Luxury resort and residential community, Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda is expanding.
Manager of Oil Nut Bay Construction Company, Brendan O’ Reilly told BVI News on Wednesday that operators of the resort are increasing the number of villas available.
The resort is said to have 88 villas spread across 300 acres.
“We plan to start three new villas this year and next year we have a series of villas already in the schedule to commence,” he said.
“We are trying to keep momentum and trying to generate sales and rentals as best we can. I think everyone would agree that it is a pretty uncertain market right now with tourism being affected in one way or the other. But having properties come back online and amenities throughout the BVI is going to assist in bringing that tourism back to the BVI again.”
Like the rest of the territory, O’Rilley said every villa sustained some level of damage during the hurricanes last year.
Their signature landscaping was also completely wiped out, he said. While unable to disclose the cost of repairs to the hurricane-damaged resort, O’Rilley said Oil Nut Bay lost millions.
“Since the storm, we have rebuilt all the resort’s core buildings and we have now replaced a lot of landscaping. Our arrival dock was really the statement to the property and we lost the building out on the dock but we have since rebuilt it and so the entrance of the property looks like how it did pre-Irma, which was our intention,” he said.
O’Rilley said about four villas are still under construction and his company is aiming for an end-of-September completion date.
“We are well underway with repairs of damaged properties at this point and we are hopeful that we are going to be fully repaired for the start of next season in November. We are also looking forward to having a busy season,” he said.
The construction manager said the resort reopened in December 2017 and since then, locals have been noticeably patronizing the facility.
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