The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta: love this place. Especially with kids. We recently got back from six nights at this resort, and it was the most relaxing vacation we’ve had in a long time. If you’re planning a trip there (or are thinking about going), here are a few highlights and tips that might be helpful.
1. The beach is the perfect size.
Private and small enough to feel almost cozy, but large enough so it never feels crowded, this beach is great.
2. The price is right.
Right now, this place is on sale. If you book a room now, you can lock in savings of 50-60%.
If you are paying with Hyatt points, the cost is 20,000 points per night (for two people). Additional guests staying in the same room cost an extra 10,000 points per night. Because this includes all food and drinks, it means that if you’ve got the points, you can enjoy a truly free vacation. Our strategy was to combine a few nights on points with a few paid nights. You can read this post for more details on rates and booking tips.
3. The resort is still “new.”
We got upgraded to the Presidential Suite for the last few nights of our stay. The reason? Mostly because we asked nicely. Also, the resort wasn’t full and we are Diamond members, so they had some flexibility.
The suite was two stories and featured its own private pool. Very nice.
The downside of the “new” vibe is that the resort is definitely still working out some kinks. Service at the sit-down restaurants was excruciatingly slow. Also, the food was not fantastic. It was fine…but nothing was delicious.
Tip: avoid room service. The food is much worse than in the restaurants, and takes much longer than you will want to wait.
4. There are a few “secret” spots here.
Most people hang out on the beach, in the pool, or at the bars around the beach and the pool. This means that there are lots of overlooked spaces. Our favorites were the Sunset Bar with its wraparound sofas…
the hanging chairs on the upper level (so fun)…
and the cafe (always open, perfect for sneaking cookies).
5. Unexpected treats and surprises happen every day.
While these are small things, they are fun. Keep an eye out for carts serving fresh mangos served up on sticks and dipped in spice and salt, random Tequila tastings, pool contests, and more.
We had a really good time.
The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta was a fun, easy, relaxing vacation with kids. Because we used points and miles to pay for a lot of the stay, the cost was minimal. If you are looking for fun in the sun, this is a solid option. My kids absolutely loved it, and Josh and I had fun as well.
Have you been here? Would you go? I’d love to hear your thoughts!