The Pools and Beaches at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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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 can read all about our booking process and how we got to the resort here, as well as check out the massive suite here. In this post I want to talk about the pools and beaches at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun since they are not only fantastic, but they are the same no matter which room or suite you book!

The resort is located at the Punta Cancun and is surrounded by blue water on three sides. It also has multiple pools, an adults-only pool, and several hot tubs. Honestly, I didn’t even count how many because there were tons!

What I didn’t even realize about the property until the second day is that there are two entirely distinct pool/beach areas on opposite sections of the resort, so there was no shortage of places to swim and enjoy during our stay. Here are shots all taken from the side of the resort closest to the entrance and main lobby.

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Then if you travel to the other side of the resort, the one closest the tall Ziva tower, you find an entirely different beach with cabanas and another pool complex.

IMG_3712 IMG_3768 IMG_3815 IMG_3817 IMG_3822This side of the resort actually has a manmade break next to the ocean that creates very calm and shallow pools for little ones to play in, which is awesome!

The Kid’s Club also has a water park complex that is for kids in the Kid’s Club as well as open to everyone certain hours of the day, with parent supervision required during those “open play” times for the kids not old enough yet to stay in the Kid’s Club.

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On our mid-March trip the ocean was honestly a little chilly for me, though my (crazy) husband and daughter thought it was okay. The pools were heated and a perfectly fine temperature all except for one day after a storm when it was insanely windy. On the sunny days of our trip the pools ranged from perfect to almost too warm!

The depth of the pools ranges from just a little too tall for my tall 6 year old to stand to just a foot deep or so in some of the shallowest areas.

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While there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas on our visit, it was still smart to “claim” one by 9AM or so otherwise you may not get one with shade. To claim one, just go put a towel or similar on the chair.


There is drink service at the pool and ocean and they grilled food out by the pool each afternoon. Of course, since this is an all-inclusive property you can enjoy to your hearts content!

The swim-up bar in the main pool nearest the lobby was also popular with kids and adults as they served a variety of kid-friendly and adult drinks. I do want to offer a small warning to double check when you order your child a “virgin” drink as one that I ordered for Little C had alcohol in it. I don’t think it was done intentionally, but more likely was a misunderstanding that it was for me as the bartender does get very busy. Still, I am glad I did the smell/taste test before handing it over!

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I’ll post more about the drinks when I cover the restaurants, but suffice to say they were excellent! Whether you want a Dos XX, or a mojito, or a margarita, or a shot of tequila, you are well covered.

The ocean ranged from very calm to red flag warning on our stay, depending on the weather that day. In fact, weather was the only issue on our trip as it really was way too windy to do much of anything outside for an entire day, and pretty darn windy for another one of the days of our long weekend trip. I don’t remember wind being such an issue on my two previous summer trips to the area.

The upside of wind I suppose was I didn’t have a single mosquito bite the entire trip – and I am pretty much always a bug magnet.

I honestly cannot wait to find an excuse to go back to the Hyatt Ziva Cancun with my family, and the quality and variety of pool and ocean spots is a big reason why. The resort is big enough to not feel cramped, but not so large that you are exhausted by the time you get to the pool. With little kids I can’t ask for anything better!

In the next post on this property I’ll make you drool with info on the restaurants and bars…

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  1. Hyatt Ziva is AMAZING! I surprised my parents with a four-day, three-night trip (two Hyatt CC sign-up bonus nights, plus paid for one more night) and I couldn’t be more happier with the redemption value and quality of the hotel!

    I’m so glad you had a great time as well with your family! My parents were planning their next trip before we left the resort haha.

  2. You mention the pools were heated – was this for all pools, including the kids zone pool? The downside to Ziva Los Cabos is that only the infinity pool is heated, leaving the larger pool and the kids zone pool rather chilly, especially in the winter months.

    • Good question – I can’t say for sure it was every single pool, but the several I was in seemed to be heated. Certainly the largest pool I was in was heated.

  3. What is this place like for someone who is child-averse? It seems like better value compared to Zilara, but if I want a quieter vacation without kids, am I out of luck, or can I just go to adults-only pool areas, etc. and get the quiet I want?

    What are mosquitos like, and what are issues with drinking water?

    Thanks for your reviews of this property. It looks great and is an easy flight from DFW.

    • I just got back last week and we barely saw any kids. I think it’s all about the timing. We made sure to schedule our trip after the Spring Break crowd but before school lets out for the summer. There were certainly kids there, but adults easily outnumbered them.

