Caribbean hotel closings continue to mount

With borders, airports, seaports and many large resortsclosed throughout the Caribbean region, more properties have announced closures through May and beyond.

The 420-room Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and the 130-suite Sonesta Ocean Point in St. Maarten are closed until June 2.

Guests holding current bookings can reschedule with no cancellation penalty or change fee as long as notification is given at least 48 hours before scheduled check-in date. Those who do not cancel but postpone their travel until a later date will earn a $50 per room, per night resort credit, which can be used on property toward a spa treatment, tour, selection of wines and more.

Elsewhere on the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, travel restrictions at the border have been tightened and all nonessential travel from either side of the island is banned.

An islandwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. is in effect, and all airports, ferries and seaports are closed as well.
In Antigua, Curtain Bluff closed its doors in late March for the first time in its 58-year history and will reopen on Oct. 24, following its already planned annual summer closure for refurbishing.

“It is a very sad time indeed. However, we are strong and will survive this pandemic and the economic crisis that  comes with it. We are confident that we will ride out these current events,” the resort said in a statement.

In Jamaica, the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is closed through May, “although we reserve the option to adjust our plans,” according to Kevin Henrickson, its managing director.

Resorts World Bimini is closed and will “update our website when there is clarity as to the appropriate time to welcome back our guests,” according to a statement from the resort.

Several hotels, resorts, villas and other accommodations  in the U.S. Virgin Islands are closed to leisure guests but have opted to keep their doors open to essential personnel, including government workers, relief workers, business travelers and airline associates. These include five properties on St. Thomas, one on St. John and 14 on St. Croix, according to a statement from the U.S.V.I. Hotel & Tourism Association and the St. Croix Hotel & Tourism Association.

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