Mexico Orient Express to reopen

Orient-Express Hotels expects to reopen its Yucatan Peninsula property – Maroma Resort and Spa – in January 2006, following the onslaught of Hurricane Wilma. The hotel’s hurricane recovery team has completed an initial inspection of the resort and while there was damage to the landscape, beach palapas, outdoor dining terrace and three beachside villas, only 14 of the 64 rooms were damaged. “Given the duration and intensity of the storm, the Riviera Maya was fortunate to experience less damage than Cancun,” said Orient-Express Hotels president Simon Sherwood. “Playa del Carmen, which is less than nine miles away, has power restored and restaurants and shops have re-opened. Maroma’s staff is already back and assisting with the clean-up and we anticipate a phased reopening beginning in January.” Prior to the hurricane, the hotel was scheduled to reopen on 1 November with an expanded restaurant terrace and six new Sian Nah (House of Heaven) Suites, built to satisfy increasing demand for suite accommodation, with overall demand up 20 per cent over last year. The new suites will now open in the first phase in January.

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