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LOS CABOS: The news coming out of Los Cabos following September’s Hurricane Odile is encouraging. A little more than a month after Odile leveled much of the area, businesses of all kinds are rebounding at an impressive rate.
The International Airport, which resumed limited flights on Oct. 8, is currently expected to receive between 1,500 and 1,800 tourists from 12 flights a day, six of which are of national origin and the other remaining six international. Full service is expected to resume well before the end of the year. Normally, this is the 7th busiest airport in Mexico.
Nearly 70% of the destination’s restaurants are already in operation and some of the remaining restaurants are just awaiting the arrival of enough visitors to make it worthwhile.
As far as timeshare resorts go, most of them sustained more cosmetic than serious structural damage, though of course that mileage varies.
Diamond Resorts’ Cabo Azul Resort apparently sustained structural damage, though the information on their website is scant, saying only that availability at the resort has been suspended until March 15, 2015.
AMResorts has this schedule for the reopening of its resorts:
- Zoёtry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos Reopening date: December 20, 2014
- Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Reopening date: December 20
- Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort Reopening date: November 15
- Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa Reopening date: December 20, 2014
All five hotels in the Solmar Hotels & Resorts portfolio, which officially re-opened their doors on October 12, are fully operational as of today (Oct. 25). Those resorts are:
- Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa;
- Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa;
- the Ridge Luxury Villas at Playa Grande;
- Solmar All-inclusive Resort & Beach Club;
- and Hotel Quina del Sol
According to a prepared statement, Grand Solmar Land’s End was the hardest hit of the five, but it’s back up and running. Don Luis Restaurant, the resort’s fine dining option, is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner through October 25, when Grand Solmar’s signature La Roca restaurant is expected to reopen. The property is also working on upgrading the Sea Spa area located at the Land’s End Terrace, which is scheduled to be ready by the end of 2014. Also new to this public event space is a full outdoor kitchen, which will be able to serve wedding receptions and events of up to 40 people right under the Cabo moonlight, preparing delicious cuisine right on Land’s End Terrance.
Club Regina Los Cabos – Raintree Vacation Club, which sustained some significant damage, is currently working with contractors and insurance professionals to determine a realistic date for operations to resume. They will publish that information as it becomes available. Currently they are cancelling reservations through December 31, 2014. How bad was the damage really? See pictures of it at TUG.
Welk Resorts’ Sirena del Mar will be closed until further notice. Reservations are now being taken for arrivals starting March 1, 2015.
Cabo Villas suffered minimal damage and is open for busines.
Club Cascadas expects to begin welcoming guests starting with those whose scheduled arrival is on Week 44, (October 30 – November 6) and who own or have reservations in any villa that was not damaged by Hurricane Odile. This excludes buildings 2, 3, 5, 7, 14 and 15 which suffered the most damage, and which will require more time to restore to a level acceptable for accommodating guests. Owners of villas in those buildings who wish to come to Club Cascadas during that construction period will be accommodated as space allows.
Grand Mayan Los Cabos suffered significant damage from the looks of the images I’ve seen, but I couldn’t find any reference to the hurricane on their website so I don’t really know.
The Pueblo Bonito collection of resorts suffered no structural damage and have all reopened. They include:
- Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
- Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Estates
- Pueblo Bonito Rose
- Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
- Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
And here is a 30-second video purporting to show former Pueblo Bonito Resorts sales manager Dirk Meyer and his girlfriend Christina looting at Costco after the storm. Did you notice I said “former” manager? Word is they were both fired almost immediately after that video was published because, you know, that kind of thing is not how Pueblo Bonito rolls.
Villa del Palmar is open and 100% operational, and so is Villa La Estancia.
Sandos Finisterra expects to reopen Nov. 1
WorldMark Coral Baja suffered significant damage and is not expected to reopen until at least Feb. 1, 2015.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Does anyone still working down there want to weigh in with news about their resort?
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