How to Book All-inclusive Resorts with Points
Most all-inclusive resorts are not affiliated with hotel loyalty programs, and the ones that are, well are generally pretty bad. The good news is that Hyatt has made a big push in recent years to change that. The best part is you can use points earned from the Chase co-branded Hyatt credit card to cover the cost of the nights! Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
I’ve been collecting points and miles since 2009, and this is easily one of our favorite uses of hotel points. There is something beautiful about spending several days at a beach resort and walking away without a bill. The best part is, Hyatt’s all-inclusive Zilara and Ziva resorts are also some of the top places you can vacation in Mexico and the Caribbean. The resorts have great facilities, solid food, and tasty top shelf drinks.
We have briefly covered this topic before in our post on the Top 6 All-inclusive Resorts you Can Book with Points. Since that time, we’ve had the opportunity to stay at two of Hyatt’s all-inclusive properties in Mexico, the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and the Hyatt Zilara Cancun. We’ll do a quick review on two of the properties and then show you how to book them.
So What’s the Difference?
Most of the Hyatt all-inclusive properties were previously other hotels and were renovated to bring them up to par with Hyatt’s standards. The Hyatt Zilara is adults only and definitely has more of a party vibe. The Hyatt Ziva is family friendly and a little more toned down. Mrs. TT and I have visited the Ziva and Zilara and highly recommend both.
Hyatt Zilara – Adults only
Hyatt Ziva – Family friendly
I’d recommend checking out the TripAdvisor reviews for each property. Mrs. TT and I typically don’t stay at all-inclusive resorts, since we like to venture out of the resort to eat, but we were willing to try them out after we saw how highly rated many of the Zilara and Ziva properties are.
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
Mrs. TT and I agree, we feel like this property is a hidden gem. It’s only a matter of time until people realize how great it is. The grounds are incredible and so is the food and service.
The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a family-friendly property, but we didn’t feel like there were an overwhelming number of kids at the resort. There are several pools and plenty of chair space. As you can tell in the photos, it’s got an incredible beach.
The property is tucked back against a large hill and feels very private, almost more of a boutique hotel. All the rooms are ocean facing, and have incredible views. Definitely try to snag a higher room if possible.
The rooms are comfy and have been updated within the last couple years. I felt the rooms were slightly better at this property than at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun.
The bathroom features a double sink and also a large walk-in shower. Each room also had a small minibar, which was restocked daily with water, juice, and alcoholic beverages. Overall the rooms were spacious and well appointed.
Dining consists of four themed restaurants, both indoors and outdoors. We were most impressed with the above average breakfast buffet that offered authentic Mexican style breakfast along with everything else you could possibly want. The drinks in all restaurants were tasty and made with mid to top tier alcohol, which is somewhat unexpected for all-inclusive.
This is definitely our favorite Hyatt all-inclusive property. The beautiful scenery alone sold us on it. Again the grounds, rooms, food, and drinks were all top notch. We are already planning another visit in the future.
Thrifty Tip #1: Want better drinks and service? You’re not paying for the room so you might as well tip well! Tipping a dollar for every one or two drinks really improved our service.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
We just got back from visiting the Hyatt Zilara Cancun for four nights. This property in particular seems to be a favorite amongst many other bloggers. This is primarily due to Cancun’s ease of accessibility and cheap airfare prices.
The Zilara Cancun has a much different vibe than the Ziva Puerto Vallarta and appeared to be much busier. This may be due to the fact that the Zilara Cancun is a much larger property.
Thrifty Tip #1: Take advantage of the “resort dollars” they provide at check-in. The coupons give you reduced prices on spa services, premium wine, and other extra amenities.
This property also had a great beach with plenty of places to relax. We found this much quieter than the pool area and the drink service was just as good.
We also took advantage of the large and well-equipped gym facilities. I’ve stayed at hundreds of hotels and this is easily the best gym I’ve come across. They have ellipticals, treadmills, and weight equipment. For the more religious gym goer, they offer free classes like pilates, Zumba, yoga, and you can even schedule personal training sessions for an extra fee.
One of the other highlights of the property was the Mexican Cantina bar, which had cocktails, mexican craft beer, and an upscale tequila tasting bar (for small fee).
Thrifty Tip #2: Visit the Cantina and check out the tequila tasting menu and the Mexican craft beer selection. Also make sure to eat at Maria Maria, which has an excellent selection of authentic Mexican food.
We haven’t had a chance to try these other properties but we’re excited to check them out in the future.
- Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Mexico
- Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Mexico
- Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Jamaica
- Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica
How to Book?
The easiest way to book is with points earned from the Chase Hyatt credit card. The card only requires spending $2,000 in the first three months to earn 40,000 points. If you’re not into beach vacations, then check out the Park Hyatt NYC, Paris, Zurich, or Dubai (just to name a few of our favorites). The all-inclusivea cost from 20k to 25k per night, so the sign-up offer should be good for around two free nights. Hyatt points can also be earned from the Chase Sapphire or Ink cards as well.
Thrifty Tip: Apply for this offer with a significant other and then book the two-night reservations back to back. The hotel will gladly combine the two reservations at check-in.
Hyatt all-inclusives are usually one of our first suggestions for people looking to get huge value out of credit card travel rewards. The properties are fantastic and the food and service are excellent. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
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