Recovery mode for some: Caribbean hotel update

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Hurricane destruction on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Hurricane destruction on Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Photo Credit: Geronimo Jones

The following is the latest update on properties on Caribbean islands that took damaging blows from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Please note that changes occur daily.

For further updates, visit the websites for the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.    

ANGUILLA

The Clayton J. Lloyd Airport is open for charters and emergency flights.

Ferry service between Blowing Point, Anguilla, and Simpson Bay Dock in St. Maarten is operating for residents of both islands.

A number of restaurants are in recovery and rebuilding mode and have not announced a tentative opening date. Others, such as Ferryboat and Hibernia, plan to open by Nov. 1.

Garvey's Sunshine Shack is being rebuilt. Jacala, Geraud's Patisserie and GrandVins survived. Johnno's Dads, Dads and Picante are standing but require repairs.

Blanchards had moderate damage and Blanchards Beach Shack had minimal damage. They plan to reopen as soon as the major resorts reopen.

Many villas are still in cleanup and recovery mode and plan to welcome guests for the high season.

Anacaona Boutique Hotel will not make its original opening date of Oct. 10, but will advise.

Belmond Cap Juluca was previously closed for planned renovations and still plans to reopen in late 2018 as scheduled.

Carimar Beach Club will reopen on Dec. 21.

CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort plans to welcome guests for the high season.

Covecastles was badly damaged. Builders said that rebuilding will take months.

Cuisinart and The Reef by Cuisinart anticipate closure to last though the summer of 2018.

Four Seasons and Residences Anguilla is closed until April 2018.

Fountain Anguilla is expected to open for the high season.

Frangipani Beach Resort plans to reopen in December.

Malliouhana plans to reopen April 2018.

Quintessence Boutique Resort, a new resort, will delay its proposed Nov. 1 opening date.

Zemi Beach House "held strong and will be able to welcome guests before long," according to its statement.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Bitter End Yacht Club is closed until further notice.

Heritage Inn & BananaKeet Cafe had significant damage and is closed until further notice.

Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas is closed until further notice.

Nanny Cay Resort & Marina is in recovery mode. No opening date at this time.

Richard Branson's Necker Island was destroyed.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina had extensive damage and is currently closed, but will announce a reopening date as soon as a full damage assessment of facilities is completed.

The restaurant at the Sugar Mill Hotel on Tortola will be closed until Thanksgiving; the hotel plans to reopen in mid-December..

"Charter companies are already working to ensure guests enjoy the sailing capital of the world, this coming tourism season. By the end of November, at least one property has made it clear that they will have 120 boats in the water, I have no doubt that others will do the same," said Premier Orlando Smith.

The Moorings yacht charter company had extensive damage to its fleet and marinas. The 2017 Interline Regatta, scheduled for Oct. 10-17, has been canceled.

The seaports are open to receive humanitarian aid and supplies.

The Terrence B. Lettsome Airport at Beef Island on Tortola will reopen for commercial flights later this week, according to Minister of Communications and Works Mark Vanterpool in a radio broadcast on Sept. 25.

"Flights will arrive and depart from Antigua, Barbados and other countries. The Puerto Rico connection is difficult now because its airport is affected," he said.

The airport has been operating relief and emergency flights.

Power should be restored to the most populated areas within three to four months and water restored to residents within 45 days, according to Vanterpool,  in a statement to the BVI Beacon.

A curfew remains in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

CUBA

There was some damage along the Malecon seawall in Havana and flooding in parts of the city, but hotels are open, the airport is operating, the resorts in Varadero are welcoming guests and ports are open in Havana, Cienfuego and Santiago de Cuba.

DOMINICA

The island has massive damage and its many of its 72,000 residents are in need.

The air and sea ports are functional. The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority cleared the Douglas Charles Airport for operation for relief supplies and manpower. The smaller Canefield Airport is open, although the tower has been impacted and traffic management is operated by hand-held radio.

The Woodbridge Bay Seaport is open to receive cargo and ferry boats.

Fort Young Hotel, Secret Bay Dominica and Rosalie Bay Resort are closed until further notice.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

All hotels and airports open.

GUADELOUPE

Pointe-a-Pitre Airport has resumed all air traffic.

"Hotels are up and running and suffered only minor damage," said Daniel Arnoux, CEO of Des Hotels et Des Iles Group.

La Toubana Hotel & Spa had no damage but is currently closed for renovations and will reopen on Oct. 31 as planned.

BwaChik was closed for the off-season, had no damage, and reopens Oct. 2.

Beaches have been cleared on the nearby island of Marie-Galante and tourism infrastructure is intact.

Les Saintes will be fully operational by mid-November.

PUERTO RICO

The airport is open on a limited basis with maximum of 10 commercial flights a day from American, Delta, Jet Blue and Spirit.

Thousands are on waiting lists to get off the island.

The port has reopened for relief and military ships.

El Canario by the Lagoon is closed until power and water are restored.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; Ritz-Carlton San Juan; and W Retreat in Vieques are not taking reservations until further notice.

