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Hyatt Ziva Cancun: Best Location in Cancun’s Hotel Zone

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Bebé, my mom and I recently had the opportunity to stay at the new (ish) Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The place is fabulous.


First of all, it literally has the best location in the Hotel Zone. The resort is located on the tip of Punta Cancun (think the corner of the seven-shaped Hotel Zone), so it is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on three sides.

The beach on the calm side that faces Isla Mujeres looks like this…

Hyatt-Ziva-Cancun- beach

This side has docks and this is also where the main pools with all the activities are located. And, wait for it… They. Are. Heated.



The beach on the side of the resort that faces the longest part of the Hotel Zone is also pretty calm because they built a break wall. It looks like this…


There is also another huge pool on this side of the resort…


The middle of the resort faces the open ocean in all its glory. The cliffs are lower, but the area reminds me of Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres.


You can walk all the way around the property along the water, and there are a couple small Mayan ruins on the open ocean side.


There are three guest room buildings in the hotel. One by the main pool, the adult only building, and the tower. Our room was in the tower on the 11th floor and this was our view (to the right and then to the left).


The tower or Hyatt View and Club Level rooms have their own lounge and bar. There are cocktails, snacks, beer, yogurt and soft drinks available all day long.

The Room

As usual, the photos I took of the room were well, crappy, so I am using one of Hyatt’s pictures. This is exactly what our room looked like.


The room was stocked with amenities; mini bar, robes and slippers, iron and ironing board, toiletries, safe, alarm clock, phone, coffee maker and flat screen TV with satellite programming. There were also snacks that they replenished every day, which we loved! The room also had blackout curtains which is a must.

The only thing the room was missing was a place to hang wet towels and bathing suits.

The Food and Drinks

Food, glorious food! We ate way too much. The resort has so many restaurants, and they are all good. There are Asian, Italian and Mexican restaurants, a steakhouse, an adult-only French restaurant, a super cute 50’s diner, a buffet open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a coffee shop, a sweets shop (heavenly) and a 24 hour bar/snack shop.

They also have 24 hour room service. We only used it once to get Bebé some french fries. Service was quick and the fries were hot.

There is a table built into a car at Chevy’s, the 50’s diner.


This place! ❤️ Ice cream, cake, chocolate fondue, candy… look for the huge chocolate covered almonds.


There is no shortage of bars either, including a microbrewery! They also have wait service around the pool and on the beach.

Everyone loves to eat by the pool, and at Hyatt Ziva Cancun there is a food truck right next to it!


Around midday they start serving quesadillas and burgers. In addition, waiters drive carts around the pool area and serve chips and guac, tacos, pizza, and my personal favorite, tortas de cochinita (a must-try pulled pork sandwich from the neighboring state of Yucatan).

Activities and Kids Club

There are activities going on at the main pool all day long and you can kayak and snorkel in front of the resort. We loved the evening shows. We saw the Stars show (celebrity impersonators), the breakdance show and the Mexican show.


The last night we were there was Superbowl night. They did a really good job with it. There was a pre-party and the game was shown in the theater area on a huge screen. There was a kiss-cam and all kinds of dancing and silliness during commercials.

Bebé didn’t spend any time at the kids club. From what I saw, it isn’t quite up to par with the rest of this fantastic resort. In addition, there were only a couple hours a day that parents could join their kids that were over age 4, which I found to be a strange rule. That being said, Bebé loved the hotel and I saw plenty of families with children that were really enjoying themselves.


One of the best things about our visit was meeting a wonderful family of four from Ohio. The first day the mom suggested our boys play together, and they pretty much played together for the rest of our stay, so we spent a lot of time with them. It was hard to say good-bye.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun also has free WiFi throughout the resort, a gym, a spa and salon, photo services, shops and free parking.

Note: Tips are included in your stay at all-inclusive resorts, but remember, if you tip, you will get even better service, and you will be helping a local resident to provide for his/her family. People often ask me if/who they should tip and I always tell them they should at the very least leave a tip in the room each day for housekeeping. Generally speaking, they earn very little money.

Just one more thing… the weekend after our stay at Hyatt Ziva Cancun, my friend Kelly aka The Sober Senorita got married there. They did a beautiful job with it.

Everything. Was. Spectacular. (Congrats again amiga! ❤️)

Take me back! The beaches, the pools, the food, the room, the views, the drinks, the shows! We…

…Hyatt Ziva Cancun!

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