During hurricanes Irma and Maria and the wildfires in Napa Valley and Sonoma…
It seemed that the devastation was insurmountable. In the aftermath, many travelers were forced to cancel their reservations. However, many places fared better than expected. Some impacted destinations recovered quickly, with minimal or no damage to hotels and tourist attractions. Yet, in other destinations, the recovery process will be long and arduous, especially for larger resort properties and outlying areas. With the recent disasters behind them, these beautiful destinations are resilient and properties across California, Florida and the Caribbean are open for business and ready to warmly welcome you back.
St. Helena, California. This beautiful 68-room luxury resort in St. Helena features lovely Napa Valley vineyards in the backdrop. While the property was closed during the fires, its acclaimed restaurant by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino, Acacia House, remained open to serve first responders and neighbors who had lost their homes. Today, the property is eager to host visitors and entices travelers to extend their stay with unique amenities such as rooms outfitted with spacious terraces, outdoor fire pits and soaking tubs, along with a lavish spa highlighting holistic treatments. Explore this legendary wine region, which only lost one winery during the fires and had already harvested 90 percent of the season’s fruit.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. A modern boutique property, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is located on beautiful Grace Bay Beach. The sleek design of this hotel resembles Florida’s South Beach, with its minimalist yet trendy décor and stunning 7,000-square-foot infinity pool. As with many properties on Providenciales, the hotel sustained minimal damage during the hurricanes and reopened in October. Ramon Andrews, director of the Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board, says just two resorts remain closed, with Beaches reopening in mid-December and Club Med scheduled to open at the end of January.
Carlisle Bay, Antigua. This elegant and modern luxury resort located on Antigua’s south coast is set against a lush green rain forest, mountains and pristine white beaches, making it one of the most picturesque resorts on the island. With little damage to Antigua, Carlisle Bay opened on time in October after its annual closure. The property boasts 82 contemporary suites with ocean views and private terraces. Take time to recharge at Blue Spa or take a private class at the Yoga Pavilion. What’s more, four dining venues offer selections from casual beach fare to one of the best Asian restaurants on the island. And there are 15 others resorts that are re-opening as well, hope they are some of your favorites.
Article credit: U.S. News & World Report – Travel
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