Hurricane Irma tore across St. Barts and wreaked quite a bit of havoc on the tony, five-star-hotel-filled destination. In the main city of Gustavia, shops and restaurants are reopening one by one. However, many top beach resorts—including Hotel Barriere Carl Gustaf and Cheval Blanc Isle de France—remain closed until further notice. The iconic Eden Rock resort, an Oetker Collection property, suffered perhaps the island’s greatest damage with extensive flooding and expects to open its doors again in summer 2018. Le Guanahani is also aiming for a summer reopening.
Set high on a hill above Flamands Beach, Villa Marie St. Barth is in better shape, with plans to reopen its Francois Plantation restaurant in December and its rooms in March. Hotel Le Toiny has a longer road ahead, with plans fully reopen in October 2018 with a handful of new villas. Le Barthélemy is also expected to open in 2018, though the property has yet to announce an official date.
Those who can’t stay away from the island can winter at Le Sereno, which is currently taking reservations. The resort recently revealed three expansive new villas overlooking Grand Cul-de-Sac Bay.