As Caribbean countries ramp up travel restrictions in
response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the region is seeing a wave of
temporary resort closures.
Resorts International is closing all 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts from March 30 to May 15; no new arrivals were being accepted as of March 23.
And Baha Mar is suspending operations as of March 25.
Club Med will suspend operations at its Club Med Punta Cana
and Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda resorts in the Dominican Republic from
March 19 to May 1.
Excellence Resorts will temporarily close the Excellence
Punta Cana from March 20 to June 5. Excellence said all guests who were
scheduled to stay during this period can be accommodated at the Excellence El
Carmen in Punta Cana.
Both moves come as the D.R. has suspended the arrival of all incoming passengers and has
effectively closed its borders for an initial period of 15 days. The Dominican Republic had
previously suspended flights to and from China, South Korea, Iran and Europe.
Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Club Med is shuttering the Club
Med Columbus Isle in the Bahamas between March 21 and May 1.
The Bahamas said on March 16 that the country is prohibiting
entry to any foreign nationals who have traveled in the U.K., Ireland or Europe
in the last 20 days. That restriction is in addition to the Bahamian government’s
March 5 decision to deny entry to any nonresident who has visited China, South
Korea, Iran or Italy in the last 20 days.
Meanwhile, Jamaican resort Half Moon has similarly announced
plans to shut down from March 18 to May 1, citing the Jamaican government’s
recent enactment of a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers from
countries where there is local spread of the coronavirus.
The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas advised future
guests arriving through April 12 to postpone their trips. For guests already at
the resort, Bolongo advised them to book earlier flights home while they are still
In Jamaica, the Riu Negril, Riu Palace Jamaica and Riu
Montego Bay are closing March 19 through April.
Also in Jamaica, Iberostar Hotels plans to consolidate
guests at its three properties in Montego Bay (Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Rose
Hall Beach and Rose Hall Suites) to two properties.
In the Dominican Republic, the Royalton Punta Cana and
Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana have relocated their guests to the Royalton
Bavaro Resort & Spa in Punta Cana with a room upgrade based on
In St. Maarten, the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta
Maho Beach Resort will close from March 22 to March 31 due to
government-imposed restrictions on travel to the destination.