CANCUN, MEXICO—Hyatt Ziva Cancun has opened in Punta Cancun. Surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea, the 547-suite Hyatt Ziva resort has undergone an approximate $85-million expansion and renovation. The resort is owned by Playa Hotels & Resorts and will be managed by Playa Resorts Management, the operational component of Playa Hotels & Resorts.
Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta designed the original resort building that has been incorporated into the new Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The design exemplified the contemporary Mexican architecture that came to define the development of Cancun and other Mexican beachside resorts. Respecting and maintaining its classic pyramid-style architecture, the resort has been expanded and reimagined to create an atmosphere that reflects the culture of the Yucatan, according to the company. A bridge connecting the north and south beach provides guests access to both beaches, as well as entertainment, dining and other resort features and amenities.
The elevated lobby offers ocean views to the northeast and, in the evening, the lights of Isla Mujeres. The lobby is a blend of contemporary design juxtaposed with the original Mayan materials and themes. For example, one side of the lobby’s facade is local coral stone while the opposite side showcases modern glass cubes wrapped in a matrix of latticework simulating windswept driftwood. The resort’s furnishings are made in Mexico from local woods and fabrics, and the use of bright color accents adds Mayan detail. The lobby bar pays homage to Mayan culture with its geometric artwork and panels influenced by indigenous carvings and the language of the area’s original inhabitants. A signature grand staircase is the focal point of the resort and becomes seating for the outdoor amphitheater hosting special events in the evenings.
Each of the resort’s 547 guest suites offer views of the Caribbean and the resort gardens, as well as furnishings reflecting the colors of the Yucatan with accents such as butterfly-inspired lighting and spa-style bathrooms with soaking tubs. All guest suites were designed with technology in mind to provide one-touch lighting efficiency. Rooms also offer complimentary in-room refreshment bars, in-room dining service and, for upper-category accommodations, swim-up suites and private butler service. Hyatt Ziva Cancun also offers an exclusive Hyatt Club Level with a private lounge and concierge service.
The resort offers nine restaurants and six bars and lounges, with choices ranging from a French brasserie to an Italian cucina, to an Asian-infused sushi and teriyaki restaurant to a beachside taquería and ceviche bar. For casual dining, there is an American diner and a gourmet buffet restaurant with show-cooking stations. Refreshments are available around the clock at the coffee house, the sports bar and other lounges with signature cocktails and expert mixologists. Additionally, Hyatt Ziva Cancun offers an onsite microbrewery and sports bar, Très Cervezas, which showcases three beers made by head brewmaster Juan Jose Garcia. The craft beers will be served throughout the resort.
For recreation, Hyatt Ziva Cancun offers lagoon-style pools with swim-up bars, an adult-only pool, a lounge with game tables, and one of the area’s largest ocean view fitness centers complete with 14 treadmills and an expansive machines/free weights zone. The Spa offers a signature hydrotherapy area facing the sea, 13 treatment rooms and an additional five palapas on the beach for massages. The KidZ Club has its own club house and play area with supervised activities and learning experiences for children ages 4-12.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun offers state-of-the-art meeting and convention space, with more than 11,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event areas, including a ballroom that can be divided into five breakout rooms, plus seven additional meeting rooms. The resort also features outdoor lawn, garden and beach venues.