[hyatt ziva, puerto vallarta]

The Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico opened to tropical fanfare last February. We were privileged to sneak in for a week before the grand opening, and taste it sans crowds. The smell of sawdust and seawater mingled as the Hyatt crew hustled for showtime perfection. Our room phone lines didn't work yet and the spa wasn't open *egad!* …but we thought it was divine. Over-the-top friendly staff, private beach, intimate hotel design. Take me back, bumpy Mexican roads!