The Summit Resort Hotel
In the early morning hours of September 6, 2017, the Summit Resort Hotel was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane bearing sustained winds of 185 miles per hour with gusts of over 200mph. Irma flattened some of the Summit's buildings entirely, blew the second floor off many others, wiped away the pool deck and destroyed the restaurant and bar as well. A few images appear below.
Fortunately, all of our employees have been accounted for and all are safe. Unfortunately, some are now homeless as their homes were destroyed in Hurricane Irma as well. Others sustained significant damage to their homes and loss of property. We have started a fund to support the Summit staff and to help them recover from the terrible tragedy they suffered. To give to this fund, please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser:
The Summit opened for business in 1973 as one of the earliest hotels on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten. Over the years we became known for delivering a warm, friendly and welcoming environment to guests. Our staff treated guests like family which led many guests to return year after year, many for over 30 years, to what they referred to as their "home away from home" in St Maarten.
In recent years, the Summit garnered rave reviews on TripAdvisor, winning the Certificate of Excellence Award seven years in a row, being inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and, this year, winning TripAdvisor's most coveted honor, the Travelers' Choice Award, an award bestowed on only the top 1% of all hotels worldwide.
Currently, there is no running water or electricity on St Maarten, internet service is down, cell phone service is spotty at best, Dutch marines are manning checkpoints to prevent looting and a curfew is in effect. It will likely be several weeks, if not longer, before we are able to assess the damage to the Summit and make any determinations about next steps. In the meantime, all reservations are cancelled.
For updates to the Summit's status please continue to check back here or to check our Facebook page at Facebook.com/TheSummitResortHotel