Ocean near the hotel is dangerous and not for swimming
Removed from Cabo San Lucas' nightlife scene
Some noise from neighboring resorts audible in rooms
We've seen plenty of all-inclusive resorts, and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is one of the nicer upscale options that we've visited. This family-friendly property has a fresh style plus a luxury-hotel worthy spa and tons of dining and entertainment options, including a theater. Pools form the heart of the resort, and there are options for families, kids, and adults, plus a lovely pond dotted with fire pits. Rooms are attractive, and feature travertine bathrooms plus furnished balconies. Unfortunately, the beach isn't swimmable here -- an issue throughout Los Cabos -- and there's some noise from neighboring resorts in certain rooms. For Los Cabos all-inclusives, the Hyatt's a find, but Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos is another sharp four-pearl option with rustic-chic style that's closer to the party in Cabo San Lucas.
Handsome all-inclusive resort with family-friendly ethos, calmer vibe than most competitors
First impressions are everything and the Hyatt Ziva makes a good one -- thankfully, it's a feeling that continues throughout much of a stay here. Past the marble floors and shabby-chic clusters of seating, past the swirling sculptural details and amid the small groups of couples and families are the first glimpses of this lovely property. A massive freeform pool sparkles all the way to the wide, white-sand beach, and the glimmering Sea of Cortez beyond. Decor throughout the resort is fresh and modern, with tastefully employed Mexican design details like natural woodwork and stone, along with bolder style choices -- we especially love the vibe around the fire pits and ponds between the resort's main building and the pool.
It's a feat when a resort is able to cater to guests of all stripes without excluding one group or another. Yes, the Ziva brand is Hyatt's family-friendly line of resorts, but the Cabo outpost is readymade for romantic couples, young groups of friends looking to party, and mature travelers wanting to relax in the sun as well. The vibe throughout the resort was lively during our visit, but well-mannered -- we didn't spot any screaming partiers or packs of rambunctious kids. The Hyatt allows guests to tailor just how refined they'd like their vacation -- one can snack on burgers and fries next to the pool all day or unwind in the chic spa. While laid-back vacations are the name of the game at this property, it's worth noting that the Hyatt also hosts large business gatherings, during which the resort can become crowded.
In San Jose del Cabo's Hotel Zone, a 30-minute drive to Cabo San Lucas
The Hyatt sits on a lovely, but perilous, stretch of sea just outside of charming San Jose del Cabo. The busy road in front of the hotel isn't exactly pedestrian friendly, though it has sidewalks and there are a few restaurants a 10-minute walk northeast of the hotel. As this is the Hotel Zone of San Jose del Cabo, the resort's immediate neighbors are other hotels and resorts, some of which are a bit rowdier than the Hyatt. The closest stretch of sand with generally swimmable water is at Costa Azul, a five-minute drive down the coast. The charming and artsy downtown area of San Jose del Cabo is a 10-minute drive from the Hyatt, and its weekly Art Walks are popular with locals and tourists alike in high season. For those wanting to party, Cabo San Lucas is a 30-minute drive from the resort. Expect a 20-minute drive to Los Cabos International Airport.
Fresh rooms with subtle Mexican style plus modern amenities, furnished balconies, and marble bathrooms
Along a stretch of coast where plenty of all-inclusives feel less-than-fresh, the Hyatt Ziva's rooms are a nice change of pace. Don't come expecting artisanal spaces, but everything is sharp and modern, with just the right touch of Mexican style. Furniture has clean lines and mid-tone wood-veneer surfaces, while terra-cotta tile floors are complemented by lots of soft blue and beige tones. Sepia-tone photos of agave plants hang on the wall alongside large wood-frame mirrors that up the class factor. Despite differences in layouts, the style is uniform across all categories.
