Hyatt & Playa Hotels to open Hyatt Ziva Cancun after renovation, rebranding

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. announced plans to introduce the Hyatt Ziva brand to Cancun. Formerly Dreams Cancun, the resort's multi-million dollar renovation began on June 1, and it is expected to reopen in late 2015 as Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The resort will be managed by Playa Resorts Management, the operational component of Playa Hotels & Resorts.

Located in Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun will be at the tip of Punta Cancun surrounded on three sides by turquoise Caribbean Sea. Originally designed by Mexican architect Roberto Legoretta, the resort's original pyramid-style construction exemplifies contemporary Mexican architecture in Cancun and other Mexican beachside resorts in the 1970s. The hotel renovation includes a restoration component that will maintain the architectural integrity of the original.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun will be reconfigured to create a village-like atmosphere. A bridge connecting the north beach and the south beach will provide guests access to beaches, as well as connecting entertainment, dining and other resort features and amenities. The resort's new entryway will welcome guests into an elevated lobby that reveals views of the new swimming pools and the azure Caribbean. A grand staircase will be a focal point of the resort and also become seating for the outdoor amphitheater in the evenings.

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Each of the 379 guest suites in the Pyramid and Tower buildings will have furnishings reflecting the colors of the Caribbean and spa-style bathrooms. Guests will be able to access a number of in-room amenities, including a complimentary refreshment bar. The resort's Hyatt Club Suites will offer larger floor plans and features such as swim-up areas with splash pools and Club Premium service.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun will offer the Delphinus Experience where guests can engage with and swim with dolphins. Additional resort amenities will include lagoon-style pools with swim-up bars overlooking the Caribbean, an adult-only pool, a lounge with pool tables and board games, a 24-hour fitness center and an onsite spa and wellness center.

Guests will be able to choose from six restaurants and six bars and lounges.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun will offer meeting and convention space, with more than 11,000 square feet of meeting and event areas, including a ballroom that can be divided into five meeting rooms. In addition to the traditional meeting space, the resort will feature outdoor lawn, garden and beach venues with views.

In addition to Hyatt Ziva Cancun in Mexico, Playa is scheduled to open Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta in late 2014. In the Caribbean, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay are scheduled to open in late 2014. The two new resorts will be co-located on Jamaica, formerly home to The Ritz-Carlton.

Playa currently owns and manages Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and Hyatt Zilara Cancun, both in Mexico.

The former Dreams Cancun


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