In the wake of a devastating tropical storm that killed four people in the state of California, the cost of a luxurious beachfront hotel and a spa on a desolate island have both plunged to new lows.
According to local reports, a group of five tourists and a couple of locals were killed on Monday morning when a Category 4 storm dumped heavy rains in the area of the island of Virginias Beach, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
Three others were injured and two people were killed in the incident.
According to a statement from the Ventura-based Hotel and Spa Group, the four dead were the owners of a four-star resort and the owners’ wife.
The five-star hotel, located on the island, is now off the hook, the statement read.
The owners’ family has been notified.
A spokesman for the company declined to comment.
The owner of the resort was reportedly “shocked and saddened” to learn of the deaths, the hotel said.
The resort has had a bad reputation in the years following Tropical Storm Ivan, which ravaged the region in 2013.
A local newspaper reported that the owners were “not exactly thrilled” with the resort’s decision to reopen on July 25.
The statement continued, “The resort is still closed and the family is not happy with the situation.”
The company said that all guests and employees have been evacuated.
The hotel said that it will donate the hotel’s equipment to a local charity and will also donate the building it owns on the islands.
“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from our community and the Ventura Valley area,” the statement concluded.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.