Like most travelers, I like to stretch my travel budget. I look for discount flights and the best deals on hotels. Yet I still love beautiful accommodations and top-notch cuisine. Sometimes it’s hard to have it all when you’re traveling on a set budget.
All-inclusive resorts are one way to ensure you stick to a planned vacation budget. For one daily fee, all accommodations, meals and even some entertainment are included. Mind you, all-inclusive resorts are rarely cheap, but at least know what you’re going to be pay and there shouldn’t be any surprises.
So when I heard about the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in Mexico, part of a new all-inclusive resort brand from Hyatt, I admit I was intrigued. How would the Hyatt brand, better known with business travelers, do in the all-inclusive leisure travel space?
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
The Los Cabos region was devastated by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. The storm brought opportunity, however, when the existing Hyatt resort was redesigned to create the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, an all-inclusive resort which opened in September 2015.
Located on a stretch of golden sand beach on the Sea of Cortez just 14 minutes from Los Cabos airport, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has 591 suites, including swim-up suites, family suites and two-bedroom suites.
I had a one-bedroom suite, and was pleasantly surprised to find it had a large sitting room with a table for two. (Every evening, I found a fresh basket of fruit and a bottle of wine on the table. Nightly sweets also showed up.) The suite had two large bathrooms, and the bedroom had a comfortable queen bed with luxury linens and a variety of pillows. (Others were available via the pillow list if none of these suited your fancy.)
I was definitely going to enjoy my time here.
Dining Like a King
For me, the best part of staying at a top all-inclusive resort is the dining. At the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, all meals, drinks, resort entertainment and service are included in the daily price. Premium drinks and wine list are additional.
Guests can choose to dine at one of seven à la carté and gourmet buffet restaurants, and no reservations are needed.
There’s a fantastic Spanish restaurant with a Tapas Bar, an Asian restaurant with a sushi bar, a gourmet French restaurant and a beachside steak restaurant. My favorite, however, was Zaffiro, an Italian restaurant right on the beach. Their pizza, baked on a wood-burning oven, was delicious, and you can’t beat having the ocean waves just steps from your table. And although buffets aren’t usually my thing, the two different market-style buffet restaurants at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos offered a wide variety of tasty food and drinks.
Food carts, a beach bar, deli and coffee bar are also open throughout the day. And for those who prefer to dine in their room, there is also 24-hour complimentary room service.
For many guests, the unlimited alcoholic cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks are a huge draw to the all-inclusive concept. There’s something really fun about having unlimited access to the pool bar.
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