The North Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 introduced 17 named storms (together with 10 hurricanes) and immense injury to quite a few islands throughout the Caribbean. Irma and Maria have been significantly disruptive, hitting inside per week of one another and changing into two of the most costly ever, inflicting greater than $140 billion in injury. Simply over a yr later, most islands have almost recovered and are able to welcome company. Accommodations not solely made repairs and strengthened fortifications however added new eating places and infinity swimming pools and redesigned visitor rooms. (Examine Puerto Rico’s spectacular comeback, after struggling the double whammy of each Irma and Maria, in our cowl story.) Right here, just a few of our different favourite lodge transformations.


Dominica


Secret Bay
Secret BayCourtesy of Secret Bay

Tiny Dominica’s restoration has been slower than that of a number of the bigger islands — it sustained $1.three billion in injury — however its most important points of interest, together with its beloved mountaineering paths and dive websites, have been cleared. When the secluded Secret Bay (pictured) begins accepting company in November, its six restored villas will likely be accompanied by a brand new on-site restaurant and a wellness pavilion, full with a yoga deck and opulent therapy rooms. Citrus Creek Plantation will welcome again company in December with absolutely renovated cottages alongside the Taberi River.




British Virgin Islands


British Virgin Islands - Oil Nut Bay.
Oil Nut BayCourtesy of Oil Nut Bay

The British Virgin Islands have been struck by Hurricane Irma as a Class 5 storm. The bigger islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke have largely recovered and begun welcoming guests once more. On Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay (pictured) reopened final yr, and can unveil a model new Marina Village space in December, full with new villas, a waterfront restaurant and a number of other boutiques.


The smaller BVIs are bouncing again too: Guana Island, an 850-acre privately owned isle that’s residence to an unique resort, resumed operations this previous summer time with 18 refreshed suites, an expanded natural farm with three extra greenhouses and a clear invoice of well being for its coral reef, which was coated by particles after the storm. Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island reopened final month, with two new visitor rooms and an expanded Nice Home.




St. Martin/Sint Maarten


St. Martin - Belmond La Samanna.
Belmond La SamannaCourtesy of Belmond La Samannar

One of many hardest-hit islands, St. Martin has had extra constructing challenges to beat, however this winter will see a number of the family-friendly island’s most anticipated reopenings. Sonesta Ocean Level Resort will likely be absolutely operational by Dec. 14, and its sister property, Sonesta Maho Seaside Resort, opens in February 2019 (after an entire overhaul that can make its buildings in a position to face up to sustained 200-mph winds). On Dec. 10, Belmond La Samanna (pictured) opens with rooms and public areas refreshed by design agency MuzaLab and a newly invigorated Baie Longue Bar.




St. Barts


St. Bart's -Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa.
Le Barthélemy Lodge & SpaLaurent Benoit

Most of the luxurious resorts on this French-speaking island took their time to rebuild, and the transformations are a number of the area’s most profound.


Lodge Christopher welcomed again company as of Oct. 17 to a refurbished resort with three eating places, suites transformed by French inside designer Olivia Putnam, a waterfront spa and a luxurious boutique.


Lodge Le Toiny was additionally again in enterprise final month, with eight new freestanding villa suites and a brand new beachfront pool along with updates to its 14 unique villa suites, restaurant and open-air bar. Le Sereno opens on Dec. 1 with an all-new seashore restaurant, spa, health facility and a boutique. A brand new class of room known as Bungalow Piscine provides extra space and absolutely refreshed inside design, whereas new waterfront Grand Suite Plage Sud rooms characteristic outside bathtubs perched in non-public gardens.
Lastly, Le Barthélemy Lodge & Spa (pictured) unveiled plenty of additions on Oct. 28, amongst them a rooftop bar and a hydrotherapy spa that features cold and hot baths, a sauna, a hammam and a tea salon.




Anguilla


Anguilla - Mailliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection
Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts AssortmentCourtesy of Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Assortment

Hurricane Irma hit Anguilla on Sept. 6, 2017, damaging houses, companies and far of the island’s infrastructure, prompting many bigger resorts to think about in depth modifications.


4 Seasons Anguilla closed however was again in enterprise by March, showcasing renovations to its restaurant and new balconies on visitor rooms all through the property. CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, in the meantime, is ready to reopen this month with redesigned interiors and new eating places, together with a brand new beachfront eating venue and a 5,000-square-foot ballroom.


The Belmond Cap Juluca redesigned its 113 rooms and added a sea-view infinity pool, an oceanfront spa, a seashore bar and new eating places. It’ll begin accepting company in December. Additionally reopening, on Dec. 15, is Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Assortment (pictured), which has up to date its 46 rooms and added cabanas to its infinity swimming pools, and a brand new seashore bar.






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