Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and is now heading to the US, with the authorities being enormously worried. Just a few days ago the Baha Mar integrated resort ordered its guests to ‘evacuate’ the premises this week. At the same time, the Bahamas were about to be braced for Hurricane Irma’s arrival. On Thursday night the great resort shut down its operations, as Irma’s path brought its Category 4 fury to the southeastern portion of the Bahamas.
It was just two days earlier than the shutdown that Baha Mar’s Grand Hyatt Hotel informed customers they should evacuate the hotel. They told the guests that they should go either to a shelter or evacuate the island. Baha Mar senior VP of government spoke to the local press. He stated that the property had arranged early departure for “almost 100%” of its guests before the Lynden Pindling Airport was slated to close that night. There were many people though who saw the evacuation with a great skepticism. And that is because many of the Bahamas’ other resorts are traditionally viewed by local residents as the best places to be safe from inclement weather. And on the top of that, guests at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort were under no such evacuation order.
From their perspective, Baha Mar’s Sands insisted that there was nothing to worry about the decision to shut down. They admitted though that they were all afraid. Of course, they did not want to take any risk. After all, Irma is being described as possibly the most powerful storm the Atlantic Ocean has ever produced. They also noted and that the hotel’s primary concern has to be the safety of its guests.
Of course, to be fair, Baha Mar was not the only resort to be shut down. Also, the Sandals chain’s Royal Bahamian and Emerald Bay resorts were forced to close their doors ahead of Irma’s arrival.