September 27th, Update
Cocobay Resort – 9/26 – FB post: “Our sister island and neighbors were affected by the storms. But Antigua was spared and our doors remain open to visitors. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism team went around the island and got feedback from visitors and locals on the ground. See you soon!”
Trade Winds Hotel – 9/26 – FB post: “Yes we’re open for business!”
Antigua Village Condominium Beach Resort – 9/26 – FB post: Looking for a place to book your dream vacation?We’re still accepting bookings from October 2017 onward! Antigua Village is re-opening on October 7th 2017. Email at Antiguavillage@candw.ag with your inquiries today!
Copper and Lumber Store Hotel – 9/26 – FB post: A vacation heaven and eagerly awaiting your arrival…#BookNow
Curtain Bluff Resort – 9/26 – Website post: “All of us at Curtain Bluff are thankful that we were once again spared the brunt of a major hurricane, Maria. Our staff is fine, the resort is fine, and we are still on schedule to open October 28, 2017 following our six-month renovation.”
Galley Bay Resort and Spa – 9/26 – FB post: “Dear Valued Guests, As you may know, Galley Bay was affected by Hurricane Irma and is currently closed for repairs. The resort is scheduled to reopen on December 15, 2017, and is currently accepting bookings from December 15th onward.”
Hermitage Bay – 9/26 – FB post: We are currently closed for our annual “refresh” so everything is packed away and our usual maintenance is underway. We close every year from Aug 24-Oct 10.
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa – 9/26 – Email: Open for Business
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa – 9/26 – FB post from SANDALS: “Caribbean tourism needs you and #SandalsResorts is waiting with open doors. The open date is set for Dec. 17th”
Siboney Beach Club – 9/26 – FB post: “We are open and ready to welcome you!!!”
South Point Antigua – 9/26 – FB post: “We are happy to let you know South Point was not significantly damaged by Hurricane Irma and all of the South Point Team and their families are safe. Just to make you aware, we are currently closed for the season, however we are taking reservations for our reopening on
October 28th, 2017.”
Sugar Ridge Hotel Resort – 9/27 – Website Update: “As many are aware, Sugar Ridge was fortunate to experience no damage whatsoever as a result of both storms which skirted Antigua. Only tropical force winds were experienced at the resort. The power was quickly restored, the roads are in good shape and the airport is fully operational. As previously planned, the resort is currently closed for our annual maintenance and will reopen October 6, 2017.”
Antigua Open For Business: Excursions, Tour Operators, Restaurants And Hotels Welcome Visitors, September 14th – View Release
September 16th Update
Antigua is reporting it is open for business with excursions, tour operators, restaurants and hotels welcoming visitors.
Restaurants and bars have re-opened including popular beach establishments such as Beach Limers, Coconut Grove, Sheer Rocks, Turners, Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant, Trappas, Le Bistro, and the over 150 dining options to choose from in Antigua.
Close to 2,000 of the country’s hotel room stock will be available by the end of October for the start of the peak winter season following traditional summer upgrades and renovations throughout resorts. Some of these resorts include Cocobay, Jumby Bay, Curtain Bluff, Carlisle Bay, Hawksbill by Rex Resorts, Heritage Quay Hotel, St. James’s Club, The Inn at English Harbor, and Nonsuch Bay. The first properties opening post-upgrades are Pineapple Beach Club and Blue Waters Resort and Spa on 14 September and 21 September respectively. Hotels and resorts that are open year-round are happily welcoming and hosting visitors to Antigua.
On the other hand, Barbuda, with its approximately 1,800 residents, was severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island. The prime minister, Gaston Browne said 90 percent of homes were destroyed. Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was also damaged, but with less than 100 hotel rooms the overall effect on tourism as a whole is minimal.
Updates from individual hotels on Antigua are as follows:
- Antigua Village Condominium Beach Resort: 9/18 FB message: Received minimal damage.
- Blue Waters Resort and Spa: Resort was closed for upgrades and is reopened on 14 September
- Carlisle Bay: Resort was closed for season. Will reopen as previously planned on 15 October
- Cocobay Resort: Open for business
- Cocos Hotel: No long term damages
- Copper and Lumber Store Hotel: Open for business.
- Curtain Bluff: Sustained no damage and is still scheduled to reopen on 28 October as previously planned following a six-month closure for a renovation.
- Galley Bay: An in-depth assessment of the property will take place on 21 September
e Bay: All is well
- Jolly Beach Resort & Spa: 9/18 Email: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is Open for Business
- Jumby Bay Island: Jumby Bay Island is currently closed as part of its annual maintenance programme with reopening on schedule for 9 October
- Keyonna Beach Resort: No long term damage
- Ocean Point Resort and Spa: Open for business
e Beach Club: Started welcoming guests 14 September
- Sandals Grande Antigua: The resort will reopen on 17 December after closing for its previously announced resort maintenance project
- Siboney Beach Club: Back to business as usual
- South Point Antigua: Currently closed for annual maintenance. Will reopen as planned on 28 October
- St. James’s Club Antigua: 9/19 Facebook – Open for Business
ds Hotel: Some damages. Most services have resumed
- The Verandah Resort and Spa: 9/19 Facebook – “We are open for Business”
- Tranquility Bay Antigua: 9/19 Facebook – “We are open for Business”