      The most annoying encounter I had with a child during the whole vacation was a screaming baby on the plane ride over haha.

      • Thanks; actually I see that both Zilara and Ziva and Cancun are same number of points. I thought there was a 5K difference. In any event, good to know!

    • Oh! And not a single bug in the air or on the ground. We mentioned about how it was almost weird that there weren’t any around.

      No issues with drinking water. The resort leaves bottled water everywhere. One by each sink in the bathroom, two more in the fridge, two more near the coffee maker. We brushed our teeth with regular water. Still alive haha.

    • Didn’t see any mosquitos, didn’t have issues with the filtered water, and I imagine kids will be very season dependent. There are also a bunch of adult geared areas like one adults only restaurant, a brewery, adult pool, etc…

  4. This property really looks great! We want to visit with the kids but we haven’t booked yet since it seems pretty expensive especially since two of our kids are 3 or older. We’ve reached the point where it would make more sense to book two rooms. I wonder what the connecting room situation is like…did you happen to notice if your suite had a connecting room?

    • Our standard double bed room (Ocean View) had a locked door, like most hotels, that lead to the adjoining room. I don’t see why you couldn’t request two rooms beside each other and just unlock the doors.

        • Well Hugh, I don’t have any kids so it’s hard for me to be the judge.

          I can say that the double bed room is about the same size as most double bed rooms in a standard hotel. If you’ve survived in those, you’ll survive in this one haha. Plus, you really don’t spend much time in the room. There are tons of couches and tables to lounge around in, even into the evening.

          I will say, the bathroom door is a pocket/sliding door. So, if you’re looking for some alone time to “think” you won’t find it and everyone in the room will hear… everything haha!

  5. Loving this series! Our family has 2 rooms booked for a 4-day weekend in November on points. Husband and I have already been to the Zilara in Jamaica and loved it. Can’t beat the value.

  6. Well, that settles it. I will be taking my family there :p
    The only downside is that my 2 free days expires in March next year and I was hoping to go in early April to avoid the spring break crowd. September would have been ideal but it looks like a time to avoid due to hurricanes and lots of rain from what I am reading.

    • I’d call Hyatt and ask for them to push your expiration date back a month or so – or maybe go ahead and book it with them right then on the phone, if they do push it back. I’ve read in forums online that they’ve done that before. Can never hurt to ask.

      Yes! One of our waiters said don’t come Aug/Sept/Oct because that was the rainy/hurricane season.

        • In February, I BEGGED Hyatt to extend my two free nights for one month, from April to May, and they refused. Several phone agents and two different Twitter agents confirmed that in the past, they were able to extend the life of the nights for 30 days but that this is no longer an option. They will absolutely no longer extend the expiration dates, so be prepared to us them!

          • That is in line with what I have heard as well…still worth an ask, but doesn’t seem to happen as much as it used to sadly.

  7. You’ve convinced me to take the family to this resort. Excellent review series! Forgive me if u mentioned this earlier… What is the deal with tipping and resort fees at this all-inclusive (assuming one uses points or free night cert.)? Thank you!

  8. Hi! So my husband and I both follow you and we’d LOVE your insight, if possible…. (I know you are busy).

    My husband travels a lot for work, and he lives and breathes hotel points (I leave this part of the finances to him, and to be honest, I don’t understand it; but I trust his judgement, and he trusts your judgement). My husband follows your blog, and I know he’s doing something right because our vacations are met with upgrades unlike anything I’ve experienced – they are awesome, yet within our budget. You are partially to thank!!:) thank you!

    Anyway, he referred me to your blog a long time ago, and recently, he referred me to this specific post – regarding the Hyatt Ziva in Cancuun. I’ve been wanting to do an all-inclusive for so long! I’m wondering if Hyatt Ziva is our best option…

    We have a 4-year-old daughter (soon-to-be 5-years-old). We’ll basically go anywhere that is “all-inclusive” and meets my husband’s expectations of “points” conversion (whatever this means!). (It’s safe to assume that whatever your opinion on “points” may be would be the same as his opinion).

    Where would you recommend going with a 4-year-old?

    Also, I do realize that the Zika Virus concerns are primarily focused on pregnancy, but were you at all worried about the Zika Virus in any way during your trip to Cancun? (I’m not pregnant.)

    We are from Wisconsin….

    Is there somewhere else you’d recommend traveling with a 4-year-old that is also all-inclusive?

    I’d absolutely love your opinion!!!

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