Hyatt Ziva Cancún opens in Mexico following $85M expansion and renovation

Hyatt Ziva Cancún opened in Cancún, Mexico. Surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea, the 547-suite Hyatt Ziva resort underwent an approximately $85-million expansion and renovation to create a new luxury property. The resort is owned by Playa Hotels & Resorts and will be managed by Playa Resorts Management, the operational component of Playa Hotels & Resorts.

Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta designed the original resort building that was incorporated into the new Hyatt Ziva Cancún. Maintaining the pyramid-style architecture, the resort was expanded and reimagined to reflect the culture of the Yucatan. A bridge connecting the north and south beach provides guests access to both beaches, as well as entertainment, dining and other resort amenities.

There is an elevated lobby with ocean views. The lobby has contemporary elements and the original Mayan materials and themes. For example, one side of the lobby’s facade is local coral stone, while the opposite side has glass cubes wrapped in a matrix of latticework to simulate driftwood.


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The resort’s furnishings are made in Mexico from local woods and fabrics, and bright color accents add Mayan detail. The Lobby Bar pays homage to Mayan culture with its geometric artwork and panels influenced by indigenous carvings. A grand staircase is the focal point of the resort; it becomes seating for the outdoor amphitheater hosting events in the evenings.

Each of the resort’s 547 guest suites offer views of the Caribbean and the resort gardens. The furnishings reflecting the colors of the Yucatan with accents including butterfly-inspired lighting and spa-style bathrooms with soaking tubs. All suites are designed with technology in mind. There are also refreshment bars.

For dining, Hyatt Ziva Cancún has nine restaurants and six bars and lounges. Additionally, the property has an onsite microbrewery and sports bar, Très Cervezas.

For recreation, Hyatt Ziva Cancún has lagoon-style pools with swim-up bars, an adult-only pool, a lounge with game tables, and an ocean view fitness center. The spa has 13 treatment rooms and an additional five palapas on the beach for massages. There is also the KidZ Club with its own club house and play area.

For events, Hyatt Ziva Cancún has more than 11,000 square feet of meeting and event areas, including a ballroom that can be divided into five breakout rooms, plus seven additional meeting rooms. The resort also has an outdoor lawn, garden and beach venues with views.