Hurricane Irma’s Impact on the Caribbean: Which Hotels are Open and Closed



Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean late last week, leaving major damage in its wake. Not every island in Irma’s path was affected (The Bahamas, Antigua, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are doing well) but islands like St. Maarten/St. Martin, both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Barths and Anguilla took major beatings. Irma did not hit islands like Aruba, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados and the Cayman Islands.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has let us know which Caribbean islands and hotels are open for business. See below for the list, in alphabetical order. We will update this article as we receive more news. If you’re planning a Caribbean cruise, please check directly with the cruise line for updated itineraries.

Want to help? Donate to the organization’s GoFundMe Campaign. Any contribution, large or small, will go towards relief efforts in the region. We will post more ways to donate to the islands that need it the most as soon as we have more information.

Anguilla

Anguilla has suffered major damage from Hurricane Irma. Government and business buildings, electricity infrastructure and the main water supply have suffered significant damage. The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) is now open from sunrise to sunset for charters and emergency flights only.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

Carimar Beach Club: A few windows and doors were damaged, and landscape cleanup is needed. Management will advise of the reopening date now that Irma and Jose have passed.

CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort: The resort was closed for the season, so no guests were on property. The villas and resort buildings are all structurally sound, and the resort looks forward to welcoming guests for the season.

Fountain Anguilla: Resort buildings and grounds are structurally intact, but a few units suffered some damage from debris. Assessment and clean up are under way and the resort is expected to open for the season.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and The Reef by CuisinArt: This property was significantly affected, and engineers are currently assessing the full extent of the damage. Management is committed to restoring, rebuilding and reopening, as well as doing everything possible to help and support their employees through this difficult time.

Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort: Upon preliminary review there appears to be no major structural damage to the resort. The team is now assessing the extent of the clean up required and will advise on their proposed reopening date.

Quintessence Boutique Resort: The property sustained a fair amount of damage, and the proposed opening date of November 1 will be delayed.

Zemi Beach House: The property held strong during the storm and will be able to welcome guests soon, although the timing is still uncertain.

Anguilla Restaurants
Blanchards received moderate damage and Blanchards Beach Shack is in great shape, requiring just a little clean up. The owners expect to be able to open both restaurants as soon as the major resorts are open.

The main restaurant of daVida Restaurant & Bayside is still intact. However, the canape on the second floor of the loft was lost. The Bar at the Bayside is still intact, but the dining area will be rebuilt. The staff are all safe.

Garveys, Pumphouse and Mango’s were devastated, 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 some repairs.

Antigua and Barbuda

While Antigua was not affected too badly by Hurricane Irma, sister island Barbuda took a big hit. The V.C. Bird International Airport on Antigua is open for all flights. Hotel infrastructure was also damaged, but less than 100 rooms were impacted.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

Carlisle Bay: Resort was closed and did not sustain any significant damage. Will reopen as previously planned on 15 October.

Curtain Bluff: Property emerged without any damage. Clean up has begun and communications will soon be restored. The resort plans to reopen on October 28, 2017.

Cocos Hotel: No long-term damages.

Galley Bay: An in-depth assessment of the property will take place on September 21.

Hermitage Bay: All is well.

Jumby Bay Island: Jumby Bay is currently closed as part of its annual maintenance, and no guests were on the island when the hurricane passed. There is no structural damage to the resort or homes on the island, however landscaping clean up is needed. The reopening remains scheduled for October 9, 2017.

Keyonna Beach Resort: No long-term damage.

Pineapple Beach Club: Scheduled to welcome guests starting September 14.

Sandals Grande Antigua: Sustained superficial damage but a complete assessment will take place as soon as possible. Due to the impact of Irma and the timing of the previously announced closure for resort maintenance, the resort will remain closed and will reopen on December 20, 2017.

St. James Club: Scheduled to welcome guests starting September 14.

Verandah Resort & Spa: Will reopen as scheduled on October 14 after renovations.

The Islands of The Bahamas

The Bahamas is getting back to business as airports are open in Nassau, Grand Bahama Island and on nearly all Out Islands; international flights have resumed, including service to some Florida airports; and ports have reopened allowing cruise ships to begin to return.

Parts of the southern islands were more heavily impacted with damage ranging from cosmetic to severe structural damage. Assessment of Ragged Island continues, but other islands, such as Acklins Island, Crooked Island, Inaugua and Mayaguana are mostly cleared. Full assessments throughout The Islands of The Bahamas began Monday, and will continue throughout the week.

