A photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows damage outside the ‘Mercure’ hotel in Marigot, on the Bay of Nettle, on the island of Saint-Martin in the northeast Caribbean, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. (Photo credit: LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sun. Sept. 10, 2017: Hurricane Irma has wrecked havoc on several islands across the Caribbean and the hotels located there, according to initial reports coming out of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association. The following is the latest report on the current state of many of the Caribbean region’s hotels in the affected Irma nations.
Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was badly damaged, but the island only had less than 100 hotel rooms.
The Quintessence Hotel which had been expected to reopen on November 1 suffered damage during Hurricane Irma, so those plans have been delayed.
The Condado Plaza Hilton reported minor damage.
El Conquistador Resort: is working on getting all amenities back to normal. The clean-up of the areas in under way and some minor damage is being attended to. Las Casitas Village will reopen when electricity is restored.
El San Juan Hotel: The hotel has received minimal damage and all efforts are being made to re-open as soon as the power is restored.
St. Kitts and Nevis
The Great House and Cottages at Nisbett Plantation Beach Club are in excellent condition. However, there was damage to the Sea Breeze Beach Bar, the decking and the beach.
It has been reported that St. Barth’s was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma which destroyed government buildings and badly damaged private homes and resorts including the Eden Rock Hotel. There is flooding throughout the destination.
St. Martin (French)
Beach Plaza hotel: Badly damaged
Hotel Mercure: Damaged
Oyster Bay Beach Resort: Significant damage
Riu Palace St. Martin: The infrastructure is severely affected, but hotel has confirmed that all the guests and employees are fine and there is sufficient water and food for all guests and employees.
Sonesta: Resort damage is severe. All further reservations from now through the end of 2017 have been cancelled.
St. Maarten (Dutch)
Westin Dawn Beach: Suffered significant damage.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Alexandra Resort, Blue Haven Resort and Beach House: All guests and staff of the three resorts are reported safe and unharmed, and are remaining on property pending further instructions from the authorities on the conditions of roads, electricity and the status of the airport. The resorts have sufficient supplies, food and water to care for all guests in the interim. The resorts sustained some wind and water damage due to the storm, and will be closed for arrivals for 30 days through 8 October.
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa: All guests are safe – no power or water yet
Gansevoort Turks & Caicos, A Wymara Resort: All guests are safe, power off and water is temporarily off, phones are out but cell and internet are working
La Vista Azul: All guests are safe – no power or water yet
Ocean Club Resorts: All guests are safe – no power or water yet
Ports of Call Resort: All guests are safe – no power or water yet
The Regent Grand: All staff and guests are safe
Seven Stars Resort: All guests are safe – no power or water yet
The Shore Club: All staff and guests are safe
Villa Del Mar: All guests are safe, power & water off
United States Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas)
The Buccaneer (St. Croix): Open for business. Facilities are in good shape, but there may be some limitation of services over the next few days.
Caneel Bay (St. John): Complete power outage at the resort.
Westin St. John Resort Villas (St. John): All associates, owners and guests are safe. The resort and the surrounding areas experienced some damage and overall impact is being assessed.
Bluebeard’s Castle Resort (St. Thomas): Everyone who was onsite is safe. The property has sustained major damage, which is currently being assessed.
Point Pleasant Resort (St. Thomas): Everyone at the resort is safe, but without power and cell phone service. The team is currently assessing damage, and will share new information when available.
Secret Harbour Beach Resort (St. Thomas): All guests and staff are safe. There is no major structural damage to the buildings. The generator is still working.
Sugar Bay Resort & Spa (St. Thomas): All guests and team members are safe. The damage is being assessed and updated information will be provided when available.
Windward Passage (St. Thomas): Will be closed for six months.
HOW TO HELP
The CTO has activated its CTO Relief Fund through GoFundMe to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, with monies raided being sent directly to CTO-member destinations affected by the catastrophic storm. For more information on CTO’s Relief Fund or to make a donation, log on here.
Donations through CHTA’s Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund can be made via www.tourismcares.org/caribbean.