Popular celebrity hot spot The Eden Rock Hotel - St. Barths has announced on its website that the hotel's slated re-opening date of early October is now postponed due to damage sustained from Hurricane Irma.
"The hurricane Irma has caused serious damage across the small island," according to the statement. "At this stage, it is too early to report the magnitude of the event on the property buildings and facilities."
The good news is no staff or guests were hurt. The property was closed for annual maintenance, so there were no guests in residence.
According to a statement on the hotel’s website, “Communication between St. Barts and the Metropole has not been restored yet. Further updates will follow this release. The scheduled re-opening in early October has now been postponed until further notice.”
As of Thursday morning, Irma was moving west-northwest off the northern coast of Hispaniola, heading for the Turks and Caicos Islands. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center.
According to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), all hurricane warnings have now been discontinued for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten/St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A hurricane watch due to Hurricane Jose is now in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, which has already seen more than 90 percent of its buildings destroyed by Hurricane Irma. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.