Hyatt is on a tear recently, adding to its portfolio of excellent Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Now, the hotel chain has its sights set on yet another property near Cancún.
Hyatt is reportedly planning a new Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya just north of Playa Del Carmen, roughly an hour south of the Cancún (CUN) airport. Hyatt Hotels recently completed the purchase of the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancún property, the Mexican tourism website Reportur confirms, and plans to turn it over to a Zilara property. It could open as soon as later this year or early 2022.
Hyatt has not yet issued a press release with this news, and a Hyatt spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But it fits in with Hyatt’s broader plans to expand the footprint of its fantastic Ziva and Zilara properties – especially in the tourism-heavy Cancún area. A new Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún is set to open in September, located even closer to the airport.
This new Riviera Maya property in the works would be the fourth Hyatt all-inclusive property in the area – and the second for adults only.
Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya Location
The new Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya (formerly the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancún) is located about an hour to an hour and a half south (depending on traffic) of the Cancún airport – and roughly a 15-minute drive north of Playa del Carmen.
While this will be the fourth Hyatt all-inclusive resort in the Cancún area, the existing properties are in the Cancún hotel zone which is about an hour and a half north – closer to Cancún International Airport (CUN).
Where are the Other Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts Located?
The Ziva & Zilara Hyatt all-inclusive resorts are scattered throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Ziva is Hyatt’s family-friendly all-inclusive brand while Zilara locations are adults-only properties.
See below for a breakdown of the locations.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hyatt Ziva Cancún: Cancún, Mexico
Hyatt Zilara Cancún: Cancún, Mexico (adults only)
Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún: Coming in Sept. 2021
Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya: Coming later this year or in 2022
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall: Montego Bay, Jamaica (adults only)
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Hyatt Ziva Barbados: Coming in 2022.
Our Experience with Hyatt Ziva and Zilara
When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, Hyatt just does things differently.
In our experience, the on-site restaurants offer quality food and drinks – far better than what you’ll find at many all-inclusive properties. The facilities are always clean and the staff goes above and beyond to make your stay more enjoyable.
And best of all, they are some of the only all-inclusive resorts that you can book with points: At just 20,000 to 25,000 points per night. And if you are booking your stay with points, it’s quite possible to spend less money on your vacation than you might at home. That’s because everything is included.
From 20,000 to 25,000 World of Hyatt points, those points each night cover your lodging, meals, drinks, and many other activities on the property.
We recently visited the new Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and put together a video of the experience. Be sure to read our full review of the Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Cap Cana.
Booking the Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya
The biggest reason we love the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resorts is that they are some of the few all-inclsuive properties in the world that you can book with points.
Since Hyatt hasn’t even formally announced this news yet, the property is, of course, not yet bookable through Hyatt’s website. Once award bookings go live, you can expect a night to cost either 20,000 (category 5) or 25,000 (category 6) World of Hyatt points each night under Hyatt’s current award chart.
If we had to guess, this newest property will likely price out at 25,000 points each night – just like the other resorts in the Cancún area.
However, Hyatt has indicated they will be introducing a new peak and off-peak award chart later this year for stays starting in March of 2022. Once this new award chart debuts, it could cost you more (or fewer) points for your stay – depending on the time of year in which you visit.
Paying cash? You can expect to pay between $200 to $500 a night. That’s generally the pricing you will find at the existing Hyatt Ziva and Zilara properties.
How to Earn World of Hyatt Points
You don’t need to be a road warrior who constantly stays at Hyatt hotels to earn enough points for a stay at any of the Ziva and Zilara properties. There are a few different credit cards that make earning Hyatt points relatively simple and straightforward – as long as you have the financial responsibility to open credit cards without getting into trouble
The first is obvious: the World of Hyatt Credit Card. Just for opening the card and spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership, you will receive 30,000 World of Hyatt points.
You’ll also earn 2x points on up to $15,000 of spending in the first 6 months of card membership. That’s 60,000 points total and enough for at least two free nights at any of the Zilara and Ziva properties.
The card has a $95 annual fee which is not waived for the first year of card membership. However, starting in year two, it offers an annual free night certificate to be used at any Hyatt category 1-4 property. None of the Ziva and Zilara hotels are eligible for the free night certificate, but for me, it is reason enough to justify the annual fee.
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In addition to the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you can also earn Hyatt points by transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Because Hyatt is one of the 13 airline and hotel transfer partners of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points into your World of Hyatt account at a 1:1 ratio. This means one Chase point will equal one World of Hyatt point.
And if you don’t have Chase Ultimate Rewards points, they can be earned from a number of personal and business credit cards. Most notably the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is currently offering a welcome offer bonus of 100,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of card membership.
That’s enough for up to five free nights at these Hyatt all-inclusive resorts.
This card also has an annual fee of $95 which is not waived in the first year of card membership. However, the welcome offer bonus alone is worth at least $250, and oftentimes much more. If you book four nights at one of these Hyatt properties, you could easily get $1,250 or more out of these points.
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So hypothetically, you could open the World of Hyatt Credit card and one of the Chase Sapphire cards and earn up to 140,000 points. That’s enough to cover up to seven free nights at Ziva and Zilara locations.
Do you have a spouse or a significant other? You can both earn points in your own World of Hyatt accounts and book back-to-back reservations for a longer stay, or just combine your World of Hyatt points.
You won’t find a better deal when it comes to all-inclusive resorts. Period.
Hyatt hasn’t yet released many details for its new Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya. But reports suggest an opening date of later this year or even into early 2022.