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Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

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Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful, beach front hotel nestled between two cliffs. This has been designed to provide a secluded beach with stunning views. This hotel is ideal for all types of travelers, including multi-generational vacations, which is how we experienced this resort during our recent vacation. After our stay, we all concluded that we wouldn’t hesitate to return.

Location

The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a 30-45-minute drive from the airport. While this location is not within walking distance to stores, shops, or restaurants, the property had everything we needed to keep us happy and entertained during our trip. Just be sure to budget in transportation if you plan on touring the surrounding area.

Hyatt Ziva at Puerto Vallarta

Hotel Cliental

There was an equal mix of families and couples at the hotel. We traveled in July and there were no party crowds or obnoxiously intoxicated individuals. Everyone at the resort was respectful to others and there was plenty of space for everyone to have their own piece of paradise.

Property Overview

Rooms

Almost every room at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta faces west with amazing views of the ocean and of the sunsets. Our room came with a king-sized bed, fold out couch, luxurious bathroom with a rain shower, plenty of closet space, a safe, and a mini refrigerator stocked with sodas, juices, beer, and bottled water.

Rooms with a view at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Pools

The pools at this resort were not the giant pools often seen at other all-inclusive resorts. They have seven pools, including adult-only pools, and two hot tubs. Even though the pools were not huge, we never felt crowded.

Adult Pool at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Great pool at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Beach

After staying at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, we were a little disappointed in the size of the pools until we discovered how amazing the beach was at the resort! The beach was clean, sand was soft, waves were calm, and the water was warm! In fact, the nature of the water (not the clarity) was very similar to many of the Caribbean resorts we have experienced. We didn’t hesitate to swim out to enjoy the feel of the ocean. Our days were spent bouncing between the pool and the beach!

Beaches at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta are beautiful.

Beaches at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta are beautiful.

Sunsets on the beaches at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta are beautiful

Dining

The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta has several restaurants included in the all-inclusive price of your stay. From Mexican to American to Italian to Asian, everyone in your party will find something to eat. Here is an overview of each restaurant:

Blaze (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Blaze offers a mix of Mexican dishes to seafood to American style steak. We were traveling with a few picky palates and everyone was able to find a dish they enjoyed at this restaurant. We also grabbed lunch one afternoon here and the fish tacos were delicious. In addition to the wonderful ocean views, you can also see the iguanas bask in the sunshine on top of the rocks surrounding the restaurant.

Some of the local residents at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Casa Grande Restaurant (Dinner)

This restaurant is their Mexican restaurant and it was delicious, if you love Mexican food! The chips and salsas were fantastic. I had the stuffed poblano and it was the best I’ve ever had. My brother and sister-in-law claimed this as their favorite restaurant.

Casa Grande an excellent mexican place to eat at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Melanzane (Lunch & Dinner)

Melanzane was my personal favorite restaurant. They serve Italian dishes and everyone in the family was easily pleased with the choices. I got the stuffed chicken parmesan and it was fantastic. This was also the only restaurant that we purchased a bottle of wine. We got a great bottle for a decent price! We also ate lunch here and found their wood-fired pizzas delicious.

Pureza (Dinner)

Puerza is an Asian fusion restaurant and was my husband’s favorite place to dine. Those who don’t love Asian dining would have a very difficult time with this restaurant. This spot also has some amazing views of the sunset while you dine! The picture below was taken from our table at the restaurant. We couldn’t ask for a better view!

The views from Pureza at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Buffet

Buffet was my least favorite place to eat. For starters, I will always choose a sit-down place over a buffet – any day! Secondly, I didn’t find the choices to be spectacular. Therefore, we only ate at the buffet for breakfast, to grab snacks for the room, and for ice cream.

Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop and Deli is open 24 hours and has pastries, fruit, grab-and-go sandwiches, ice cream, and of course COFFEE. If you know me, then you know how important a good cup of a coffee is to me! They did a wonderful job and had a full barista menu.

Coffee Shop at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta.

Room Service

Room Service is also available 24 hours per day (and included in the all-inclusive fee) for those wanting something specific or for those not wanting to leave their room. We never ordered it on this trip, however, the menu seemed very robust and had a little for everyone. In fact, if you have picky eats on your trip, I would recommend getting room service for them prior to hitting up a restaurant.

Food Cart

Each day for lunch, the food cart offered a special dish outside of the buffet. Some days this was hamburgers and hot dogs, other days it was tacos. In addition, they bring out mangos on sticks for a late afternoon treat. These were amazing and I’m now obsessed with the tajin seasoning they used on the mangos.

