ST MARTIN | ST MAARTEN after HURRICANE IRMA: Update December 2018!


This was super fun seeing Orient Bay. Bikini beach bar is open and looks gorgeous and Kakao beach bar was about to open while I was there they were in the process of it. Some of the rules have changed at Orient Beach when it comes to building things on their on the beach so they have to build further back from the water which is really nice because of it makes this very long wide beach which looks absolutely beautiful and once they get rid of the seaweed, which they will, this is going to be a phenomenal beach. I mean it was before, but it’s going to be even better. The restaurants have to build in a way that is more sustainable to a hurricane or bad weather so the kitchens are built very sturdy in stone and then the rest of the restaurant has to be built in a way that it can be taken down quickly and this has allowed for some really interesting designs. I’m excited to see what goes on next at Orient Beach.

Kakao Beach Bar being re-built

I do have some sad information. Club Orient, the nude beach is closed. They tried to reopen after the hurricane and they did reopen, but it just became too much to be able to continue on. So for the time being club orient is closed. I know that was loved by many I’m sad to reveal that information but I have a feeling something like it is going to be put in its place. so we’ll see. If you have any more information about that I’d love to hear about it. Next, I’m gonna make my way down to Oyster Pond and Guana Bay.


  1. Phil,
    Thank you so much, merci beaucoup for this happy, inspirational update!!
    I love St Martin : it’s a second or maybe first home to me. I was devastated for so long but this update has brought tears of joy to me. Tell me, what about it makes you so interested in it? Your Ariel’s are amazing! You mentioned my favorite beaches: Orient beach and Baie Rouge. I am ambivalent about the restaurant and chairs missing. I loved happy hour on Baie Rouge! I’ve also never been to Happy baie so will check it out next time. My Dawn beach in Oyster pond appears to be closed with no sign of life on the web. Are there places to stay on Orient beach?
    Sooooo after your video, I think I’ll return soon. Again thanks so much for the update!!!


    1. Hello Sheree! Thank you so much for commenting. I always love to hear about how much people love the island. It really is a special place. I’m so happy you enjoyed my update. I wanted to provide people with real information about how the rebuilding process is coming along. I first started going to the island 4 years ago. I do work for clients there and found myself going twice a year for weeks at a time. It really started to feel like a second home. Orient Beach has a few places to stay nearby and there are many private villas as well that are available. I’m so happy to hear my video has inspired you to make a return trip soon! That is all I wanted from this! Thanks again for watching and readying!


      1. I used to go for 3 weeks at a time. I’ve stayed all over the island. Each side has its beautiful, seductive aspects.Right?
        Did you get the aerial shots with a drone? Phil, you’re so lucky to work for people there!!!
        I had this dream to live there, but I am afraid of the hurricanes ! Its’ interesting that the new Orient Beach bars are being built so that they can be taken down quickly. Great thinking!!!


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