On Nov.19, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos celebrated its official reopening with a “Great Gatsby”-themed gala. // © 2015 Emma Weissmann
Feature image (above): Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos features several enhancements, including new restaurants, increased accommodations and a new oceanview fitness center. // © 2015 Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
At Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, a single palm tree serves as a symbol of resiliency and rebirth.
Like many other properties in the region, the Playa Hotels & Resorts-owned all-inclusive was severely damaged by Hurricane Odile, a Category 3 storm that ravaged the area in September 2014. Although all of the property’s foliage was killed in the storm, a lone palm survived, sprouting a few fresh, green fronds in place of the dead and broken ones.
Now, a little more than a year later, the tree thrives next to its healthy neighbors, its recovery mirroring that of the resort itself.
The resort, which had a soft opening in September, held its official reopening celebration on Nov. 19, featuring a “Great Gatsby”-themed gala complete with flappers, live music and a fireworks demonstration. It drew approximately 800 attendees — including the governor of Baja California Sur — who came to celebrate the property’s many upgrades and improvements.
A Sea of Enhancements
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is located approximately 20 minutes from Los Cabos International airport and five minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo. Guests checking in at the newly designed open-air lobby can take in stunning views of the resort’s pools or the Sea of Cortez just beyond.
The resort has 591 oceanfront or oceanview guestrooms, including 34 swim-up suites. Several of the room categories were reconfigured during the renovation period, and new, larger suites have been added, along with the addition of two-bedroom suites and an increased number of swim-up suites.
Once inside, guests will find Baja-influenced architecture and a design that features clean lines and authentic Mexican craftsmanship, including artwork, ceramics and cave petroglyphs native to Baja California. Additionally, all accommodations feature new furniture.
The property’s 12 different restaurants, bars and lounges have also been upgraded with new decor and menu options. A new lobby coffee shop serves fresh-brewed coffee, pastries, ice cream and snacks all day, and Italian restaurant Zafiro has been moved beachside, where visitors can snack on fresh pizza baked in an authentic brick oven. For a taste of Asian fusion, the expanded DoZo features a full sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and a la carte dining, with an option to sit “tatami”-style on traditional Japanese straw mats. In addition, a new sports bar, Spirit of 1968, celebrates the year that Mexico hosted the Olympics and features 16 forty-inch high-definition televisions that broadcast major sports networks. Other dining additions include a traditional Mexican taqueria, a tequila bar and Spanish tapas restaurant El Cortijo.
A Family Affair
As a property that prides itself on offering services to guests of all ages, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos invites children to experience a newly designed KidZ Club, complete with a waterpark and seasonal turtle-release program. Many suites are also equipped with pullout sofa beds. Complimentary supervised children’s programming is also available.
While the kids are away, parents can relax at the resort’s spa or work out in the oceanview fitness center.
“In recreating Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, we have transformed an already beautiful resort and further infused the rich culture and spirit of Mexico’s Baja,” said Alex Stadlin, CEO of Playa Resorts Management. “We believe Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos will offer a superb experience for all-inclusive vacationers, conference attendees and wedding couples, and we look forward to welcoming our guests and delivering ‘service from the heart.’”