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Yikes. Hurricane Odile tore through Cabo San Lucas last night and since the area is mostly made up of hotels and resorts, we're seeing nothing but frightening scenes of destruction, from the resort corridor down into the marina.
On Instagram, MPWilli910 has been posting videos of the storm and its subsequent damage and it's heartbreaking. She posted a video of the aftermath which left the tennis courts at the Hilton Los Cabos in sandy shambles.
Here's how the Melia resort looks today.
MPWilli910 also captured the storm in action last night.
And here's what she had to say on Instagram about heading for the hotel's safety shelter:
Our ridiculous late-night run through the halls of the hotel to get to a safe location. This is scarier than Hurricane Sandy. Our room on the second highest floor has flooded. It sounds like a freight train outside and the building is shaking. The windows on several floors are blown out. We had to evacuate through the open-air hallway, through flooding, torrential rain and whipping winds, dodging debris. Now, we're here in the hotel's shelter, sleeping on the carpet with hundreds of others, sweating bullets. Biggest weirdest slumber party everrr! Happy anniversary
In a comment on one of her other photos, she mentioned the Hilton is without electricity and is not letting folks back to their rooms because the damage is so great. Ugh, we sincerely hope everything turns out ok.
Keep reading for more on the hotels and resorts in Cabo after Hurricane Odile!
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While we showed you a quiet alternative in Cabo San Lucas earlier this week, today we're looking at a more lively hotel spot--The ME Cabo. This is where pool, beach and party all come together in a neat little package, ready for you to rip open with life-affirming gusto. But before you go buckwild, we have some important tips to share.
1) Bring your best bathing suit—This is no time to shrink down into your beautiful white Bali bed. The ME experience focuses on the senses and this includes sight, so show what ya got even if you think what ya got ain’t good. Here, attitude counts. With Bali beds for two to eight, sharing and showing a little skin is what it’s all about.
2) Wear your party hat—Nikki Beach Club, known worldwide as party central for house music revellers, can be found right at ME Cabo. We’re talking bikini dancing here, folks. There’s a DJ spinning tracks in an open-air booth while the Nikki Girls (that’s right) try to get the crowd moving to the beat of the electronic drum. Make sure to try the Nikki Mojito, the signature drink Bacardi approached Nikki Beach to create and is found at all Nikki Beach Clubs.
ME Cabo also knows how to throw a good party at Passion, their indoor/outdoor club and lounge. When the music dies down at Nikki Beach, Passion gleefully takes the baton. We were there during the annual Halloween party (if you can, we recommend you try to go during a celebration of some sort as well) and it was packed with both guests and locals. To best describe the vibe that night and the well-dressed or well-costumed patrons, imagine a big-city nightclub owned by Salvador Dali. (We’re digging what you’re thinking right now.)
Capella Pedegral may change any of your previous conceptions about Cabo San Lucas, which probably involve thoughts of LA/OC folks partying or celebrities paying top dollar for a romantic rendezvous.
True, Capella Pedregal, situated on a stony hillside above The Marina (home to Senor Frog's and a quick boat ride out to El Arco), is often referred to as the "Beverly Hills of Cabo" and room rates are similar to those at the top places in Beverly Hills, at around $650 a night.
But it's also where you will find touches of the real Mexico, making Capella far more interesting than being just some resort on the beach. And when you're paying that much a night, the last thing you want is some same-old, same-old, luxury resort. So here are 7 Authentic Mexican Touches at Capella Pedregal that we found during a recent visit.
1. Mexican Cooking Classes: Capella Pedregal's Don Manuel's restaurant features Su Cocina, a dual-kitchen where guests can learn traditional Mexican cooking techniques and recipes, including a variety of ceviches and salsas. Cooking lessons are also offered here to kids who learn to make tortillas à mano, quesadillas, flautas, and churros.
2. Daily Delivery of Coronitas, Tortilla Chips and Guacamole. Every afternoon, this selection arrives at your door. It's included in the room rate and if you're not there to accept it, room service will leave a note telling you to call down when you would like it delivered.
The famous "Arch" in Cabo
Yesterday as we cruised the beachfront "tourist corridor" in Los Cabos, Mexico where all the hotels are located, we learned that both Montage Hotels and Four Seasons would soon be setting up shop in Cabo.
We had heard about the Montage back in August but Four Seasons? That was new to us. So we did a little research and found that indeed Four Seasons is joining the party.
LosCabosGuide.com reports the hotel will open in The Cabo Riviera development which is located on more than 900 acres in the town of La Ribera, only 38 miles east of Los Cabos. That puts it pretty far from the tourist corridor and the action of the marina but it will still front the Sea of Cortez, ensuring lots of relaxing on the beach and water activities. The Cabo Riviera development will also include a golf course and its own 280-slip marina, along with an artists village, and plenty of high-end residences. (Sorry, no Senor Frog's here!)
In our research, we also uncovered a website for the Ritz-Carlton Reserve (essentially, a super luxe Ritz-Carlton) in San Jose del Cabo that was announced the other month. This Reserve should open in 2015 but sorry, your dollars won't go any further here as the dollars to peso exchange rate is pretty much the same. But we can all hope that the Reserve will keep prices below a $1,000 a night.
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From the photo above, it's clear that Jennifer Aniston is totally into fiancé Justin Theroux. She and her beaux returned for a second jaunt to her favorite exclusive resort, the El Dorado Golf & Beach Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. The couple was just there in December.
