Hyatt just announced that all of their resorts in Latin America will be providing free COVID-19 testing for guests as well as discounted room rates if you get stuck due to testing delays or a positive test result. This covers 19 properties in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and South America. This is almost certainly in response to the recent US regulation that requires a negative COVID-19 test to enter the US for all international travelers (including US citizens).
This offer covers up to two complimentary COVID-19 tests per guestroom and is subject to a minimum stay requirement that varies by property. Additionally, Hyatt is offering protection if things go awry with your COVID-19 testing. If your test results are delayed or you test positive while at one of these resorts, the property will offer you up to a 50% discount on the room rate for additional nights. As well, properties are offering up to a 30% discount on food and beverage (excluding alcohol) as part of the Travel Delay Rate. Note, these discounts only apply if someone in your party tests positive for COVID-19 or has their test results delayed. The availability of the Travel Delay Rate is subject to potential blackout dates.
Courtesy of Hyatt, here is a full list of the participating resorts:
● Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
● Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour
● Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Bahamas
● Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
● Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
● Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Jamaica
● Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica
● Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
● Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
● Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House, Mexico
● Thompson Playa del Carmen Main House, Mexico
● The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
● Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico
● Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico
● Thompson Zihuatanejo, a Beach Resort, Mexico
● Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Mexico
● Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
● Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Mexico
● Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Mexico
The Final Two Pennies
As the pandemic stretches on we’re starting to see travel brands get creative on ways to encourage travel. I’m fascinated by the various ways airlines and hotels are trying to encourage travel right now. Given the pace of vaccines worldwide and the virus variants that are popping up, testing and quarantine will likely be around for a while. This move by these Hyatt properties strikes me as a smart way to make it easier for people to say yes to travel. While testing can be expensive, the part that worries me is being able to find reliable testing in a foreign country. I don’t want to get stuck somewhere (though being stuck at the Cape in Cabo isn’t the worst outcome).
This doesn’t eliminate the need to quarantine upon arrival in the United States, though how that requirement will be enforced is yet to be determined. Our family is starting to get excited about travel again. We’re not ready to book just yet. But, programs like this give me hope that when we are ready to get out there, most of the kinks may already be worked out things like required testing.
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Featured image of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar courtesy of Hyatt