Firewheel Cafe, dance to great live music at Shellers Barrelhouse Bar & Grill, or be pampered to perfection in the Spa Django.

And there is more for the kids -- indeed the entire family -- when you take a ride at the Renegade Equestrian Center or fish and frolic at Camp Hyatt, an onsite outdoor expedition of fun and education on the Hyatt property. The resort has teamed with the Lower Colorado River Authority to offer nature hikes, rock climbing and zip line, stargazing sessions and kayaking and rafting excursions on the Colorado River, which borders the resort. The property, six miles west of Bastrop and 13 miles east of Austin on Texas 71, was once part of the adjoining McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

The Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa takes luxury getaways to a new level in Central Texas, and to miss out on the attraction would be a mistake if you're looking to combine comfort, luxury and family fun. A quality golf course awaits the avid player and the water activities of both the waterpark and the Colorado River provide ample cooling opportunities in the warm Texas sun.

From the wide range of rooms and rates available to a comprehensive business and conference center, the business traveler or the family traveler will find the resort accommodating and professional.

The name itself, Lost Pines, comes from the lost pines forest nearby. Though the resort is surrounded by the famous woods, there are actually very few pines on the resort property. But magnificent native pecans are strewn across the landscape, along with many oak more typical of the Hill Country, giving the resort the feel and look of rambling Hill Country ranchland.

With plentiful opportunity for rafting trips on the Colorado River, excursions through McKinney Roughs Nature Park, horseback riding through historical lands, and insightful journeys among the natural wonders of the 400-acre Texas resort, you will find comfort, luxury and ample rugged Texas outdoor fun awaits.

Take the time to spoil yourself royally in the well designed Django Spa. Experience the finest in therapeutic massage, herbal therapies, facials and body treatments. Throughout your spa experience, you will explore and experiment with concepts, including selecting your own music for your treatment, learning about the artwork you will find in the spa, enveloping yourself in the natural setting, touching and sniffing the aromatic herbs used in your therapy.

From Austin, take State Highway 71 northwest to Hyatt Lost Pines Road (just past McKinney Roughs Nature Park).