I now appreciate beach vacations so much more. They are necessary to decompress especially if you’re constantly under stress or working a lot. Before, I would be like, Ok cool, I can’t wait to chill by the beach and will be over it in two days. Now, I’m like, Get me to the beach ASAP, feed me drinks, and don’t make me leave.
Staying at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta made it even more difficult to pack up. Although we had four days, I wasn’t ready to leave by the final day. This property had everything that I wanted – ocean room views (with palm trees), delicious food that you wouldn’t have expected for an all-inclusive, huts by the beach, and access to a bunch of pools looking out into the ocean.
From the moment we rolled up to the property, I felt like I was living out a glamorous dream. As you walk up the steps, your view opens up to a large Aztec-designed lobby that’s on the second level. Directly straight ahead of you is a lookout view of the ocean and palm trees. We arrived right at sunset too, so that view was gorgeous! That light, warm breeze so familiar of a tropical, humid climate brushed my face and got me into beach vacay mood immediately.
What I Love About the Hyatt Ziva
The beach you’ll be enjoying is a private beach for Hyatt Ziva vacationers only. This means it won’t get too crowded, and you can always find a stretch of the beach to yourself.
The huts on the far right end of the property are clutch. I think all beach properties need to have these huts. 1) They’re great to lay under and escape the sun from time to time and 2) they make for the perfect backdrop or feature in your pictures. There’s also a bar a few steps away and servers catering to your every thirst.
+TIP: If you prefer vodka, ask for the mint mojito with vodka instead of rum. 😉 It is SO refreshing.
+TIP: You don’t see a lot of people doing this, but you can order food with the servers at the hut bar. It’ll take a bit longer since they have to get them from the buffet, but it’s available if you are plain lazy Jane. We ordered chips and guac to keep it easy.
The food is on point. They have a variety of restaurants: Blaze (steakhouse), Casa Grande (Mexican), Pureza (Asian fusion), Melanzane (Italian), and the buffet. On certain days/times, they pull out their fruit carts and dole out a limited amount of coconuts and mangoes. It’s the best thing to look forward to on a hot day after you’ve been burning under the sun!
+TIP: Try every meal at Blaze restaurant. We tried their breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and every meal was delish! If you’re lucky, you’ll get a table by the railing with the ocean view (or request if possible). From where this restaurant is situated, you can also get a good view of the beautiful coastline and can spot the PVR airport.
+TIP: Ask for the habanero salsa. If you appreciate some spice in your life, the salsa will keep you yearning for more.
I have nothing bad to say about the rooms. The view is spectacular! I loved waking up and pulling apart my curtains to look out into the ocean with palm trees waving in the near distance. Such a relaxing view to wake up to. The room was clean and airy. I’m really missing the vibes right now.
Certain activities are available to you for free. Feeling like you want to be more active one day? You can go kayaking or paddle boarding! Renting out a jetski will cost you moolah, and to be honest, it’s pretty expensive. The guy there told me it would cost $50 per person for half an hour. The hotel has an app that you can download, so you can view the schedule of events and activities it’s hosting for the day. Very handy!
Most people prefer to stay on the resort property their entire vacation because, I mean, why wouldn’t you if it has everything you need? But if you find yourself wanting to venture out and explore the city, you can easily hail an Uber to take you into Old Town PV and the beach boardwalk. Walk along the quaint streets of Old Town to see Spanish colonial style architecture. Then, you can make your way towards the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk to grab a drink, eat street corn, and watch the sunset.
+TIP: You can look up Malecón, which is the boardwalk area, or tell the Uber driver to take you there. Once you start walking away from the beach, you’ll find yourself in Old Town. This area is pretty walkable.
Hope you enjoyed the recap of my all-inclusive experience at the Hyatt Ziva. Have you been to any cool all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Vallarta? Tell me in the comments!
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