Hilton properties are not taking reservations or accepting arrivals through Oct. 31, including the Condado Plaza, Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, El San Juan Hotel, Caribe Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan, Doubletree by Hilton San Juan and Hilton Condado Lagoon Villa.

El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort will not take reservations or arrivals through Dec. 31. Cancellation fees will be waived for reservations from Sept. 19.

Coral by the Sea is closed until further notice

Hotel El Convento, Miramar, Villa Montana, Condado Vanderbilt, Holiday Inn Express San Juan  and Coral Princess Inn are not taking new reservations prior to Oct. 22.

Hyatt Place San Juan, Hyatt House San Juan and Hyatt Place Bayamon are not accepting reservations prior to Oct. 15.

InterContinental San Juan, La Concha Renaissanceand San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino are not taking reservations before Oct. 22.

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is currently closed.

Verdanza Hotel is currently serving as a home base for first responders and representatives from local and federal agencies, according to Ricky Newman, general manager.

The hotel is powered by a generator and had no significant structural damage but has no telecommunications. Verdanza hopes to welcome visitors after Oct. 15.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is closed through the end of the year.

ST. BARTS

The island was damaged in Hurricane Irma.

Saint-Jean Airport is open.

Eden Rock has postponed its reopening for the time being.

Hotel Christopher St. Barth sustained damage and no reopening date has been announced.

Isle de France has not announced its reopening date.

Le Guanahani will reopen in summer 2018.

Le Toiny is closed until further notice.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS

Robert L. Bradshaw Airport in St. Kitts is open as is the Vance W. Amory airport in Nevis.

The new Park Hyatt St. Kitts remains on track to debut in November.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis will reopen Sept. 29.

Montpelier Plantation & Beach in Nevis reopens Oct. 8.

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis sustained damage to its beach and bar and will reopen Oct. 4. There was no damage to the Great House (circa 1778) and guest cottages.

ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN

The island suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Irma.

Princess Julianna Airport is closed except for relief flights.

Most resorts are closed until further notice, including the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa.

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Sonesta Ocean Point and Sonesta Great Bay were devastated and are closed. Sonesta has begun a refunding process for 2017 reservations and will continue to issue refunds until March 31, 2018.

Grand Case Beach Club. The Facebook message on Sept. 26 from Steve Wright, general manager: "We have been hard at work, removing debris and assessing damage. We are still without reliable communications, and internet at the hotel is presently just a memory.

Our administrative offices were not just damaged, they simply blew away, leaving a clear concrete slab where they once were. My office has never been so tidy in 20 years!

"Basic necessities such as food, water and shelter are still far from assured. The electric system is slowly but surely being restored. We hope to have some manner of administrative presence by mid-October. When we have access to our banks (presently we do not), the refunding process will take place."

Belmond La Samanna will reopen in April 2018.

Royal Islander Club is closed through the end of the year.

ST. CROIX

The Buccaneer was spared major damage.

Caravelle Hotel & Casino is accommodating relief workers.

Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix is housing first responders.

Cottages by the Sea is doing repairs and cleanup.

Divi Carina Bay is closed through the end of the year.

Hotel on the Cay is housing relief workers.

Sand Castle on the Beach, no reservations being taken until essential services are restored.

ST. JOHN

Estate Lindholm will reopen on Dec. 1.

The Westin St. John Resort Villas is closed until further notice.

Caneel Bay Resort is closed through 2017. Further updates for 2018 will be announced when available.

ST. THOMAS

Bluebeard's Castle Resort sustained major damage.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is housing relief works and plans to reopen Dec. 22.

Club Wyndham Reservations' four St. Thomas resorts (Margaritaville Vacation Club, Bluebeard's Beach Club, WorldMark St. Thomas and Elysian Beach Resort) are closed through mid-October.

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort and the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas are closed until further notice.

Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas continues to assess damage.

Point Pleasant Resort canceled all reservations through Nov 15.

Secret Harbour Beach Resort is waiting for power and cell service.

Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa and Windward Passage are closed until further notice.

TURKS AND CAICOS

Grand Turk had significant damage to its infrastructure and communications. The cruise port is closed.

On Providenciales, Gansevoort Turks & Caicos will reopen on Oct. 5.

Amanyara Resort will reopen on Oct. 20.

Club Med Turquoise will reopen on Nov. 26. The resort is not accepting new bookings for stays from Nov. 26 to Feb. 3, 2018, due to the high number of bookings during the winter months.

Beaches Turks and Caicos is closed until Dec. 14. Guests are being reaccommodated at Beaches resorts in Jamaica or at any available Sandals resort.

The Palms, The Sands and The Shore Club reopen Sept. 30.

The Somerset on Grace Bay welcomes guests with reservations though Oct. 14 and will take new reservations as of Oct. 15.

Seven Stars Resort & Spa had no damage from storms, is open and accepting guests.

Grace Bay Club reopens on Sept. 30 and West Bay Club on Oct. 1.

Ocean Club West reopens for the season as scheduled on Oct 12 and Ocean Club will follow shortly thereafter.

Correction: The Sugar Mill Hotel is located on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, not Virgin Gorda as a previous version of this article stated.

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