Hurricane Omar went throught the island in October. The fence between the Rwy 10 (no longer 09) and the beach went. The Royal Islander Club is being renovated and not opening again until Feb - or so I was told.
Getting there from the U.K. is not exactly straightforward. Looked at getting my son there from the Antipodes - even less straightforward!
Keep thinking about Antigua and then LIAT, but I have heard too many stories about that transfer.
Trouble with AMS is going east to go west and then via Curacao on return.
Beware the transit time at CDG on the way back, in fact, beware full stop!
The U.S. has lots of options, but I think nearly all need a nightsop on the way out.
It's a great place to meet people, watch aircraft, dine out and if only the exchange rate was back where it was 6 months ago, great duty free shopping