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Hyatt Zilara Cancun Review
Welcome to this review of the Hyatt Zilara Cancun, a luxury, all-inclusive, adults-only resort in Cancun. I had been wanting to visit for a couple of years and just recently had the opportunity.
Here is my Hyatt Zilara Cancun review. I paid for my own trip and did not receive any kind of incentive to write this post. I’ve been back to the Hyatt Zilara once since my initial trip and already have another trip planned in the future. Did I love it? Keep reading to find out!
What to expect at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun
The Hyatt Zilara is a luxury, all-inclusive, adults-only resort located in Cancun’s hotel zone. The beach is beautiful and less crowded than other areas of the Hotel Zone. All 307 rooms have an ocean view. Oceanview rooms may be slightly obstructed whereas oceanfront rooms are just that, oceanfront.
All rooms also have balconies with a hammock, whirlpool tubs, rainfall showers, and free daily restocked minibars.
The options at the minibar are limited, but you can request free room service at any time of day. On our visits, the minibars contained water, two types of Mexican beer, Coke, and Sprite. The included snacks were chocolate bars, pringles, and peanuts.
Free room service is not standard at all-inclusive resorts, so this is an extra perk to staying at the Hyatt Zilara.
Is the Hyatt Zilara Cancun Adults Only?
Yes, the Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an adults-only property. Their sister resort, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, is a great alternative for families.
Since this is an adults-only resort, all of the activities are catered toward adults. Plus, you won’t have kids splashing you in the pool – bonus! If you’re on a honeymoon, babymoon, or anniversary trip, I’d recommend an adults-only resort for relaxation.
What room options are available at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun?
The Oceanfront Luxury Suites, Presidential Suites, and Swim-Up Suites include a reserved cabana and access to the exclusive Chef’s Table Restaurant. During our visit, we chose the Oceanfront Luxury King room and I would highly recommend it.
Swim-up suites were not available during our visit, and I would imagine that those closest to the pool could get loud at night. There’s also less of a view from the swim-up suites, but overall it is worth the splurge to upgrade to one of the three luxury room types.
The Presidential Suites are very large and perfect for a special occasion such as a destination wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary.
Overall, I would say it’s worth it to stay in the “luxury” suites at the Hyatt Zilara, especially if you want to eat at Chef’s Plate or have a reserved beach cabana.
The cabanas by the pool are first-come, first-serve, so make sure to get down to the pool early to snag a cabana.
While I do believe the premier suites are worth the upgrade, the regular suites are still spectacular thanks to ocean views all-around. Unless you’re staying in the Presidential Suite, you won’t notice much of a size difference in the premier rooms vs. the regular rooms. 653 vs. 758 from an oceanfront Junior Suite King and Luxury Ocean Suite King (respectively) and we couldn’t tell a difference.
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What kind of restaurants does the Hyatt Zilara Cancun have?
The Hyatt Zilara Cancun has five onsite restaurants, one buffet, and a coffee bar. All of the restaurants have excellent food, especially for an all-inclusive. Only two restaurants require a reservation, Chef’s Table which is available to those staying in luxury rooms or to anyone for an additional fee. The teppanyaki show at Asiana also requires a reservation, although dining at Asiana does not.
Let’s talk about the restaurants at the Hyatt Zilara, what they offer, and when they are open.
Maria Marie’s offers upscale Mexican cuisine and is one of the top restaurants for dinner at the Hyatt Zilara. Every time that I’ve eaten here, the food has been incredible. The very first time I ate at Maria Marie’s the chef made me a special vegan enchilada dish. It was amazing and I wish I knew what exactly it was, because I want it again!
Asiana is split into two dining areas. Downstairs you’ll find four Teppanyaki areas (seating 8 people each) and a more casual dining area upstairs. This is where you’ll sit for lunch or dinner if you don’t have a Teppanyaki reservation.
I haven’t tried the Teppanyaki show yet, but next time! Everyone I talked to said it was amazing and definitely worth making a reservation.
The food at Asiana is fantastic and, and as with all of the other restuarants, the staff went above and beyond to accomodate my special food preferences (vegetarian, gluten-allergy.) My “normal food” eating husband loved his meal too.
Gluten-free, vegetarian curry.
Pelicanos offers oceanfront dining for all meals. Although the menu is more limited than some of the other restaurants, you can ask for something else and they should be able to accommodate you. Pelicanos has the best view in the entire resort, and is right next to the pool bar so you know you’ll get some great cocktails!
If you don’t want to eat at the buffet for breakfast, Pelicanos is a great sit-down option.
The buffet, Spice, has a great variety for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Craving something that you don’t see on the buffet? No problem! Ask your server if you can get something special prepared for you.
Ask for Arturo at Spice, if he is working. He will take care of you! All of the staff at the Hyatt Zilara is great, but Arturo goes above and beyond. He made sure I had special, gluten-free options at every meal and even remembered us two months after our first visit.
La Adelita Cantina
La Adelita Cantina serves Mexican and Caribean food and is open for dinner only. It is located right next to Maria Marie’s. It has a more casual atmosphere than Chef’s Plate, Maria Marie’s or Asiana. There are lots of seafood fishes, so this is the place to go if you love seafood.
Chef’s Plate is a set seven-course menu that changes daily. While it may not be the best choice for those who are picky or have allergies, the food is excellent. Chef’s Plate is included with the premier suites (Swim-up Suites, Oceanfront luxury Suites, and Presidential Suite) but is also available to anyone for a fee.
