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Fifth update, published September 20, 12:40 pm, CST.

Dear Members,

As you are all now aware, St. Maarten suffered catastrophic damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. Practically every building on the island was damaged in some way, and power and water still only function sporadically. Other government functions have also been severely impacted by the storm. The military has taken over some police functions and a curfew has been imposed.

Even though we continue to assess the damage at Simpson Bay Resort and work to repair and reopen the resort, because of the extensive damage to the island's infrastructure, we do not believe that the island or the resort will be ready to receive tourists for at least six months. Therefore, members with fixed weeks during this period have the following choices:

First, a member may bank their week for use when the resort reopens for tourism. Members who choose to bank their week will be able to book after the resort reopens for any week except for the high season weeks of Week 51 - Week 16.

Second, our members or Royal Resorts Caribbean Club members who are also members of Interval International can exchange their weeks for vacations at other resorts in the Interval International network. Normally, an exchange requires that the member's home resort have a week to provide to Interval International in exchange for the week Interval International provides at another resort; however, we are happy to report that we have negotiated with Interval International to have this requirement waived at the present time. Our members will therefore have the ability to exchange despite the fact that it will be some time before our resort is able to reopen for tourism and provide weeks to Interval International in return for the exchanges our members receive. Exchanges and use of RRCC points at other resorts shall be subject to all terms and conditions of Interval International's exchange program.

Third, our members who are not members of Interval International and who have not previously been members of Interval International in the past can join for two years at a special rate of $89.00. This represents a substantial discount from the normal enrollment fee, and will allow the member to exchange as described above.

Note that members who wish to exchange must be up-to-date on all fees due to the resort prior to exchanging.

We are committed to doing our part to help restore our St. Maarten home. In the meantime, however, we want our members to be able to enjoy their scheduled vacations. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Reservations Center at 1-888-721-4407.

Sincerely,

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina.

We'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the incredible staff of Simpson Bay Resort & Marina that took care of the guests during this crisis. They performed at the highest level and are an amazing crew that we're honored to have. As you might have seen in videos, the storm devastated the island and many of them have lost everything, including their homes. We stand beside them at this time, helping them to reorganize. For those of you that wish to help these efforts of rebuilding for the employees, we've established a Simpson Bay Resort & Marina Hurricane Relief Fund that you may find here:
www.simpsonbayresort.com/hurricane-donations.html.

Please visit this page often as we will be updating the information.



Fourth update, published September 12, 2:52 pm, CST.

Dear Members and Guests,

We are very happy to report that yesterday we were able to complete the evacuation of all of our Simpson Bay Resort guests off the island of St. Maarten. It gave us great joy to wish the last 8 foreigners "safe travels home".

Having finalized the first phase of getting everyone safely on their way home, we now put our focus on phase two, taking care of our beloved employees that are still on the island. We are also simultaneously working on cleaning the resort, making an assessment of the damages and forming a plan of action. We will keep you informed of the progress and let you know the details of that plan as it develops.

We'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the incredible staff of Simpson Bay Resort & Marina that took care of the guests during this crisis. They performed at the highest level and are an amazing crew that we're honored to have. As you might have seen in videos, the storm devastated the island and many of them have lost everything, including their homes. We stand beside them at this time, helping them to reorganize. For those of you that wish to help these efforts of rebuilding for the employees, we've established a Simpson Bay Resort & Marina Hurricane Relief Fund that you may find here:
www.simpsonbayresort.com/hurricane-donations.html.

It may be a month or longer until the island can accommodate visitors. Please check your reservation, and if you wish to reschedule please call 1-888-721-4407

Please visit this page often as we will be updating the information.



Third update, published September 10, 3:40 pm, CST.

Dear Members and Guests,

Yesterday, Saturday, Sept 9th, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina was able to evacuate the majority of our guests by American military transports to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We also assisted with several other tourists from various resorts, as we welcomed them through our doors and became a hub for information and coordination.

Today, our team is continuing to organize the logistics to assist in getting the remaining to safety. This has been an effort between our team in direct communication with the State Department of the US, Senator Marco Rubio's office, the Ministry of Defence of the Dutch Government, the Air Traffic Control tower in Curacao, the Minister of Tourism of St. Maarten, and countless others that helped coordinate this effort with us. We thank them all for their prompt response and execution of the plan.

Thanks for your continued thoughts, prayers, and support. They are very appreciated.

It may be a month or longer until the island can accommodate visitors. Please check your reservation, and if you wish to reschedule please call 1-888-721-4407

Please visit this page often as we will be updating the information.




Second update, published September 7, 3:40 pm, CST.

Dear Owners and Guests,

After the impact of hurricane Irma on Wednesday, September 06, 2017, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina and the island of St. Maarten are facing the following serious challenges:

There is no Electricity
There is no Water
The airport is closed
The Dutch military has arrived to assist with the restoration of the damaged infrastructure, but it is unknown how long it will take them to assess the damage and make the island safe for travelers.

Our professional team is taking action right now, working to assess the full extent of the damage at the resort so we can formulate a plan going forward. Right now, our top priority is ensuring everyone's safety. We will continue working tirelessly for our present and future members and guests, and will update you as we receive new information.

It may be a month or longer until the island can accommodate visitors. Please check your reservation, and if you wish to reschedule please call 1-888-721-4407

Please visit this page often as we will be updating the information.



First update, published September 6, 11:37 am, CST.

After the impact of Hurricane Irma early this Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017. Simpson Bay Resort & Marina remains strong. All people, including guests and crew are safe and there were no reports of major injuries. Only material damage was caused.

Please visit this page often as we will be updating the information.

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