We knew we wanted one last family trip before our toddler turned the magical age of two and we’d have to shell out the cash for an extra plane ticket. As we typically do when we’re planning a trip, we looked at a map and threw around ideas: Fiji? Tahiti? Hawaii? Costa Rica? No. Four nights seemed too short to travel the distance. Besides, did I mention the toddler? We needed close, easy, and all-inclusive to counteract the stress of work and everyday life.
Los Cabos, Mexico? Bingo.
Once we nailed down the destination, I did my usual searching through travel review sites like TripAdvisor and Oyster. It didn’t take long to decide on the family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, the first-ever all-inclusive Hyatt hotel.
It was a quick shuttle ride from the airport, and once we arrived, all our worries melted away. If you’re considering a stay at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos or have already booked a vacation, here are a few things you should consider:
1. A swim-up suite might be worth the extra money.
It was worth every penny for our family. We knew our son would be too young for the kids club and we’d be stuck in the room at naptime each afternoon, so we splurged on a swim-up suite. Instead of being confined to the room, we’d put him to sleep in the crib and hang out on lounge chairs or take a dip in the pool… literally feet away from the room and within earshot.
When you book this suite, you gain access to Premium Level services including access to the Exclusive Premium Level Lounge with premium drinks, light snack options, and appetizers all day. While I wouldn’t normally consider this a perk worth the extra money, we had our “this is awesome and so worth it” moment when we went up for drinks on their spacious patio and nobody else was there. As any parent can attest, it’s a very good thing when your toddler can roam and run without bothering anyone. So yes, we quietly sipped margaritas and held hands while the tot tested out every single seat on the balcony. And then started over again. It was a relaxing 30 minutes. We headed back to the Lounge a few more times throughout our stay and had the same experience.
Tip: If you don’t have a swim-up suite, be warned that people head to the pools early to reserve lounge chairs for the day. You snooze, you lose.
2. Book a family photo session.
Adventure Photos has a storefront at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and you can make an appointment for a photo session. What’s the coolest thing about this company? Your 30-minute photo session is free and you only pay for the photos you like. At the time of our stay, photos were $15 each and you can get them in digital format with copyrights. If you end up wanting many of the shots like we did, it’s cheaper to buy a package.
A few of our favorites from the Adventure Photos session.
Tip: Book your appointment as soon as you get to the resort because time slots fill quickly. I’d recommend not waiting until the last day for your photo session. This way, if for some reason you aren’t completely satisfied with the pictures, you can rebook before you leave.
3. They don’t have the best swimming beach – but it doesn’t matter.
The surf is way too rough. If you spend a few minutes reading Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos reviews online, you’ll figure this out. We knew before booking, but because we planned to spend most of our time in the pool, it didn’t matter. We headed to the beach for pictures and to play in the sand. Within minutes, we were back at the pool because we couldn’t take the heat.
4. Relax and enjoy the night sky on the lounge beds by the firepits.
They’re awesome and the best place at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos to enjoy a nightcap. Enough said.
5. Kids will love it.
If your kids are old enough to head to the kids club, awesome. If not, depending on the age and your budget, consider that swim-up suite. For the younger crowd, there’s also a splash pad and playground.
Swim-Up Suite fun for the whole family. Mom relaxes and toddler plays.
We arranged our swim-up suite lounge chairs to make a kiddie pool and the tot had a blast with his pool toys we brought from home. Yet another reason we loved that upgrade.
6. Couples can enjoy the quieter adults-only pool.
I made a point to spend a few child-free hours at this pool while the boys napped one afternoon.
While the other pools offer ocean views and a swim-up bar, this pool is secluded and quiet. No screaming, no crying. It was heavenly. I also noticed some of the swim-up suites connect to this pool, so if you’re on a honeymoon or aren’t vacationing with kids… take note!