Hurricane Irma Damage Update

2017 Hurricane Damage Update

With so many of our friends and travel partners in Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria’s path, we have been following these storms closely. We are thankful that for many resorts the damage is minimal, but our hearts break for those who have experienced the worst of it. Please remember that tourism is vital to the economies of these Caribbean islands, and continuing to travel is a great way to show your support. If you already have a trip planned, please be patient as everyone must wait for reports and complete assessments. If you would like to plan a trip to the Caribbean, please contact a Brownell Travel Advisor, and they will advise you as to what will be open and what resort will be best for you.

Below are reports by island, and we will continue to update as we hear from our partners on the ground.

***Note: Most damage reports are following Hurricane Irma. We are awaiting more extensive reports for Hurricane Maria.***

(Last updated 9/26/17 at 9:00 AM CST)

ANGUILLA

Reports indicate that critical infrastructure including the hospital, airport, police and fire stations, and utilities had moderate to severe damage. Reports also show that restaurants and general island life have been impacted.

Belmond Cap Juluca: The resort was closed for the season so no guests were on the property. They are continuing to assess the impact of both Hurricane Irma and Jose on the resort. The resort was in the midst of scheduled renovations and will not reopen until late 2018.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa: Significant damage; estimated to be closed at minimum 1 year.

The Reef by CuisinArt: Significant damage; estimated to be closed at minimum 1 year.

Four Seasons Resort Anguilla: Non-structural damage reported. Resort was under seasonal closure and will remain closed until April/May 2018.

Malliouhana: No major structural damage but will need to make repairs due to wind and water damage. Will reopen in April 2018.

Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa: Heavily damaged; estimated to reopen 11/1/2017

ANTIGUA &  BARBUDA

Reports from Antigua are very positive and the island appears to have sustained minimal damage. Unfortunately Barbuda did not fare as well after being hit by the eye of Hurricane Irma. We’ve seen reports of catastrophic damage with over 95% of the buildings on the island destroyed.

Curtain Bluff: We have heard from Rob Sherman, Curtain Bluff’s Managing Director, that the resort is undamaged and the staff and their families are safe. The resort was closed at the time and will reopen as scheduled on October 28, 2017.

Rob Sherman shared that Curtain Bluff has a non-profit called the Old Road Fund and they will be funneling money and necessary items to Barbuda through it. To learn more or to donate, click here.

Hermitage Bay: Hermitage Bay has also reported that they are okay and that the island of Antigua is open for business as usual.

Jumby Bay: Jumby Bay Island avoided the devastating effects of the storm, and so far there is no structural damage to any of the resort, villas, or homes. The property was closed as a part of the annual maintenance program, and it will reopen as planned on October 9, 2017.

Blue Waters: Property was closed for two weeks beginning 9/7/17 for pre-planned updates and will reopen as scheduled on 10/1/17.

Carlisle Bay: Minimal damage; will reopen after seasonal closure as scheduled on 10/10/17

ST. KITTS & NEVIS

Prime Minister Timothy Harris said that St. Kitts was “spared the full brunt” of Irma, however there has been some damage. The airport reopened on September 7, 2017.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts: Reports reflect only minor landscaping damage.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis: The resort fared extremely well. Still waiting for updates about when they will re-open.

Nisbet Plantation: Hotel is open and continues to welcome guests. Note that the Sea Breeze Beach Bar, the decking, and the beach received some damage.

Belle Mont Farm: Currently in seasonal closure but will reopen 12/4/17.

BARBADOS

Cobblers Cove: Unaffected by Hurricane Irma

ST. MARTIN

St. Martin experienced extensive damage, and one official said that 95% of the French side was destroyed. The island’s airport will remain closed for the duration of 2017. The cruise port was damaged and is being assessed.

Belmond La Samanna: The resort was closed for the season so no guests were at the property. They are currently assessing damage and anticipate the property will not open until at least April 2018.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort: Extensive damage; property expected to be closed for minimum 1 year.

ST. BARTH

St. Barts also had considerable damage. Like many other islands, the hurricane hit during a time when resorts are scheduled to be closed for maintenance and upgrades. The SBH airport was heavily damaged and is currently open for limited flights. Gustavia and St. Jean now have electricity.