Bahamasair resumed service into the United States on September 12, at the following airports: Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport; Orlando International Airport and Miami International Airport.

While airlines are operating international flights out of Grand Bahama International Airport, U.S. customs and border pre-clearance is currently unavailable and will be reinstated at a later date.

Out Islands International service has resumed from Exuma International Airport in The Exumas and Marsh Harbour Airport in The Abacos.

The majority of hotel and resorts throughout The Islands of The Bahamas are operating as usual or are expected to reopen on their regularly scheduled dates. Reservation holders are encouraged to contact their respective hotels for more information.

Nassau and Paradise Island hotels received no damage. While many remained open, others are resuming normal operation. Grand Bahama Island hotels began resuming operations on Wednesday, September 13. The following hotels are definitely open, although this may not be a complete list:

Nassau and Paradise Island

The Exumas

Grand Bahama Island

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation will be releasing updates on islands, hotels and services on Bahamas.com/storms.

British Virgin Islands

The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands has been devastating, according to a statement from Sharon Flax-Brutus, the director of tourism. With cell phone towers down and power outages, communication to, from and within the territory has been difficult, impacting the ability to fully assess the damage.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

Anegada Reef: The resort did not suffer any damage from the hurricane.

Bitter End Yacht Club: The hotel was not operational due to annual closure.

Guana Island: Closed at this time.

Rosewood Little Dix Bay: Currently closed for renovation.

Scrub Island: All guests and associates are safe.

Sugar Mill Hotel: The hotel has suffered manageable damage, and is expected to reopen on October 14, 2017.

Cuba

It has been reported that Havana has experienced major flooding, power has been knocked out and widespread wind damage has impacted the area.

Dominican Republic

Punta Cana International Airport has resumed normal operations. The area’s hotels have not reported any major damage.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

AMResorts: No damage to any properties in the country and all hotels are fully operational.

Barceló Resorts: Barceló Hotel Group confirmed that all of the brand’s resorts in the Dominican Republic are fully operational.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana: Fully operational and welcoming guests.

Riu Hotels: All Riu hotels in Punta Cana are operating normal services. Two Riu hotels in Puerto Plata have not suffered significant damage and are fully operational.

Viva Wyndham V Heavens: The hotel is open and operating.

Haiti

Haiti was relatively unharmed. All services remain in operation and the country continues to welcome visitors. Travelers are advised to contact their local travel or booking agent for detailed arrangements about their bookings. Moulin Sur Mer hotel has advised it was not affected by Hurricane Irma.

Montserrat

Montserrat reports it has emerged unscathed following the passage of Hurricane Irma. All services continue to operate as normal and the island continues to welcome visitors.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s tourism infrastructure has allowed the island to resume regular operations of hotels, sites and attractions beginning this week. The island is continuing to welcome travelers with planned vacations in September and beyond, and has also become a transient hub for travelers across the Caribbean.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company reports that nearly all hotels are operational and are receiving guests.

While some power outages are present throughout the island, most of the island has power and the majority of the hotels, as well as essential services on the island such as hospitals and supermarkets, have electric service and are fully operational.

Visitors with questions about travel to Puerto Rico can call the PRTC hotline at 877.976.2400 or call their hotels directly for more information.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

Condado Palm Inn & Suites: Open and fully operational.

Condado Plaza Hilton: Minor damage.

Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort: Open and fully operational.

Doubletree by Hilton San Juan: Open and fully operational.

El Conquistador Resort: Resort is operational. Las Casitas Village will reopen when electricity is restored.

El San Juan Hotel: The hotel received minimal damage and will reopen as soon as power is restored.

Hotel El Convento: The hotel is operational.

Hyatt House San Juan: The hotel is open and operating.

Hyatt Place Bayamon: Open and operating.

Hyatt Place Manati: Open and operating.

Hyatt Place San Juan City Center: Open and operating.

Hyatt Residence Club Dorado: Open and operating.

InterContinental San Juan: Business as usual.

La Concha Resort: Open and fully operational.

Rincon Beach: Open for business.

San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel: Sustained no damage, has full power, and open for business.

The Condado Vanderbilt: Open and fully operational.

Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar: Open and operating.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar: Sustained minimal damage and is currently open.

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis sustained minimal damage overall and both St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport and Nevis’ Vance W. Amory International Airport have reopened. Hotels in St. Kitts reported no structural damage while Nevis’ hotel updates include:

Four Seasons Resort Nevis: The resort is in good shape.

Hermitage Inn: General debris, but no structural damage.

