Hotel Review: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
An all-inclusive resort for families with kids By Michelle Rae Uy
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay is a fantastic resort for families with kids. (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
With so many all-inclusive resorts out there, choosing the right one for your family can be a hard decision to make. Some offer minimal kid-friendly features while others have a plethora of activities and amenities designed with kids in mind.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica’s Montego Bay is one all-inclusive resort abound with offerings that kids will definitely appreciate. It’s famous for its beautiful, oceanfront location and an abundance of facilities for the ultimate vacation. But it’s also become a favorite for families with kids thanks to its many kid-friendly amenities.
We spent a few days at the Jamaican resort to vet its family-friendliness and here’s our verdict. And be sure to scroll down to the end of the review for a chance to WIN A ROMANTIC GETAWAY!
Our Review of Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, a Family-Friendly All-Inclusive Resort
Most all-inclusive resorts out there don’t really prioritize the quality of the food they serve. But Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is certainly an exception. One of its best features has to be the food.
With more than ten family-friendly dining options available on site, families with kids have a variety of choices. Even better, only one of them is purely buffet. This means that the food is better prepared and the quality is top notch. There’s also a variety of cuisines on offer—from Old World Italian to Brazilian, Caribbean and, of course, Jamaican.
BraZil Steakhouse with its sizzling grilled meats is a guest favorite. So is Barefoot JerkZ, a shack serving highly addictive Jamaican jerk barbecued chicken. There is also FuZion Asian Grill and CalypZo Restaurant. And let’s not forget the 24-hour GrindZ Coffee Bar, which is a godsend for moms and dads needing a boost.
Rooms and Amenities
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall has six room categories, making it a great family-friendly, all-inclusive resort choice for different budgets. Families on a tighter budget can get a Standard or a View guest room. Those with more money in their pockets can stay at a Club level guest room with exclusive club lounge privileges. And those who can afford to splurge must stay at a Junior or a Butler Suite.
Stylish bathroom in a Junior Suite at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
All the rooms are spacious, packed with amenities for a very comfortable stay, and include their very own private terrace. We stayed at a Junior Suite. It boasts a living area, a well-furnished terrace, and a sizable stylish bathroom with a separate shower, a standalone tub and double vanities. Best of all, its bath amenities include everything from the standard soap, shampoo and conditioner to dental and vanity kits.
Beach at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
This all ages, all-inclusive resort is a destination in its own right, thanks to its sundry, family-friendly activities on offer. There are several big pools on site and protected beaches with calm waters, as well as well-produced kid-friendly shows. There are also many all-ages interactive activities such as oversized Jenga, dance and foam parties, cooking classes and themed nights. Even better, there are pop-up activities all over the resort, which means there’s never a dull moment.
Best of all, when moms and dads need a break from the kids, they can walk over to neighboring Hyatt Zilara. The neighboring, adults-only resort has its own collection of activities. Aqua spinning, dance contests, rum tastings, authentic Jamaican beach parties, and a couple’s beach massage (extra charge) are excellent ones on offer.
Just for Kids
Bounce castles for kids at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Courtesy Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall)
To ensure that the kids aren’t bored, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall offers many distractions for kids only. Here are some of them:
- Oversized bounce houses
- Kids dance parties
- Z Magic Show
- Z Fashion Runway Show (dress up)
- Kidz Got Talent Show
- Movie Night
- Mask making
- Face painting
- Pajama Parties
- Nail painting
- Scavenger hunts
- Fish feeding
Best of all, because the all-inclusive resort knows that kids and teens need a bit of pampering too, they also have mocktails and spa treatments for them. The spa treatments include manis and pedis, the Childz Play massage, and hair braiding.
What We Love
There’s so much to love about the resort that it’s hard to pick just one, but here are our top five favorites:
Overwater cabanas at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
- The barbecued jerk chicken at beachside Barefoot JerkZ is a not to be missed experience. Secure spots at one of its colorful picnic tables, and get yourselves some of its fall-off-the-bone chicken with rice and peas.
- The beaches boast calm, warm waters that are perfect for the kids. Palapas are available on the beach so the kids don’t get sunburned.
- Meat lovers in the family will keep coming back to the Brazilian steakhouse. Their skewered meats will definitely hit the spot.
- The overwater cabanas at one of the pools are a luxury worth the splurge, if you have the budget for one.
- The all-inclusive resort’s plantation-style architecture makes for great photo opportunities.
Michelle Rae Uy contributed this to MiniTime. She is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and MiniTime's Head of Content, who spends her free time on adventures and film photography.