Photo Release -- Jamaica's Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, Declares the Opening of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall 'Monumental'

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, March 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The official grand opening ceremony for Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Hyatt's first dual-branded all inclusive resort in Jamaica, was celebrated on March 20, 2015. Jamaica's Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, touted the opening as a 'monumental milestone for Jamaica's tourism.' The Prime Minister joined the resort's owners and operators, Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. (Playa), in a ribbon cutting ceremony and gala evening to mark the official opening of the 620 guestroom resort that is the culmination of more than an $85 million dollar renovation and recreation of this iconic beachfront site at Rose Hall.

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said, "The opening of resorts like these is significant for the tourism industry, our economy and our people. We want our industry to grow not simply in quantity but in quality, and the new Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Hotels represent quality."

Bruce Wardinski, Chief Executive Officer of Playa said, "The celebration is a culmination of joint efforts among Playa, the people of Jamaica, and Hyatt. For almost two years we have collectively worked to bring to life a sophisticated and inspired resort that would reflect the warmth and gracious service of Jamaica in an exhilarating and unique environment. As I see these concepts come to life through all of the resort's many special touches and island firsts, I can only thank our partners and our fantastic resort staff led by General Manager Carl Hendriks."

"We are delighted to celebrate the arrival of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall at this vibrant destination with the local community and resort owners," said Carlos Cabrera, Senior Vice President of all inclusive operations for Hyatt. "The resort transformation has been spectacular and true to offering two distinctive all inclusive experiences, for families and for adults, within one contiguous resort destination. We look forward to welcoming back guests and inviting new Hyatt guests to discover the breadth of activities or relaxation they seek from a Jamaican getaway."

About Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

Spanning 1,200 feet of private, pristine coastline on the turquoise Caribbean, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall share the same resort grounds and combine to form an unparalleled, all inclusive resort experience. Dining takes center stage and is led by an international culinary team that oversees unique offerings in each of the àla carte, buffet and innovative poolside 'food cart' experiences. The fresh flavors of the Caribbean are creatively melded into unmatched dining experiences ranging from the casual local favorites of Jamaican Jerk to an authentic Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House, to Jamaica's only Moroccan style Fez Roof Top Lounge. Guests may enjoy an explosion of tastes, cultures and fine dining all complemented with an excellent wine and spirit collection served by creative mixologists and rum sommeliers.

The guest experience begins with complimentary airport transfers and an exclusive lounge at Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport. On property, guests enjoy a complimentary round of golf at the world-class White Witch and Cinnamon Hill courses, as well as spontaneous moments throughout the resort – everything from beach activities, to thoughtful insight into Jamaican culture and music, as well as little surprises such as frozen treats delivered by poolside butlers, rum tastings, and marshmallow roasts. For additional relaxation there are two swimmable beaches, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with Pilates and Yoga classes, as well as complimentary use of the hydrotherapy circuit at the resort's Spa. Indulgent spa treatments, massages, facials and body wraps may also be booked at an additional charge and enjoyed in the spa's treatment suites or outside in sheltered oceanfront venues overlooking the Caribbean. Wedding and honeymoon couples will find professional romance staff and a wide selection of locations, including a rooftop wedding venue, assuring the perfect celebration appropriate for a diversity of lifestyles. And for corporate events there is over 18,000 square feet of meeting space plus an additional 30,000 square feet of outdoor space, as well as a Hyatt trained meeting and incentive staff.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall caters to guests of all ages and is a paradise of rest, relaxation and recreation. The hotel's 386 plush suites, including 25 newly created premium swim-up suites, feature oversized terraces with picturesque garden and ocean views. Sun seekers will be able to slip into two extraordinary pools, and one oversized hot tub, relax in luxurious lounge seating or linger poolside at a the swim-up bar with personalized service provided by the pool butler. From gourmet cuisine to thrilling sports by land and sea, as well as an innovative children's program, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is an experience every member of the family will enjoy.

Sophisticated and stylish, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an indulgent escape focusing exclusively on adults. Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall features its own gourmet dining and lounges offering premium branded beverages. This exclusive adult oasis boasts 234 elegantly appointed guest suites, including 32 romantic swim-up suites. Guests of Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall can enjoy adult-oriented amenities including, four chic and contemporary private pools, a pool bar and restaurant surrounded by chaise lounges and Bali Beds, in addition to an unrivaled, private beach.

Guests can book Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall by contacting a travel agent or calling +1 800 233 1234, or online at www.hyatt.com or www.allinclusive.hyatt.com.

The term "Hyatt" is used herein for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Playa Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall are owned by Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. and managed by Playa Resorts Management, the operational management component of Playa Hotels & Resorts. Playa's portfolio consists of a collection of 14 premier resort hotels comprised of 6,175 rooms that are located in prime beach locations in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Playa owns and manages Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, and Hyatt Ziva Cancun coming in 2015. The company also owns and operates three resorts under Playa's brands, The ROYAL and Gran, as well as five resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party. Under an agreement with an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), Playa will pursue the acquisition or development of new all inclusive resort opportunities under two new Hyatt all inclusive brands – Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva. Playa will also have certain rights to operate Hyatt-branded all inclusive resorts in five Latin American and Caribbean countries. For more information visit www.playaresorts.com.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. As of December 31, 2014, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 587 properties in 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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CONTACT: Gayle MacIntyre Playa Resorts Management +1 404 643 8222 gayle.macintyre@playaresorts.com Sian Martin Hyatt +1 312 780 5797 sian.martin@hyatt.com

Source:Playa Hotels & Resorts