Hurricanes Irma And Maria Update: Caribbean Luxury Resort Damage Reports
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Richard Branson’s Necker Island destroyed
(UPDATED 9/28/17) Following the devastating Category 5 Hurricane Irma and now powerful Hurricane Maria, many travelers are concerned about their future holiday plans and what the effect has had at their favorite resorts. I have been traveling for years to most of the islands affected and know that the local communities are resilient and will rebuild in record time to welcome back tourists.
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourist Association and other sources including my friends at Wimco Villas and the brilliant photos from the amazing Caribbean Buzz Helicopters are providing information daily. I will continue to update as I hear from each property.
If you would like to help towards the relief and recovery of your favorite islands, here is a detailed list of organizations to contact courtesy of CHTA. Also, the great people at YachtAid Global have a call to action for the Marine Industry to collectively engage in relief efforts to benefit those impacted by the hurricanes.
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Jost Van Dyke destruction
The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is now open for limited flights. The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground has also opened.
Belmond Cap Juluca-Was closed for the season and had no major structural damage. The resort was already in the process of a remodel and will not open until November 2018.
Resort Hotels Carimar Beach Club- Management and staff are fine and Carimar is standing strong. The garden looks the worst and a few doors and windows are damaged. They plan on reopening in December.
CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort-CeBlue’s staff is safe and the resort had no guests as it was already closed for the season. The villas and resort buildings held up strongly against the hurricane and they are all structurally sound. The resort has begun the cleanup process as the damages sustained are repairable.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and The Reef by CuisinArt- This property was significantly affected, and their engineers are presently assessing the full extent of the damage. The ownership and management are committed to restoring, rebuilding and reopening, as well as doing everything possible to help and support their employees.
Fountain Anguilla- The Fountain buildings and grounds are structurally intact. A few of the units suffered some damage from debris hitting the windows and they are currently assessing the clean-up and repair. They anticipate being open for the season.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla- Experienced major damage to the resort and Barry Sternlicht, the CEO of Starwood Capital Group says “The property was ripped apart and it looks like a nuclear bomb went off. Over $20 million in damage.”
Frangipani Beach Resort- Experienced damage and currently in recovery mode. The resort plans on opening in December. Frangipani offered their hotel as a safe haven for many of their employees who lost their homes. The resort was the first property and business on the island to set up a fund to assist their employees with rebuilding their homes and lives.
Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort- There was no major structural damage to the resort and plans on opening October 25.
Extensive damage at the Four Seasons Resort Anguilla
Quintessence Boutique Resort- The property sustained a fair amount of damage and the proposed November 1 opening will now be delayed indefinitely.
Zemi Beach House- Zemi Beach had closed to guests in advance of the hurricane. The property held strong during the storm so they will be able to welcome guests back before long, although the timing is still uncertain, as they are still assessing the situation.
Blanchards- Received moderate damage and Blanchards Beach Shack is in good shape, it just needs a little clean-up. The owners expect to be able to open both restaurants as soon as the major resorts are open. daVida Restaurant & Bayside- The main restaurant is still intact, however, the canopy on the second floor of the loft was lost. The Bar at the Bayside is still intact, but the dining area will be rebuilt. Garveys, Pumphouse and Mango’s were destroyed, while Dune Preserve, Elvis’ Beach Bar, Dolce Vita and Ripples also suffered severe damage. Jacala, Geraud’s Patisserie, and Grands Vins de France all survived. Johnno’s, Dads, and Picante are still standing but will require repairs.
The V.C. Bird International Airport opened for all flights and electricity was restored to the Capital St. Johns and most parts of the island.
Curtain Bluff: Property emerged with minimal damage. Clean up has begun and communications will soon be restored.
Cocos Hotel: No long-term damage
Galley Bay- No long-term damage
Hermitage Bay- No major damage
Jumby Bay Island- No structural damage reported, just landscaping cleanup. The resort is currently closed as part of its annual maintenance so no guests were on the island during Irma. Opens October 9.
Keyonna Beach Resort- No long-term damage
Pineapple Beach Club- No long-term damage
St. James Club- No long-term damage
Veranda- No long-term damage. Opens October 14
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Barbuda destruction following Hurricane Irma
Sad to report: the entire island of around 1,800 people has been evacuated. According to Ambassador Ronald Sanders, “For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.”
