Hyatt All Inclusive Children Charges
Has the sting worn off from the latest Hyatt category reshuffling that ended up as a pretty major devaluation yet? One area hit extra hard was the Hyatt all inclusive properties, an area of massive growth for the hotel chain the last few years. A large portion of those hotels jumped in category, some as much as doubling in award price overnight. I am not here to talk about those award price increases though, which already make it more expensive for families to travel to these hotels. No, I am here to talk about Hyatt all inclusive children charges that have gotten out of hand at some properties.
What Does Hyatt Charge To Bring Your Kids To An All Inclusive?
Most all inclusive properties are aimed at adults, which makes perfect sense. They are a place to let loose, relax, eat and drink your fill and you get it all for one inclusive price! No matter what you eat, or drink, you are covered by the room rate or award booking cost. There are some properties in the Hyatt all inclusive portfolio actually aimed at families though, most notably the Hyatt Ziva properties.
Normally when staying at an all inclusive resorts the room rate covers all of the costs of two people. That isn’t much of a problem for adult results, since we are normally traveling 2 to a room. I guess, unless you are still a poor college student and cramming 8 to a room! For the the properties marketed towards families this isn’t so much the case though.
If you have a couple of kids coming along you will need to pay for them or book an extra room. A family of four would need to pay for the 2 kids that go above the allotted 2 people per room. But what does this cost? It unfortunately depends on the property, even though they are all within the same brand. I find this needlessly confusing and it leaves it open for individual properties to take advantage. One property in particular has done just that.
Cost To Bring Kids To Hyatt All Inclusive
Here are some recent examples of costs people are being charged to bring their kids to these all inclusive resorts:
- Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana – $125 per kid per night under the age of 13, $180 per child per night for 13+
- Ziva Cancun – $180 under the age 13, $320 for 13 & above.
- Ziva Cabo – $85 per kid, per day (this is reasonable)
Let’s focus on the Ziva Cancun, because this is exactly what I warned about happening above since there are no set rates. See how this cost has changed over the last few years:
- 2021: $89 for kids under 13
- 2022: $110 for kids under 13
- 2023: $180 for kids under 13, and $320 for over 13
If you have data points on other properties share them over in the ToP Facebook Group and I’ll add them in so you can check cost in the future.
Hyatt All Inclusive Children Charges: ToP Thoughts
This is pure insanity in my opinion. These prices are out of whack and no way an average family can afford them. Especially when you are talking about it being on top of the room rate. Heck, even if I covered the rooms with points I still wouldn’t want to shell out that kind of money to visit. What 8 year old eats $180 worth of food and drinks in a day? And $320 for a 14 year old, are you nuts? The prices shouldn’t balloon until alcohol is included. I’m not sure I could even put back $320 worth of value in a day as a grown ass adult.
The $125 per kid at Cap Cana is more reasonable, but still higher than most will get out of it. Don’t forget the $500+ room rate has already been paid here as well. They aren’t giving up extra beds or anything, the only additional cost for the hotel is food and non alcoholic drinks.
The sad thing with the categories for these hotels all increasing in price is that booking 2 rooms will be more expensive now too. In the past I would have suggested just grabbing 2 rooms, especially if saving over $350 a night. With the new increases that is a bit murkier now. It will depend if you get hit with peak pricing or not etc.
The only thing that is clear as crystal, to me at least, is that Hyatt is pricing out families at their properties marketed to … you guessed it, FAMILIES! It blows my mind, and there is no justification for these prices outside of the fact that I guess someone out there is willing to pay it.