In March, Hyatt released a separate award chart for the 100 all-inclusive properties that it acquired with the purchase of Apple Leisure Group. Hyatt also announced that, in addition to the six Cancun hotels which were immediately bookable within the program, another 52 from across the Americas would be joining May 9th.
Those 52 new properties are now bookable within the World of Hyatt program, bringing the total number of on-boarded AMC properties to 59 so far. They are all in Mexico and the Caribbean and, surprisingly enough, none of them will cost more than 29,000 points in peak season.
All-Inclusive Award Chart
Hyatt created a new all-inclusive award chart that applies to all of the new AMR properties as well as Ziva and Zilara. They use letters to denote the categories, as opposed to the numbers used on the traditional award chart.
Below is the award chart for standard rooms. Redemptions start at 12,000 points (equivalent to a normal category 4) and go all the way up to 58,000 points, subject to peak, off-peak and standard pricing.
Effectively, the chart goes from a traditional Category 4 to a new “Category 9” and leaves Miraval in it’s own “Category Bazillion.” There are also other all-inclusive properties, like Greg’s favorite Alila Ventana Big Sur, that remain in the traditional chart.
- Currently, Category 1-7 certificates are not usable for Category E and F.
- Although the all-inclusive chart effectively starts at a traditional Cat 4 (at 15K points standard), the terms say you can’t use a Cat 1-4 cert at an all-inclusive.
- If you do use a Category 1-7 certificate, you won’t be able to pay for more guests beyond two, something you can do with a normal points redemption. So, if you have kids, the all-inclusive chart is effectively out-of-bounds for any certificate redemptions.
New Properties Added
Here are the six resorts in the Cancun area that were already added in March, along with their corresponding categories:
- Dreams Natura Resort & Spa (Cat. B)
- Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa (B)
- Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort (C)
- Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort (C)
- Secrets The Vine Cancun (C)
- Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (C)
Below are the new properties that were added today, as well as their categories:
- Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa – Category C
- Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa – Category C
- Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa – Category B
- Dreams Acapulco Resort & Spa – Category A
- Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya – Category B
- Dreams Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort – Category B
- Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa – Category B
- Dreams Jade Resort & Spa – Category B
- Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa – Category B
- Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa – Category B
- Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya – Category C
- Secrets Aura Cozumel – Category B
- Secrets Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort – Category B
- Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa – Category B
- Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun – Category C
- Secrets Moxché Playa del Carmen – Category C
- Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort – Category C
- Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa – Category C
- Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta – Category B
- Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort & Spa – Category A
- Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa – Category A
- Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa – Category A
- Sunscape Sabor Cozumel – Category A
- Zoëtry Casa del Mar Los Cabos – Category B
- Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres – Category C
Costa Rica (2)
- Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino – Category B
- Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino – Category B
- Zoëtry Curaçao Resort & Spa – Category C
Dominican Republic (10)
- Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa – Category B
- Dreams Dominicus La Romana – Category B
- Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana – Category B
- Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana – Category A
- Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa – Category A
- Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana – Category B
- Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa – Category C
- Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana – Category B
- Sunscape Puerto Plata Dominican Republic – Category A
- Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana – Category C
- Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa – Category C
- Secrets St. James Montego Bay – Category C
- Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay – Category C
- Zoëtry Montego Bay Jamaica– Category C
- Dreams Playa Bonita Panama – Category A
St. Martin (1)
- Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa – Category C
As of now, 59 total properties from the ALG aquisition have been added. Of those, the breakdown by category is:
- Category A – 9
- Category B – 23
- Category C – 27
It’s encouraging that, in the Americas, there’s nothing higher than a category C, or 29,000 points/night in peak season. There’s nine all-inclusive properties bookable for as low as 12-18,000 points. That will undoubtedly be great news for many folks, although the fact that category 1-4 certificates are not able to be used at them is confusing and disappointing…and I hope something that WOH reconsiders in the future.
I’m sure that there will be more D, E and F properties as WOH continues to add many higher-end options worldwide, but the options so far represent surprisingly good value based on current cash prices. The days that I searched showed an average of between 1.5-4 cents per point compared to the cash rates.
Dreams and Secrets used to be Choice Privileges partners back in the day. The reviews at the time were mixed and, looking over recent reviews, they continue to be. It’s not terribly surprising to see them at Category A-C. Zoëtry, on the other hand, is well-reviewed and looks like a lovely set of properties. Here’s how reader Deltahater described the differences:
Sunscape is the low-budget family property
Now and Dreams are family properties with Dreams being more sophisticated
Breathless and Secrets are adults-only
Zoetry is more for the elderly among us
I have stayed at Dreams for the last 12 years. They are NOT like Ziva/Zilara. One step below. (Zoetry is probably a notch above Ziva/Zilara)
I have to say, and it may very well show my “elderliness,” the most exciting properties for me are the Zoëtrys…there’s some pretty cool possibilities there. While the vast majority of all of these properties are in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, the various options in Panama, Costa Rica, Curaçao and St. Martin create some intriguing options, like pairing Secrets St. Martin with a trip to Zemi Beach House in Anguilla.
All seven AMC brands will count separately towards the Brand Explorer program, which is great. Once that happens, 40% of Hyatt’s total brands will be all-inclusive, a huge change from just a couple of years ago. It’s good to know that elite benefits, including confirmed suite upgrades, will apply at all of these brands.
Stay-tuned, there’s another 40+ properties worldwide scheduled to be released this year and we’ll learn more as folks start to book these properties and the AMR Collection continues to be incorporated into the World of Hyatt.