Sneak Peek at Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall All-Inclusive Jamaican Properties!

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We have been in Jamaica for the last several days, and a couple of those nights were spent at the new Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall all-inclusive hotel.  I was very intrigued by this hotel because you can book it for 25,000 Hyatt points per night (double occupancy), and not only have a “free” place to spend the night, but your food, drinks, activities, and entertainment are also included for those 25,000 points.

That is something that fits my budget very well, so I was interested to see if a Hyatt all-inclusive experience was enjoyable.  I’m still sifting through my overall thoughts on the property, so stay tuned for a very detailed full review, but in the meantime here are a few sneak peeks of the adults-only Zilara Rose Hall and the next door family-friendly Ziva Rose Hall.

The room…

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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Room

The food…

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Food

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Food

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jerk Chicken

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jerk Chicken

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Food

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Food

The swimming…

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Pool

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Pool

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Pool

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Pool

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Beach

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Beach

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Pools

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Pools

If you can’t wait for a full review and want more details about these properties right now, here is a post I recommend and the Flyertalk thread on this property has also been pretty active.  As you look at reviews of the properties, keep in mind that the earlier the review, the more likely the experience has changed since the December opening.

 

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  1. Just got back Monday night from a 3 night daddy/daughter trip to the Ziva. If you like meat, you need to try the Brazil restaurant. The bacon wrapped filet and the tenderloin were so tasty. Ask for Jermaine if he is working. He made my daughter feel very special. On Saturday and Sunday night, they grilled lobster tails by the entertainment area. Yummy! The hotel definitely has some cons – you would not want to book a trip here if you have your heart set on a beach vacation. The beach is rocky, small, and has a horrible seaweed problem. The pool water is cold in the winter. There were very few adults in the pool. The pros were so good that I would consider another trip here. The service is excellent for an all-inclusive. I tipped a couple bucks for most things, but I didn’t notice a difference in service when I didn’t tip (there were a couple times that I got drinks by the pool and had run out of tip money). We were still served with a warm greeting and a smile. The food was great. We had one meal at fuzion that we didn’t enjoy, but everything else was pretty good. The entertainment was fair to above average. It seems that they have worked through a lot of their initial opening issues. My wife and I did the Zilara Cancun in November. It is interesting contrast between the two properties. If anyone has any questions – let me know.

    • Can you expound on the difference between Cancun and Rose Hall? My wife and I were at Zilara Cancun last March and we’re planning on visiting Rose Hall this spring. I’ve been keeping up to date on the Flyertalk thread, but I’m curious how you’d compare/contrast the two resorts since you’ve been to both – TIA!

  2. It’s funny the number of people who seem to be visiting this resort right now. I have friends who just got back yesterday from a 4 day trip and seeing their photos makes me want to go back. It’s only been 2 weeks for us since we were there!!

    Regarding the food, Horizons was probably my favorite, hands down. Sitting by the beach in open air is nice, but the food was AMAZING. Chris speaks of the Brazilian steakhouse (which was good), but OH MY GOD the surf and turf at Horizons was BY FAR THE BEST steak there (a tenderloin). I’d even put it in my top 5 all time…that’s saying something. Not to mention there was better complimentary wine at Horizons as well. Add in the mahi for lunch and the crab omelette for breakfast…easily the best place on the resort. I also agree with Chris in that Fuzion was very underwhelming. I was hoping for sushi, and basically they just had grocery store california/avocado roll. The Yakitori was underwhelming as well. Wish I skipped that one and got a full dinner at the Italian Restaurant instead (we did appetizers on our last night before hitting up Horizons for a 2nd time…it was really THAT good).

    All this talk about steak has me drooling thinking about tonight. It’s restaurant week here in Denver and we have reservations at Elway’s. It’s the only time we can really afford to eat there (well, maybe more like unwilling to pay THAT much for a steak normally) and they have DAMN good steak too (another top 5).

  3. Hi, so at this Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall all-inclusive hotel in Jamaica, the 25000 points includes all drinks and food at any of the restaurants, and you can eat whatever you want? Like they have steak and lobster and crab? How often can you go eat? What kind of entertainment do they have?

  4. I may be missing something here. “The hotel definitely has some cons – you would not want to book a trip here if you have your heart set on a beach vacation. The beach is rocky, small, and has a horrible seaweed problem. The pool water is cold in the winter. There were very few adults in the pool.”. So, if I read this correct the hotel has a horrible beach and their pool is cold. So, what are you supposed to do there? Just eat? I’ve been to Jamaica before and I would say it is not a place I feel comfortable taking my wife and two small kids to adventure outside a resort. Thus, if I go there I want to make sure I get a great resort where we can enjoy the beach and pools and of course have good food. If beach and pool is a con I don’t see what I would be doing there other than eating.

    • Santastico, bingo! That is exactly why we cancelled Jamaica and added Costa Rica. Cold pools and a crappy beach at a resort? No thanks.
      Andaz CR had great (temperate)pools, nice beaches, safe, tons of activities on and off campus.
      Reviews of both Hyatt Jamaica properties were also mixed, at best, when we looked.
      The Andaz in CR conversely has fantastic reviews, food and rooms.
      While food was not cheap, the room rates were only 15,000 points per night.

  5. So I don’t think the beach and pools are that bad. The beach is not award winning, but it had a nice calm cove for families (shown above), and the boat they took us out on were super fun. The pools were a bit cool at first, but I’m a total cold water weanie and I didn’t think they were too cold to have fun in, but the first few seconds will be a shock.

    You can indeed eat and drink as much as you want for no extra charge. The Asian Fusion place was borderline terrible, but everything else ranged from decent to good. Brazilian was very good!

    There’s a kid’s club, activities, and it has some strong positives, but it’s not perfect. Some issues will continue to get better over time, some (like the beach) will either work for you, or they won’t.

    • Any idea whether the Chase 2 free Hyatt nights allow for more than 2 persons per room at any of the all-inclusive properties? About a year ago I remember reading something about the certificates allowing up to 4 people per room at the Cabo property? However, I have been unable to relocate where I read that???

  6. Anyone having any luck with a C&P rate, trying to use some DSUs? I was told these rates are not offered at the all inclusive resorts.

  7. Just booked 4 nights at the zilara. Are you going to do that review you promised. Cutouts about the restaurants and if you had to book them in advance.

    John

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