The Hyatt Residence Club (HRC) Coconut Plantation is located in Bonita Springs on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It is one of sixteen timeshare properties in the HRC portfolio, including one of five in Florida. Earlier this year I was solicited by HRC for a three-night stay at the Coconut Plantation wherein we would pay $262 including taxes and receive three nights in a one bedroom condominium and either a $100 resort credit or 10,000 World of Hyatt Points in exchange for sitting through a 90 minute timeshare sales presentation. My wife and I took advantage of this offer for our anniversary and just returned.from an extremely relaxing few days in paradise, just two hours south of our home. Details regarding the timeshare offer can be found in this post.
- Category 5 (20,000 points/night)
- 72 residential-style condominiums, including studio (up to four guests), one bedroom (up to six guests), and two bedroom (up to eight guests)
- Private, screened-in balconies on all units
- One- and two-bedroom units include a washer and dryer, master suite with en suite bathroom including a jetted tub, and a fully stocked kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven with four-burner stove top.
- Five pools, including a 1,000 ft lazy river
- Two outdoor bars
- Basketball, beach volleyball, and shuffleboard courts
- Nine TV video game room with local area network support. Consoles include X-Box, Playstation, and Wii.
- Camp Manatee children’s program
- Fire pit and barbecue area
- Fitness center, steam room and sauna
- On-property “provision” company for t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, wine, ice cream, etc.
- Easy access to the Raptor Bay Golf Course
Patrons of the HRC also receive full access to the amenities at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, located approximately half-a-mile south of the HRC and accessible via a shuttle that runs regularly between the two properties. Additional amenities at the Hyatt Regency include:
- Three adult water slides and two smaller water slides for kids
- Five pools, including a lazy river
- Five restaurants and bars
- Access to Hyatt’s private Big Hickory Island Beach, an idyllic Florida white-sand beach, via free water shuttle (15-minutes)
- Dolphin watch and eco-tours
- Rock climbing wall
- Tennis court
- Stillwater European Spa
Arrival and Check-In
The Room – One King Bed Condo
The timeshare deal we took advantage of put us in an approximately 1,000 square foot, one king bed “residential style” condo. The rooms were tasteful albeit a little bit dated, with British West Indies decor that is very popular in Key West and throughout the Caribbean. Boy was the room spacious! Anyone who has spent time in Florida knows mosquitoes can be bad, so the porches being screened in adds a ton of value to the usability of the space.
The Coconut Plantation
We stayed in Building 52, unit 5260L, as shown on the map below. Buildings 51, 52, and 53 are approximately 17 years old and completely owned by timeshare investors. Building 54 was completed approximately one year ago and includes rooms designed in a modern decor. HRC plans to expand to the north with construction of an additional 25 to 50 units. Expansion was also planned to the east, however proximity to the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve has led to issues with permitting.
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Patrons of the HRC are able to access the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point via a free shuttle that runs between the properties every 20 to 30 minutes. You must get a wristband from the HRC front desk in order to access the other property.
The four days and three nights we stayed at the HRC Coconut Plantation were extremely fun and relaxing. The property is well maintained with a tremendous amount of lush vegetation. While the decor of the guestrooms was a bit dated, the amenities within each room more than made up for it. We only used the outdoor amenities at the Hyatt Regency, but I can say the Regency felt trendier than the HRC, with European club music blasting from a number of portable speakers by the pool. There are also over 400 rooms at the Regency, compared to 72 rooms at the HRC. In my opinion, I will take similar amenities and a bigger room with less people any time, especially since we could shuttle down to ride the water slides or catch the ferry to Big Hickory Island.
In summary, we had a fantastic anniversary at the Coconut Plantation. I could really see this property appealing to families, as there really is something for everyone. The supermarket is only a short drive away as well, which combined with the fully stocked kitchen was perfect for people like us who don’t like to eat out for breakfast or lunch. All in all, I think 20,000 points per night is about right for this property.
Have you stayed at a Hyatt Residence Club? Do you find the value to be better or worse than a traditional hotel? Let us know in the comments!