Atrium Beach Resort and Spa General Manager Rigobert Maurice Talks Rebirth in St. Maarten

Assistant Manager of the Atrium Resort and Beach Spa since 2009, promoted to General Manager in 2018, Rigobert Maurice has had a trial by fire, overseeing the renovations of the Atrium since Hurricane Irma whipped the Caribbean island of St. Maarten with 200 mph winds in September 2017. Rigobert 2

“It was not easy, as we all know this hurricane was very destructive. It was very hard for everyone on the island, and it took us some time to get ourselves back together, now we are getting things back together,” said Maurice, who we interviewed at the Atrium on Aug. 2.

He has lived on the French side of the island his whole life, with Irma being the obvious front runner in terms of hurricane size and ferocity that he has witnessed.

“There were a lot of negative feelings after the storm, everyone was worried about their jobs and the economy. But after a year everything started to shape itself back up slowly, and positive feelings have replaced the negative ones.”

The Atrium’s cosmetic renovations are complete – the resort is looking better than ever and has received new exterior paint, a revitalized lobby and fitness room, new exterior awnings and decorative sails above the entrance, a new exterior sign, and blue accents instead of orange. There are also bathroom renovations underway, starting at the top and working down – the old tubs are replaced with glass shower stalls, ushering in a fresh, clean look.

Atrium From Pier 1

This year marked the mass return of guests who are ready to vacation, and the island is accepting them. Things look good – the airport is up and running smoothly, businesses and restaurants are open, and the beaches and roads look great. Also opening this summer is Lee’s Roadside Grill, in a new location directly across the street from the Atrium. This very popular local restaurant first opened in 1997 and had to close after the hurricane. The new location will be a boon for Atrium guests, providing yet another fresh island grill to enjoy.

“The guests are very happy and surprised that the Atrium held up very well and are pleased with the renovations also. The Atrium is a nice place to be now,” said Maurice.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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