Standard features include minibars, large flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, air-conditioning, Nespresso machines or filter coffeemakers, air-conditioning, and ceiling fans. Each also includes a furnished, roomy balcony, the best of which offer views of the ocean or direct access to a long and narrow pool. Keep in mind that during our visit, noise from the neighboring Decameron property was audible in the Hyatt's southernmost building. Certain rooms include separate bedrooms and living rooms, while others offer Club Lounge access. All include at least a small sitting area with chairs and a loveseat.
Bathrooms are a treat, even for a hotel of this caliber. They are mostly clad in travertine and dark brown mosaic tiling. They have separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads plus high-end KenetMD bath products. The pebble in-lay floors in most bathrooms are a particularly lovely touch.
Several large pools, beach, sophisticated spa, modern fitness center, and great kid- and teen-friendly amenities
Like any good all-inclusive worth its salt, the Hyatt's layout emphasizes one of its best assets -- the large bodies of water at the center of the resort. From the chic pond that's peppered with island-like fire pits to the massive freeform pool, there's plenty of space for everyone to relax in the sun or get wet. The main pool is ringed with lounge chairs and stretches nearly to the beach. A walkway separates this pool from an infinity pool that overlooks the sand; it also includes a hot tub and a poolside bar. A pool concierge helps keep everything in order, and poolside waiters are available. There's also a separate, slightly boozier adult pool on the south side of the resort. While the hotel has cabanas and lounge chairs set up on the beach, swimming isn't allowed in the ocean here.
The spa is another standout feature, with the sound of rushing water and the scent of soothing herbs greeting guests as they walk down the curving staircase. Hydrotherapy pools are immediately conspicuous -- as is light marble and stonework -- and there are a total of 18 treatment rooms, three of which are in outdoor cabanas ringed by ponds. For an alternative way to unwind, the hotel's fitness center is spacious and outfitted with modern cardio and weight-training equipment. Tennis courts are also available.
As a family-friendly resort, it's no surprise that the kids' and teen features here are solid. The children's pool has waterslides and a jungle gym at the center of the shallow water. The kids' club -- packed with toys and games -- is directly adjacent, and the teen club has video games and table games like foosball. For adults, live music takes place next to the pool and fire pits later in the day. It keeps things lively, but provides the appropriate vibe for when the sun is going down. There's also a theater that puts on live shows with various themes in the evening.
Other standard features include free valet parking and free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. There is an office on-site to help arrange any tours, activities, and excursions in the area. Shops sell various sundries along with souvenirs and jewelry as well. The hotel also has a wealth of meeting space -- 35,000 square feet to be exact (3,251 square meters) -- and is a popular destination for corporate gatherings. During those times, the property can feel a bit crowded.
From elegant international cuisines to Mexican buffets and casual fast food, there's plenty on offer
The resort has a ton of options for dining and drinking, and each space has its own style and personality. Offerings range from higher-end a la carte restaurants to massive buffets and fast food. The Japanese and French options -- DoZo and Bon Vivant -- are particularly lovely, with sleek interiors that feel spot-on for the menus. The hotel's Mexican buffet restaurant, El Molino, is a sharp rustic-chic space with lots of woodwork and stone details that serves up local fare. Keep in mind that breakfast is only served in the resort's two buffet restaurants. There are snack bars near both pools as well as Italian dining next to the beach. A 24-hour cafe comes in handy for late-night cravings, and drinking options include a piano bar and a sports bar in addition to bars in all of the restaurants and near the pools. Those staying in Club Rooms have access to the exclusive Club Lounge, a quiet space with snacks, drinks, premium self-serve liquors, and sweets available throughout the day.
Rates include a la carte dining, all-day snacks, and no reservations
The all-inclusive plan here is one of the area's best, and includes unlimited dining in all of the resort's a la carte and buffet restaurants. Reservations are not necessary and the theater shows are included, as are access to the kids' and teen clubs. Snacks are available all day and night, and the plan includes Wi-Fi, valet parking, and gratuities. Spa services cost extra, as do any off-site activities.
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