Just last month, Hyatt Hotels announced their plans to add yet another Ziva all-inclusive resort in Mexico’s Riviera Cancun region. But when that news was unveiled, there wasn’t a firm opening date. But now we know.
Over the weekend, Hyatt sent many World of Hyatt loyalty program members an email announcing its grand opening sale with rates starting at $297 per night through available June 15. And reservations are currently available starting Sept. 1, 2021 – and all the way through Dec. 22, 2022. Notably, award bookings using World of Hyatt points are not yet available.
Read on for everything you need to know about this exciting new property from Hyatt.
The New Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun
The Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun will be Hyatt’s third all-inclusive resort in the area after the Hyatt Ziva Cancun and the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun. This new property will likely be the preferred choice for family travelers because it is situated outside the busy Hotel Zone.
The property will have 438 rooms, situated between Playa del Carmen and the famous Cancun Hotel Zone. This resort will be closer to Puerto Morelos, approximately 20 to 30 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN).
According to Miles for Family, Hyatt is taking over the site of the former Secrets Silversands Riviera Maya. This means the property is a rebrand of an existing hotel and not brand-new like the new Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.
The Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun will offer a variety of amenities including several restaurants, multiple swimming pools, the Zen Spa inspired by pre-Hispanic Mayan culture with 12 indoor and eight outdoor treatment rooms, a fitness center with state-of-the-art amenities, and ocean views of the Caribbean Sea and the lagoon of Bahia Petempich.
Additionally, the property will offer more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space ideal for weddings, anniversary celebrations, and a variety of gatherings.
And based on the bookable dates from Hyatt’s grand opening announcement over the weekend, the property is slated to open on Sept. 1, 2021.
Where are the Other Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts Located?
The Ziva & Zilara Hyatt all-inclusive resorts are scattered throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. 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 Cancun: Cancun, Mexico
Hyatt Zilara Cancun: Cancun, Mexico (adults only)
Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun: Coming in Sept. 2021
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 (not typical at many all-inclusive properties), the facilities are always clean and the staff goes above and beyond to make your stay more enjoyable.
If you are booking your stay with points, it is very possible to spend less money on your vacation than you might at home. That’s because everything is included. 20,000 or 25,000 World of Hyatt points each night covers your lodging, meals, drinks, and many other activities on the property.
We recently visited the new Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic and put together a video of the experience. And make sure to read our full review of the Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Cap Cana.
Booking the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun
The biggest reason we love the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resorts is that they are some of the only all-inclusive in the world that you can book with points. And not only is it possible to book them with points, it’s an incredible value.
The resort is currently only bookable at their Grand Opening rates through June 15 – not using points. 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.
However, Hyatt has indicated they will be introducing a new peak and off-peak award chart later this year. Once this new award chart makes its debut, 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 might be saying to yourself, “this sounds great, but I don’t have any Hyatt points.” Don’t worry.
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.
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.
Click Here to learn more about the World of Hyatt Credit Card
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 which is currently offering a welcome offer bonus of 80,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of card membership.
That’s enough for up to four 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 $1,000, and oftentimes much more. If you book four nights at one of these Hyatt properties, you could easily get $1,000 or more out of these points.
Click Here to learn more about the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve is another option for earning Ultimate Rewards points, and you can think of it as the older sibling of the Chase Sapphire Preferred. While the Sapphire Reserve earns the same Ultimate Rewards points, it offers a number of premium benefits that push the card’s annual fee to $550 a year.
Just for holding the card, you’ll get an annual $300 credit that can be used for any travel expense. The credit happens automatically and makes it easy to trim down that annual fee to just $250 a year if you can use it.
It also offers a credit of up to $100 every four years to cover the cost of either Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, a Priority Pass lounge membership that will get you into thousands of airport lounges and restaurants across the world, and many other premium benefits.
The card earns 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending a total of $4,000 in the first three months of card membership. That equals up to three free nights at a Hyatt all-inclusive property.
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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 will be opening the new Ziva Riviera Cancun all-inclusive resort in September 2021. It is currently bookable from $297 per night through June 15.
It’s exciting to see Hyatt continue to grow their all-inclusive footprint throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. They are some of the only all-inclusive resorts you can currently book with points and they are an incredible value.
You can visit Hyatt’s new website for the property here.