Hurricane seasons runs from early June through to the end of November, and now that it's September, we're really in the thick of it -- as evidenced by the recent hurricane anniversaries we have noted of years past. In 2014, 16 Pacific hurricanes formed -- and while Hurricane Marie was the only to be classified as Category 5, it was Hurricane Odile, a Category 4, that caused the most destruction and devastation.
Resulting in 15 deaths and $1.12 billion of damage, the storm -- which had been downgraded by that time to a Category 3 -- made landfall in Cabo San Lucas on September 15. As a result, the Los Cabos International Airport was closed for over three weeks and thousands of residents and tourists were displaced. Numerous hotels had to close until further notice for renovations.
Nonetheless, the resort town was able to get back on its feet shockingly quickly. Within nine days, 95 percent of customers regained power. In less than two months, 3,000 hotel rooms were open for booking and 70 percent of restaurants recommenced service. Here we bring you a look at six hotels that were able to reopen and welcome tourists once again.
After updates to its grounds, facilities, and 173 rooms, and the addition of a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, the luxurious One&Only reopened on April 20. Not only did the resort spend $140 million on renovations, but it also set up a fund in order to receive donations for employees and staff to help them rebuild their homes.
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Dreams Los Cabos reopened on June 1 after damages, such as destroyed roofs, were remedied. Since renovations, this all-inclusive has maintained the charm of a boutique hotel, but the size and amenities of a luxury resort. Its Spanish-style architecture features high ceilings with wood beams, large archways, white marble flooring, and intricate moldings throughout.
The Grand Mayan Los Cabos reopened all rooms and facilities on March 28. In the quiet area of San Jose del Cabo (as opposed to party-hearty Cabo San Lucas), the hotel is within walking distance of town and caters toward couples with its sexy open bathrooms and upscale restaurants.
This luxurious boutique resort, which officially reopened June 1, spared no expense in its redesign, which was led by renowned interior designer Mary Alice Palmer. Updates included a warm, earthy redesign of the 57 rooms, as well as a new ceviche bar and a sexy outdoor lounge.
The eye of Hurricane Odile passed directly over a surfing beach just a few miles from the Westin, meaning the resort endured much of the storm’s wrath. It will reopen at the end of this month after extensive renovations to its facilities — including seven pools, a spa, fitness center, and kids’ club — and rooms.
Melia Cabo will begin taking reservations once again less on December 1. A sprawling 305-room beachfront all-inclusive, the hotel features lovely ocean views — from some rooms and a beachfront pool — as well as lovely grounds and numerous family-friendly features. The true highlight here, though, is a swimmable beach, which is a rarity among area hotels.
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