Caribbean Resorts Back in Business

A few of the properties welcoming guests again

BY DON NICHOLS — Winter 2019

he destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 kept resorts on the Caribbean’s hardest-hit islands shuttered much of last year as they reimagined themselves. But many properties (and isles) are rebounding and need visitors back on their beaches. “In places like Anguilla and St. Barts, 95 percent of hotels, restaurants, and shops are open and better than before. Imagine that every room you could stay in would be sparkling fresh, with local staffs ready to serve with passion and get their lives back to normal,” says Jack Ezon, managing partner and founder of Embark, a luxury travel and lifestyle company in New York. These resorts are among those welcoming guests again.

ANGUILLA 

Belmond Cap Juluca

Scheduled to reopen in December at press time

Now boasts 108 rooms and a new sea-view infinity-edge pool. From $725. 888-858-5822; belmond.com/capjuluca

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Reopened in November

All 91 suites now feature whitewashed wood-style flooring, built-in cabinetry, and floor-to-ceiling windows. From $550. 800-943-3210; cuisinartresort.com

Four Seasons Resort and Residences

Reopened in May

This 181-room property suffered minimal damage and looks just as dreamy as ever. From $950. 800-201-9580; fourseasons.com/anguilla

Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection

Scheduled to reopen in December at press time

Coming soon to the 46-room resort: a beachfront villa and 15 additional suites. From $795. 877-733-3611; malliouhana.com


BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Necker Island

Reopened in October

The expanded Great House now has 11 rooms and the Bali High complex has an extended pool. $77,500 per night for up to 30 guests. 0800-716-919 (toll free); virginlimitededition.com

Oil Nut Bay (on Virgin Gorda)

Started rentals again in March

Seven new villas were slated to be available in December and a redesigned spa opens this summer. From $550. 800-761-0377; oilnutbay.com


PUERTO RICO

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Reopened in October

This 115-room retreat features reimagined guest rooms, new culinary experiences, and expanded spa offerings. From $1,099. 787-626-1100; doradobeachreserve.com

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

Scheduled to reopen in December at press time

The 139 refurbished rooms sport a tranquil color palette featuring whites and light blues. From $699. 787-809-8000; stregis.com/bahiabeach


ST. BARTS

Cheval Blanc

Reopened on Dec. 1

Added 19 rooms, upping its room count to 60. A new gourmet restaurant boasts Mediterranean cuisine and a more relaxed one on the beach serves Caribbean and European fare. From $825. 800-810-4691; chevalblanc.com

The Christopher Hotel

Reopened in October

The 42-room property in Pointe Milou adds three villas this year. From $512. 800-550-1769; hotelchristopher.com

Hotel Le Toiny

Reopened in October

Increased its suite count from 14 to 22, all with private pools, and added a beachfront pool. From $745. 800-680-0832; letoiny.com

Hotel Manapany

Reopened in March

Artisanal furnishings dress up its 43 villas and suites, which also come with sundecks. From $630. 877-992-6646; hotelmanapany.com

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

Reopened in October

Adjoining rooms at the 44-room property can be converted into one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites. Also new: two six-bedroom villas. From $740. 844-553-2278; lebarthelemyhotel.com

Le Sereno

Reopened on Dec. 1

The Bungalow Piscine rooms and the Grand Suite Plage Sud rooms have been enlarged. From $870. 888-537-3736; serenohotels.com


ST. MARTIN

Belmond La Samanna

Scheduled to reopen in December at press time

This 83-room resort’s Beach Bar now has playful swings, monochrome lounge seating, and dramatic chandeliers. From $545. 800-957-6128; belmond.com/lasamanna

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