'Renovation Island' Season 4: Baeumlers face more problems as resort reopens after lockdown
A car accident resulted in a damage to the resort sign while too much traffic at the dock made the rails come off
Bryan and Sarah Baeumler transformed a derelict Bahamas resort into a beautiful resort on 'Renovation Island.' Now that the resort is back up and operating after a six-seven-month hiatus due to lockdown, a new problem seems to have risen at the property.
Fans of the HGTV show have been following the Canadian couple as they transform the Caerula Mar Club from fantasy to reality. Caerula Mar Club opened to the public in February 2020, after months of preparation. Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic struck just a few weeks later, causing the Baeumlers to close their doors for months. Despite this, critics raved about the hotel. As a result, as soon as the resort reopened, the footfall began to return and business began to grow.
Even though the Baeumlers live in Florida, now they have to constantly check in at the resort in person. They charter a small plane because the resort is only an hour distant. One fan noted that they "love the intimate small view but all the amenities of a resort in a beach." Another guest describes the dining at the Caerula Mar Club as their favorite aspect of the resort, as well as the boat time that allows guests to get out in the warm water.
Bryan reveals that the hotel is doing well right now, which is a relief because they are no longer losing money every month. He says that the island's hotel business is a rollercoaster and that just when he believes he has succeeded in one area, something else knocks him down. Things are going well and the hotel is full until they learn of a road accident that has led to the destruction of the hotel's sign.
They received a text message with a video of the accident, which shows a speeding car colliding with another, sending it flying towards the hotel's sign. The tree and the lights in front of the sign were destroyed. The back of the sign appeared to be worse than the front. Bryan reminds Sarah that he has decided not to rebuild the entire wall. Sarah admits in a confessional that the initial intention for the sign was to rebuild the wall and make a radically different shape, which they did not execute at the time. They simply wanted to open and were content with the existing sign. Bryan plans to grind the fractured portion, seal the cracks with epoxy, and then paint it white. He realized it is a simple repair now that he has seen the sign in person, provided Sarah does not want to replace the entire thing.
They built a boat dock just down the road from the hotel the previous year, which they use as a launch for the water excursions. Now there's damage in the railings of it too. The resort's general manager, Ron, tells Bryan that the railing was pushed down to the other side a few weeks before their visit. They were able to pull it back up and secure it for the time being. Bryan reveals in a confessional the problem they're having at the pier, which is that there's a lot of traffic using that area right now. With boats anchored between the floating dock and the rusted barge, there isn't enough room for everyone to congregate in one place all at once.
Bryan proposes that they relocate their floating dock 50 feet to the west. This would put additional distance between them and the neighboring dock, keeping them safe. The advantage is that they can build theirs a little further away and in deeper water. He believes they will be able to deal with it during shutdowns because it will only take 2-3 days.
HGTV's 'Renovation Island' airs new episodes every Sunday at 9 pm ET.