Chef’s Plate requires a reservation and I would recommend that you make that reservation as far in advance as possible. This is definitely the most upscale of the restaurants on property so make sure to wear your best outfit!
Casa del Cafe
While technically not a restaurant, I thought the Casa del Cafe was worth mentioning. If you want a quick snack, coffee, or smoothie, this is the place to go. While the coffee and smoothies are fantastic, the baked goods are “only ok” so I would save your calories for a more substantial meal at Pelicanos or Spice.
Special diets and food allergies at the Hyatt Zilara
One of the things that attracted me to the Hyatt Zilara Cancun was the options for special diets. As someone who has Celiac Disease (I can’t eat gluten) and follows a plant-based diet, I worried that my options would be limited.
Thankfully the staff at the Hyatt Zilara will go above and beyond to ensure that you’re able to eat something you enjoy. I would highly recommend it for anyone who follows a special diet or has food allergies.
Always let your server know if you have an allergy or special preference when you sit down. At Asiana, the sushi chef made me a very special vegetarian appetizer which I loved! Of course, they had gluten-free soy sauce too.
My husband said the California rolls were also fantastic.
Is alcohol included at the Hyatt Zilara?
The Hyatt Zilara Cancun is all-inclusive, so yes, drinks are included! There is a large bar in the lobby, as well as a swim-up pool bar. Of course, you can get drinks at any of the restaurants. Mimosa with breakfast? Yes, please.
I recommend ordering a Riviera Maya. A very sweet, fruity beverage that is even prettier than it tastes. I also love the frozen margaritas, although most of the drinks that I’ve tried have been very good.
If you do not drink, there are plenty of mocktails available along with juices and smoothies in the Casa del Cafe.
How much does it cost to stay at the Hyatt Zilara?
The Hyatt Zilara Cancun is classified as a luxury hotel, and as is more expensive than some other all-inclusive resorts in Cancun. That said, you get what you pay for. I find the Hyatt Zilara to be very affordable considering that it is luxury, adults-only, has great food, and room service is included.
Rates vary by room type, time of year, etc., and start around $350 per night for two guests.
Activities at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun
The Hyatt Zilara offers many free activities to resort guests. A favorite pastime for most guests is hanging out in the large infinity pool. The pool is split into two sections, one for relaxation and one for activities. The swim-up bar is located on the relaxation side.
It can be inconveneint to get from one side to the other without getting out of the water. You kind of have to throw yourself over the divider – yes, people do that. Don’t ask how I know. That’s really just a small detail and not a big complaint.
Some resort activities have been limited or modified due to the current conditions, but many are still available. Yoga, water aerobics, and nightly entertainment are all included in your stay.
Sometimes you’ll find daytime entertainment at the pool, make sure to check the schedule during your visit.
There is also a weekly foam party, a state-of-the-art gym, pilates studio, and lap pool. The Zen Spa is an excellent way to unwind and there are plenty of additional activities available for guests looking for more adventure.
Cons to staying at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Upon researching my recent stay at the Hyatt Zilara, I found a few complaints online. Mostly having to do with timeshares, pushing people to go to the spa, and pushing upgrades at the front desk.
I have to say that I experienced none of these on either of my visits. I also saw some complaints about the A/C, but again, we had no problem with ours whatsoever.
The only downside is that if you have a special diet, you’ll have to advocate for yourself. They are supposed to coordinate for you ahead of time, but I found that this didn’t happen. However, I’m sure if you have allergies or a special diet, you’re used to speaking up anyway.
Just let your server know, or ask to speak to a chef, they will take care of you!
Does Mexico require a COVID test for entry?
As of right now, no testing is required to enter Cancun. Thermal temperature scans are done at the airport, and temperature checks are also done at most resorts.
Most resorts are requiring employees but not guests to wear face coverings. Of course, you can wear a face covering if you feel more comfortable doing do. Extra cleaning and social distancing measures are also being taken and plenty of hand sanitizing stations are available.
Destination Weddings at the Hyatt Zilara
The Hyatt Zilara offers several wedding packages including a free wedding for two. Wedding packages start at $500 with guests and around $5000 for a larger wedding.
If you’re considering a Cancun destination wedding, make sure to check out my photography site. I’d love to fly down to Cancun and photograph your wedding or elopement!
Hyatt Zilara Cancun Review
Overall we found the Hyatt Zilara Cancun to be an incredible, relaxing resort and a great value for the price. The staff are all fantastic, the food is excellent, and the location is beautiful.
While the Hyatt Zilara is adults-only, their sister property, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, is great for families. We encountered the staff at the Hyatt Ziva when we were evacuated due to a hurricane (now that is another story entirely) and they were just as wonderful as the Hyatt Zilara staff.
Tipping at the Hyatt Zilara
Even though tips are technically included, make sure to bring some cash. Extra tips are greatly appreciated and especially needed now after many of the employees were out of work for quite some time.
Make sure to tip housekeeping too! They are working hard to keep rooms extra clean. Many resorts aren’t even offering daily cleaning service, but they will keep your room spotless at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun every day.
Mexico All-Inclusive Vacation
While there are many travel restrictions in place, Cancun is currently one of the easiest places to visit and offers a glimmer of hope for those of us who have had to cancel any travel plans this year. Travel is a personal choice, so make sure to be cautious, consider booking in advance, and make sure to get travel insurance – just in case!
Prices at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun start around $350 per night for two people. You can check current prices on TripAdvisor.
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