Mexico escapes major damage from Hurricane Delta

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A school-turned-shelter housing evacuees from Cancun's Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort during Hurricane Delta.
A school-turned-shelter housing evacuees from Cancun's Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort during Hurricane Delta. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shelly Weakland

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has emerged relatively unscathed after Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 storm just south of Cancun on Wednesday. 

According to the Quintana Roo Tourism Board, no deaths or serious damage have been reported in the state, with the international airports of Cancun and Cozumel resuming operations on Thursday. 

Mexican hospitality group Posadas announced late Wednesday afternoon that it had experienced "no considerable damage" to any of its 12 resorts in Quintana Roo, with guests already on their way to return to the resorts after being evacuated to shelters. The company's properties in the region include the Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun and the Explorean Cozumel, among others.

A damaged planter at the Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun.
A damaged planter at the Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shelly Weakland

Additionally, Posadas said that any guests who were unable to fly into the destination because of the storm will be able to cancel their entire stay free of charge. Guests can reschedule for this year at the original rate. If the stay is rescheduled for after this year, the hotel reserves the right to quote a new rate.

Playa Hotels & Resorts, which has six resorts across Cancun and Playa del Carmen, also reported relatively minor impact from the storm.

"From the initial forecasts, we feel very fortunate and our teams spent much of the last 24 hours performing the normal clean-up associated with a Category 2 hurricane," said Gregory Maliassas, COO at Playa. "And [we] now look forward to welcoming arriving guests from across the globe."

Meanwhile, Apple Leisure Group's destination management arm, Amstar, reported on its website that almost all hotels along the Yucatan Peninsula's northeastern coastline have resumed operations and are receiving guests with "no significant damage to report."

Amstar had resumed only some excursions and activities as of Thursday, but it said that all of its excursions and activities would be back up and running by Friday.

Shelly Weakland, a Mexico, Caribbean and Hawaii specialist with Your Tropical Planners, had nine clients staying at the Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun as Hurricane Delta approached on Tuesday. The group was bused to a school shelter that afternoon, with each person permitted to take a small bag with them.

Though beds at the shelter were arranged "a little close together," Weakland said her clients generally "felt very secure" and that Covid-19-related precautions were in place. Staff from the Secrets Playa Mujeres accompanied the resort's evacuees to the shelter, where small meals and drinks were provided.

Weakland's group was able to return to their resort at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Damage at the Secrets Playa Mujeres was minimal, with guests reporting some downed trees and broken planters, but no significant property damage or beach erosion.

Operations at the Secrets Playa Mujeres were running normally as of Thursday.

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