Meagan Drillinger
Meagan Drillinger

As the fall/winter travel season approaches, Caribbean hotels continue to reopen for business following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We've rounded up some of the details on the latest string of openings across the islands.

Saint Barts

Nikki Beach Saint Barth will reopen Oct. 26 for the first full season following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

This season, Nikki Beach clients will experience a newly-built outdoor restaurant, a new sushi bar, boutique, kitchen, and rotisserie, all which adhere to the Nikki Beach aesthetic of white with wood accents. Guests enter the property though the signature Nikki Beach teepee, where they can enjoy cocktails in the open-air lounge. 

The main dining area now sits on top of a teak wood deck, with the sushi bar and additional tables on anti-slip ceramic tile. A Serge Ferrari shade structure covers the venue, but both the awning and deck are removable for future hurricane seasons. 

The central bar can seat up to 10 guests, while the sushi bar can hold up to six. The new restaurant has natural colors and fabrics, with a menu that focuses on international fare like truffle pizza, chicken satay, tartare and spring rolls. 

Hotel Le Toiny, which shuttered in September 2017, reopened on Oct. 15, showing off a resort-wide refurbishment, as well as eight new villa suites and beachfront pool at the Toiny Beach Club.

The restoration following Hurricane Irma enabled the hotel to take the time to add a pool on Toiny Beach. Fringed in coconut palm trees, the spot offers cocktails and light bites, just steps from the beach. The pool is surrounded by a teak deck and bungalow-style bar. Guests arrive to the Beach Club via a fleet of new Land Rover Defenders, which take them from the hillside resort down to the bay. 

The villas comprise seven Spirit Suites  four single-story one-bedroom villas; three two-story, one-bedroom villas -- and La Villa, which is now the hotel's largest suite: a two-story, two-bedroom king villa. Each villa has its own private infinity pool and terrace.

The one-bedroom Spirit Suites sleep up to three guests with up to 1,400 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. La Villa sleeps up to six with more than 2,000 square feet of space.

The original 14 Signature Suites have been restored, as well, with the addition of antique mirrored headboard walls, leather furniture and oversized mirrored photo frames.

The restaurant and public spaces have been refreshed with pops of bright pink and geometric patterns to contrast the white and teak color scheme. The hotel's Case Punch bar has been expanded to include an L-shaped banquette and three small tables. The open-air Toiny Restaurant has been updated with new mirrors and a new art prints.

As part of the restaurant refurb, the hotel brought in executive chef Jarad McCarroll, who has updated the menus for the season. 

Puerto Rico

Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde is implementing a few changes to make itself appeal to a younger, more tech-savvy traveler. The top-to-bottom, $3 million renovation will take in all the 222 rooms and suites, main entrance, concierge desks, soft goods, bathrooms, lighting, corridors, gym and restaurants. 

Guestrooms will be outfitted with artwork of Puerto Rican landscapes from a local photographer using drones, and furnishings will be sourced from local vendors. 

The first phase of the renovation has already begun, which is taking place around the pool and the first-floor rooms. The entire project is expected to be completed by December.

Anguilla

Blanchards restaurant in Anguilla has reopened following an extensive renovation. 

After the restaurant closed down last September, owners Bob and Melinda Blanchard raised more than $750,000 for island recovery efforts, including bringing in 300 generators, food and water, school and medical supplies, tools and clothing. In the days following the hurricane the roof was patched and the space acted as a relief center, bringing in around 1,000 people per day.

The resort has reemerged following a remodeling, which includes a tropical garden with a patio dining area under a twinkle-light canopy. A menu shows off a collection of 26 smaller plates to complement the menu favorites.

Nevis

While the Four Seasons Resort Nevis didn't experience major hurricane damages, it is unwrapping new renovations, just in time for the travel season. The first phase of a multimillion-dollar enhancement will wrap on Dec. 10, which includes redesigned guestrooms, an updated Great House lobby and two new restaurants.

The 189 guestrooms now have a lighter decor, like sea-foam greens and botanical patterns. A new geometric carpeting has been installed. The Great House now has open-air gathering spaces to give it, literally, an airier atmosphere.

But the highlight of the resort is the new restaurant and bar, EsQuilina and Crowned Monkey Rhum Bar. EsQuilina has a breakfast buffet with fresh pressed juice and smoothie bars. In the evenings the menu swings Mediterranean with a raw bar and charcuterie menu, fresh fish grilled in a wood fire and a chef's table for a more intimate and interactive dining experience.

Crowned Monkey Rhum Bar takes its name from the island's Green Vervet monkeys, and it has a menu of local and international rums and spirits. The space opens up to the refreshed lobby for a more seamless and social vibe. 

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