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I’m from the Gulf Coast, so I’ve never much liked hurricanes, and this hurricane season has only made that healthy fear and disdain grow. In addition to the destruction caused by Harvey, it is now Irma’s turn to ravage a path through the Leeward Islands, Caribbean, and sadly now it appears onto Florida. While having to change or cancel a vacation because of a hurricane is so incredibly insignificant compared to some of the other tragic outcomes a hurricane can dole out, it understandably still matters a great deal to those who need to change their plans accordingly. Since this is a points-centric blog, let’s talk about some popular points-friendly hotels that sadly have suffered damage because of Irma.
As you know, Irma isn’t yet done, so it some ways this is premature to talk about the damage she has caused as the list will likely grow, but I know that many of you use your miles and points to visit resorts that unfortunately have already been damaged or closed, so I wanted to share what I have found sooner rather than later.
Westin St. John
I have visited this US Virgin Islands resort before, and the good news is that they have reported all of their associates, owners, and guests are safe. The bad news is that the resort and surrounding area has experienced significant damage including flooding, displaced landscaping, and roof damage to multiple buildings.
You can see some of the damage to the resort in these images from Facebook. To add insult to injury, this property has been extensively remodeling in recent years.
Westin Dawn Beach St. Maarten
I haven’t been able to find any photos of the damage to the Westin Dawn Beach on St. Maarten, but unfortunately I think that is largely because the damage to the island is so great and folks aren’t back on social media as much quite yet. I have seen a helicopter video of the island that does go over Dawn Beach and it didn’t look very good.
What I have found is a statement that says:
Due to Hurricane Irma, The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is currently closed. The safety of our guests and associates is always a top priority at Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, and there are no reported injuries. We encourage those planning to visit the Resort to check the news for the most current information and amend their travel plans accordingly. We are waiving hotel cancellation and change fees for specific arrival dates and suggest our customers call 1-888-625-4988 for more information about their reservations.
Because of the damage to the island, I would not personally expect this hotel to re-open to guests in the near term.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts
The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is currently scheduled to open in November 2017 after several opening delays. The good news is they didn’t have guests to protect during the storm since they aren’t yet open, but of course that didn’t stop them from still having to deal with Irma. I haven’t really found updates about this points-friendly property online, but the nearby Four Seasons Nevis has reported that their damage was minimal and that they will be welcoming guests again soon, so hopefully the same will be true for the Park Hyatt St. Kitts since the island seems to have escaped the worst of Irma.
I’m keeping an eye on Irma as she tracks near the Bahamas and popular hotels like Atlantis and the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, and then of course onto the US mainland. Again, damaged hotels and cancelled vacations don’t hold a candle to lives, homes, and more, but it is still important information to be aware of if you were eyeing a trip to anywhere in the path of one of these storms. While I am no expect I think it is fair to say that some of these resorts will not reopen for months, at the very least.
If you have any information on these or other points-friendly properties that have suffered damage this hurricane season, please feel free to share in the comments section so others can make their plans accordingly.
Stay safe out there!!
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