Shuttered since receiving near or direct hits from hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, a cache of the Caribbean’s finest resorts are set to reopen in October.
Puerto Rico’s St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort turned storm recovery into a total aesthetic overhaul, tapping local designer Nono Maldonado to revamp its 139 guest rooms with cool blues, bright whites, and custom glass furnishings. Almost every amenity was restored and updated during the $60 million renovation, including the pool that sits beside the resort’s private two-mile beach, the spa, and even the exuberant seascape mural behind the St. Regis Bar.
The now 22-room Hôtel Le Toiny on Saint Bart’s added seven new one-bedroom villas and a two-bedroom one, all on a hillside overlooking the Bay of Toiny, making it easy for guests to watch the surf break below from their private infinity-edge pools or lushly landscaped terraces. The resort also plans to update the bar, open a new pool, and add a fleet of electric cars to shuttle guests between the hotel and its trendy beach club, a five-minute ride away.
Richard Branson rode out Hurricane Irma on his private, 74-acre Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Citing extensive damage to the property after he emerged, he vowed to rebuild. The island’s newly restored Great House will fulfill that promise when it welcomes its first guests with 11 Balinese-style guest rooms, hammocks and sofas on the wraparound terraces, and a four-person rooftop hot tub.