Cap Cana is where the rich and famous of the world travel to in the Dominican Republic for an amazing Caribbean getaway!
I stayed at one of the most spectacular ones, so keep reading for this Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana review in full.
The Hyatt Zilara is an adult-only all-inclusive haven situated right on the beach in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. Upfront I can tell you the key takeaway – this truly is an amazing resort!
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Arriving through the doors of the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana in February 2023 is like walking into a calm zen oasis where the air is cool and the ambiance immediately calming.
The foyer is open and airy, and you can see straight through to the vast pool lounging zones and the beach below the foyer.
Luggage is magically taken away, and within seconds you find yourself sitting with a welcome drink in a lounger while the check-in is being organized over by the reception.
My Suite At Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana
My suite was a resort view junior suite king with a view of the pool lounge area.
This suite was delicately made with light colors, and a clean almost Scandinavian design, and immediately felt very comfortable and spacious.
I had a double sink bathroom all to myself, and I particularly liked the detail with the sliding doors, where you can enjoy the view while having a shower!
Two cozy lounge areas, one inside and one outside, and a mini-bar stacked with snacks and drinks to enjoy while unpacking.
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana Spa
Inside an artificial cave, you find the oasis-like spa of Hyatt Zilara, and it almost looks real from the inside!
This design makes the spa ambiance special and very pleasant, including the welcome zone, the shop, and the treatment areas.
All the staff is incredibly welcoming, and the spa foyer is also delicately decorated with a comfortable waiting to rest while waiting for your room to be ready.
After your treatment or massage, you can enjoy a refreshing drink in the lounge area in the middle, where there is also a pool, jacuzzi, and a calm atmosphere to bring you slowly
Restaurants, Bars & Lounges
At the Hyatt Zilara, there are 6 different restaurants that offer a variety of gourmet experiences with tastes from across the world.
You can have Indian at The Maharajas’ Expressin an elegant train coach designed to take you back to the great British Empire in its glory days.
Or French-Polynesian at Brando’s, or even Peruvian-Caribbean cuisine at Shutters beachside!
You will also find a variety of trendy bars, coffee areas, and food lounges, as well as a 24h suite service all-included.
The Spectacular Gym At Hyatt Zilara
If you are a bit like me, having a decent gym while traveling makes it so much easier to get going on your daily workout!
The gym facilities at the Hyatt Zilara are far above average, with 5 different halls for designated activities with state-of-the-art equipment, and there are also group sessions for workouts and yoga.
What gives the little extra, is that there is a gym crew on every corner ready to help you out, and the interior design is simply astonishing – a beautiful place to stay fit!
Hyatt Zilara Breakfast & Brunch
You can choose to have any meal anywhere, but may I recommend having breakfast outdoors in the garden, with a stunning view of the lower pools, the beach, and the sea. Just remember to bring your sunglasses!
This is also where you can get your brunch snack a few hours later when you feel a bit peckish.
For drinks and refreshments, you can get that anywhere on the resort grounds, just get the attention
Pool Lounging At Hyatt Zilara
The pool lounge areas in the Hyatt Zilara gardens are kept in light colors with some contrast, which contributes to a delicate feeling and even privacy although there are other people around you.
The four-post sunbeds create this ambiance, and you can relax here throughout the day and even into the evening if you want to.
Staff will be ready at your service as the night lights are being lit, and you can head for the jacuzzis to welcome the evening.
Activities In And Around Hyatt Zilara
You can begin your morning at Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana by participating in a yoga stretch on the beach or enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the mesmerizing infinity pools.
Have a spa treatment (not included), head over to the water park, and find the child within an hour or two!
There are also daily activities like dance classes and paint-your-own-souvenir classes in the garden area.
If you like a bit of extra thrill, outside the resort, there are a variety of things to do. For adventurous travelers, you can experience zip-lining over Punta Espada’s tropical terrain followed by kayaking along Juanillo Beach.
At the end of the day, jump into the jacuzzi for a sunset cocktail before you need to freshen up for the evening at Hyatt Zilara.
If you do not mind a longer day tour, what I really recommend is doing a tour up to Samana and seeing the magnificent humpback whales, if you are traveling between the 15th of December and the 31st of March!
I did that in February 2023, from Puerto Plata, but you can also do the tour from Punta Cana. A wonderful experience!
Hyatt Zilara Zen Beach At Sunset
Just around 6 pm is when the twilight zone starts on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, which is when you really want to find yourself on the beach.
There will not be a lot of other people there at that hour, so you can enjoy this beautiful experience almost by yourself!
Bring a blanket, fresh juice, or your favorite cocktail, have a seat on one of the sunbeds, and just take in the magic light and the wind in the palm trees around you. Zen!
Hyatt Zilara Check In
Check-in at the Hyatt Zilara was really a breeze. You just need to have a lounge seat, enjoy your very blue welcome drink, and worry about nothing, and within minutes you are all checked in.
Although I arrived early, that was not a problem, I was able to get my suite immediately.
On your way to your suite, you will get a quick tour of the premises as you go. Although the Hyatt Zilara premises
Where Is Cap Cana?
Cap Cana is an area in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic, a few miles south of Punta Cana and Bavaro, a couple of hours from the capital Santo Domingo.
The whole of the Cap Cana area is filled with amazing all-inclusive resorts or high-end private residences, all situated in peace and quiet within a secure gated community.
How To Get To Cap Cana
The closest airport to Hyatt Zilara in Cap Cana is the Punta Cana international airport, just under ten miles away.
If you fly into the capital Santo Domingo to start your vacation there, the journey onwards to Cap Cana is around 120 miles or a two and a half hour’s drive.
When Is Hurricane Season In Punta Cana & Cap Cana
The official hurricane season in the Atlantic region lasts from June 1st to November 30th, but the high season, with the highest risk of hurricanes during hurricane season in Punta Cana, is September and October.
Generally, the eastern area of the Dominican Republic, including Punta Cana, gets minor hits by hurricanes.
Wrap-Up Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana Review
For solo travelers, couples, or groups of friends who want a wonderful Caribbean all-inclusive experience in the Dominican Republic, the Hyatt Zilara is a really great option.
The area is stunning and safe, the amenities abundant, and the quality of everything from service to food, and wellness well above average.
Also outside of the resort haven in Cap Cana, there are a lot of good reasons to visit the Dominican Republic, and as the island is incredibly small, a resort holiday can be a great starting point for lots of adventures in the DR!
I feel very confident that you will enjoy your stay at the Hyatt Zilara just as much as I did, and start planning your next visit even before you check out from this one!
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