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Hilton announces 3 new hotels in Mexico — including 2 all-inclusives

July 16, 2021
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If you're saving up your Hilton points for a high-value redemption in Mexico, there may soon be more options than ever because Hilton is adding three new hotels to its portfolio: The Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive and Conrad Tulum.

The three properties are part of Hilton's expansion into Mexico, where the company currently manages 70 hotels and is developing 30 more.

This is great news since Mexico has skyrocketed in popularity since the pandemic. For many Americans who can't travel to most international destinations, Mexico has been a welcome reprieve. It's easy to get to and offers lots of affordable options for a vacation.

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While we have not heard back from Hilton about the rates (award or otherwise), Hilton generally offers reasonable cash rates at their existing all-inclusive hotels. For example, I was recently looking for a last-minute stay at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta and a room for four was $250 per night.

Considering the high number of points Hilton offers on paid rates, it might make sense to book these future properties with cash and then accrue a ton of points that make it worthwhile. We'll update this story when we know more.

In the meantime, here's a look at Hilton's new hotels in Mexico and when they're expected to open:

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Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort

The Hilton Vallarta Rivera is set to open in Q4 2021. The 444-room beachfront resort will be situated between the stunning Bay of Banderas and the Sierra Madres Mountains.

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

The hotel will offer two pools, a full-service spa, fitness center, not one but six craft cocktail bars and seven restaurants. The restaurants will offer a variety of cuisines, including Asian, Italian, Mexican and tapas.

Targeting both leisure and business travelers, the Hilton Vallarta Rivera will have 26,000 sqft of combined indoor/outdoor event and meeting space.

Related: TPG’s guide to the best all-inclusive points resorts

Conrad Tulum

The Conrad Tulum is set to open in Q4 2021. The 349-room luxury resort will be located on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Not only will it offer world-class amenities for vacationers looking for relaxation on the beach, but it's also located close to popular Mayan sites, creating a great base to explore them from.

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

The property will offer five pools (incredible, considering the 444-room Hilton Vallarta has two), seven restaurants and bars, along with a Chef's Table dining experience.

According to Hilton, the Conrad Tulum will offer a massive 21,500-sqft spa with 16 treatment rooms and a pool. There will also be a 55,000-sqft convention center and an auditorium with capacity for 400 people. Both of these spaces will be shared between guests of the Conrad and the adjacent Hilton Tulum.

Related: The zero-cost vacation: 100+ all-inclusive resorts you can book with points

Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

The Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive will open in Q1 of 2022, offering 735 rooms, seven dining options, a water park and access to a secluded beach. This sounds like a great spot for families and hopefully, when the hotel opens, it will offer the same kids-stay-free promotion as the Hilton Cancun. This way, families can minimize the number of rooms they need to book or avoid paying extra-person fees for children.

Related: Top hotels to be saving your Hilton points for right now

Other Hilton properties opening soon

In May, we shared that the Hilton Cancun was accepting reservations for Nov. 7, 2021, and onward. The hotel website features impressive renderings of a property that resembles a Conrad more than a typical Hilton. The hotel was pricing out at 95,000 points per night, which is not bad considering room rates were pricing out at over $500 per night and a stay includes all meals and no resort fees.

As great as this property looks, another Hilton hotel opening nearby will get luxury travelers excited: The Waldorf Astoria property will be located adjacent to the Hilton Cancun and is currently accepting reservations for May 1, 2022, onward. The resort has rooms going for over $600 per night during opening week.

Award nights cost 95,000 points per night which might be a good deal, considering TPG values Hilton points at 0.6 cents each. The only downside is that this resort does not currently appear to be all-inclusive, so you're paying the same award rate as the adjacent Hilton Cancun and essentially swapping free meals for a more high-end experience.

Outside of Mexico, Hilton will be unveiling the all-inclusive Mangrove Beach Corendon Curaçao Resort in September 2021. The Curio Collection property is not currently accepting reservations, which leads me to cast doubt on a September 2021 opening date. Time will tell.

Related: Cancun essentials: Everything you need to plan the perfect Mexico getaway

Bottom line

It's great to see Hilton expanding its portfolio and giving Honors members more options to earn and redeem points in popular vacation spots. The expansion of all-inclusive hotels is especially welcome since that's an area value travelers are very interested in and one that Hyatt has executed particularly well.

I'm excited about these new Hilton properties and curious about how the experience compares to more established brands like Hyatt Ziva and Zilara. Of course, TPG will be there to review some of these properties when they open. So keep an eye out for content on that front.

Featured image by Conrad Tulum, one of the newest all-inclusive resorts coming in the new year to Hilton's portfolio. (Photo courtesy of Hilton)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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