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Devastation at Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Scrub Island Resort- Damage reported and the hotel is assessing cleanup and repairs
Peter Island Resort & Spa- Major damage reported
Anegada Reef Hotel- Minimal damage to the resort
Sugar Mill Hotel- Damage was reported but is expected to open October 14.
Biras Creek Resort- Major damage reported
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Devastation at Biras Creek in the BVI
Bitter End Yacht Club – Major damage to the resort and is in the process of estimating the future rebuild.
Oil Nut Bay- Damage was reported but fortunately they have a bunker and staff is safe.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay: Resort was closed for renovation and they are in the process of cleanup
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Devastation at The Last Resort in Tortola
The Island Last Resort- this popular restaurant, wedding destination experienced severe damage.
JOST VAN DYKE
One of my favorite yachting locations in the BVI suffered major damage including the destruction of popular bars like; Ivan’s Stress Free Bar, Soggy Dollar Bar, One Love, Gertrudes Beach Bar and most buildings along White Bay. Foxy’s Tamarind Bar is still standing with roof intact but major damage. Foxy’s Taboo appears to be destroyed.
Norman Island- Willy T’s Floating Bar was reported as destroyed and is currently beached.
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Destruction of Saba Rock in the BVI
Moskito Island- Destroyed with severe structural damage.
Necker Island- Destroyed with severe structural damage.
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Beauty in so much chaos as a lemur survives on Richard [+]
Saba Rock- Destroyed with severe structural damage.
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Destruction on Peter Island
Atlantique View Resort & Spa- Hurricane Maria damage reported. Currently assessing
Rosalie Bay Resort- Hurricane Maria damage reported. Currently assessing
Secret Bay- Hurricane Maria damage reported. Currently assessing
Conditions remain extremely poor and authority to operate flights into/out of SJU is heavily restricted. For up to date hotel opening information visit Caribbean Travel Update.
Caribe Hilton- received extensive flooding and exterior damage
Ritz-Carlton San Juan- received exterior damage and is assessing new opening date
El Conquistador Resort – received structural damage, flooding, and exterior damage
Las Casitas Village -received exterior damage and is assessing new opening date
El San Juan Hotel -received exterior damage and is assessing new opening date
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort – received exterior damage and flooding and is assessing new opening date
IHE properties expect to be fully operational by November and include Hotel El Convento, Condado Vanderbilt, La Concha, Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, Condado Palm Inn and Suites.
According to IHE “We express our deep appreciation to the resort teams, and for the efforts of the local police and emergency responders who worked and continue to work tirelessly to mitigate damages from the storm,” said Vice President of Sales & Marketing Peter Hopgood of International Hospitality Enterprises. “We are resilient and confident that Puerto Rico will quickly recover. Our hearts and thoughts are with all who have been affected in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean during this unprecedented hurricane season.”
Hyatt House San Juan, Hyatt Place Bayamon, Hyatt Place Manati, Hyatt Place San Juan City Center, Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, InterContinental San Juan, Rincon Beach, San Juan Water Beach Club, Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar and Wyndham Grand Rio Mar most have received exterior damage and flooding and are assessing new opening dates.
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Damage to Caribe Hilton in San Juan
Gustaf III Airport has now opened for limited flights. Gustavia and St. Jean now have electricity restored. It appears hotel damage, in general, is much worse than previously reported and many hotels will miss the 2017 season completely and open the end of 2018.
The Eden Rock Hotel- Received heavy structural damage and flooding and are in the process of cleanup and rebuilding. Will not open for visitors until the end of 2018.
Le Barthelemy- exterior damage but structurally sound. I have been told they will not open until 2018.
Christopher St. Barth- extensive exterior damage but structurally sound. Will not open until 2018
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France- Was closed for renovation and received extensive exterior damage. Not re-opening until 2018.
Le Guanahani -extensive exterior damage but structurally sound. In the process of accessing rebuild
Le Guanahani Resort in St. Barth damage poolside
Les Mouettes- extensive exterior damage. Closed until end of 2018
Le Toiny-exterior damage but structurally sound. Will not open until 2018.
Le Sereno-exterior damage and flooding but structurally sound. Will not open until 2018
Destruction at Nikki Beach in St. Barts
Nikki Beach- Heavily damaged and will need to be rebuilt. Will not open for the 2017 season
Tom Beach Hotel- Reports and images I am receiving are that it is totally devastated and will need to be rebuilt. However, reports from management are that it will be ready by December. See the photo below for the damage to the hotel.