Fresh mango on a stick at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Regardless of what restaurant we visited, service and quality were amazing! I don’t think you can ever compare an all-inclusive resort to a 5-star restaurant, but overall, we were pleased with what we ordered.

Bars

In addition to the restaurants, there are several bars around the resort where you can sit and sip. Many of these were surrounding the pool, but they also have a sports bar and a more contemporary bar called the Sunset Bar. The Sunset Bar is where we would meet up with everyone prior to dinner and it is aptly named because of the views of the sunsets from this location. Gotta love a great drink, with great company, and a great view!

Great views from the Sunset Bar at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Spa

We didn’t get a chance to enjoy the full spa during our visit, but we took a tour and it was beautiful. Booking a spa service provides you with access to some very luxurious areas of the resort. This space would be ideal for a couple traveling without kids! It was quiet, serene, and immediately made my body relax!!! Additionally, the spa prices weren’t bad for resort pricing. If we only had more time to get a spa service and fully enjoy this space.

Spa Pool at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Our daughter tried out the fish pedicure treatment at the spa. It was really interesting!! They first washed her feet and then she sat in a chair with her feet submerged into an aquarium filled with small fish. The little fish nibbled off the dead skin and was supposed to make them softer and healthier. Her feet were already soft, so it was hard to tell if it did anything for her or not! But, it was a fun experience!!

Activities

The resort has lots of activities during the day suited for all ages. You can participate in crafts, cooking, sports, and card games. They have a kid’s club located on the far side of the resort – however, the kids were primarily hanging out at the pool with counselors. Plenty of water activities (wave runners, snorkeling trips, deep sea fishing, banana boats) were available, for an extra fee, on the beach.

Each night, the hotel staff puts on a show. We only caught the water show and the Michael Jackson tribute show. Both were really fun, but the Michael Jackson tribute show was absolutely fantastic!

Our favorite activity, by far, was the sea turtle release. Be sure to ask the activity staff if they have one scheduled during your stay.

Baby sea turtle release at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Travel Tip: Download the free Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta app to find out what activities are occurring each day. This app will also include the schedule for the bars and restaurants.

Amazing Sunsets

In case you weren’t convinced yet to book a visit to Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, then check out the sunsets from this resort. Each nigh was different and glorious.

Sunset at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Hotel Photography

Both of the Ziva locations we have stayed at have provided complementary photography sessions. We didn’t do this during our Cabo stay, but we did book a session in Puerto Vallarta. I highly recommend that EVERYONE do this when visiting a Ziva resort. You only pay for the photographs you love and they do an amazing job.

Hotel photography from Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Safety Concerns

Given the recent news stories about travel to Mexico, I feel the need to address safety concerns at this hotel. In summary, we felt completely safe at all times. For starters, the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta has a gated entrance. All traffic must check-in at the gate. Secondly, unless you come through the gate, the only other way you can access the beach is by swimming around the cliff or by boat. A lifeguard patrols the beach to ensure things are kept in check. As I mentioned, we never felt unsafe during our time at the resort. However, be sure to do you own research and travel within your level of comfort.

Note: Vendors are located on the beaches, but they only show items from a distance and aren’t aggressive with their sales unless you approach them with a question about their products.

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16 Comments

  1. Wow, I have to get to Mexico! I’ve never been. The beach is so beautiful, and the sunsets are amazing. Loved your photo of you all at the beach. I think I need a mango on a stick now!

    1. We love traveling down to the resort areas of Mexico! We’ve been to them all now and they each have their own pros & cons. Right now, I’m still in love with Puerto Vallarta due to the amazing sunsets. It felt like paradise!!!

    1. We saw lots of honeymoon couples while on this vacation! They have great adult only pools and swim-out rooms! But seriously, wherever you honeymoon, be sure to check out the onsite photo sessions!

  2. Wow the Hyatt in Puerto Vallarta looks beautiful, I haven’t stayed here but would love to after reading your post!

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

  3. PV is one of my favorite places in the world. However, I’ve never stayed at a hotel there, so it was nice to read your perspective. What a wonderful luxurious experience!

  4. I love Hyatt properties and Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta looks like a beautiful getaway. Your pictures speak for itself how splendid it is. I’d love to visit there!

  5. I think a stay here would be dreamy! Those sunsets, the beautiful beach, the turtle release… so cool! The fish pedicure would be interesting, too. I bet that tickles!

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