The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is an all-inclusive resort that opened in 2014 after taking over the Dreams hotel. The resort sits on the secluded Las Estacas beach. It was our first time at an all-inclusive resort and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta.
The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta cost 20,000 Hyatt points per night for 2 Adults. Additional people are 10,000 points per person. We booked a great AAA rate at $241 per night for the first 2 nights and 20,000 points per night for the last 2 nights. We did this because the paid rate jumped up to $360 per night and I value Hyatt points at a minimum of 1.25 cents per point. I used a remaining 40,000 Barclaycard Arrival points to reduce that $241 per night to $41 a night! I normally don’t like spending so many points on hotels, but for an all-inclusive I would say this is an amazing deal. I’ve stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and Park Hyatt Vendome when they were 22,000 Hyatt points per night and they were nice hotels, but at 20,000/nt an all inclusive provides SO much more.
The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta includes a total of 5 different restaurants; an Italian, Mexican, American, Asian and a buffet restaurant. All of these restaurants were full service sit down restaurants besides the buffet restaurant. We thought the food was good, but not amazing. We tried them all and we actually thought the buffet was the best, followed by the Italian restaurant. The Mexican restaurant was fun and appetizers were good, but the entrees were a bit lacking. The American restaurant, Blaze, was not that great nor was the service. The Asian restaurant was just okay. We came to this hotel right before Christmas so it was quite busy and service was sometimes lacking. If we didn’t like a dish, it was usually no problem ordering another dish. If we felt like dessert, we would get multiple desserts to try. The portions are sometimes small, but I think they are just small according to American standards.
Perhaps the place where this hotel shines is its abundance of bars and pool side service. We were able to order drinks at anytime or just go to the swim up bar or another bar to get whatever we wanted. I also enjoyed the activities booth where they had some fun activities like a jungle hike and beach volleyball.
They also released turtles one day into the ocean. Two of the 4 nights we were there they had an outdoor buffet dinner with local dance and another night was a special Star Wars dance competition that was well put together. See for yourself:
For the room, I used a Diamond Suite Upgrade for the first 2 paid nights and luckily we were able to stay in the room all four nights because we were upgraded to the Plunge Pool Suite! The room was two stories and included one and a half bathrooms. The view was of the gorgeous secluded beach and we were on the penthouse floor. I would say we got amazing value with our rate and points. The Plunge Pool Suite was in the club tower, which is the older tower and you could see some wear and tear in the room. Also, since Puerto Vallarta is partly in the jungle, we had some ant problems. This hotel is still being upgraded and I’m sure it will continue to get better (also potentially more expensive). We had a free minibar with drinks and snacks that was refilled daily. The lounge was at the ground floor and had premium alcohol. However, it was always a bit dark and empty so nobody was there much.
One of my favorite places of the hotel would be the coffee shop where you can just get a coffee and sit on the balcony overlooking the ocean. Also as Diamond members, we got access to the spa and they had private Jacuzzis that were quite nice. Besides premium alcohol and spa access, there wasn’t any other Diamond recognition from what I could tell. Each guest was treated the same.
Will you get bored? I think eventually I would get a little bit bored because you can’t get out of the resort unless you take a taxi. We did do one zipline excursion with Puerto Vallarta Tours that included a tequila tasting and cost only $27 per person. We had to take a taxi to a nearby convenience store about 5 minutes away to get picked up. I thought it was a great deal for ziplining because we paid $99 per person in Maui. The zipline also featured a half a mile zipline through the jungle. I thought this zipline tour was on par with Costa Rica’s zipline or even better because of the natural jungle scenery.
Why choose Puerto Vallarta? Puerto Vallarta is also about a third of the cost of Hawaii and way cheaper than Bora Bora or Maldives. I would definitely recommend the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, especially on 20,000 Hyatt points per night. I wouldn’t say this hotel is peaceful because there were a good amount of kids and big families, but it was definitely relaxing because of the all-inclusive feature.