Morritt’s Grand opening 2 Sept.

The 40-room Grand at Morritt’s Tortuga Club is set to open next Friday with 100 per cent occupancy.

‘It’s been a battle, but the battle has to be won,’ said David Morritt, owner of the East End resort off Queen’s Highway.

Morritt’s Tortuga Club sustained $20 million in damage from Hurricane Ivan when the storm blew through Grand Cayman and damaged 90 per cent of the structures on the island.

The Grand, which was built with concrete, sustained the least amount of damage, which is why it will open first.

Plans are to open the Tortuga Club portion of the resort later in September.

Part of the old Tortuga Club, which was built with wood 16 years ago, had to be razed because the damage from Ivan was so bad.

‘We now have plans to build a five-storey concrete structure with upgraded amenities,’ said Rick Lohr, director of resort operations.

The square footage will remain the same.

Mr. Morritt said his vision is to bring the resort back bigger and better.

‘We’re coming back as a Sandals, a Beaches,’ he said, referring to top destination resorts known for their beauty and detail of pampering to guests.

Mr. Lohr said Morritt’s Tortuga Club will not only come back bigger and better, but has a roadmap for future growth and improvements.

There are 10,000 owners at Morritt’s, but there is room for more, Mr. Lohr said.

Those who return to the Grand and eventually to Tortuga will see an improved layout of the restaurant, faster check-in service and an improved telephone system.

Units at Morrit’s sell for $10,000 to $35,000 and contracts are for 99 years.

Mr. Morritt said he’s happy to be able to re-open the resort almost a year after Ivan hit.

‘I’m looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of my friends,’ he said.

For more about Morritt’s Tortuga Club and its efforts to recover following Hurricane Ivan, read the September edition of the Journal.