Sneak Peek at Hyatt's First All-Inclusive Brand, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
Hyatt Hotels got us reconsidering all-inclusive resorts when they announced their new brands, Zilara and Ziva. It couldn't be all that bad if Hyatt put their name on it, right?
Now that we've actually seen one of the properties in person, we're even more ready to give the all-inclusive experience a whirl.
We peeped at the former Barcelo Cabo in Mexico as it was undergoing some last-minute touch-ups to turn into the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, a family-friendly resort. (Hyatt Zilara in Cancún will be adults-only.)
The good news is that the Barcelo property is rather new (it opened in 2009) and so the rooms, public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, pools and even the kids' club area are all in excellent condition. (We especially loved the giant flat-screen TVs which also accessed the internet as well.) All Hyatt really had to do was make some cosmetic adjustments, change up the signs and tweak the all-inclusive plans.
You can read more about the plans here but the basic all-inclusive plan includes not just food and alcohol from the eight restaurants on-site (most are a la carte and only two are buffets) but also entertainment options, daily and nightly activities, fitness center, kids club and WiFi. The Club Premium Plan gets you a few more perks like private check-in, access to the Exclusive Premium Level Lounge, 20 percent off spa and salon services, welcome amenities and other goodies.
While all of the 619 guest rooms and suites here are super spacious (starting at about 500-sq.ft.), the best rooms to book are clearly the swim-up suites on the Club Premium Plan. While a few Cabo hotels feature guest rooms with private plunge pools, these are the only swim-up suites you'll find in all of Cabo. And these are attached to the adults-only pool so you won't have to worry about kiddies making a splash outside your room when you're napping.
We'll have more on both Ziva and Zilara next week so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you're ready to book your vacay to Cabo, rates at the Ziva are about $259 in early December but jump up to $359 in mid-January.