PHOTO: The Hyatt-Zilara Cancun. (photo courtesy of Playa Hotels & Resorts)
In choosing a place to vacation you probably consider the destination but you may not always consider what comes along with that destination - its culture. If the culture of the destination is absent on your getaway, you may be missing out on the destination’s true essence, which can really shape your trip. Playa Hotels & Resorts takes the concept of authenticity and the cultural makeup of a destination to the next level, weaving it throughout each of our all-inclusive resorts.
One of my favorite things about going to a new place is being able to try food authentic to that culture. At any Playa resort, you can try an array of food and beverage offerings inspired by and completely authentic to the destination. At Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica, you’ll find Barefoot Jerkz, an authentic jerk shack located steps from the beach and main pool. Featuring Jamaican favorites, guests have the opportunity to savor island favorites including chicken, pork, festivals and rice and peas. Considered a rival to the famous Scotchies, Barefoot Jerkz is just one way that Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall invites guests to experience Jamaican cuisine without ever having to leave the comfort of the resort grounds.
Beyond authentic cuisine, design elements of Playa resorts are also inspired by local culture. For example, at one of my favorites - Hyatt Ziva Cancun, much of the architectural design reflects the style of the Yucatan. Plus, Mayan ruins have been preserved on property! Additionally, the resort’s furnishings are made in Mexico from local woods and fabrics and Mayan flavor can be found everywhere from the artwork to the use of bright color accents.
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Going one step further to infuse authenticity, many Playa on-property activities are rooted back to the culture of its surroundings. At each resort, spa treatments are designed to reflect the destination whether it be facials infused with coffee in Montego Bay or the traditional Mayan Temazcal at Hyatt Zilara Cancun. Nightly entertainment at each resort also incorporates the destination’s culture. I love the shows at The Royal, which highlight traditional Mexican folklore, music and dance in their performances.
Authenticity is something that Playa prides itself on, with each all-inclusive resort unique to its distinctive destination. With exceptional amenities paired with culturally-inspired cuisine, décor and activities, there’s no reason to ever leave the resort. And take my word for it, you won’t ever want to. See for yourself at PlayaResorts.com.