A major Caribbean resort is once again taking bookings following last year’s devastating hurricane season. Belmond La Samanna on St. Martin reports that it will begin welcoming guests once again as of December 10 following a top-to-bottom property refresh.
Following a closure due to last year’s hurricanes, the property’s 83 guest rooms and public spaces have received a complete redesign by Muza Lab, London. The new look incorporates pastel blues, greens, pinks and peaches inspired by the natural tones of the Caribbean, with shells and corals, along with botanical prints on fabrics, artworks, lighting and mirrors, serving as accents.
The Baie Longue Bar, Trellis restaurant and main building were all included in the refresh. Dining is also available at the La Cave Wine Cellar, which resort officials say is the largest private wine cellar in the Caribbean, with a fine wine paring experience curated by the head chef. The Beach Bar was also refreshed, with swings, monochrome lounge seating and chandeliers. It serves champagne and cocktails with sunset views.
Belmond is also offering a two-property package with Belmond Cap Juluca on Anguilla, which is also reopening November 17. A five-night stay (three at La Samanna, two at Cap Juluca) for two people during low season, subject to availability, starts from $3,500, including transfers and a $200 credit per resort, excluding taxes and resort fees.
Belmond La Samanna’s reopening is the latest step in the recovery of St. Martin and St. Maarten from last year’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. According to the latest update from the destination’s tourism officials, there were just under 2,000 bookable hotel rooms available across the entire island as of May. In terms of air travel, two-thirds of all carriers that provided flights to and fro the airport have resumed regular service, and American Airlines has increased capacity on its daily flight out of Miami, as well as added a new daily nonstop from Charlotte as of November 4. Eighty-seven percent of all on-island activities are now available.