Nisbett Plantation Beach Club: The resort is in excellent condition but there was damage to the Sea Breeze Beach Bar, the decking and the beach.

St. Barths

St. Barth’s was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed government buildings and badly damaged private homes. The French government has sent people and supplies to the country to assist with recovery efforts.

St. Maarten / St. Martin

This island was badly damaged by the hurricane and the recovery effort continues. The Princess Juliana International Airport has only been receiving flights that are bringing in relief supplies, and evacuating guests.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

Beach Plaza: Badly damaged

Belair Beach Hotel: Sustained damage that will take time to repair. Phone service and internet are down.

Esmeralda Resort: Hotel is 70 percent destroyed.

Hotel Mercure: Damaged

La Vista Hotel: The Beach building is in decent shape. Roof tiles were damaged but the roof itself is still there. Some water damage and missing doors and windows.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort: Significant damage.

Princess Heights: Minor damage.

Riu Palace St. Martin: Infrastructures severely affected.

Summit Resort Hotel: Due to extensive damages, the Summit Resort will remain closed.

Westin Dawn Beach: Suffered significant damage. The hotel is waiving cancellation and change fees for specific arrival dates and suggests customers call 1-888-625-4988 for more information about their reservations. Those in countries outside of the United States seeking information about their reservations should call the SPG toll-free number in their country.

Sonesta: Resort damage is severe. All further reservations from now through the end of 2017 have been cancelled.

St. Eustatius

Director of Tourism Charles Lindo says St. Eustatius was spared by Hurricane Irma. Telephone, electricity and internet are back up and both the airport and seaport are open.

Turks and Caicos Islands

The Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is open. Several of the hotel properties were scheduled for annual closure prior to Irma; some properties have now elected to remain closed, to assess any damage to their properties and looking to reopen by the beginning to middle of October 2017.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

Beaches Turks and Caicos: The resort will begin accepting guests on December 14.

Club Med Turkoise: A full assessment of the resort has not been made and while the island’s infrastructure is being restored, the resort is delaying arrival of new guests through September 30, 2017.

COMO Parrot Cay: Scheduled to reopen November 18.

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos: Accepting guests starting November 1.

Seven Stars Resort & Spa: Currently open

The Alexandra Resort, Blue Haven Resort, and Beach House: The resorts sustained some wind and water damage due to the storm, and will be closed for arrivals through October 8.

The Palms Resort: Sustained no major structural damage, only extensive landscaping and some water damage. The resort is closed to allow repair and clean up and will reopen September 23.

The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach: Sustained no major structural damage, only extensive landscaping and some water damage. The resort is closed to allow repair and clean up and will reopen September 30.

U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas and St. John suffered major damage from the hurricane, but St. Croix escaped the worst of the storm. The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix is open and fully operational. The Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas received extensive damage and is only open to emergency relief flights. Flights are tentatively expected to resume on September 16, 2017.

Here are the statuses of individual hotels:

St. Croix

The Buccaneer: Open for business. Facilities are in good shape, but there may be some limitation of services over the next few days.

Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix: Open and accepting guests.

Hotel Caravelle: The hotel is open and accepting guests.

Hotel on the Cay: The hotel is open and accepting guests.

St. John

Caneel Bay: Closed for the remainder of 2017.

The Westin St. John Resort Villas: The resort and the surrounding areas experienced some damage. As of September 11, Marriott International has advised the resort is closed until further notice.

St. Thomas

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort: According to its Facebook page, the resort anticipates welcoming guests on November 12.

Bluebeard’s Castle Resort: Sustained major damage.

Marriott Frenchman’s Reef: As of September 11, Marriott International has advised the resort is closed until further notice. The resort is waiving hotel cancellation and change fees for specific arrival dates. Customers should call 1-800-228-9290 (US) for more information about their reservations. Those in countries outside of the United States seeking information about their reservations should call the Marriott toll-free number in their country.

Margaritaville Vacation Club: Recovery efforts to begin.

Point Pleasant Resort: Currently assessing damage, and will share new information when available.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas: As of September 11, Marriott International has advised the resort is closed until further notice. The resort is waiving hotel cancellation and change fees for specific arrival dates. Customers should call 1-800-228-9290 (US) for more information about their reservations. Those in countries outside of the United States seeking information about their reservations should call the Marriott toll-free number in their country.

Secret Harbour Beach Resort: No major structural damage to the buildings. The generator is still working.

Sugar Bay Resort & Spa: The damage is being assessed and an update will be provided when available.

Windward Passage: Will close for six months.



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