St. Martin has been going through a huge transformation these past two years since Hurricane Irma. The island has had to redesign itself and fight back. While many people think it’s not happening fast enough, I believe they need to realize if recovery happens fast, it probably isn’t done right. I’m so impressed with how far the island has come in two years even though I too, would like to see it done faster. But ultimately, I want it done right.
This photo I took with the Samsung Gear 360 is of me standing in a brand new villa that has been completely built with hurricanes in mind. I’m so impressed with the attention to detail and the level of strength this villa was built with. The hurricane shutters have a new strength like we’ve never seen, while also still being sleek and hidden to not ruin the aesthetic of the house. The villa has safe rooms, ultimate strength tie-downs and is built with a powerful material that is also sleek and sexy. You won’t know how strong this villa is by its looks, which gives it the perfect mix of safe and stunning.
The villa features its own water filtration system allowing you to even drink from the tap. It also creates it’s own water so you don’t even need to buy bottles of water while you’re staying here. And additionally, it can even convert seawater to freshwater to be able to water the giant lawn in front of the villa. I got a tour of the water room and it was mind-blowing.
This is just one example of someone who has chosen to rebuild and support this beautiful island but also respected the possibility that bad things can happen. The owner learned from the devastation and chose to fight it. I’d love to see more of this coming from St. Martin and look forward to seeing people follow suit.
I love this island and the people who choose to live and visit here. So far, I like what I am seeing and if it takes a little bit longer than expected, I’m okay with that as long as it’s done right.