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by Michaela Christensen | January 13, 2016
The all-new Hyatt Ziva Cancun held its Mayan-themed grand opening gala on Tuesday. The fiesta kicked off with a cheering crowd, body-painted performers, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Bruce Wardinski, chairman of Playa Hotels & Resorts, the property's owner and operator. 

"We like to think of this as the only resort in Cancun," Wardinski said at a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon. "Everybody else is a hotel on the beach. We're truly a resort."

The 547-suite resort, a $85 million expansion and renovation of the former Dreams Cancun, had its soft opening in November. Situated on the edge of a peninsula, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is the only resort in the region surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea. The resort boasts nine restaurants, six bars and lounges, an onsite microbrewery, and swim-up suites. 

For groups, the property offers 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 745-person capacity ballroom which can be divided into five breakout rooms; seven additional meeting rooms; and a roof deck event space that can accommodate 650 people. The meeting and event facilities also feature state-of-the-art technology, including simultaneous translation. 

Other amenities include one of the area's largest ocean-view fitness centers, open 24 hours, and a spa with 13 treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy area facing the sea. 

The Mexican resort is the newest addition to Hyatt's Zilara and Ziva all-inclusive collections, joining Hyatt Zilara Cancún; Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara in Rose Hall, Jamaica; Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta; and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

The Hyatt Ziva Cancun is adjacent to the city's entertainment district and 25 minutes from Cancun International Airport.