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The Pools and Beaches at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun

For spring break this year we ditched our complicated and extensive itinerary to Australia and New Zealand and instead made the much smarter and closer to home decision to head to the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun. With two young kids, and especially a baby who doesn’t sleep well, this was the best decision we could have possibly made. Of course, it helped that the resort was amazing, bookable on points, and we scored a two-story 1,300 square foot suite! You…

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Swimming, Eating, and Playing at the St. Regis Punta Mita

A few weeks ago our family of four hit the skies together for the first time and headed south to Mexico and the St. Regis Punta Mita.  We were a bit apprehensive going into the first trip for our two month old, but all of that apprehension and stress melted away quicker than the ice in the first margarita when we saw our insane upgrade and quickly learned how over-the-top the service was at this resort.  This trip was part…

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Pools and Beach at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Jamaica

Earlier this year we visited the new all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica all on points.  That meant that not only was our room “free” thanks to our Hyatt Gold Passport points and points transferred in 1:1 to Hyatt from the Chase Ultimate Rewards program and cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, but our food, drinks, and activities were “free” as well.  Let that sink in.  This resort would also be a good use of the…

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Review of Catcha Falling Star Resort in Negril, Jamaica

In February my husband and I headed to Jamaica to help some friends celebrate their wedding anniversary without our little one.  As I explained here, Jamaica was never really at the top of our “must visit” list, but we always love to travel with friends when possible, so we hoped for the best and went forward with planning a trip to Jamaica.  We would have two nights in Negril where our friends were staying, and then two nights at the…

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Beach and Pools!

This winter we decided to head south for a points-fueled January escape to Aruba.  We took advantage of a long weekend in mid-January to pack up the family up for a short trip to Aruba where we split our time between the Radisson Aruba on Club Carlson points, and the Hyatt Regency Aruba using Hyatt Gold Passport points (and Chase Ultimate Rewards points transferred in 1:1 from our Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card).  Rates at both properties were $400-$500+ on our…

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Beachfront Hyatt Regency Aruba Review

Part of our strategy to happily make it through winter this year was to plan a points-fueled January escape to Aruba.  It doesn’t get that cold where we live, but it does get chilly, grey, wet, and nasty.  We took advantage of a long weekend in mid-January to pack up the family up for a short trip to Aruba where we split our time between the Radisson Aruba on Club Carlson points, and the Hyatt Regency Aruba using Hyatt Gold…

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Are the Maldives Worth It?

The question I have received most frequently about our stop in the Maldives during our around-the-world journey last year was are they worth it?  There are thousands of beaches we could visit around the world, but is it worth hauling to to the other side of the world and spending lots of money and points to go to the Park Hyatt Maldives specifically? This post will be dedicated to trying to answer that question from my point of view, as…

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Overview of the Park Hyatt Maldives

As you may know, the Hyatt Gold Passport program is having some annual category adjustments that kick in on January 22nd (Thursday) and some properties will be getting pricier in points while some are getting cheaper.  One of the noteworthy hotels getting pricier in points is the Park Hyatt Maldives that will be going from a Category 6 to 7, and from 25,000 to 30,000 points per night. I’m in the middle of writing an around-the-world trip report that includes…

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The Sun Will Come Out, Tomorrow….

Where I live in Texas, we usually have really hot summers with an average of over 100 days per year above 90 degrees, but we make up for it by having mild (and even enjoyable) winters.  Sure we have a few cold days here and there, and maybe even some slight ice/snow mix once or twice a season, but the average daily high temperature in our coldest month of the year (January) is still 62 degrees.  Pretty awesome.  Sweaters, scarfs,…

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What Do You Love to do in Aruba?

Even though here in Houston we don’t get the arctic and snowy winters that settle in some parts of the country, it still gets far too dreary, wet, and cold in January to consistently enjoy outdoor activities.  To counter-balance our own southern version of winter hibernation, we headed to the Bahamas as a family last January, and had a great time swimming and playing in the sun for a few days.  So, when it came time to plan a trip…

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