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December 5, 2017

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 Coco’s Beach Club, Waikiki Beach Bar, Bikini Beach Bar and Kontiki, and Kakao Restaurants. The residential buildings and hotels along the beach were severely damaged.

Esmeralda Resort sustained wind damage to several of its villas however, due to its elevated position relative to the beach, it appears the storm surge did not make its way through the grounds. Currently, Esmeralda is hosting some of the French Military who are there to help with clean up on the French side of the island.

At this point in time the insurance inspectors have made their assessments of the damage, and Esmeralda is hoping to receive settlement funds by February. Rest assured, the Esmeralda will be restored and will continue to be a favorite hideaway for its many loyal, and much appreciated guests. Esmeralda 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 June 1, 2018. This date is subject to change in either direction depending on the speed of recovery. Please note that Esmeralda will only re-open when there are full service restaurants and beach chairs available for its guests. Please contact us in February for a more accurate assessment for vacation possibilities at Esmeralda 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!


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