Five Caribbean Hotels Reopening in Time for Holiday Getaways
by Jessica Montevago
The Caribbean remains one of the largely accessible travel destinations for North Americans, and has been popular choice for those looking to safely enjoy a vacation. As more islands have opened their borders once again to international travellers, resorts across the region have announced reopening plans.
Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla, reopening Nov. 1
Belmond Cap Juluca. Photo: Belmond
Along with the enhanced requirements issued by the Anguillan Health Authorities and Government, the opening will also come new flexible booking policies, enhanced safety protocols, and a schedule of daily on-property experiences. Upon arrival at the property, visitors to Anguilla are required to remain within the grounds for the length of their stay or for a maximum period of 10 to 14 days. After this mandatory period and a final PCR test, guests will be able to explore Anguilla, which has not reported a new Covid-19 case since April. Some new enhanced protocols include 24 hour in-room dining and take-out from favorite Anguillan restaurants; private chef and bartender available for in-room dining or candlelit dinners in the sand; and newly-designed by-appointment-only fitness center and classes.
Belmond La Samanna, St. Martin, reopening Dec. 1
Belmond La Samanna. Photo: Belmond
Pending island regulations, the resort will begin welcoming guests back on the first of December. Belmond La Samanna offers guests private experiences from day to night, including beach picnics, candlelit dinners in La Cave wine cellar (the largest private cellar in the Caribbean), one-on-one art classes, and sunset sails across the Caribbean Sea. A new experience launching in April 2021 is a private turtle conservation experience where guests can watch baby turtles hatch and make their way out to sea.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, reopening Nov. 1
Four Seasons Nevis. Photo: Four Seasons
The recently reimagined resort on the western coast of the Caribbean island of Nevis, sister island to St. Kitts, boasts 350 acres of exclusivity and newly designed guest rooms and suites as well as more than 50 private vacation rental homes. As part of Four Season’s Lead With Care program, there will be through employee training, additional food handling protocols, and enhancements to ventilation systems and other back-of-the-house operations, as well as commonplace measures such as more sanitizers and masks.
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, St. Lucia, reopened Oct. 1
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina. Photo: Marigot Bay
Marigot Bay reopened earlier this month with a new collection of 57 one, two, three-bedroom and penthouse private residences, featuring up to 3,200 square feet of living space. With the newly launched Marigot Moment Maestros, offering the full services of a Concierge, Personal Assistant and Butler, guests can discover an entirely elevated island experience feeling secure and at ease from arrival to departure. To facilitate social distancing, there’s several open-air dining options, while enhanced cleaning techniques are used to clean guest rooms and public areas.
Rosewood Baha Mar, Bahamas, reopening Nov. 22
Rosewood Baha Mar. Photo: Rosewood
The Bahamian luxury hotel on the powder-white sands of Nassau’s Cable Beach pushed back its reopening by a month “out of an abundance of caution, and to allow for long-term stability.” Once open, heightened hygiene protocols will include non-contact temperature checks upon arrival, increased cleaning and disinfecting of common touch points such as lobby areas and elevators, and the regular cleaning of all air filters and air-conditioning systems. Rosewood Baha Mar will also offer services including several contactless in-room dining options, housekeeping offerings tailored to guests' needs and comfort, and care kits including disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer.
Hero image: Four Seasons Nevis is set to reopen on Nov. 1. Photo: Four Seasons