As one of the guest judges for Hyatt Corporation’s annual Good Taste Series, I’m eating my way through various competing chef stations at the new Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, 2015’s host resort, grazing excellent bites dished out by culinary talent vying to be the company’s next best chef. The competition is lively, swarming with excited foodies and fans, and the resort is brimming with guests merely a month after it’s reopening. In more ways than one, it feels like a celebration. Along with famous faces like Top Chef’s Angelo Sosa and LA food critic Lesley Balla, we’re unanimously astonished at how thoughtful (and tasty!) the plates are, but what truly overwhelms me is the fact this event is actually happening. Less than a year ago, Hurricane Odile wrecked havoc on Los Cabos (located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula) destroying most resorts, restaurants, and the airport, and ferociously washing away several pristine beaches. The charming beach town was literally in ruins, and the entire destination all but shut down with very little hope for immediate recovery. Considering the gravity of the destruction, only a Mayan miracle could salvage one of Mexico’s most beautiful places fast enough to sustain its pulse.
But therein lies the beauty of Los Cabos. Like the passion of the 12 Hyatt chefs cooking their hearts out, the destination fought tirelessly to upkeep its allure without hiatus. Cabo persevered and only became stronger. The community banded together, the airport was beautifully redesigned, beaches restored, and resort facilities improved, all within a year. Soon enough, figurative dark clouds drifted away, that famous Mexico sun reclaimed the land, and Cabo was reborn in a way that will leave it legendary. Visitors have been experiencing a brand-new Los Cabos that is even more striking and pampering than before, yet it’s still truly unforgettable as an easy and breezy sun-drenched vacation spot with tons of soul.