Hyatt is growing like crazy lately, and not just in terms of expanding their “traditional” footprint and growing their limited service brands. Hyatt launched a huge new partnership with MGM earlier this year, which is pretty exciting for both Gold Passport and M life members.
Hyatt is now expanding into the all-inclusive market, with the opening of two new hotels in Mexico.
The first property is the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, which opens on November 1, 2013. It’s a 600+ room mega resort for families.
The Hyatt Zilara Cancun will open shortly thereafter, on November 15, 2013. This will be an adults (16+) only resort and have about half as many rooms as the Los Cabos property, so will be a bit more exclusive.
Hyatt has now published redemption rates at both of these properties, though you can’t actually make Gold Passport reservations at either of them yet. Not surprisingly, these hotels don’t fall in the “traditional” award categories, given that they’re both all-inclusive and don’t have “standard” rooms (the entry level rooms at both resorts is a junior suite).
- You can book the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos with points as of tomorrow, November 1, 2013, for 20,000 Gold Passport points per night.
- You can start booking the Hyatt Zilara Cancun as of November 15, 2013, for 25,000 Gold Passport points per night.
Hyatt ordinarily charges up to 22,000 points per night for standard room award reservations, so I think these rates are perfectly reasonable, especially given that the properties are all-inclusive and don’t have standard rooms.
What remains to be seen, however, is how many people will be allowed per room on an award booking. For example, pulling up a random date at the Hyatt Zilara, the rate for a room with one person is $340:
The rate for a room with three people, on the other hand, is $595.
Historically, Hyatt will allow up to the maximum number of people allowed in a room on an award booking, though I wouldn’t be surprised if they cap the number of people per room on redemptions. Maybe they’ll only allow two guests per award reservation and then you can pay a supplement for additional people. Or maybe (hopefully), they’ll allow up to the maximum number of guests per room included at the standard redemption rate.
Regardless, some very exciting new options!
(Tip of the hat to Mommy Points)