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Mexico isn’t just a spring break getaway for college students. Staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Mexico can be a great getaway from the everyday grind. And the best part is that you can book your stay with rewards points.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
When you want to stay at an adults-only resort, look at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun. The Hyatt Zilara is the only Cancun resort with an ocean-facing spa and beachfront access. You can take a dip in the infinity pool or bask in the white beach sand of the Caribbean Sea, only steps from your room.
The Hyatt Zilara is Hyatt’s only adult-only resort in Mexico–all Zilara resorts is adult-only. The resort is located in Cancun’s Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) and is 15 minutes away from the downtown if you want to check out the nightlife or even go off resort to go golfing.
If you happen to be visiting this resort on a New Moon or Full Moon, you can also participate in the ancient Mayan Temazcal Ceremony–the Smudging Ceremony–that the Mayans used for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification.
Rewards nights for the Hyatt Zilara Cancun start at 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night. You can earn Hyatt points through their co-branded credit card, through the Hyatt program, or by transferring in Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
The Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive resorts are family-friendly. Hyatt has four Ziva resorts in Mexico and the Cancun resort continually earns the highest marks.
At the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, you can enjoy the white sand Caribbean beach that borders three sides of the resort property. In addition to hanging out at the beach, there are three infinity pools, and the opportunity to watch dolphins from your hotel room!
You will also find eight on-site restaurants, three lounges, six bars, and a microbrewery. There are also kid-friendly water activities and theater shows.
Hyatt has also recently launched an adult-only Turquoize tower at the Ziva Cancun with its own separate beach and lounge that is set apart from the rest of the resort. These rooms also have a whopping 700 sq. feet of living space! If you can’t get into the Hyatt Zilara, booking a Turquoize room can be the next-best alternative as a “resort within a resort.”
Rewards nights start at 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night. You can earn Hyatt points through their co-branded credit card, through the Hyatt program, or by transferring in Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Viva Wyndham Azteca Playa Del Carmen
If you’ve been craving to see Riviera Maya and stay on the Caribbean Sea, the Wyndham Azteca Playa del Carmen is very reasonable. Wyndham Rewards has a flat-rate rewards night system that lets you stay at any Wyndham property for 15,000 points per night–that includes a standard all-inclusive room for two at Playa del Carmen.
You can take a Caribbean dance class, enjoy the beach, ride bikes on the beach, or even spend a day or two at the spa.
Wyndham points can be earned through their co-brand Wyndham Rewards credit card.
Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa
IHG fans can stay at the all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa. The resort is on the Pacific Coast in the town of Zihuatanejo. From the resort, you can take in the ocean and even see the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains in the background.
On-resort activities including two morning and one afternoon bike tour, relaxing at the beach or pool, tennis lessons, and a kids activities center. Some of the off-resort activities include a dolphin swim, visiting a crocodile habitat, and shopping in the town of Zihuatanejo which is only 10 minutes away.
Rewards nights start at 50,000 points per night through the IHG Rewards program. You can earn IHG points through their Chase co-branded credit card, or by transferring in Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
Le Blanc Cancun
Possibly the best all-inclusive resort in Mexico is the five diamond Le Blanc Cancun. It also happens to be the most restrictive in terms of rewards nights because it has its own independent rewards program, Palace Elite, that consists of five resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Le Blanc Cancun is an adult-only resort (children are welcome at other Palace Elite resorts) that encompasses floor-to-ceiling luxury and oceanfront rooms. All rooms have between 412 to 466 sq. feet of space and personal butler service.
Whether you want to be lazy and stay near the ocean, pool, and spa, other activities include 27 holes of golf, rainforest adventures, and excursions to see nearby Mayan ruins. At night, you can bust a move at the on-site Club Noir with a live DJ.
So you don’t have to upgrade to an international cell phone plan, all calls to the US, Canada, and Mexico are free!
The Quickest Way to Book an All-Inclusive Reward Night
With the exception of Le Blanc Cancun that only accepts Palace Rewards points, the other four recommendations can be booked with points you earn from your everyday hotel travel.
The quickest way to earn the necessary points is to use a co-branded rewards credit card including:
- Chase Hyatt Visa [EXPIRED]
- Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express
- Marriott Rewards Premier (EXPIRED)
You will earn points on every card purchase and even enjoy elevated membership status that can make your stay even more rewarding.
Two other flexible rewards cards to consider are the Chase Sapphire Preferred to directly transfer your points to your World of Hyatt or Marriott Rewards account. Your Chase Ultimate Rewards points can then be transferred to the Starwood Preferred Guest program (St. Regis) through the Marriott Rewards partnership. Of course, the redemption isn’t great going from Marriott Rewards to SPG at a 3:1 ratio. And don’t forget about the new Chase & Amex Marriott cards coming in 2018.
It doesn’t matter if you want an adults-only stay for your honeymoon or a romantic getaway or want to bring the entire family along. These resorts will make you want to continue coming back for more!
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
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