Carimar Beach Club Update After Hurricane Irma
As promised in our last bulletin, the following is our latest update as of September 15, 2017:
Carimar Beach Club on Meads Bay, Anguilla – 10 days after Irma
Carimar Beach Club was very lucky during the passage of Hurricane Irma. The property suffered only very limited damage and had power and water straight through the Hurricane. We had 2 guests staying with us during the storm (they could not get a flight out in time). And although we were officially closed starting September 4th, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we at Carimar Beach Club were able to host stranded guests from other properties and opened the hotel to relief workers, NGO representatives and the British Army as a base for their recovery efforts.
The major damage at Carimar are the gardens, the railings going up to the rooms, the warm water solar heaters, beach chairs, some doors and broken windows. The inside of our units did not suffer any damage. Thanks to the hard work of our staff and some additional workers, we were able clean out the debris on the grounds within days and open one room after the other for more unexpected guests. One of the major challenges now is communication, as our land phone lines and internet connections are down and may be out of service for a few months. However, we can be reached through our cell phones (264-476-6882 (office) and 264-476-4458 (GM). We may not answer the phone right away but you can leave a message and we will return your call. We also go to the FLOW office (our phone/internet provider) every day to receive emails and answer them in a more or less timely manner. Our beach (north-east side of Meads Bay) lost some sand, but it has already started to return slowly and we are confident that nature will restore our beach as it always has within the coming weeks.
When is Carimar open for business again?
As mentioned before, we are currently hosting over 70 guests at Carimar. All of our units have electricity with a/c in the bedrooms, running water (no hot water), daily housekeeping and all the comforts our guests could enjoy – apart from Internet and phone access, and there will be no cable TV for a few months. There will be repairs and replanting done over the next 2-3 months to upgrade and enhance our property for the upcoming season. We are also going ahead with our scheduled plan to renovate the bathrooms in 2 buildings.
Please direct all inquiries, cancellation notices, and postponement notifications to our reservations department at email@example.com
Period until October 31st, 2017: We decided to keep part of our property open for guests in need of an accommodation throughout the coming weeks, although they know that there will be some noise in the daytime through our rebuilding efforts. The rates for this time will be discounted, and some of that income will go directly to our staff relief fund Carimar has set up for our staff (more details on our Facebook page and website). Our objective during this period is non-commercial but to accommodate the needs of the Island as there are only very limited open places to stay in Anguilla.
November 1st to November 30th, 2017: Although most of our repairs and replanting will be done by the end of October, there will be still some work going on at Carimar (painting, etc.). We have not opened our tourist portals (like Expedia, Booking.com) for new bookings for this period, but will accept tourists to stay with us if they wish (most likely the internet, phone and tv will still not work). Also, there will be only a limited choice of restaurants opened for the guests. However, we have some repeat guests who strongly want to come during that time to show their support for Anguilla and Carimar Beach Club. We will offer a special 30% discount to those guests who still want to come in support us.
December 1st to December 20th, 2017: We are confident that we will have all repairs and enhancements done by December 1st. However, we see this period as a soft opening as we are not sure if all services (again Internet, TV and phone) will be available. We will offer a special 15% pre-opening discount during that period to all our guests and this special rate (clearly mentioning the possibly limited services) will be available directly and through our travel industry partners.
December 21st, 2017: Grand Re-opening of Carimar Beach Club on Meads Bay. We are very confident that Carimar Beach Club will be fully operational with all services running at the beginning of the Christmas Season. Our property will be nicer than ever, everything will be repaired and repainted, part of the units will have brand-new bathrooms (this project was planned before the hurricane) and will most likely have one of the lushest and loveliest gardens we have ever had. A lot of your favorite restaurants will be reopened as well, including our neighbors Blanchard’s and the Beach Shack.
WELCOME BACK IN PARADISE!
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– Your upbeat Carimar Team
Please help support the needs of our incredible staff so they can get back on their feet. Thank you!