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Dec 5, 2017
HURRICANE IRMA
UPDATE & VIDEOS


On Sept 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma delivered a horrific punch to St Martin/St Maarten. The north-eastern side of the island (where the strongest force winds are typically experienced in a hurricane), was severely damaged and/or destroyed. Unfortunately, Orient Bay and Grand Case were two of the hardest hit areas of the island with battering winds of up to 185 mph.

The accompanying surge of sea water, sand and debris went as far back as the base of the mountain in Orient Bay, effectively covering the entire village. All the restaurants and shops along the beach were completely obliterated, including Kakao, Kontiki, Waikiki Beach Bar, Bikini Beach Bar and, Coco’s Beach Club Restaurant. The residential buildings and hotels along the beach were severely damaged.

The Alamanda Resort unfortunately sustained a lot damage to about half of the rooms on each floor. The relatively new metal roof faired pretty well but the winds and storm surge took its toll on the buildings. At this point in time the insurance inspectors have made their assessments of the damage, and Alamanda is hoping to receive settlement funds by February, but rest assured, the Alamanda will be restored and will continue to be a favorite hideaway for its many loyal, and much appreciated guests.

Alamanda is not yet accepting reservations, however, the current estimated date for re-opening (assuming all goes smoothly with getting permits, building materials, and laborers, etc.), is October 1, 2018. This date is subject to change in either direction depending on the speed of recovery, but by that time there should be full service restaurants and beach chairs available for its guests. Please contact us around March for a more accurate assessment for vacation possibilities at Alamanda or other properties in Orient Bay

The good news is the resilient, energetic business owners and residents of SXM who rely on tourism as their sole source of income, are united in the goal of getting things back to “better than” normal ASAP! The island has been in hyper cleaning mode (with help from Military) for weeks and every day gets better. As of this update there are about 120 restaurants now open (mostly on the Dutch side of the island), plus many shops, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, and medical facilities! Princess Julianna is accepting limited commercial flights and the 1st cruise ship, the Viking Sea, sailed into the Port of St. Maarten in Philipsburg Dec 4!!!

We are firmly convinced that St Martin will be better than ever before! It will be a safer, cleaner, more modern destination, but maintain its Caribbean charm and reputation as “the Friendly Island”! 2018 may not see full recovery, but Orient Bay will still be a magical, relaxing place to vacation, and in fact, a visit before the crowds are back may prove to be an exceedingly enjoyable experience!

ST MARTIN / ST MAARTEN NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT !!! THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR BELOVED ISLAND IS TO PLAN A VISIT ASAP !!!

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