Pippa Middleton's in-laws' famous Eden Rock resort, Richard Branson's Necker Island both ruined by Hurricane Irma

Pippa Middleton’s in-laws' luxurious Eden Rock hotel was badly damanged by Hurricane Irma. The St. Barts resort that is owned by David and Jane Matthews has been a favorite celebrity vacation spot frequented by Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks and the Middleton family. 

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hotel-2VIEW GALLERY James Matthews' family property has been left badly damaged by the hurricane Photo: edenrockhotel.com

Photos shared by local graphic designer Kevin Barrallon show the surrounding hotel and beach partly submerged under water, with debris strewn around the property. James Matthews' parents bought the resort in 1995.

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The five-star hotel which has been dubbed one of the top 100 in the world – is situated on a rocky promontory and surrounded by white coral sandy beaches, clear blue sea and a lovely coral reef full of sea life. It was built in the 1950s when it quickly became established as the preferred bolthole for the likes of Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes.

The glamorous resort's convenient location in the heart of the island allowed guests to easily stroll to the vibrant shops, designer boutiques, quaint bars and restaurants situated in the village of St. Jean, and its own open-air restaurant, On The Rocks, dramatically perched atop a giant boulder, attracts islanders daily.

The destruction was a result of Hurricane Irma Photo: edenrockhotel.com

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic and killed at least eight people as it tore through the Caribbean on Wednesday, September 6. It is believed to have destroyed nearly all buildings on the island of Barbuda, and caused serious damage on the island of St. Martin. Richard Branson's home on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands has also been destroyed in the hurricane, with the entrepreneur and his team said to have retreated to the wine cellar in a bid to escape the storm.

 

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On Thursday, the businessman took to his Instagram to give an update of the damages. "All of the team who stayed on Necker and Moskito during the hurricane are safe and well. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane #Irma in the BVI & Caribbean. I’ve never seen anything like it," he captioned the post in part. "Urge all in its path to seek strong shelter & stay safe. Necker & whole area has been completely devastated. @virginunite have donated to @britishredcross appeal to provide aid, @virginatlantic flight to help recovery. Urge everyone to donate & support any way they can. Thanks for all your well-wishes & support." 

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