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.

(Last updated 1/25/18 at 9:00 AM CST)

ANGUILLA

After major damage throughout the island, Anguilla is getting back on it’s feet. The airport is now open, ferry service is running, and electricity has been restored island wide. Landline, internet, and television services are still being restored to certain areas of the island.

Belmond Cap Juluca: The resort was closed for the season so no guests were on the property. The resort was in the midst of a scheduled renovation and now plans to reopen November 15.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa: After significant damage, the golf course and Venus spa are now open. The resort plans to reopen Summer.

The Reef by CuisinArt: Reopening April 1, 2018.

Four Seasons Resort Anguilla: Non-structural damage reported. Resort was under seasonal closure and will reopen March 23.

Malliouhana: With no major structural damage, they are reopen.

Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa: Bouncing back from heavy damage, the property is scheduled to reopen February 15.

ANTIGUA &  BARBUDA

Barbuda took the brunt of Irma; few residents of Barbuda have returned after evacuating to her sister island of Antigua. Water and electricity have been restored to essential government buildings, but very few homes have been reconnected to the power grid. Antigua sustained minimal damage.

Curtain Bluff: The resort was closed at the time for renovations, and reopened October 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. The property was closed as a part of the annual maintenance program, and reopened as scheduled.

Blue Waters: Property was closed for two weeks beginning 9/7/17 for pre-planned updates and reopened as scheduled.

Carlisle Bay: Minimal damage; reopened after seasonal closure as scheduled.

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.

Nisbet Plantation: The hotel fared very well and is open.

Belle Mont Farm: Reopened in December after seasonal closure.

BARBADOS

Cobblers Cove: Unaffected by Hurricane Irma.

ST. MARTIN

St. Martin is recovering from extensive damage. The airport and ferry service are now running. Water and telecommunications are working, and electricity has been restored to most of the island.

Belmond La Samanna: The resort was closed for the season so no guests were at the property. They plan to open late 2018.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort: Extensive damage; closed until further notice.

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. St. Jean airport is open. Roads are now fully accessible and utilities have been restored throughout the island.

Hotel Le Toiny St. Barth: The resort was customarily closed for seasonal upgrades and reopened October 15.

Eden Rock St. Barths: After suffering extensive damage, they will reopen Summer. Their villa rental is currently open.

Le Guanahani: The property encountered extensive exterior damage. No opening date set as of 1/18/2018.

Cheval Blanc Saint Barth Isle de France: Closed, no opening date has been announced.

Hotel Christopher: Sustained damage; reopening February 20.

Le Sereno: Some damage; reopening date TBD.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

The BVIs took a devastating blow from the storm, but are getting back on their feet. The Terrance B. Lettsome airport is open, and ferries between the BVIs and St. Thomas are up and running. Power has been reconnected in Angada and Jost Van Dyke, and work is ongoing to restore electricity to Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

Peter Island Resort and Spa: Extensive damage; will remain closed until late 2018.

Necker Island: Extensive damage, but welcoming guests to it’s Great House  beginning in October. Plans to reopen other accommodations in 2019.

Bitter End Yacht Club: Sustained extensive damage and have not yet announced a reopening date.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina: Extensive damage. They intend to take reservations after March.

Oil Nut Bay: They will begin taking villa reservations in March, and plan for a full reopening in December. 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. Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix (STX) experienced minimal damage and is open. Cyril E. King airport on St. Thomas is reopen to flights on a limited basis. Water and electricity have been restored throughout most of the islands.

Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas: The resort is currently closed and is projected to reopen January 2019.

Caneel Bay: Sustained damage; no reopening date has been announced.

Buccaneer Hotel & Golf Course: minimal damage; open.

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star, Marriott Beach: Extensive damage; plans to open February.

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

The Luis Munoz Marin airport is open for domestic and international flights. While much of San Juan has electricity, work is still ongoing to restore power throughout Puerto Rico, but reports estimate all of Puerto Rico should be reconnected by May.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve: Plans to reopen October 1.

The Ritz-Carlton San Juan: Plans to reopen October 1.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort: Closed for renovations through October 1.

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel: Sustained damage after Hurricane Maria plans to a July reopening.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The storm passed through Hispaniola, which includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti. All hotels and airports are open for business.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana: Open.

Amanera: No guests or staff in residence during storm due to regularly scheduled seasonal closure and maintenance. Open.

Casa de Campo: No major issues from Irma. Open.

Gansevoort Dominican Republic: No damage from Irma. Some damage from Hurricane Maria, mostly cosmetic. Reopened October 2017.

Tortuga Bay: Reopened November 2017.

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa: Little to no damage. Open.

CUBA

Hotels in Havana are open and the airport is serving flights. Most, if not all, damage has been repaired.

TURKS & CAICOS

The Providenciales airport has resumed flights. The Turks & Caicos Tourist Board reported that all hotels in Turks and Caicos suffered some damages, some minor and some more serious. Utilities have been restored.

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos: Sustained minimal damage. Reopened November 2017.

Grace Bay Club and West Bay Club: Grace Bay Club and West Bay Club are open.

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. Reopened as scheduled.

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

The Palms Turks and Caicos & The Shore Club: Both properties are open.

Somerset on Grace Bay: Open for business.

THE BAHAMAS

The Bahamas sustained some damage, but is now operating as usual.

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

One&Only Ocean Club: Sustained no damage, open.

Tiamo Resort: Closed for scheduled yearly renovation at the time of the hurricanes, and is now open.

The Cove Eleuthera: No damage and open as usual.

FLORIDA

Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West: Open.

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

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

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach: Open.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach: Open.

The Miami Beach EDITION: Open.

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island: Open.

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

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach: Open.

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour: Open.

The Setai, Miami Beach: Open.

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

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