Hotel Le Toiny St. Barth: Per their Facebook page, the resort is assessing the damage and will provide a more detailed update soon. The recovery and clean-up plans are already underway. The resort was customarily closed for seasonal upgrades and the reopening is postponed with no date set.

Eden Rock St. Barths: Extensive damage; Per their Facebook page: “We are pleased to report that all members of the staff are safe and sound. Our property was closed for annual maintenance and rehab works, there were no guests in residence. That said, the island of St Barth’s has been badly hit by the powerful storm. Hurricane Irma has caused serious damage across our island. At this stage, it is too early to report the magnitude of the event on the property buildings and facilities. Communication between St Barth’s and the Metropole has not been restored yet. Further updates will follow this release. The scheduled re-opening in early October has now been postponed until further notice.”

Le Guanahani: Per their Facebook page : much of the island is still without power. The resort will assess damage and begin clean-up next week. No opening date set as of 9/12/17. Extensive exterior damage.

Cheval Blanc Saint Barth Isle de France: Closed and will not reopen until end of 2017 or mid 2018.

Hotel Christopher: Sustained damage; reopening date TBD.

Le Sereno: Some danage; reopening date TBD.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands Governor Gus Jaspert declared a state of emergency. Director of Tourism Sharon Flax-Brutus said that the destruction from Hurricane Irma in the BVIs has been devastating. The Tortola cruise port was damaged and is being assessed.

Peter Island Resort and Spa: Extensive damage; will close through 2018.

Necker Island: The team is safe, but the resort sustained extensive damage.

Bitter End Yacht Club: Sustained extensive damage. Closed indefinitely.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina: Extensive damage; reports indicate it will be closed for 6 months.

Oil Nut Bay: Communication on Virgin Gorda (the island on which Oil Nut Bay is located) is still very limited. Initial assessments indicate that there was heavy damage but most buildings are still standing. The property will remain closed until a full assessment is made. If you would like to donate to the local community, you can do so through Oil Nut Bay’s non-profit organization, The North Shore Foundation.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS

The US Virgin Island experienced much damage. Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas (STT) suffered damage. It is being assessed but is open to relief flights. Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix (STX) experienced minimal damage and is open to limited flight operations.

Our partners have noted that there is a complete loss of power on St. John so we are waiting for updates.

Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas: The resort is currently closed and is projected to reopen 1/8/2018.

Caneel Bay: Sustained damage and property is being assessed to determine extent of damage. Property will remain closed for 2017.

Buccaneer Hotel & Golf Course: minimal damage; open

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star, Marriott Beach: Extensive damage; closed until 1/8/17.

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has set up a program for those interested in lending support. Click Here for more details.

PUERTO RICO

SJU airport will reopen on 9/22/17 for emergency flights and limited commercial flights. Hurricane Maria severely damaged the power grid on the island, and as of 9/22 the island is still without power.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve: 9/21/17: The resort is closed due to Hurricane Maria and will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so. The resort was assessed on September 9, and we are thankful that it was not impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The Ritz-Carlton San Juan: 9/21/17: The resort is closed due to Hurricane Maria and will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort: 9/21/17: Assessing damage after Hurricane Maria.

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel: Sustained damage after Hurricane Maria.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The storm passed through Hispaniola, which includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti, on Thursday September 7th. There were heavy rains and winds, damaging thousands of homes. The Punta Cana International Airport was not damaged and operations are running normally.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana: The resort reported that both the team and infrastructure are okay and the areas of Cap Cana and Punta Cana were not affected by Irma. Hurricane Maria was 95 miles north of the property, so there was no major damage to the infrastructure. Operations will resume as normal on 9/22/17.

Amanera: No guests or staff in residence during storm due to regularly scheduled seasonal closure and maintenance. Reopening delayed to 10/20/2017.

Casa de Campo: No major issues from Irma. Waiting for report follow Hurricane Maria.

Gansevoort Dominican Republic: No damage from Irma. Some damage from Hurricane Maria, mostly cosmetic. Expected to reopen 10/5/2017.

