The first Hyatt Vivid all-inclusive resort opens in Cancun

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There's a new reason to be all-in on all-inclusive resorts: Hyatt's newest all-inclusive brand, Hyatt Vivid Hotels & Resorts, just opened its very first property.

Located in Cancun, about 10 minutes from the famed Hotel Zone, the Hyatt Vivid Grand Island is an adults-only property with 400 suites tucked away in the gated community of Grand Island, facing the Nichupte Lagoon.

Part of a project with a soon-to-open Dreams resort, Hyatt Vivid Grand Island is in a sleek high-rise building that feels ultramodern compared to many of the other all-inclusive resorts around Cancun.

Hyatt Vivid feels different, too, and is touted as offering "couples, friends and solo travelers locally inspired itineraries and ... social interaction at every turn through experiential-driven programming, dining, and entertainment." Or, reading between the lines, it's a new take on all-inclusive resorts focused on travelers who want the convenience of an all-inclusive with more opportunities to engage with the location outside the the resort's walls.

This particular property also feels like it falls more in line with a typical lifestyle hotel, like Hyatt's own Thompson brand, and will offer Mayan- and bohemian-inspired room design, boxes for private room service delivery, Pharmacopia bathroom amenities and an outdoor space.

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For an extra splurge, Vantage Club-level rooms offer upgraded perks like soaking tubs, in-room espresso machines, pillow menus, concierge services and access to the Vantage Club lounge for premium liquor, continental breakfast and afternoon tea, plus a special a la carte dining experience at one of the restaurants.

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For food, guests can choose among 11 different dining experiences and six different bars and lounges, all of which look more like a contemporary restaurant you'd find in Austin or Los Angeles than a standard all-inclusive resort property. Dining options range from your classic breakfast buffet to a chic French restaurant, a poolside Mediterranean spot, a rooftop Japanese affair offering great views, and your standard lobby and swim-up bars.

But one thing to take note of is that the Hyatt Vivid Grand Island isn't directly on the beach. Rather, guests are shuttled 10 minutes to the Ennea Beach Club, a private "boho-chic" beach club with a restaurant, snack bar, two pools, daybeds and access to the popular Playa Delfines beach.

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Back at the resort, a tiered pool deck offers three pools, including the longest rooftop pool in Cancun, plus a swim-up bar, snack bar and a food truck.

With Hyatt Vivid's mission to help bring more local culture and experiences to all-inclusive resorts, guests at this property can enjoy activities like painting and pottery lessons, Spanish classes, mezcal tasting, local fashion shows and cacao ceremonies.

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There are plenty of physical activities, too, like glow volleyball at night, paddleboard yoga, boxing and a rooftop fitness center with equipment.

Hyatt, over the last few years, has been on a spree of launching new all-inclusive brands, including last year's debut of Impression by Secrets, a luxury all-inclusive brand with two locations open in Mexico, like Secrets Impression Moxche, which our team found to be one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen.

Now, the arrival of the Hyatt Vivid adds a new flavor to the Inclusive Collection, one that will feel luxurious, laid-back and purposefully social.

How to book

In its early opening phase, guests can book the Hyatt Vivid Grand Island for 40% off for stays through Dec. 20 if booked by June 30. That means some stays come down as low as $159 per person per night. World of Hyatt members can book starting at 17,000 points per night, based on double occupancy, though the majority of the booking calendar shows most nights at 20,000 or 23,000 points.

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