Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
A Cool New Cafe in CancunThe appropriately named Casa Café, located near the Premium Towers check-in reception at the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun, is a generously-sized place to fuel your caffeine addiction, with a “dry casual” dress code.
The lines are seldom long (the baristas are quick to serve), and the list of drinks handsomely-written on three rectangular chalkboards hanging above the coffee machines and brew pots remind you that although you may be in Cancun, you are a plane-ride away from Oaxaca, where the coffee beans that are strictly grown only at high altitudes, come from.
And in fact, there is a handsome map of the coffee-growing regions of the world (done in part using beans by Mexican artists) on the near wall as soon as you enter.
The décor is chic artisanal, with a bicycle hanging on one wall, and a constellation of brightly-woven baskets on another. Cotton pillows reflecting the color-scheme of the Hyatt Ziva logo, are everywhere.
At the back of the café is Cancun’s tribute to Willy Wonka, with “Pasteles,” an ode to the art of the sweet tooth. Try the anise ice-cream if you dare, which is so good that I needed a refresher every two hours. There is a chocolate fountain, marshmallows on sticks, gummi candy and delicious local variations of Dylan’s Candy Bar.
Outside Pasteles, a churro truck makes its appearance at 8 p.m. nightly.
This is a place to curl up with a good read (try “Ten Years of Yucatan Living” a beautiful coffee-table book by Ellen and James Fields, or “The Polo Affair” by Irishman Sean Hennessy, who talks about playing polo in Cancun), or simply listen to the sound of the soothing ocean not too far away from you.