Date: May 2018
Location: St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Name: Bolongo Bay Beach Resort – reopen June 1st 2018
No. of Keys: 74 (when fully re-open)
Owner: The Doumeng family. The legendary family-owned property is a full-fledged St Thomas institution, from its famous Iggies Beach Bar to its weekly Snorkel Booze Hunt, which lets guests grab snorkel gear and search for bottles of rum hidden under the sea.
It’s also the top all-inclusive option in the US Virgin Islands, with a program that includes everything from dining a la carte to premium spirits.
What Happened: Hurricane Irma!
It’s another important milestone for the tourism industry in the destination, which has seen recoveries across the islands, from the renaissance of Frederiksted (and its new hotel, The Fred), to the quick rebound of Christiansted and its booming restaurant scene.
Right now, they are renting rooms but with limited services until June 1.
Rooms have A/C but no TV service…no loss then!
Recovery. The Islands are recovering, the trees are green again, beaches are open for swimming, road repairs are done and power is restored everywhere, Cruise Ships are back visiting, and while many of the hotels are still closed for rebuilding, we will recover.
We hope to be able to welcome you to beautiful St. Thomas and Bolongo Bay this summer, but ask that you come with an open mind as there will still be signs of what we have gone through and work being done around the island and our resort. The original Iggies Beach Bar & Grill down on the beach will remain closed and the beach surrounding Iggies will be closed off until it is rebuilt.
St John, too, has seen a number of properties reopen including the Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel and Gallows Point, among others.
That’s been accompanied by what has been a surge in new airlift, highlighted by a big expansion to the territory by Spirit.
THPT Comment: We feel for all those hotels that were devastsated by the hurricanes and other major climatic issues around the world, so glad to see them back on their feet…
The owners said: On behalf of our entire staff and family, thank you to everyone who contributed to our Employee Hurricane Relief Fund. On top of this GoFundMe campaign, we experienced your generosity in the form of mailed checks, fundraisers at home, and even future guests donating their deposits.
It tremendously helped many through hard times. You raised over $55,000. Bolongo also made a donation that matched our initial pledge goal of $25,000 – all of which was given to our employees.
First Seen: Caribbean Journal