As visitors arrive at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, they mount the marble steps and are rewarded with a sweeping view of the property and the azure blue of the Sea of Cortez. The staff immediately embraces guests with their warm smiles and offers of assistance, making it known they are there to take care of each and every need. Families will be delighted by this newly renovated property that offers an all inclusive experience that goes above and beyond expectations.
My son and I had the opportunity to visit Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and experience the beauty of this resort firsthand. The property was completely rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. To see the resort now, one would never know what the employees of the resort and people of the town experienced. All of them were affected by the hurricane, but they poured their hearts and souls into rebuilding and reopening Hyatt Ziva, and their accomplishments in a little over a year are nothing short of a miracle.
The property is located a short 20 minute ride from the San Jose del Cabo airport, making it very attractive for visiting families. It is a quick five minute ride from the charming colonial town of San Jose del Cabo and approximately 30 minutes from the larger, more touristy Cabo San Lucas. The all-inclusive luxury resort is expansive with 591 suites, four pools (one adult only, one for the kids), a world class spa, six gourmet restaurants, two buffet restaurants, seven bars and lounges, a state of the art fitness center, tennis & basketball courts, kids club, teen club, a theater, a beach, coffee shop. Anything you want, you can find at the resort.
What Works for Families
- As I said above, convenience to and from the airport. Nothing is worse than taking a plane ride and then having to travel a long distance to your destination. It was quick and easy to go through the airport and find our way to the hotel.
- The room size. We had a king size suite and it was extremely spacious. There was a wide entrance hallway, large bathroom with a separate toilet area, and a lot of storage for clothes. There was a stocked mini refrigerator, coffee maker, and television. Our room had a king size bed, dining table and chairs for two, and a pull out sofa bed. It was still incredibly roomy.
- Endless quality food options. Whenever we were hungry, there was somewhere to eat and it wasn’t junk food. With the gourmet restaurants on property, each one featuring its own specialty cuisine, we could always find something to eat. We tried everything from room service to wood-fired pizza on the beach, and everything was fantastic.
- Friendly staff. Everywhere you go on property you are greeted with a smille, a genuine hello, and a hand over the heart gesture. This is the resort-wide greeting and it’s to say they are happy to help and serve you. They would bend over backwards to make sure you had everything you needed, and if you needed something, they immediately took care of it. Their staff was one of the best I have encountered in my travels.
- Ability to schedule excursions on property. The hotel will schedule offsite excursions for your family if you desire. We had an amazing day of snorkeling and paddle boarding near the Arch of Cabo San Lucas and it was very reasonably priced. Other tours can be booked, including riding camels on the beach, swimming with dolphins, and fly boarding.
- There is a KidZ club and a teen club. For adults needing some quiet time, the KidZ Club, a kids club for children ages 4-12, is just the ticket. The staff has daily activities (both indoor and outside in the kids pool and playground area), and genuinely takes an interest in your kids. There is also an unstaffed teen club which is more like a game room where older kids can play ping pong, shuffle board, air hockey, foosball, and video games.
- A beautiful pool area. There are two separate pool areas for families. The main pool area, and a smaller play pool area with several small slides, water spouts and dumping buckets. In the main pool area kids can play basketball and volleyball while mom and dad lounge pool side, have lunch at the Coco Loco taco shack, swim in the infinity pool, or have drinks (kiddie cocktails too) at the swim up bar. There is butler service at the pools throughout the resort which means you never have to leave the comfort of your lounge chair.
What Doesn’t Work for Families
- You can’t swim in the ocean. Kids will be disappointed they can walk and play in the sand, but can’t swim in the water. There is a dangerous riptide off shore. Unfortunately, this applies to most of Cabo, not just the resort.
- Lack of scheduled family friendly activities. I have been to a few resorts where they had family pizza making classes, star gazing, or movies by the pool. The resort had kid friendly activities in the KidZ club and scheduled activities for the adults (water aerobics, yoga), but I would love to see more family oriented group activities.
- The age limit on the KidZ Club. With an age restriction of 4-12, those with younger children will need to find a babysitter, bring a babysitter, or enjoy the entire vacation with baby at their side.
Hyatt Ziva has 591 suites, including 34 swim up suites (yes, you walk out from your patio right into the pool), family suites, and two bedroom suites. The stunning property has been redesigned drawing inspiration from the art an architecture of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, using beautiful woodwork and ceramics throughout.
The rooms are beautifully decorated in rich marble with wood accents and traditional artwork. The king suite we stayed in had a double sink, rain shower, and jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. There was plenty of room for a pull out couch and two person dining table and it did not seem crowded. There was a large balcony overlooking the adults only pool which was a nice place to relax in the evening. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept on. I slept well every night we were there.
There are two beach front restaurants, Zafiro, which features Italian cuisine and a make your own pizza oven, and La Hacienda Steak House, which got rave reviews from many of the guests. The Japanese restaurant, Dozo, has Hibachi style dining and sushi, Bon Vivant, has delicious French cuisine and wine. El Cortijo is the Spanish tapas restaurant also receiving high praise from guests with its variety of dishes and authentic entrees. There are two buffet style restaurants, La Plaza, and El Molino. La Plaza is where you’ll find the morning breakfast bar with many healthy options and made to order omelettes. El Molino serves Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner. Many of the bars and lounges have stunning views of the property and the sea. There is an on-site coffee house which makes made to order coffee (I would not have survived without this).
The Spa and Fitness Center
It might just be the fact that I haven’t had a massage in a long time, but I was very impressed with the relaxing massage I had with Rosario. The facility is beautiful with its steam baths, hydrotherapy area, sauna, and plunge pool. Once again, their staff didn’t disappoint with friendliness from everyone I met.
The fitness center is very spacious and has plenty of treadmills and ellipticals. There is also a very large weight area with free weights and machines. The view from the workout room overlooks the pool and out to the sea, which will motivate me to workout any day!
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is the perfect all inclusive for families. Kids will delight in the endless smoothies, swimming pools, and variety of activities in the Kidz Club and Teen Club. Adults will enjoy the fine dining, spectacular setting, and nightly shows featuring dancers in a variety of performances.
At Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos guests can enjoy a luxurious experience throughout the resort. The pools are inviting, the accommodation is stellar, and the staff is beyond accommodating. Families will not be disappointed visiting this all inclusive resort, but they may have a hard time leaving.
For other posts about the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, check out: Recovery from Hurricane Odile – Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Reborn and Recovery from Hurricane Odile – Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Reborn