Hurricane Dorian left a great deal of devastation in the northwest Bahamas. It’s important to note, however, that of the hundreds of islands in the Bahamas, the vast majority made it through unscathed. The major resort areas, which are vital to the economy of the Bahamas and thus the recovery efforts, are open for business and encouraging travelers to visit the beautiful islands.
Grand Bahama and the Abacos islands have suffered greatly, and one of the best ways we as individuals can help is by supporting the businesses of the Bahamas. If that means enjoying a fantastic beach vacation full of unique experiences, all the better.
Of the nine Virtuoso-preferred properties in the Bahamas, none suffered major damage. Coral Sands on Harbour Island south of the Abacos suffered some landscaping damage and plans to reopen at the beginning of November as originally scheduled after its regular seasonal closure. The Cove Eleuthera reported minimal damage and plans to open next month after its regular seasonal closure.
Farther south, on New Providence and Paradise islands, The Ocean Club, Rosewood Baha Mar, Albany, and the Reef and Cove at Atlantis are open for business, as are Tiamo on South Andros and Musha Cay even farther south of Dorian’s path. The resorts are playing their part in assisting recovery efforts, accepting donations on their websites and participating in job placement programs for those whose lives have been turned upside-down and homes have been left uninhabitable.
Those of us who have visited the Bahamas brought home fond memories of great times, great beaches and great people. Let’s do what we can to help those people in their time of need by keeping badly needed money flowing into the economy. Your generosity will not go unrewarded.