6 hotels with water parks you can book with points

Summer Hull
Personal Finance Writer
Summer Hull writes the weekly "Get to the Points" column for CreditCards.com

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You already know you can use your hotel points to book a place to lay your head at night. Sometimes a basic, safe, clean room is all you need between travel adventures or meetings.

But sometimes, the hotel resort itself can be a big part of the destination, especially if there happens to be an amazing on-site pool complex with waterfalls, water slides, splash zones and poolside cocktails right outside your door.

In that case, your hotel points can not only get you and your family a place to sleep but also provide a good chunk of your daily entertainment quota.

Enjoying a nice water park can easily cost a family hundreds of dollars per day, but when you stay at a points-friendly hotel that has an wonderful on-site pool complex, you can keep that money and just stay and play.

Here are six of my favorite pool complexes at hotels you can book with your points.

1. Swim in the grotto at the Hyatt Regency Maui 

The oceanfront Hyatt Regency Maui has two exceptional swimming pools in a lush Hawaiian setting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

A highlight at this pool complex is the grotto that is covered on each side with a cascading waterfall and flanked in the middle with a swim-up bar. For the kids, there is a children’s lagoon with a beach entry, water toys and two water slides. One is a small 25-foot slide for preschoolers and one is an enclosed 150-foot water slide for braver thrill-seekers!

Standard rooms are bookable for 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night. If you need to pad your balance, World of Hyatt points can also be transferred in at a 1:1 ratio from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

2. Jump into the water from a 15-foot cliff at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

The sleek, new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas has six unique pools, each with its own theme and character.

My favorite part of this pool complex is the largest pool next to the ocean that features Dean’s Blue Hole where you can jump from an 8- or 15-foot cliff.

This beachside pool has a cave with a glass wall between you and a lagoon that is home to sea turtles, nurse sharks and stingrays. In the cave, you can safely swim while watching these sea creatures swim just feet away!

Standard rooms are bookable for 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

3. Hit the Atlantis water park courtesy of the Comfort Suites Paradise Island

Also in the Bahamas, a really awesome way to play at the iconic Atlantis water park without paying Atlantis prices is to stay at the neighboring Comfort Suites Paradise Island using hotel points.

Staying at this neighboring hotel gets you Atlantis wristband access for all registered members of the hotel. This can be a good deal even if you are just in the Bahamas for the day on a cruise and don’t stay the night since Atlantis wristbands cost about $100 per person per day.

Standard rooms are bookable for 30,000 points per night from your Barclay Choice Privileges Visa Signature card.

4. Check out the Adventure Water Park at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale

The Westin Kierland in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, features an Adventure Water Park with a 110-foot water slide, 900-foot lazy river and a children’s splash pad. While there is an additional fee, if you want to practice your surfing or boogie-boarding skills, there is even an on-site FlowRider machine.

If you are seeking a little more laid-back water atmosphere, they have two hot tubs and a heated adults-only pool.

Standard rooms are bookable using 12,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points per night which you can earn with the Starwood Preferred Guest AmEx or transfer in from Marriott Rewards.

5. Soak in a 3-acre water park at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point near Naples, Florida, recently completed a $7 million expansion to include a now massive 3-acre water park, featuring a 5,000-square-foot “Adventure Pool” and a 140-square-foot corkscrew slide.

This resort also has a lazy river water feature with three water slides, one of which is an actual inner tube slide – rare for a hotel water park!

In total, there are four pools, a semi-private beach and adults get their own heated adult pool where they can escape from splashing children.

Standard rooms are bookable for 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night or you can use the annual Category 1–4 award from the Hyatt Credit Card as this is a Category 4 property.

6. Float the day away at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort

One of my favorite resort water parks for elementary-aged kids is the Crooked Creek Water Park just outside Austin, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. This tree-lined property has a zero-entry beach pool, a lazy river with plenty of tubes and a water slide that is perfect for those who are just getting brave enough to head down the slide without mom or dad.

If you happen to head to Hyatt Lost Pines with a toddler, the resort also offers a very shallow baby pool and a newly refinished splash pad. While Central Texas can get painfully hot in the summer, this water park is lined with rows of gorgeous pecan trees that provide ample shade.

Standard rooms are bookable for 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

When hotel points can provide our family not only a place to stay for the night but a portion of our entertainment with access to world-class pool complexes – that’s fantastic!

See related: Chase to launch new Marriott Rewards card with 100,000 point sign-up bonus, Hotels you can book for 5,000 points per night or less


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Updated: 09-23-2018