Award Bookings Open at New Hyatt All-Inclusive Resorts in Dominican Republic

Mar 2, 2019

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Normally, using hotel points to stretch your travel budget just gets your family a room to sleep in and perhaps a pool or a few activities to enjoy during the day. That’s a great start on an affordable vacation, but there will still usually be additional food and entertainment costs attached to your trip. However, when you redeem hotel points at an all-inclusive property, everything changes. Suddenly, your trip is as close to free as possible with meals, drinks, kid’s clubs and activities all included for one award price.

Travelers who like to redeem hotel points for higher-end all-inclusive beach vacations are about to get a brand new option in the Dominican Republic, just 15-minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).

Image courtesy of Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana

We’ve known that the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana resorts in the Dominican Republic were coming, and in fact, they have been taking cash reservations for at least a month or two for stays beginning Nov. 1. However, the news of the day is that these resorts are now bookable for 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night. As always, you can supplement your World of Hyatt account balance with transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Just as with the other Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive properties, that 25k award rate is valid for double occupancy. Children three and older are subject to additional charges of 12,500 points per night. (This means a family of four pays the same to book two rooms as they would to put all four people in one room.) If your family is comprised of four people who want to stay in one room, it may sometimes make sense to jump on a discounted cash rate with kids stay free or similar and then use fixed value points to cover the cost of your stay, rather than spend 50,000 Hyatt points per night. To book a stay for more than two people in one room with points, you’ll have to call Hyatt.

In terms of amenities, the 375-room Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana has a lazy river with three big water slides, as well as water cannons by the play area. There will be 12 restaurants and bars, a swim-up bar and a pretty massive fitness center.

I love that standard rooms at both the Cap Cana Ziva and Zilara are more than 600 square feet and are compromised of either a king bed or two queens with a queen sleeper-sofa.

Image courtesy of Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

Bottom Line

Our previous stays at Hyatt Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resorts have been truly enjoyable, and we’ve been itching to get back. We’ve particularly loved the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva in Cancun, and fully intend on checking out the new family-friendly Hyatt all-inclusive in the Dominican Republic when it opens later this year (assuming no construction delays prevent that from happening).

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