Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Did You Have A Cabo Honeymoon Planned? Here's What To Know

When Category 3 Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas on September 14th, it left tens of thousands of tourists — many of them honeymooners — stranded, and the region dealing with an estimated $1 billion in damage. Now that almost all visitors have been safely evacuated, what about couples who have booked or are planning a trip? Because electricity and phone lines are still down in much of the Mexican city, there’s still some confusion as to which hotels are opening, and when. Here’s what we’ve been able to find out. And we’re happy to report, it’s not all bad news.
1. The airport should reopen soon.
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) plans to be functioning by October 8th. But flights will be extremely limited, so check with your airline on whether or not you’ll be able to fly into Cabo.
 2. Some hotels will reopen sooner than others.
Again, your best bet is to check with your hotel to see what the status is of that particular property. For instance, The Esperanza Resort won’t be open until November 15th, while Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will reopen on October 15th. Others, like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, have no official date set. While there are various lists (see below) floating around with helpful information many hotels are updating them on a daily basis.
3. Certain resorts are giving guests options to change plans.
AM resorts, which has three resorts in Cabo, announced that guests traveling from now until October 15th can visit any of their other Mexican and Caribbean resorts instead for the same rate they booked for Cabo. They can also cancel without any fees or delay their trip for up to a year. We expect other major brands to follow suit.
4. If you do go soon, you will see the effects.
“I think in the short term, that there is going to be a lot of construction and construction means traffic and noise which is not what honeymooners are hoping for, so if you can rebook for this winter, then I believe that would be the best thing to do,” says Jennifer Doncsecz, president of VIP Vacations.
5. Your travel insurance may cover canceling.
“If someone purchased ‘cancel for any reason’ insurance, then this is covered. However, not all insurances are alike and it might be best to first check with the hotel to see if there is the ability to move a reservation to a later time without any fees, as well as checking with the airlines since many are giving full refunds or waiving change fees to move dates,” says Doncsecz.
6. If you can’t reach your hotel and didn’t buy insurance, you’re not totally out of luck.
Keep trying the hotel, but if you can’t figure out what the status is, Doncsecz recommends calling your credit card company and see if they’ll reverse the charges.
7. A Winter 2014 honeymoon should be fine.
The official word from the Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu is that she is “confident that this tourist destination will be ready to receive the winter tourism season.” And travel experts don’t think this is wishful thinking. “The hurricane effects, like we have seen so many times in the past in the Caribbean and Mexico, are short-term. Most of the hotel damage was flooding, landscape damage and some structural damage. If honeymooners or destination wedding couples are considering travel for 2015, I would feel confident in booking them to Cabo,” says April Schmitt, CEO of Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.
 8. You might get a great deal — if you act fast.
If you’re not worried about construction, you might score a honeymoon at a luxury resort previously out of your price range, if you keep your eye on hotels trying to fill up after cancellations. “In the short term you may see some ‘reopening’ specials but Cabo has a long history of catering to honeymooners and a strong occupancy rate so rates are not likely too stay low for long,” says Schmitt.
Here’s the most comprehensive list of hotel reopening dates we’ve found, from the Seattle Times:
Cabo Azul – December
Cabo Pulmo Resort – Minimal damage. Operational.
Cabo Villas – Minimal damage. September 27
Capella Pedregal – October 1
Casa Dorada – October 9
Club Cascadas – October 15
Club Regina – October 31
Dreams Los Cabos – October 15
East Cape Resorts – Very minor damage, fully operational.
Esperanza – November 15
Fiesta Americana Los Cabos – November 15 for a big group, then November 23 for individual reservations.
Finisterra – Tentative date of October 1.
Grand Mayan Los Cabos – Closed for approximately 2 months.
Grand Solmar – October 22
Hacienda Beach Club – October 15
Hacienda del Mar – October 31
Hacienda Encantada – October 15
Hilton Los Cabos – Still Assessing. Significant damage.
Hotel Los Pescadores – Estimate October 1
Hyatt Place – October 17
Hyatt Ziva – October 17
Los Barrilles – Fully operational.
Los Cabos Golf Resort – Closed for 2 weeks for clean-up.
Marina Fiesta – October 15
ME Cabo – October 16
Melia Real – October 15
One & Only Palmilla – October 15
Playa Grande – October 22
Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Estates – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Rose – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica – October 1
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach – October 1
Quinta del Sol – October 22
Rancho Leonoro – Fully operational.
Riu Palace – Unofficially saying they expect to be open in 2 weeks.
Riu Santa Fe – No assessment yet.
Royal Decameron – October 17
Royal Solaris – October 10
Secrets Marquis – October 15
Secrets Puerto Los Cabos – October 15
Sheraton – Closed until at least October 31
Solmar – October 22
Villa del Arco – October 1
Villa del Palmar – October 1
Villa La Estancia – October 1
Westin – Closed until at least October 31
Worldmark Coral Baja – January 31
Wyndham – October 1
Zoetry – October 15
Planning a Cabo honeymoon? Share your concerns or back-up plan in the comments section!

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