September 22nd Update
As Hurricane Maria churned through the Caribbean this week, the British Virgin Islands were fortunate to have been spared a direct hit, although the territory did experience high wind and rain.
While the BVI Tourist Board and government officials are still completing their full assessment of the situation, Governor Augustus Jaspert has given an all clear signal for the territory.
This decision was made in consultation with the Premier and the Director of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), as the immediate threat from Hurricane Maria has passed and all main roads have been cleared.
For those who wish to support the critical rebuilding efforts following the devastation of
Hurricane Irma earlier this month, please visit: http://pledgeling.us/bvi or text “BVI” to 707070.
Source: CTO Update 3, Sept 21
Nanny Cay Resort & Marina – 9/22 FB post: “The eye of Hurricane Maria passed 55 miles to the south of Tortola, as a category 4 or 5 hurricane, in the early hours of Wednesday and we suffered minimal damage in comparison to Irma. However, we did suffer some additional damage to property and boats. We experienced hurricane force winds (full strength still to be determined), and a large surge from the south. The peninsula for the outer marina once again did a sterling job keeping the worst of the surge from the heart of Nanny Cay Maria’s approach set back our rebuild as we went into full hurricane-prep mode, but it did accelerate the removal of debris from the property. We are still working to stabilize our infrastructure, creating new office space, fixing roofs, getting our IT (including Internet access) fully operational, etc. Once we have these items in place, our boatyard, marina, and hotel staff can start to
address individual questions and concerns. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued patience!”
September 16th Update – Pre-Maria Updates
In a statement Governor Augustus Jaspert highlighted security, relief and restoration of services to the British Virgin Islands. He said ports were opened to receive food and supplies. He is hoping to open the airport to commercial flights very soon. The full statement is available via http://bit.ly/2xBYH3F.
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a relative or loved one who was in the territory at the time of the storm, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This email account is monitored by the staff of the BVI Department of Disaster Management and will assist with all inquiries. As the country works to restore communications including mobile phone and internet service, this is the most efficient channel to seek information about those remaining in the territory.
Updates from individual hotels in the British Virgin Islands are as follows:
- Anegada Reef: Anegada is fine.
- Bitter End Yacht Club: The hotel was not operational due to annual closure. Sustained significant damage, according to reports.
- Guana Island: Closed at the time
- Long Bay Beach Resort and Villas: The resort is currently closed and suffered extensive damage with assessments being made
- Nanny Cay Resort & Marina: The Marina is reporting that partial power has been restored, and the Water Plant has been fixed
- Oil Nut Bay: The Team staying at the resort is safe and secure. The extent of the damage is unknown at this point, and will take time to assess.
- Peter Island Resort & Spa: 9/19 Facebook post from Sept 15: “Since the event of hurricane Irma, the Peter Island team has continued to work hard to assess, regroup and recover from the effects of this storm. Our colleagues from Peter Island and their families are now experiencing the unfortunate, debilitating after-effects of the hurricane; including the loss of their homes and schools, limited supplies, and lacking the kinds of facilities and services we typically take for granted in our day-to- day lives. Recovery will take time, resources, and support to get back on track”
- Rosewood Little Dix Bay: 9/19 Facebook post from Sept 14: “We can reassure you that our team is safe and unharmed. Although the resort is closed for renovation, we are still assessing the storm’s effects to our property and will know more in the coming days.”
- Scrub Island Resort. Spa and Marina, Autograph Collection: Is closed until further notice. Those planning to visit the hotel should check the news for the most current information. The resort is waiving hotel cancellation and change fees for specific arrival dates. Customers should call 1-877-890-7444 (US) for more information about their reservations. Those in countries outside of the United States seeking information about their reservations should call the Marriott toll-free number in their country.
- Sugar Mill Hotel: The hotel has suffered some damage but so far it appears manageable. The restaurant is expected to open as planned on 12 October, 2017 and 14 October for the hotel.