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Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas: A history with hurricanes

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Extremely dangerous winds from Hurricane Irma pounded the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, damaging the roof of the famous luxury Ritz Carlton.

The resort’s website states: The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is currently closed due to Hurricane Irma.

Spread across 30 acres of oceanfront, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas – when operating – offers a luxury resort experience amid breathtaking natural beauty. It is a favorite among tourists, but now, it is anyone’s guess when the hotel will be able to re-open.

Interestingly, the beach resort opened its doors as a Ritz-Carlton hotel—the first in the Caribbean—in 1996, following Hurricane Marilyn, which had a forceful and halting impact on the island’s economy when it caused widespread sustained closures and outages.

Since its opening, the resort has undergone numerous renovations, added guest rooms, received abundant accolades, and most recently acquired new ownership, all while helping to forge indelible memories of the Virgin Islands-and creating Ritz-Carlton guests for life in the process.

Looking out over white sand, lush greenery and azure water, the hotel blends traditional architecture with modern comforts including four restaurants, a luxury spa, a private catamaran, indoor and outdoor event space, an infinity-edge pool and accommodations with balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

After the damaging effects of the hurricane, the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas website asks tourists who need assistance with reservations, to please contact (800) 228-9290.

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Editor in chief is Linda Hohnholz.