Anguilla hurricane recovery update
We check out what’s what on the progress of the Anguilla hurricane recovery programme, as at 15 February 2018
Information supplied by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Article written by Travel Writer & Editor Linda Jackson
Anguilla hurricane recovery update (as at 15 February 2018)
It’s surprising how quickly the Caribbean islands recover after receiving a blow from a hurricane. But the 2017 hurricane season, specifically hurricanes Irma and Maria, really hit some of the countries hard, Anguilla was one of them. We’ve been checking up on the Anguilla hurricane recovery progress, so here is a brief update of what’s what.
First and foremost, both water and electricity services have been completely restored.
Anguilla hurricane recovery report on airports and ferries
The small airport on Anguilla, which operates daily flights to and from St Maarten (just a very short hop away, but also hit hard by the hurricane), is open – as is the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport on St Maarten (currently only operating during daylight hours).
Anguilla Air Services, Air Sunshine, Trans Anguilla Airways, private jets and charter flights are operating services to several islands. The ferry is operating from Anguilla to its neighbour, to both French St Martin and Dutch St Maarten, although the terminal in Anguilla (at Blowing Point) has been demolished and a new construction is due to start within the next few months.
The Anguilla hurricane recovery programme includes significant improvements to both airport and sea port facilities – long overdue improvements which will undoubtedly enhance arrival and departure procedures for visitors once completed.
Anguilla hurricane recovery of hotels, restaurants, attractions
As at 15 February 2018, there are a number of foodie establishments open, around 70, with a further 20 restaurants scheduled to re-open before the autumn. There are more than 20 Anguilla attractions now operating – including a variety of water sports, the tennis academy and the golf course – and many attractions that are closed at the moment will shortly be announcing re-opening dates.
As for Anguilla hotels, there is a brand new luxury, nine-suite hotel which opened on 1 January 2018. It’s the Quintessence Boutique hotel, located in Long Bay. Scheduled to open during February is Zemi Beach House, then the Four Seasons Resort and Residences towards the end of March, followed by The Reef by CuisinArt at the beginning of April. Malliouhana, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and the Belmond Cap Juluca are scheduled to open in November 2018.
[Published 18 February 2018]
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