Readers responding to my post-hurricane inspection tour of Los Cabos wanted to know a couple of things:
- Will the hotel where they have a February reservation really be open by then?
- Are special discounts being offered to woo travelers back after Hurricane Odile?
I heard particular concern from folks with February bookings at the Grand Mayan resort, pictured in a Jan. 6 blog post as a mostly-windowless hulk and a major reconstruction zone.
Here’s a message I got from Greg Miller, public relations spokesman for Grupo Vidanta, operators of the Grand Mayan:
“The resort’s 163 rooms and two restaurants (Il Forno di Gio and Blue Fish) will reopen on January 31. We are booked to near capacity for February and March reservations already at this time. Also, the 9-hole golf course we operate nearby (Vidanta Golf Los Cabos or known as Punta Sur locally) is open and operational at this time. As you’re seeing firsthand, the resort cleanup and recovery is happening quickly everywhere – and we’re excited to reopen our doors shortly for our members and guests of the area. Landscaping should be overhauled and back to its full glory by the beginning of the week of Jan. 19.”
A look at the Jan. 6 photo of the Grand Mayan will tell you they have a LOT of work to do for a reopening 3 1/2 weeks later. My guess is it will be a partial opening, as one reader was told when she called the resort directly. That likely means there will be the sound of power tools and heavy equipment competing with the sound of surf, as was the case at the Holiday Inn Resort next door, where I stayed. If you want to stay someplace where all facilities are reopened and repairs aren’t ongoing, you might do best to pick one of the hotels closer to Cabo San Lucas that never closed, or reopened a month or two ago.
Here’s the latest updated list, dated Jan. 8, from the Hotel Association of Los Cabos, showing projected reopening dates for area hotels that are still under repair or renovation:
Jan. 31: The Resort at Pedregal. March: Esperanza, an Auberge Resort; Marquis Los Cabos; One&Only Palmilla; The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos. April: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos; Hyatt Place Los Cabos. June: Cabo Azul Resort & Spa. July: Meliá Cabo Real.
For these resorts, reopening dates are yet to be determined, according to the hotel association:
Dreams Los Cabos; El Ganzo; Hilton Los Cabos; Las Ventanas Al Paraíso (listed as No. 1 Los Cabos lodging on TripAdvisor); Marbella Suites En La Playa; Me by Meliá Cabo; Sirena Del Mar Welk Resorts; The Grand Mayan Los Cabos (but see above); Zöetry Casa del Mar.
I didn’t find much in the way of specials when booking my visit, other than a decent less-than-$400 round-trip direct flight on Alaska Airlines. Both the Holiday Inn Resort (all-inclusive) and the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar (not all-inclusive) started in the low- to mid-$200s per night (U.S. dollars) the first week of January. And the hotels that have been open since the hurricane have been seeing a healthy bump in occupancy rates over last year, so the incentive for bargains isn’t there.
This from Alyssa DiPalma, PR representative for the Los Cabos Tourism Board: “I am not aware of any discounts or special programs to encourage travelers, but it might be best to check with some of the individual properties.”
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