Remember the Bermuda Triangle?
BY DAVID FLORES
Well, I may be exaggerating a bit. The Solaz, a Marriott Luxury Collection resort on the Los Cabos tourist corridor, shut down unexpectedly. The 34-acre complex, which includes a hotel, timeshare and residences, opened in 2018 and has made world news as one of the top resorts in Mexico. Unexpectedly, the resort notified its guests they had to move out, helped them get new digs, canceled its reservations system at the Marriot website and abandoned its own website. At first, the rumor was that they had shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak, but Lilzi Orci, president of the Hotel Association, came forward and stated that the resort was closing due to a remodeling project that will take about two years to finish. Other rumors were that the hotel’s infrastructure was in peril and the owners didn’t want to take the chance of anyone getting hurt.
Then came the official statement from Olarena.com, the parent company’s website. The owners are a group of wealthy tomato growers in the state of Sinaloa, right across the sea of Cortes from Los Cabos. The statement reads: “The current circumstances prevent us to forecast a panorama of certitude or normality and present us with a huge challenge to offer our services with the high standards of excellence that we are known for. For that reason, we have decided to take a complete, temporary break. Our intention is to build new rooms, residences and in general an expansion of the resort to enter a new stage for Solaz; at the same time, we will do some remodeling jobs and reinforce the infrastructure of the existing buildings, always with the intention to offer incomparable experiences to our residents, members and guests. We will be opening our doors again as soon as possible.”