Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
I traveled to Jamaica to stay and do a site inspection of both Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara which is an all-inclusive resort area just 15 minutes from the Montego Bay airport. I was there from May 5th toi May 8th.
The two resorts are side by side with easy walking distance to both resorts. Hyatt Ziva is a family resort while the Hyatt Zilara is adults-only. On the walkway, there was a security officer maki9ng sure that no one under 18 would enter the Zilara side of the resort.
Hyatt Ziva has 387 suites including swim up suites with resort and ocean view rooms. I had a Ziva King Oceanfront room sitting back from the beach but with a view of the ocean and resorts features from my balcony. I was able to see an entry level room plus the one-bedroom butler suite. My room had 656 sq ft compared to a standard room of 493 sq ft. The one bedroom butler suites have 1,083 sq fet. The Hyatt Zilara has 234 suites including the same categories
In the bathroom which was the same for every room at the resort was the separate shower, tub and double sinks. I also noticed a bath mat, hair dryer and scale. The shower had a rain type of shower head. One feature that I did like is that a small light came on every time you entered the bathroom so at night you would not have to stumble trying to find the light switch.
My room had the King size bed plus a small couch, chair and table. The balcony was quite large with two day beds plus a small table. The room also have an in-room safe, umbrella, ironing board and places to hang and store you clothes. The one-bedroom butler suite had a larger bathroom with a walk-in closet while the standard room was smaller with a smaller balcony large enough for a table and two chairs.
I will give a review of the restaurants that I ate at.
Choicez – Buffet restaurant where I ate breakfast each day with a variety of options plus a grill that the cook cooks your eggs any way you wish. This restaurant has both air condition inside dining plus the option of eating outside.
Barefoot Jerkz – Jerk Chicken served all day. This was very tender jerk chicken served on the beach with picnic tables available or you could take it to your pool or beach chairs.
Calypzo – Caribbean cuisine in an open air dining area for lunch
Fuzion – Dinner the first evening featuring modern Asian Cuisine
Brazil – Dinner the second evening with endless skewere of grilled meats
Horizons – Lunch on the Zilara side in an open air restaurant with cuisine of different nations featured
Urban Heat – This was our final dinner on the Zilara side. We ate at the Chef’s table which seats a maximum of 10 people with a surcharge of $55.00 per person. This was a four dinner with foods from around the world that the chef picked out for us served family style. The waiter would come out and explain what each dish was before serving us. This was a 2 hour dining experience and fun. The Chef table is reservation only. I ate food that I have not experience before and found it interesting and very enjoyable. If you have clients that would like a different experience, I would suggest it for them to try.
While the Hyatt Ziva is family friendly, I did not see very many children for my stay last week. I am sure that there would be a lot of kids under 18 during the summer, Spring break time or holidays. During the other parts of the year, I would recommend the Ziva side to adults only since it prices lower for similar categories than the Zilara side. All of the weddings are held on the Ziva side so any destination wedding parties could have the bride and groom stay on the Zilara side but still have families attending the wedding stay on the Ziva side with no problems. They only do a maximum of 3 weddings per day. There was a wedding on the Friday that I there.
The resort also has areas where you can get your specialty coffee and ice cream plus a sports bar where your favorite sport would be showing on one of the many televisions. I have stayed at several of the Sandals Resorts and I would rate this resort similar to the Sandals Resorts with the exception of Royal Plantation. It is less than 15 minutes from the airport but I could not hear any airplane noise. There was nightly entertainment at the resort but generally stopped by 10:30 or 11:00 at the latest.
I highly recommend this resort for my clients as one of the top luxury all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica.