On September 14, 2014, Hurricane Odile hit Los Cabos like a bull, injuring hundreds, flattening homes, and wreaking havoc on the coastline with winds up to 125 mph. Over 30,000 tourists were stranded to weather out the storm without electricity, phone service, and drinkable water. The vicious hurricane tore off the roof of the Terminal 1 in the Los Cabos International Airport, making it difficult for the Mexican authorities and U.S. State Department to airlift tourists out of the ruined city.
Although it seemed as if Los Cabos has reached one of the most destructive points in its history, most of the destination has been repaired and improved, and is now looking better than ever. Only 17 days after the hurricane, Los Cabos was already back in the game. The airport, streets, marina, beaches, and even the power, were are all back in business in no time.
Many hotels endured major damage to their properties, but they seized the opportunity to take on all-new repair and renovation projects and come back better than ever. Three of our favorite hotels have undergone major improvements to their resorts:
One&Only reopened with a new steakhouse called ‘SEARED by Jean-Georges Vongerichten’, completely refurbished rooms and suites, new adult outdoor lounging areas, and a brand new spa and fitness center. With the added enhancements, along with the warm and genuine service that they are known for, The One&Only Palmilla is better than ever.
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort
Esperanza’s extensive re-design was led by acclaimed interior designer Mary Alice Palmer of HKS Architects and landscape architect George Girvin. The 57-room beachfront resort features completely transformed guest rooms, a refreshed Cocina del Mar restaurant and Lounge Bar, an enhanced pool along with a terrace with new cozy lounge spaces and cabanas, and a revitalized spa. The resort is even offering a travel package and special spa promotion titled, “Rediscover Esperanza”.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
Las Ventanas reopens its legendary Five-Diamond resort and resets the bar for luxury. Several unbelievable guest experiences and comforts have been added to the personalized service that Las Ventanas is known for. The highlights of the enhancements include the all-new team of Villa Hosts, who make it their job to deliver the most luxurious experience to guests staying in the resort’s Signature Villas, along with the brand new Las Ventanas 2015 Rio GT56 luxury Yacht, which offers guests the opportunity to explore the seas of Los Cabos. Many new winter experiences have launched, including a unique Whale Safari to discover the magnificent whale species that migrate to Baja California each winter, and the all-new Bulgari Tea Bath, which includes Mexico’s first and only Tea Sommelier to curate a special tea to compliment the guest’s chosen fragrance. New summer experiences include an authentic cooking class in the pre-Hispanic technique of “barbacoa,” a personal tequila tasting and consultation with an expert Tequila Master, a thrilling treasure hunt through scenic Baja, a unique opportunity to create a pearl at Baja’s only pearl farm, and new “Dog Butlers” to care for the resort’s four-legged guests.