by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 11, 2017
As a weakened Hurricane Irma continues to hit the mainland U.S., a number of resorts in the Caribbean are reporting substantial damage. Among the resorts M&C's sister publication, Travel Weekly, has reported as damaged or destroyed by the storm are St. Barts' Eden Rock, Richard Branson's Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten's Westin Dawn Beach and its three Sonesta resorts, and the Hotel Mercure on St. Martin.
 
The hurricane destroyed Necker Island, damaged the Eden Rock Hotel and caused St. Thomas' Sugar Bay Resort enough damage to close it for the rest of the year. Damage from the storm on St. Barts, which took a direct hit, closed the tiny airport and knocked out electricity, water and much of the communications system.
 
Eden Rock reported that its staff are safe and the hotel remains standing, according to the Oetker Collection, which manages the luxury resort. "We have a resilient team on-site who have started the repair process. Our property was closed for annual maintenance and rehab works, so there were no guests in residence. The scheduled reopening in early October is postponed until further notice," the statement said.
 
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has posted a comprehensive island-by-island  list of updates for all the islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Jose here.