NEW YORK -- Many hotels in the Out Islands are entering 2000 with a
The Out Islands, and in particular, Abaco and Eleuthera, were
the hardest hit by Hurricane Floyd in September. Many properties
closed because of storm damage and used that time for renovation
According to Barbara Coch, the general manager for the Out Islands
Promotion Board, the majority of the hotels are open and
The biggest problem has been the telephone system, she said. It
takes repeated attempts to get through to Abaco because of busy
signals, and Coch said it gives people a false impression about the
state of the island. Coch is asking callers to be patient and to
Don Cornish, the new area manager for the Abaco Tourism Office,
said that "based on what I've seen, the product is better than
Cornish said the essential services are up and running and that
tourists are returning. He also said most restaurants and shops are
open for business.
Mangoes, a restaurant popular with both locals and tourists,
remains closed for a refit. He said the expanded eatery should
reopen in the spring.
The Abaco Inn reopened Thanksgiving, and all 22 units are
available. The roof on the main building, the pool and the gazebo
are new, the dining room has been expanded, and the harbor and
oceanside rooms were given a face-lift.
New bathrooms were added to the oceanside units; the harborside
units will be finished by Jan. 15.
The Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour is scheduled to reopen
Feb. 1 with additional units.
Abaco Town by the Sea is undergoing an extensive renovation,
according to Cornish, and set an April 1 reopening date.
Sea Spray Resort, which lost two villas, is looking at a summer
reopening. The Banyan Beach Club, which experienced water damage,
reopened Nov. 1.
Treasure Cay Hotel came back on line Dec. 20. Improvements were
made to hotel rooms and the Spinnaker restaurant. Tile floors
replaced carpeting in the guest rooms, and the resort's golf course
suffered no damage from Floyd.
"The Club is Back -- Even Better Than Ever" is the slogan the
Green Turtle Club & Marina used to celebrate its Christmas
The Cove in Eleuthera reopened Dec. 27 in time to welcome a full
house for the millennium. The property closed because of Floyd and
used that time to repair and renovate. "There is a brand-new dining
room that overlooks the water," said general manager George
Rooms received new soft goods. The clubhouse was rebuilt and air
conditioning was added. He said a new guest lounge and gift shop
are scheduled to open this month.
Club Med in Eleuthera is closed and has not set a firm reopening
date. The resort did have some damage from Floyd but is also
undergoing an extensive renovation project.
The Guana Beach Resort, Tree Houses, Oeisha's Resort, the
Tangelo Hotel and the Inn at Spanish Cay remain closed.