HYATT ZIVA PUERTO VALLARTA
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta was built in 1969 as the Camino Real Hotel. It quickly became the hangout for the local elite and the Hollywood jet set, including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who at the time were spending longs stays in Mexico while filming “The Night of the Iguana”. For 45 years the hotel was a landmark in Mexico with its lush tropical gardens and unmatched private Las Estacas beach. In 2014, the hotel was renovated and reopened as the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. I was hired to consult on the overall planning of the project and to develop the food and beverage concepts.
A decision was made to demolish the main building and replace it with a new structure to house the reception, a bar, an Italian restaurant, a buffet bar, a deli and a sports bar. Working in conjunction with LHDI Architects and a local architectural firm, we consulted on the overall space planning, volumes, traffic flow and location of the restaurants.
Once the floor plan was approved, we developed the concepts for food and beverage. The hotel’s bar, located just off the lobby, was designed with a focus on the view of the bay. The Italian restaurant, with formal and informal areas, was inspired by Tuscan gardens. The Buffet restaurant, called the Casa Grande, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is reminiscent of dining rooms in traditional Mexican farmhouses. Finally, the sports bar was a recreation of once famous local tequilerias where local people would spend the end of the day enjoying the pleasures of a glass of tequila.