Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Before I get into the fun times we are having I’d like to give you my thoughts on the Hyatt Ziva All-Inclusive Resort. What I thought from the time we arrived to the time of check-out.

First of all when booking the hotel since we were just here for a short time we had to figure out if we wanted to stay in the city or away from the crowds. Do we want to be catered to with all meals included or have the freedom to try a different restaurant every night. Do we want to take a shuttle in to hit the shops or go just outside the resort where we could shop to our hearts content.

Before I get into the fun times we are having I’d like to give you my thoughts on the Hyatt Ziva All-Inclusive Resort. What I thought from the time we arrived to the time of check-out.

First of all when booking the hotel since we were just here for a short time we had to figure out if we wanted to stay in the city or away from the crowds. Do we want to be catered to with all meals included or have the freedom to try a different restaurant every night. Do we want to take a shuttle in to hit the shops or go just outside the resort where we could shop to our hearts content.

Here is what we decided, let’s go to a place where we have a nice beach, good food and good reviews. There it was, after a little research we decided on the Hyatt Ziva. Why? My sister wanted a good spa experience while I wanted quiet relaxation. (Like I really got that with all the tours I booked!)

The Hyatt Ziva is an older hotel, in fact the second oldest in the area but since December 2014 has been completely renovated. As we drove up with a lush green jungle on our left and the clear turquoise sea on the right the hotel came quickly around a bend in the road. It didn’t seem very impressive at first sight.

Arrival to the Hyatt Ziva

Arriving you pass through a guard station that makes sure you are part of the hotel whether a guest or employee. No one comes in our out without approval. No doubt you have a very safe feeling while staying here.

Off loading at the front entrance there must have been at least 5-7 smiling people to greet us and offer a champagne or fruity cocktail. We opted for the champagne which also had some fruit in it. Very good! Walking up the short flight of steps the lobby was wide open with a balcony view of small waves crashing on the white sand beach.

Passing by a table filled with the perfect Mexican munchies we grabbed a few chips with a huge glob of the greenest guacamole I’ve seen. Then it was off to the check in counter. Everyone here so far has been so friendly, even the clerk who checked us in. They are all smiles! Everywhere you look its people who enjoy their jobs and their life!

The Room

First thing we noticed as we opened the door to our room was how large it was. The bathroom was bigger than we were expecting and the way they designed it was clever. The toilet was about 8-9 feet across the room from the shower divided by a large raised sink area with plenty of space for cosmetics. The bathroom amenities all of excellent quality and enough to pamper yourself for awhile when you get home.The doors to both the shower and toilet were thick glass that opened in both directions.

The large closet as you walk by is more than enough for the time you will be spending there. Then a typical high quality room with large flat screen TV, round wooden table with chairs to sit, relax and have something to eat or order a Mango Margarita from room service. A large mirror behind the TV to make sure you look good, desk to do some computer work and a fully stocked fridge with beer, sodas, water and snacks. Oh, and the large sliding window that opens up to a million peso view of the ocean!

The Grounds

Beautiful, well done, perfection. For being built in such a small area the Hyatt Ziva did a great job with landscaping and designing the hotel grounds.

The pool area seems to go on forever, almost as long as the beach. With tall swaying coconut trees to section off a few of the pool it gives way to a tropical ambiance. I don’t know the exact amount of pools but I’m guess at least 6 not counting the private pools for the ground level units in the hotel.

Las Estacas Beach where the Hyatt Ziva was built is a sandy private beach no one can get to without passing through security or by jet skis or small boat. Palapa umbrellas made from thick palm leaves covering comfy chaise lounges are strategically line along the beach. Placing your ice cold margarita on a small table between the lounges create paradise as you enjoy a relaxing day on the coast.

What really makes this resort are all the restaurants you have a choice to try out while here. A quick note all restaurants are casual, no need to worry about bringing formal clothes with you. Here is a list of the different culinary experiences you can enjoy here.

Spa Time

This has to be one of the best spa’s I have seen in many, many years. From the time that you check in all you have is eye candy. Every detail to relax you had considerable thought to it. Although I didn’t personally get a chance to get a message my sister did and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Food and Drink

