The latest addition to The Reef is not terrifically subtle (and that is an understatement!). As many of our owners and frequent guests are very much aware, Hurricane Ivan devastated Cayman in September 2004.
After Ivan, The Reef was forced to close due to over $7m of hurricane damage to the resort, but was the first resort to re-open (in January 2005). We would have been in a position to open even earlier if we had not had to wait for power until December 2004.
We therefore decided that we wouldn’t rely on a series of small generators in case of future disasters or prolonged power outages of any kind, but instead would get a big (umm… that picture is a 40 foot container !) generator with oodles of power capacity.
It took us a while to source this enormous/gigantic (please comment with your choice of the ideal adjective!) generator, but we recently built up some concrete stands and installed the generator.
Now, this is not exactly the most attractive thing in the world, but it is a major and positive addition !
Our resort manager, Mr. Lawrence Haughton, and his team of “green thumbed” gardeners will be coming up with a way to surround the generator and let plants grown around it to screen it, then the only time anyone will know it is there will be in the event that we have a prolonged power outage where it will be fired up….it does have a lot of sound deadening, but it won’t be silent by any means !