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37 Quito’s Inn raises the bar in accommodations For over three years, the shell of the new $7 million Quitos Inn has soared over the small beach community of Cane Garden Bay, promising visitors, when it opened, the kind of high-rise luxury hotel experience not yet found in that area of the island. Owners Quito Rymer and Kimberly West-Rymer had planned to finally throw open the doors in December 2017, but Hurricane Irma stopped them in their tracks. It wasn’t just the physical destruction from the storm, either. Logjams getting needed materials and skilled workers also “pushed us back 18 months,” said Ms. Rymer. This spring, though, it was finally time. The Rymers understand what it means to (re)build. After opening three decades ago with just eight hotel rooms, they added 10 more rooms over the years, all while building the Gazebo’s reputation on live music and vibrant art from Mr. Rymer and a rotating cast of artists. That won’t go away with the new amenities. “We are offering a ‘beach chic’ vibe, with gorgeously furnished rooms, a spa, exercise facilities, a pool and a conference room,” said Ms. Rymer. “All attached to, and supported by the newly reopened Quito’s Gazebo.” The gazebo, levelled for the storm, opened in December, just in time for the 2018 high season. The hotel completes the effect. And while Ms. Rymer acknowledged that the 21-room, multistorey hotel is unlike anything quaint Cane -- known mostly for its calm anchorages and casual beach shacks -- has seen before, she explained that visitors’ demands have grown more sophisticated since Quito’s first opened. “Cane Garden Bay is one of the top tourist destinations in the BVI, and we believe we will be filling a gap in the higher end accommodations for travelers who desire a more polished experience. while still having a ‘toes in the sand, wind in the hair and salty sea’ experience,” said Ms. Rymer. Although the area has recovered exponentially from the leafless, debris-littered landscape residents found after the storm, difficulties remain. Other businesses in the area have been frustrated by insurance woes and the struggle to get proper materials and labour with so many of their neighbours fighting for the same resources. What’s Quitos secret? “Patience,” said Ms. Rymer. However, the drive shouldn’t come from the private sector alone, she said, adding that the government has a role to play “in making sure the Cane Garden Bay area is clean and clear of derelict vehicles, boats and houses. The bay is a beautiful part of Nature’s Little Secrets,” she said, but those power “to make changes and enforcing of laws to continue to improve the quality of life for all of us, visitors and residents alike, in Cane Garden Bay.” And even though the inn may be a large hotel relatively, its DNA comes right out of the soil. “The fact that the hotel is locally owned and built is something we are very proud of,” she said. www.quitosltd.com

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