The Best Tropical Resorts Back in Business After the Hurricanes

After the 2017 hurricanes, these tropical honeymoon resorts are open again.
by Maria Bouselli
Secret Bay Dominca, West Indies
Courtesy of Secret Bay

While these destinations and their resorts were all affected by the 2017 hurricanes, they're now coming back stronger and more gorgeous than ever—and they're perfect for a romantic trip for two or your destination "I dos." Here are four dreamy spots to have on your radar.

  1. ​Secret Bay, Dominica, West Indies

    What to Know:  Though it sustained significant damage during the hurricanes, Secret Bay (pictured above) is set to reopen in November and will feature brand-new amenities, like a restaurant and wellness center, as well as updated accommodations—including six free-standing villas, each with a private plunge pool. And if you’re looking for a lush backdrop for an intimate wedding, exchange vows on one of its secluded beaches, private decks or breathtaking cliff tops.

    Must-Dos: Get in touch with your wild side and go for a nature hike on the Waitukubuli National Trail, or sign up for a night snorkeling to see nocturnal water life in action. At sunset, head to the on-site restaurant for locally sourced dishes and amazing views.

  2. Le Sereno St. Barth’s

    What to know: After a total property rebuild following Hurricane Irma, Le Sereno St. Barth’s reopened in December 2018—complete with brand-new amenities, including a restaurant and spa. The 39-room hotel now offers two family suites with their own private pools, which you and your wedding party (or just you and your spouse) can take advantage of pre- or post-nuptials.

    Must-dos: Restaurant Le Sereno is right on the beach, allowing guests to enjoy views of the ocean as they sip on craft cocktails and feast on Mediterranean dishes (get the lobster linguine). Its spa boasts the island’s only beachfront treatment room, where you can relax with a deep tissue massage or facial. The crystal-clear natural marine reserve located near the hotel is only three feet deep, making it perfect to spot large sea turtles and stingrays.

  3. Necker Island

    What to know: Did you know you can honeymoon on Richard Branson’s own private island? Well, you can! And it’s now reopen for guests following the devastation from Hurricane Irma. On select weekends throughout the year, the property offers Celebration Weeks, when guests can book individual rooms instead of renting out the entire property. The Great House, which has 11 guest rooms, is open for stays, as well as an additional Balinese-style house, Leha Lo, which sleeps two. Each room has a balcony and a king-size bed—and if you book the Master Suite, you’ll be treated to a private outdoor Jacuzzi and sundeck. But if you're really looking to splurge for island "I dos," you can rent out the entire property for a celebration your friends and family will never forget. 

    Must-dos: If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at kitesurfing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding or snorkeling. There are also tennis courts on property, and yoga classes or a “beach olympics” can be arranged. You can also relax by the infinity pool with a drink (all food and drinks are included in your stay) or take a dip in the hot tub located on the beach.

  4. Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

    What to know: The all-inclusive, adults-only resort in St. Maarten reopened in mid-December 2018. Sonesta Ocean Point Resort features 130 suites, some of which include access to their own swim-out, semi-private pool—as well as butler service. There are two other pools accessible for all guests, including a man-made beach pool. There are several spots to say “I do” here too, including its wedding gazebo, which overlooks the beautiful Maho Bay.

    Must-dos: At Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, it’s all about relaxation. Sunbathe next to the Edge Pool, take a catamaran cruise to Creole Rock natural reserve, or indulge in its guava berry and sugar body scrub at Serenity Spa. On Sundays, head to brunch at Azul for bottomless mimosas, prosecco or Bloody Marys, and for a romantic dinner, don’t miss alfresco restaurant Candlelit Island Grill, serving up Caribbean favorites.

  5. Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Anguilla

    What to Know: After suffering from cosmetic damage, the Four Seasons—the largest employer on Anguilla—reopened in March with an island and resort blessing ceremony. Located on Barnes and Meads bays, the resort has 70 guest rooms, 50 suites (including its ocean view studio rooftop suite) and 24 villas, which are perfect for getting ready with your nearest and dearest before your ceremony on the terrace.

    Must-Dos: Visit the resort’s Sea Centre to set up a prime spot on the beach—umbrella included—or sign up for kitesurfing and standup paddleboarding. For some postwedding relaxation, indulge in a couple’s treatment at the spa.

  6. Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, Puerto Rico

    What to Know: The Hilton resort located in Ponce reopened last December after undergoing more than $3 million in renovations, which included its rooms, lobby, fitness center and banquet areas. The hotel offers a variety of outdoor and indoor spaces perfect for destination affairs (and include a one-night stay for the newlyweds). 

    Must-Dos: Up for some friendly competition? Grab your clubs and head to the 27-hole golf course. Afterward, cool off with a dip in the updated pool, or enjoy the surf on its beach. End the night putting some cash on black in the casino. 

  7. Hawks Cay Resort, Key West, Florida

    What to Know: Hawks Cay Resort, set to open by the end of this summer, took the significant hurricane damage as an opportunity to redesign its 177 guest rooms and lobby, and introduce a new fine-dining experience. Its wedding venues have also been refreshed. If you want a luxe-beach vibe, you can celebrate in its elegant ballroom overlooking the ocean (no plan B needed).

    Must-Dos: Check out the brand-new, adults-only Oasis Cay and lounge next to the Tranquility Pool while you get your drink on at its bar with views of the Atlantic. Plus, the resort arrange an intimate dinner for two poolside or on the beach—yes, please. 

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