Press Release

Hotels on Hurricane-Hit Islands in the Caribbean Reopen Bigger and Better Than Ever - AFAR

One year after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction on numerous islands, the region is gearing up for the high season with renovated properties that sparkle like the surrounding sea.

The North Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 brought 17 named storms, including 10 hurricanes, and immense damage to numerous islands across the Caribbean. Hurricanes Irma and Maria were particularly disruptive, hitting within a week of each other and becoming two of the costliest ever, causing more than $140 billion in damage.

Just over a year later, most islands have nearly recovered and are ready to welcome guests. Some hotels that sustained minimal damage reopened as quickly as possible, while others took the blow as an opportunity to reassess their properties’ designs and make timely improvements.

Those hotels not only made repairs and strengthened fortifications but also added restaurants, infinity pools, and redesigned guest rooms. Here are some of our favorite hotel transformations.