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perspectives

places

los cabos
By Alia Akkam

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MOTHER NATURE
The Mexican beach destination redevelops
after a devastating hurricane

Last September, Category 4 Hurricane Odile
slammed into Mexico's Baja California
Peninsula, wreaking havoc upon Los Cabos.
The tony, infinity-pool-filled resorts of the
area-which also encompasses tourist-friendly
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo-
were destroyed. "The situation was quite
devastating," says Shai Zelering, managing
director of operations and asset management
for Thayer Lodging, the owner of the Hilton
Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. "About 50
percent of the resorts in the destination were
significantly damaged." Electricity was out in
the area for weeks, telecommunication towers
were destroyed, and roads and the airport
were significantly compromised, complicating
rebuilding efforts. "It was difficult to source
materials and labor to move quickly because of
the limited access to Los Cabos and the spike in
demand," Zelering explains.
A year later, iconic properties have
reopened, flaunting even grander designs. There
is also a spate of new hotels-from the Hard
Rock to the Park Hyatt to Nobu-in the pipeline.
According to the Los Cabos Tourism Board,

1. The natural and the
modern meld in the
lobby of the Hilton Los
Cabos Beach & Golf
Resort.

2. Traditional Mexican
materials such as
patterned cement
flooring, Mexican
embroidery, stone, and
wood greet guests at
the Casa del Mar.

the 14,000 rooms already in existence will be
bolstered over the course of the next three years
with an additional 3,900.
For some damaged properties, being
forced to renovate also meant an opportunity
to introduce striking new features. Consider
the Resort at Pedregal, which debuted a
swank Champagne Terrace when it reopened
in January, where guests drink bubbly on a
cliffside perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Likewise, the circa-1997 fixture, Las Ventanas
al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort, opened its doors
once more with new Signature Villas. Others
have reopened with more complete overhauls.

Hotel El Ganzo and Casa del Mar
Golf Resort & Spa
Developer Grupo Questro will welcome back
the Hotel El Ganzo and Casa del Mar Golf
Resort & Spa this October with new looks
courtesy of Dallas-based HKS Architects and
Cancun's InterArq, respectively. For El Ganzo,
the team took the renovation opportunity to
add more dining furniture and firepit lounges
on the terrace, and relocate the bar to not only

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create a larger lounge area that could be used
as flex space for concerts (the hotel boasts a
music studio and artist-in-residence program),
but also forge a better connection with it and
the exterior. As for the design, they used "a
simple language of white plaster, black trim,
and sun-bleached woodwork with black and
white tile, and furnished the spaces with a
bohemian amalgamation of rustic objects, both
designed and found," says HKS vice president of
hospitality interiors Natalie Smith.
As for the Casa del Mar, the major challenge,
according to Rebeca Perez Medina of InterArq,
"was to build up the hotel charm and character
again." With that in mind, traditional
elements-Mexican embroidery, leather, rustic

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From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Places: Los Cabos
Interview: Carlos Flores
Interview: Nigel Harris
5 Questions for Kelly Wearstler
Products
Profile: Robert Sukrachand
Trends: Abstract Art
Casegoods
Wallcoverings
Seating
Hospitality’s Reach
Special Feature: New York
New York Edition
Projects
Chicago Athletic Association
Graduate Madison
Indigo Bangkok
Mama Shelter Hollywood
Finest Playa Mujeres
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Ad Index
Back Space
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