Everyone on the Peter Island team is deeply touched and grateful for our friends' compassion and generosity during this difficult time following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Thankfully, all of our 217 Peter Island team members who weathered the storms are safe and sound. We are now going through the process of assessing the damages to the resort from the storms, and will be providing updates about the resort’s recovery and re-opening when there are more details to share. Kindly note that updates will be posted as they become available on Peter Island Resort & Spa’s website and social media channels.

Two friends of Peter Island, Deb Ward and Bill Hennessy, have organized a GoFundMe account to raise funds for Peter Island colleagues and their families who are facing many post-hurricane hardships including the loss of their homes, schools, facilities and supplies. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit Peter Island Staff Relief Fund.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the recent hurricanes that have devastated communities throughout the Caribbean and U.S. We are so thankful to all of you for your kindness and support during this difficult time.

Peter Island History

A few thousand years after giant volcanic eruptions formed the Virgin Islands, Peter Island was home to the rich, the famous and the infamous, from Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake to the pirate Blackbeard and various Dutch, German and Spanish planters and privateers. But it wasn’t until the late 1960s, when Norway's Torlof Smedvig became smitten with the island, that it actually began to gain a reputation as a high-quality tourist resort. With the help of his wife and a team of workers, Torlof added 20 A-frames, a harbor, a marina, a clubhouse, a pool, a lobby bar, a dining room and, finally, guests to the majestic island, thus beginning the modern history of  Peter Island Resort & Spa.

In 1978, an avid sailor purchased Peter Island after sailing past it several years before. He then established the world-class resort that exists today and lived on the island to ensure that every aspect of the resort was perfect and that the island’s beauty and serenity were preserved. His commitment lives on to this day, and his children still oversee every aspect of Peter Island Resort & Spa, preserving both their father’s legacy and the resort’s most important amenity: the pristine natural beauty of the island itself.

All this means Peter Island’s place in history as one of the most vibrant, luxurious and inspiring places on the planet is in good hands.

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