Tortuga Bay: No damage from Irma. Waiting for report follow Hurricane Maria.

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa: No damage from Irma. Waiting for report follow Hurricane Maria.

CUBA

Some areas along the North Central coast of Cuba and rural areas are still without power following Irma. Havana the resort areas have been restored, and Havana did sustain some damage.

TURKS & CAICOS

***Note: Most reports are following Hurricane Irma. We are awaiting more extensive reports for Hurricane Maria.***
Hurricane Irma passed through the Turks & Caicos on Thursday evening, September 7th. There was flooding and damage throughout the islands, destroying homes. The Providenciales airport has resumed flights. The Turks & Caicos Tourist Board reports that all hotels in Turks and Caicos suffered some damages, some minor and some more serious.

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos: Sustained minimal damage. Property is scheduled to reopen on 11/1/2017.

Grace Bay Club and West Bay Club: Grace Bay Resorts released a statement on September 10 that reports that both the staff and guests are safe. Initial assessments show that Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, and the Private Villa Collection are all structurally intact. The properties will remain closed until 9/30/17. Update 9/15/17 – Water service is restored across most of the island, electricity has been restored to more than half, and cleanup is progressing well. Grace Bay Club will re-open on 9/30/17 and West Bay Club remains scheduled to re-open October 1st, 2017.

Many of Grace Bay’s employees were badly affected by the storm and the resort has created a fund for those interested in offering support. More information can be found here.

Amanyara: Resort was closed for scheduled maintenance, so no guests or staff were in residence. Will reopen as scheduled on 10/20/17.

COMO Parrot Cay: The property has been closed since 8/26/17 for annual updates and seasonal closure. Experienced some damage and plans to reopen by December 2017.

The Palms Turks and Caicos & The Shore Club: Both properties are closed and will reopen on 9/30/17.

Somerset on Grace Bay: some damage; will tentatively reopen 10/15/17

THE BAHAMAS

***Note: Damage reports are following Hurricane Irma. We are awaiting reports for Hurricane Maria.***
Nassau Airport is open with no damage reported.

The Cove Atlantis & The Reef Atlantis: Minor landscaping damage; open and fully operational.

One&Only Ocean Club: Resort sustained no damage and will welcome guests on 9/13/17.

Tiamo Resort: Resort reports no damage. It is currently closed for scheduled yearly renovation and will reopen as planned for new season on 11/1/17

The Cove Eleuthera: No damage and open as usual

FLORIDA

Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West: Initial reports show that there was flooding and limited structural damage around the island. The property is currently closed and plans to reopen 10/13/17.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach: Reopened on 9/15/17.

Carillon Miami Wellenss Resort: Reopened 9/15/17.

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach: No guests were inside the property. After initial assessment, the hotel only experienced minimal damage and is anticipated to reopen 9/15/17.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach: temporarily closed to clean up grounds; will reopen 9/16/17.

The Miami Beach EDITION: minimal damage; will reopen 9/15/17

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island: no damage; will reopen 9/15/17

The Breakers Palm Beach: Reopened 9/15/17.

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach: After further assessment, there is more damage that initially reported. The property is anticipating to reopen 10/16/17.

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour: Closed 9/7/17 and will reopen 9/15/17.

The Setai, Miami Beach: Minimal damages and will reopen with the following reduced services: Restaurant Jaya and Bar & Courtyard will have a reduced menu and operating hours, Ocean Grill will remain closed for scheduled beautification project and will reopen 9/29/17, in-room dining will not be available until 9/18/17. The gym, spa, and housekeeping services are fully operational.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Many of our friends and partners have non-profit organizations that are dedicated to the recovery of these islands, communities, and people who were devastated by the storm. Learn more or donate through the links below.

For more information and updates visit:
  • http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/knowledge-center/hurricane-center/
  • http://www.travelagentcentral.com/destinations/hurricane-irma-update-latest-assessments-from-eastern-caribbean
  • http://www.travelagentcentral.com/hotels/hurricane-irma-update-island-by-island-hotel-damage-assessments