By Alexander Britell
It’s been a big week for Four Seasons in the Caribbean.
Fresh of the announcement of the company’s planned launch in Belize, Four Seasons officially reopened its Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, which had been closed in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The 181-unit Four Seasons, which also includes a significant villa component, is one of the most strikingly designed resorts in the Caribbean, set on 35 acres straddling the island’s Barnes Bay and Meads Bay beaches.
“Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla enjoyed significant popularity with our guests from around the world during our first year of operation. Travellers and and residence owners are eager to return and we’re happy to welcome them back to the beauty of Anguilla,” said Vince Parrotta, Four Seasons President of Hotel Operations in the Americas.
Four Seasons had taken over management of the former Viceroy Anguilla in late 2016.
“We have worked tirelessly and leveraged Starwood Capital Group’s strategic relationships around the world to reopen as soon as possible,” said Roy Shanholz, vice president for hotel asset management for Starwood Capital Group, which owns the property. “I have been here through every step of this process and welcoming guests back and having our employees back to work has been my goal since day one.”
It’s a huge step in Anguilla’s tourism recovery, which has been a slow climb up in the wake of last year’s storm.
Most of the island’s top resorts remain shuttered, with the notable exception of the ultra-luxe Zemi Beach House, which was Anguilla’s first resort to reopen in 2018.
Another top Anguilla hotel, the Belmond Cap Juluca, this week announced plans to reopen in November.
Four Seasons also announced that it was offering a special “fifth night free” promotion to guests to celebrate its relaunch in Anguilla.