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If you’re dreaming of a mid-winter getaway, now is the time to start looking for vacation packages. Many vacationers aim to spend their points on all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean — especially during winter.
If this sounds enticing to you, here are a few of our favorite Caribbean resorts that would make for a great points redemption this winter.
Hyatt Ziva or Zilara, Cap Cana
These twin properties are brand new in the Dominican Republic, and they're now accepting reservations. The difference between the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara brands is that the Ziva is an all-inclusive family resort, whereas the Zilara is exclusively for adults. This is a nice way to separate the honeymooners from the family vacationers, and the properties cater directly to each demographic.
Both properties feature all-inclusive dining, beautiful rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and an on-site water park. Rooms at both properties cost 25,000 Hyatt points per night.
Hyatt Ziva or Zilara, Cancun
Located on either end of Chac Mool Beach, the Ziva and Zilara properties in Cancun, Mexico, cater to families and couples, respectively. Enjoy a variety of dining options from old-school American diners to upscale fine dining, treat yourself at the on-site spa, enjoy traditional mariachi bands and aerial circus shows, or splurge on cotton candy and marshmallow treats.
Take a dip in the pools or sea, dry off in the sun and relax knowing that everything (minus the spa treatments) is included in your rate of 25,000 Hyatt points per night.
» Learn more: World of Hyatt: The complete guide
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay
This all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay in Jamaica is a wonderful place to redeem your IHG points. The resort features a fitness center, outdoor pools, a spa, ample event space, seven on-site restaurants, a casino, live music, and activities for the entire family to enjoy together.
A room at this property costs 50,000 IHG points per night. Book a stay for you and your sweetheart or for the entire family.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Also located in Montego Bay, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is a beautiful oceanfront property on the historic Rose Hall plantation. Whether you want to relax at the Soothe Spa or play a round of golf at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, this hotel offers plenty of ways to unwind.
The resort features seven on-site restaurants, bars and grills. Guests can enjoy an extensive activities program, daily entertainment and shows, a fitness center, nature hikes and dedicated spaces for kids and teens and access to Sugar Hills Water Park. Starting at 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night, a stay at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is a great way to get value out of your Hilton points.
Hilton La Romana
Situated along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, just minutes from the lovely islands of Saona and Catalina, is the Hilton La Romana. This property consists of two resorts: a family-friendly one designed with family fun in mind, from its eco-friendly beach and outdoor pools to Kids’ and Teens’ clubs, and an adults-only property with a casino and access to four nearby golf courses.
A room for two starts at only 74,000 Hilton Honors points per night in the adults-only wing, or 80,000 in the family section of the resort.
Hilton Playa del Carmen
For a luxury getaway, head to Hilton Playa del Carmen, an all-inclusive adults-only resort in Mexico. This one won’t accommodate your whole family, but it's an extravagant option for travelers 18 and up.
Enjoy beachfront and swim-up suites, 16 on-site restaurants and bars, an Olympic-sized pool, a relaxing spa and direct access to the famous Fifth Avenue. Junior suites at this property start at just 80,000 Hilton Honors points — a small price to pay for beachfront luxury.
» Learn more: Hilton Honors: The complete guide
What about Marriott?
We’ve talked about Hyatt, IHG and Hilton properties but what about Marriott? At present, Marriott offers all-inclusive vacation packages, but the chain doesn't yet have its own all-inclusive properties. That's due to change by 2022, as Marriott has announced intentions to build multiple all-inclusive properties in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
If you have a pile of Marriott points that you want to redeem on an all-inclusive vacation, you could book a package now or save your points and redeem them at a brand new Marriott all-inclusive property in a few years.
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