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Since I am obviously a big fan of earning and using points at Hyatt Resorts both for the high quality of their properties as well as the stable award chart, I try to stay in the loop on new Hyatt developments. Today I wanted to give updates on two Grand Hyatt properties in popular vacation destinations, one that has recently opened, and one looks like it will experience yet another (pretty big) setback on opening its doors.
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Open:
First, the good news that the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen is open and initial reviews seem pretty good – really good in fact given that new properties always have quirks. This property has 314 rooms, including 36 suites and is located on a 460 foot strip of beach close to restaurants, shopping, and more. Some of the rooms have plunge-pools or swim-up pools, and there is a Grand Club, a Teen Arcade, and a Camp Hyatt on property.
The hotel is a Category 5 Hyatt that will cost 20,000 points per night or 10,000 points + $125 via a points + cash rate. However, check paid rates too as some nights are below $200/night, which would be a better deal given how I value Hyatt points.
Given the proximity to Texas, I’m very inclined to try this property out at some point as the infinity pools and beach are practically screaming my name!
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Further Delayed:
The already delayed Baha Mar project in the Bahamas likely was hit back many notches when they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the last week or so. The Grand Hyatt is but a part of the much larger project, but it will be impacted, too. There are reports of people being owed lots of money, funny things happening with investors’ money, to shoddy construction, to everything in between with the larger Baha Mar project. What was once rumored to potentially open in 2014 is now potentially not going to be open until 2016, and I’ve even seen some speculation of 2017.
Again this is not a Hyatt specific issue, but rather an issue for the whole large Baha Mar complex. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has really been pretty fair about compensating guests who have had reservations impacted by the delayed opening, but I’m not sure of the current status of that will be handled now that the property is not accepting new reservations at all. The Flyertalk thread on the topic is pretty useful, and I do have an inquiry into Hyatt to see if they have any formal statements or policies in place for those who held reservations. The above referenced Flyertalk thread indicates a 7/15 date when some future reservations will be evaluated.
Are/were either of these properties on your family’s vacation “wish lists”?