The Hyatt all-inclusive properties have become one of my favorite ways to redeem my World of Hyatt points. They include the family-friendly Hyatt Ziva’s in Montego Bay, Cancun, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta, as well as the adults only Hyatt Zilara’s in Montego Bay and Cancun. I personally have only stayed at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun and absolutely loved my stay. My family has actually visited twice (and a third trip is coming soon)! It provides all-inclusive experience done well experience. They offer awesome rooms, a great kids club, nice pools and many really good restaurant options.
Earlier this year, Hyatt announced the expansion of their all-inclusive properties with two new hotels in the Dominican Republic. This includes the family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana and the adults only Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana. When the hotel was originally announced, a Nov. 1, 2019 opening date was set. And up until that date, both Playa Resorts and Hyatt were promising that both resorts were opening on time with all amenities up and running. Unfortunately though, that did not happen.
The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana
Ziva is behind, Zilara is on track
The Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana did in fact open on time, but the Hyatt Ziva has been delayed. As of now there is no date of when the resort will actually open and the reservation calendar has been blocked off for the entire month of November.
Fortunately though, all guests who were booked at the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, they were accommodated at the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana. The resorts are right next to one another and they share facilities. This means for the month of November, the Zilara might not be an adults only property and there will be families. While this is fine for families, those looking for an adults only getaway might not be too pleased. Note: I have read reports that Hyatt will put you up at a hotel next door if you prefer.
Although the Ziva is closed, the water park is still up and running (so I’ve been told). The kids club, unfortunately will not be open, but they will run kids activities throughout the day in a separate area.
I have already been told from Hyatt directly that not all restaurants will be up and running, but I am not sure if that will change due to the two resorts combining into one. This means that the Zilara will have a higher occupancy rate than originally anticipated, assuming guests do not cancel or change their stay.
About the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana
The two properties are right next to each other on Juanillo Beach—about 15 minutes away from the Punta Cana International (PUJ) airport. Between the two properties you’ll find 12 restaurants and bars, swim-up bars in the pool, a water park with a lazy river, tennis courts, daily games and fitness activities, and nightly live entertainment. Since this property was built from the ground up, I expect the rooms and the facilities to be top notch.
One of the best aspects of both properties is that the lowest level room is a 614 square foot junior suite bedroom. This is great for families who need some space to stretch out. You can even book a standard room with two queen beds and a queen pull out sofa. Of course there are larger rooms, including two-bedroom and swim-up suites. The best part about the rooms is that minibar items are replenished daily and there is no extra fee. You can also always order room service 24 hours a day and that is also part of the all-inclusive experience.
Booking a room at the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana
Both properties are a category 6 and cost 25,000 points a night. This is for two guests occupying the room. Any extra guest will cost an additional 12,500 points a night. (Kids 2 and under are free).
If you are looking to go before the December holiday takes place, rooms are pretty reasonable. They are also offering a 5th night free promotion which can help offset the cost. Not only that, if you have either one of the Hyatt co-branded credit cards you can take advantage of the $250 statement credit promotion.
Due to low occupancy, especially at the beginning, I also wouldn’t be surprised if those with status receive a nice upgraded room.
Despite a potential delayed opening on the Ziva side, I am extremely excited about opening day of this property. I am personally not surprised by the delayed opening. This is quite common with resorts, especially those in the Caribbean. I have been watching this property closely since it was announced and pictures from a few weeks ago did not look promising. I originally was planning on going for opening day on Nov. 1, but with the uncertainty, I canceled my hotel room two weeks ago.
With that being said, I am looking forward to visiting this property at another point in the near future as I am sure my kids will absolutely love it. The resort looks beautiful and the amenities appear to be top notch. A water park is also a really nice addition to the Hyatt all-inclusive brand.
Will you be vacationing at this property? Has your reservation been changed?