Melia Hotels Cuba reports that while a dozen of its resorts in Cuba are closed for renovations due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the rest of its properties in the destination were unaffected.
The company says it’s business as usual at 15 resorts in Havana, Varadero, Cayo del Largo, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba, while 12 hotels in Cayo Santa Maria and Jardines del Rey will be repaired “in time for high season.” The Paradisus Varadero and Melia Peninsula Varadero were closed for renovations before Irma hit and will re-open on schedule by Nov. 30.
Gina Mallamo of Melia Hotels International’s Cuba division told CT Magazine: “Luckily, only a couple of neighborhoods in Havana were flooded. What we saw mainly on the news was the area facing the Malecon where the tide came in…”
She adds, “Our hotels in Holguin and Cayo Largo never evacuated nor closed and are also 100 per cent operational. Honestly, in those destinations, you really can’t tell that Irma passed nearby.”
As for other areas, she says, “The government has confirmed Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria will be re-open for high season. We see a lot of hard work presently. For example, many hotels in Cayo Coco are almost done with the clean up and there are hundreds of workers in various hotels already repairing and rebuilding.”
Melia counts Paradisus, Sol and Tryp hotels amongst its brands.
Eight of Melia's 10 hotels in Varadero are open after Hurricane Irma.