Hurricanes Irma And Maria Travel Update

Caribbean Travel Hurricane Update

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.

ANGUILLA

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. The team has started the clean-up process and will advise of their reopening date, now that Jose has passed.

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 the company CEO Barry Sternlicht says “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. The team is now assessing the extent of the clean up required in greater detail and once this is completed they will advise on their proposed reopening date.

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.

Restaurants

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.

ANTIGUA

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

BARBUDA

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.”