Sometimes, you just need a no-stress getaway at an all-inclusive resort – preferably on the cheap. Few hotel chains make it easier or cheaper than Hyatt and its Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resorts bookable starting at just 20,000 points per night (and sometimes even less). And now, your list of options for using Hyatt points is growing.
After acquiring a chain of all-inclusive resorts last year, Hyatt has added nearly 60 resorts scattered across Mexico & Latin America. The hotel chain started by adding seven properties around the Cancún area last month. On Monday, Hyatt followed up by adding another 52 resorts, from Mexico to Curaçao and St. Martin.
They aren't Ziva and Zilara locations: They've got names you might recognize like Dreams, Secrets, and Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts. But no matter: They're now bookable with Hyatt points for just 15,000 to 25,000 points per night.
Hyatt calls it the “Inclusive Collection.” And it's kicking things off with a special promo allowing you to earn 5,000 bonus Hyatt points for a stay of three-plus nights at one of these properties through mid-September – even if you book using points! Registration is required.
Take a look at how Hyatt's portfolio of all-inclusive properties is evolving.
7 New Locations Added in April
It started with these seven.
Hyatt began its expansion of all-inclusive properties with seven locations concentrated around the Cancún (CUN) airport, less than an hour or so drive away. While we haven't personally stayed at these resorts, they should complement the existing Hyatt Ziva Cancun and Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun down near Puerto Morelos nicely.
Here's the list:
- Dreams Natura Resort & Spa
- Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
- Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa
- Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
- Secrets The Vine Cancun
- Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
Without fail, each of these properties can be booked using 20,000 to 25,000 points per night for a standard room. Thanks to Hyatt's new peak- and off-peak pricing system for award stays, you might see award rates that are slightly higher or slightly lower, depending on when you visit. But no matter how you slice it, that's a great deal considering some of these new properties typically sell for $300 to as much as $600 per night. Remember: Your points cover your room, your food, your drinks, and almost all your activities – pretty much everything except for tips.
Read our full guide to booking Hyatt All Inclusives using points!
Here's a look at what you can book at Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, one of the nicest new additions located just north of Cancún. Like many of these new additions, you can book it for 25,000 points per night for a standard stay.
Meanwhile, you can book the Dreams Natura Resort & Spa as well as the Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa for 20,000 points for a standard night. Here's the Dreams Natura Resort, for instance.
Don't have a stash of World of Hyatt Points? Hyatt is one of the best Chase transfer partners, and Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt on a 1:1 basis. That means a stash of 75,000 points on the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve® can net you 75,000 Hyatt points – enough for three nights at one of these properties.
More All-Inclusives Added This Week
As promised, Hyatt cranked up the heat on its all-inclusive expansion this week.
On Monday, Hyatt officially added another 52 properties scattered across the Americas. These new resorts are located throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Here's a look at the full list.
Like the Ziva and Zilara locations, nearly all of these newly bookable properties will run you 20,000 points to 25,000 points for a standard award night. But with this latest addition, there are a few resorts that are bookable for just 15,000 points a night, like the Sunscape Sabor Cozumel off the coast of Cancún.
Or the Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa on Mexico's western coast, near Zihuatanejo.
With some all-inclusives properties now at or below the 15,000-point threshold, that means you could use Hyatt free night certificates from the the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card for a free night at one of these properties. That's a nice option.
Will these new additions measure up to Hyatt's own Ziva and Zilara resorts? We can't say for sure, but odds are that these new locations aren't quite as good – though the bar is quite high.
Secrets and Dreams resorts, in particular, have a good reputation among travelers who flock to all-inclusive resorts. At the end of the day, more options to book these types of properties using Hyatt points is welcome news.
While we don't have many details yet, European destinations are coming, too. Hyatt merely says Europe resorts are “coming soon.”
A New Award Chart for All-Inclusive Resorts
As its portfolio of all-inclusive properties grows, Hyatt is introducing a whole new award chart for booking these resorts using your points.
The standard Category 1 through Category 8 award chart for Hyatt hotels doesn't apply here. Instead, Hyatt is using Category A through Category F to price these free nights at all-inclusive locations.
Award rates range from 15,000 points for a standard night stay to as much as 50,000 points per night. So far, almost everything is pricing out at just 20,000 points to 25,000 points per night – including the longstanding Hyatt Ziva and Zilara locations.
Most award stays should fall in the standard pricing bracket. But just like Hyatt hotels worldwide, you'll occasionally see lower or higher award rates for stays during off-peak and peak periods. For example, the newly bookable Dreams Natura Resort & Spa and the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos are both Category B resorts. That means you can book off-peak stays for 17,000 points per night – or a stay during peak periods for 23,000 points per night.
Want a bigger room? Hyatt has introduced even more tiers for different room types: Club access, standard suites, and Premium suites. For example, while a standard room at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun (a Category C property) will run you 25,000 points a night, a standard suite jumps to 40,000 points. You can check out the full Hyatt award chart for a breakdown.
No hotel chain makes it easier (or more lucrative) to book all-inclusive properties than Hyatt. A night on the beach with free food and drinks for 15,000, 20,000, or 25,000 points per night? You can't beat that.
While Hyatt's own Ziva and Zilara properties will be tough to beat, we're still thrilled to see the portfolio of locations growing with these latest (and upcoming) additions.
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