By Andrea Romano
December 07, 2017

Richard Branson’s Necker Island suffered severe damage from Hurricane Irma, but recovery is in sight.

The 74-acre paradise, just off the coast of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin islands, plans to partially reopen in October of next year.

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Normally a beautiful destination for travelers looking for a luxurious resort vacation, the island has been shuttered since September, when Irma destroyed most of the buildings and even the island's plant life over the several hours it made landfall, Travel Weekly reported.

Now, construction has begun to restore the Great House, which is on the highest point of the island and is the main gathering place for guests. The Great House will hopefully reopen in October 2018. Guest cottages, however, are slated to reopen later, however, in 2019.

“Guests can look forward to white sandy beaches, luxurious accommodations, water sports and top-class food in one of the most beautiful regions of the world,” Branson's company, Virgin Group, said in a statement.

Branson, who rode out the hurricane on the island alongside staff, has been very involved in the recovery effort in the Caribbean after a devastating hurricane season.