A Floridian refresh

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, an award-winning resort in Bonita Springs, near the city of Naples, FL, has completed a multimillion-dollar guestroom renovation in recognition of its 20-year anniversary last fall. The updates include a complete transformation of the property’s 426 rooms and 28 suites.

“When we visited the property, we were struck by the resort as a hidden gem, both because of it’s distance from the typical overcrowded Florida tourist destinations, but also because of the site’s architectural setting,” said Gabriela Camacho, project designer, Parker Torres Design. “You come upon the hotel by way of a long drive, nestled amongst an abundance of native flora and fauna. It feels exclusive and secluded. This became the basis for the design, employing moments of discovery that mimic this revelatory experience of the natural world. Hyatt’s brand identity also heavily influenced the direction of the design by focusing it on intuitive convenience for guests.”

The updated guestrooms showcase a sophisticated tropical feel with new hardwood flooring, coconut wood bed frames and modern furnishing and decor. Featuring light green and vibrant ocean blues, the rooms provide bright and airy accommodations representative of the resort’s waterfront location in Southwest Florida. The new rooms also feature new sandy-colored light fixtures, bold accent chairs and patio furniture matching the tropical theme. In addition, the resort updated its corridors with wavy light gray and green carpeting, soft shadowing reminiscent of breeze-blown sand and dark brown furniture and fixtures.

“The palette and materials draw directly from the hotel’s physical surroundings, honoring the indigenous landscape in a direct way,” Camacho said. “For example, the corridor carpet evokes the shifting of sands on a beach; the headboard lighting was designed to filter light the way that light would through a canopy of palm trees. The palette is comprised of watery blues and greens supported by warm sandy neutrals.”

The new rooms complement the resort’s recently-renovated meeting spaces and lobby. The updated meeting space features light gray carpeting with bold ocean blue curved lines intertwined to perfectly complement the resort’s waterfront location. Ballrooms also include brand-new elegant and sophisticated light fixtures in a sandy beige color, stages surrounded by deep gray and bright blue drapes and red chairs.

“Historically, Bonita Springs was the site of a famed and enduring seashell shop (the Shell Factory); many of the shapes in the design relate to the elegant but uncomplicated contours of shells. The guestroom carpet uses a subtle basketweave pattern as a nod to the legacy of the Calusa and Seminole Native Americans that originally lived in the area, and whose descendants are still active throughout Southern Florida,” Camacho noted.

Showcasing Florida’s sunny year-round weather, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point features a waterfront getaway on the state’s southwest coast. The resort provides a three-acre water park featuring a lazy river lined with shady palm trees, five water slides including a pair of dueling slides and several pools. The water park also features an adults-only section with a pool and hot tub in a tranquil setting as well as several cabana rental options throughout the resort.

“Returning guests will be surprised by how fresh and open the rooms feel, with that cleanness drawing the eye outwards to showcase the extraordinary views,” Camacho said. “Within the room, the headboard wall provides a dramatic feature with a unique shape and construction from hand-woven rope. There are also many details to delight guests in their discovery, from the decorative (wrapped “rattan” connections) to the functional (understated but conveniently accessible guest outlets).”

Outside of the water park, guests can explore a 1/4-mile boardwalk that winds through the mangrove forest. At the end of the boardwalk sits the resort’s marina which provides ferry service to Big Hickory Island, a private island that is part of the Estero Bay Ecological Preserve. On the 15-minute boat ride, guests can keep an eye out for local marine life including wild pods of dolphins and manatees. Once on the island, the resort provides chairs and umbrellas for guests to enjoy the white sand beach throughout the day.

Guests can also enjoy lawn games on the resort’s grassy courtyards, roast marshmallows and make s’mores at palm tree-shaded fire pits, or practice their golf skills at a lakeside practice putting green. The resort also features rejuvenating spa treatments at Stillwater Spa, yoga classes offered on select dates and live music in its Belvedere Lounge.

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