Destruction of Tom Beach Hotel
Le Ti- Reports of damage and plans to open in December.
Restaurants: Bar L’Oubli, Le Select, 25 Quarter, Bistro Josephine are now open. The following restaurants plan to open in November – Mayas, Tamarin, Black Ginger, Isola, and Bonito.
TURKS AND CAICOS
Providenciales International Airport (PLS), is now open for limited flights
Amanyara- Hotel had already closed for maintenance until November ahead of the storm. Experienced minor damage and is structurally intact. Will open as planned.
Beach Enclave Turks and Caicos- experienced minor damage and plans to open in December.
COMO Parrot Cay- Experienced minor damages, mostly exterior (landscaping). The resort was already closed, until November, for renovations so no guests were on the property during Irma. Property in the process of clean up.
Gansevoort Turks + Caicos- experienced minor damage mostly to exterior vegetation and beachfront. All of the main structures are intact. The hotel tells me they will be opening early October.
Grace Bay Club- fared well in the storm and initial assessments show them to be structurally intact.
Ocean Club Resorts- Experienced no structural damage and will open October 12 with Ocean Club West shortly thereafter. Reservations will remain unaffected.
Palms Turks & Caicos- The resort sustained no major structural damages during the storm, only extensive landscaping and some water damage. Palms and The Shore Club will close to allow time to complete the necessary repairs and cleanup. Both resorts will reopen on September 30th and reservations are open for booking.
Ritz-Carlton Residences- pending reports
The Shore Club- Resort experienced minor damages and opening date is to be determined
Da Conch Shack
Da Conch Shack damage
Da Conch Shack – Suffered vegetation damage and flooding but the structure is in tact. Owner John Macdonald tells me: “Blue Hills and da Conch Shack were hard hit by Irma but da Conch Shack remained standing. Had the forecast storm surge materialized we wouldn’t have been so fortunate as we are about 6′ above sea level. We will be undertaking repairs as soon as power is restored and will reopen for the winter season. We will need to replant most of our trees so we might be even a little sunnier than usual but we look forward to once again being the happy friendly place we’ve always been!”
Magnolia Restaurant suffered exterior roof damage and will have a delayed opening while they make repairs.
These restaurants are now open – Coco Bistro, Coco Van, Ricky’s Beach Bar, Big Al’s Burgers, Mango Reef, SharkBites Bar and Grille, Baci Ristorante, Garam Masala, The Pork Shack, Chopsticks, Thai Orchid, Sand Bar, Lemon 2go, Danny Buoys, Seven Cocktail Bar, The Deck, Yoshi Sushi Bar and Turkberry.
Magnolia Restaurant damage in Turks and Caicos
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Renaissance St. Croix- pending Hurricane Maria reports
Tamarind Reef- hotel is operational with minimal damage according to owners
The Buccaneer- hotel is operational with minimal damage according to owners
The Palms at Pelican Cove- pending Hurricane Maria reports
Sugar Beach- pending Hurricane Maria reports
Hotel Caravelle- Extensive flooding and damage but appears to be structurally intact
Caneel Bay- received heavy damage
St. John Westin- received heavy damage
Caneel Bay in St. John damage
Princess Juliana International Airport is still closed until further notice.
Belmond La Samanna- Badly damaged. According to the resort “based on our assessment at this time, we do not anticipate opening until at least April 2018″
Beach Plaza- Badly damaged
Esmeralda Resort- Almost 70% destroyed
Hotel Mercure- Damaged
Grand Case Beach Club- Severe damage and will not open until 2018
Oyster Bay Beach Resort: Significant damage was reported
Riu Palace St. Martin: Infrastructure is severely affected.
Sonesta: Resort damage is severe. All further reservations from now through the end of 2017 have been canceled.
Westin Dawn Beach: Significant damage was reported
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Cane Bay Beach Off The Wall Restaurant destroyed in St. [+]
Bluebeard’s Castle Resort: sustained major damage
Point Pleasant Resort: sustained damage
Secret Harbour Beach Resort: No major structural damage to the buildings.
Sugar Bay Resort & Spa: Sustained significant property damage. Opening date to be determined.
The Ritz-Carlton- sustained damage and is closed until further notice.
Windward Passage: Will close for six months for repairs
Wyndham Resort Margaritaville- From aerial reports, there appears to be minimal damage. Opening date to be determined
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