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Necker Island to reopen late next year

PICTURED: Richard Branson on Necker Island, post-Hurricane Irma

AFTER BEING one of the Caribbean islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma in September, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury island resort on Necker Island will welcome back its first guests in October 2018.

According to Caribbean 360, it will be a partial reopening, however, with further accommodation scheduled to be available in 2019.

Work has already started on restoring the Great House on the 74-acre island, just off the coast of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin islands, following the destruction caused when Irma raged over the island as a Category 5 hurricane with winds of more than 157 miles per hour.

“Guests can look forward to white sandy beaches, luxurious accommodations, water sports and top-class food in one of the most beautiful regions of the world,” Sir Richard’s Virgin Group said in a statement announcing the planned reopening.

After Hurricane Irma, the Virgin Group chairman had reported – and shown in photos on social media –that most of the buildings and vegetation on the island had been destroyed or badly damaged.

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