  • The VivaZ Buffet – Open all day and night. When it looks like the last person has gone to bed then they close. They have just about every kind of food you can think of. For a buffet its more like quality restaurant food set up on large tables.
  • The Deli – We kept coming back not only for the coffee drinks but they have all kinds of desserts and pastries. A croissant and coffee also works for a quick breakfast before leaving for an early tour. A small refrigerator has salads or wraps and sandwiches you can take with you. They also serve ice cream and milkshakes.
  • Casa Grande – Although we did not have time to eat here this Mexican cuisine restaurant was always busy. The guests I talked to raved that it was Mexican with perfection. Order everything from blue fin tuna rolled into a jalapeño pepper to a Mexican beef stew, pork chops in a chili sauce to a Mexican roasted chicken.
  • PureZa – A very popular place to eat that was packed with guests. Wide open seating sitting on the beach there is a lot of atmosphere here. If you love sushi and Asian foods make sure you give this one a try. You can order ping kai marinated chicken breast to baby back ribs, crab cakes to roast beef fried in garlic and lime.
  • MelanZane – Top of the line Italian food and service. The servers here are friendly and experts to help you in your decision on what to order. With a firewood oven you get the true Italian flavor. Order anything from a variety of pastas to scallops, calamari to lasagne
My personal fave:
  • The Blaze – I saved my favorite restaurant for last. We ate here our last night and all I could think of is that John should be here with me. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast here with my sister but this restaurant was very romantic. You have high craggy cliffs on one side to make it rustic and private, and the ocean with waves slashing almost up to the wooden balcony where you dine. The food was fabulous too. This is more of a steak house/seafood restaurant that also will cater to your kids with tacos and mac and cheese. They serve everything from chicken breast to Crayfish, Octopus to New York steaks.
  • Food Carts – Indulge yourself with fresh fruits, chips, tacos and other prepared meats. If you want to cool off with shaved ice they make them here. You will find the food carts in front of the children’s pool.
  • Of course you always have 24 hour room service including drinks.

The Bars

Pretty much every direction you look a refreshing drink is waiting for you.

  • Pool Bar – A nice swim-up bar in an infinity pool
  • Playa Bar- On the north side of the resort on the beach
  • Bar Tortugas – Across from the adult only pool on the south side of the resort
  • Sunset Bar – Open only at night with a spectacular view of the beach.
  • Tequila Sports Bar – Also open at night with games, TV with sporting games and a hopping place to be for fun.

 

All in all we had a great time here at the Hyatt Ziva 

Just a few things that need to be mentioned.

First picking up used towels left on the lounge chairs and beach would be nice.

Second is as comfy as the chaise lounges were, it was difficult to get out of them and required some oomph power to get up.

Then last upon arrival one out of the two elevators to our room was broken down. The building we were in had over 300 units plus this was a sold out week. Waiting 15-20 minutes for an elevator was not unusual and when you are on the 7 floor taking the stairs for most guests was not happening. It took 4 days before it was fixed. I know this is Mexico but Hyatt should have worked this out within a day.

 

Now the good things about this property

Everyone who works here went out of their way to be friendly

The food was excellent

Nightly entertainment was better than most all-inclusive resorts

Can easily book your tours each day at a desk in the lobby

Takes only 5 minutes by shuttle to get into town

Stunning scenery

 

For more information on the Hyatt Ziva and to check availability click here

 

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15 Comments:

  1. Swim up bars are the best! We’ve been to Mexico a few times (even was married in Riviera Maya), but haven’t made it to Puerto Vallarta yet. I guess it’s time to go. This place sounds like the perfect spot for some fun and relaxation!

    • twotravelfanatics@gmail.com

      How romantic to get married in Riviera Maya! It’s so beautiful there! And yes, Puerto Vallarta is a great place to get some relaxation especially if you get to spend some time at the swim up bars. 🙂

  2. Sounds and looks amazing ! Love all inclusive packages so worth it in the end.

  3. This sounds like the perfect place for my first Mexico experience! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What an incredible place. I could imagine myself here. Infinity pools – there is just something about them isn’t there! So relaxing and with that view – wow. I did the fish therapy thing on Santorini in the Greek Islands – bit weird but I had to try it.

    • twotravelfanatics@gmail.com

      That’s the truth, there is something very special about infinity pools! You got to do the fish pedi? And in Santorini? Could there be anything better than that?

  5. Looks like an awesome place to stay in Puerto Vallarta! I would love to dip my feet into the foot spa right now!

    • twotravelfanatics@gmail.com

      That’s one of the pools that got my attention too, that and the one with the chaise lounge jacuzzi. And yep, it was such an awesome resort!

  6. Seems like this hotel have all the great perks! I love the pool by the bar, its fun 😀

  7. What a great hotel, thanks for sharing

  8. It’s a super place to stay at!! Do you know if they welcome kids and families as well?
    Thanks a lot for sharing!!

    • twotravelfanatics@gmail.com

      Yes, the Hyatt Ziva has an excellent children’s program and care. I was watching all the kids in the pool with Captain America and they were having a lot of fun. They have the KidZ program that keeps them busy all day with parties, movies, beach time and even a turtle habitat.

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