Only strange thing? This couple can't seem to travel by themselves! They're always bringing people with them. Last year it was John Krazinksi, Emily Blunt, and Jimmy Kimmel. This year Jason Bateman and wife Amanda Anka came along.
What's the matter, Jennifer, aren't you able to spend some QT solo with your betrothed, the man who's been waiting and waiting for you to make an honest man of him? Maybe trade that SmartWater you're always toting around (always the consummate spokesperson!) for something a bit stronger and get the liquid courage to be alone with Justin at that beautiful resort.
We may be well past our college days, but right now we are craving some spring break. And what better place to do it up college-style than MTV spring break fave Mexico? Right in time for the seasonal vacay, Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa opened in Cabo San Lucas.
Though we don't expect many Jersey Shore-type spring-breakers at this hotel (thank God). The luxe all-suite resort is decked out in Old World Mexican decor with wood-carved furniture and wrought-iron and stone accents. Though we'd be too busy spending our time at the hotel's private beach and the above awesome-looking infinity pool to notice.
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We’ve already told you about some of our favorite amenities at Cabo’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso, including their famous sorbet-scooping pool butlers, in-room aromatherapy, and the after-dinner bath experience, and we brought you an exclusive interview with their on-staff Director of Romance.
Today, we’re going to take you inside one of their Ocean View Terrace Junior Suites with this exclusive video walk-through and photo gallery.
We can't think of a better way to spend a December evening than on the beach in Cabo. But throw in John Legend and the Roots, and we're swooning. The beachside Capella Pedregal will turn into a concert venue and host the hot hip-hop acts on December 11 under the stars. And guests will even get a chance to meet the musicians—swooning again.
Legend, the Roots and special guest Joss Stone will perform on a makeshift stage that will float above one of the resort pools while guests watch from love seats and chaise lounges. Promoting their joint album, Wake Up!, Legend and the legendary Roots will kick off a live music concert series at the hotel.
Today marks the opening not only of NYLO Las Colinas (yay!), but also of Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, "boasting a prized and secluded cliffside setting where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez." And, we assume, not yet boasting an embarrassingly-scantily-clad pack of Spring Breakers. And yes, it's super late it was shooting for November of '08 last we checked.
Oh, well, maybe it never will become a nasty college Spring-Break-y destination: calling itself an "intimate oceanfront hideaway," the resort has only 66 luxe guestrooms, and each one has a private plunge pool, ocean views and a "personal assistant" (i.e. concierge) assigned to its occupants.
Also, apparently you get quite the welcome (according to the sensational wording in the press release, anyway):
Upon arrival, guests emerge from a 1,000-foot private tunnel carved through the mountainside to find a breathtaking expanse of azure sky and sea - an exclusive haven just minutes away from lively downtown Cabo, yet seemingly worlds apart.
Well, that sounds nice, eh? The resort also has a signature, Don Manuel, and the al fresco El Farallon, "with cliffside tables overlooking the crashing waves below."
But avoiding those Spring Breakers is gonna cost you: opening rates start at $525 per room per night, and they're available through October 15th.
Speaking of Cabo San Lucas, it seems that wannabe hotelier Nicky Hilton jetted down to the Mexican resort town to spend some time with her boyfriend at the ME Cabo Hotel. But perhaps Nicky thought she was in France because she was caught trying to suntan topless. Always on the alert for naked celebrity gossip, Page Six reports:
[Nicky Hilton] was spotted at the Nikki Beach hotel "sunbathing topless in a white Louis Vuitton bikini with her boyfriend, David Katzenberg. "Hotel staff had to tell her to cover up because topless sunbathing is not permitted in Mexico," our tipster giggled.
Actually, the Nikki Beach nightclub is on the premises of the ME Cabo Hotel and they also run the beach part of the hotel. It's kind of confusing because Nikki Beach does have some hotels out there as well as nightclubs. But we're pretty sure Nicky Hilton was trying to let her girls out at the ME Cabo. Still, why didn't she just book one of the level rooms with a private terrace?
Wanna be like Nicky? The ME Cabo is offering a "Cabo Delight Special" with 20 percent off regular room rates. Just keep your top on.
We may have another addition to our Best Hotels in Mexico for Cabo Virgins. The only exception is that you will have to hold onto your Mexico V card until 2010. That's when Park Hyatt will be opening up their Cabo San Lucas hotel.
The only details we could find on the place came from Hotels Magazine which said that the Park Hyatt will be part of a larger resort complex called Cabo San Cristobal Resort.
What do you get when you cross a German and a sombrero? OktobeerFiesta!
We realize that might not make a lot of sense, especially since it looks like we didn't even spell check the punchline but we're for real. Casa Dorada in Cabo San Lucas is celebrating OktoberFest at their B Lounge. We're thinking this is probably more affordable than trekking to Germany and the weather is guaranteed to be better.
The package, which includes three nights accommodation in a junior suite, an open beer-bar all day, and a pair of tickets to one night's activities is only $998. (The larger one bedroom suite package is $1,198.) Our calculations show that those rates include taxes, so beer-belly up to the B Lounge.
Since themed festivities don't begin til evening, you can spend the day surfing the free WiFi on your suite's private terrace, or by the pool, or by the beach, or at the spa, or just hanging out in the open bar all day getting your money's worth.
Evening activities include live music, ethnic food with beer pairings, and both German and Mexican snacks. So really, it's like you're traveling to two countries for the price of one. We can't think of a reason not to celebrate OktoberFest--er, um, OktobeerFiesta!--now.