Rosalie, Dominica • 877-732-2864
Set in a picturesque valley where the Rosalie River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Rosalie Bay Resort is an exceptional eco-boutique hotel with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, wellness, and farm-to-table organic food.
Located around 45 minutes from Dominica‘s capital city of Roseau, it’s not the island’s most convenient location for those seeking the hustle ‘n’ bustle of the city. But, for those seeking an exclusive sanctuary on the Caribbean’s “Nature Island,” Rosalie Bay Resort simply cannot be beat.
Photo provided by Rosalie Bay Resort
Built by hand over the course of nine years and opened in 2011, Rosalie Bay Resort has earned an array of awards and accolades, including Green Globe certification, a Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award, and Dominica’s Resort of the Year.
The resort features 28 rooms and suites, including two 915-sq ft Riverside Suites, one 807-sq ft Premiere Oceanside Suite, nine 753-sq ft Oceanfront Suites, and ten 646-sq ft Junior Suites with ocean and garden views. Each is luxuriously well-appointed, with flat screen TV, free WiFi, iPod docking station, coffee maker, mini fridge and A/C. But a substantial portion of their electrical needs are powered by two wind turbines and solar panels on the 22-acre property.
But aside from the requisite policies that ensure long-term sustainability (i.e. conserving energy, minimizing waste via recycling and re-use, and generally promoting environmental awareness), Rosalie Bay Resort just FEELS eco-friendly.
It’s surrounded by natural beauty, with the gentle waters of the Rosalie River on one side, the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the other, and a beautiful black sand beach leading to the sea. Their waterfront Kalinago Spa offers unique treatments such as volcanic mud and hot river stone massages, all using locally-sourced ingredients. And their wellness program features offerings ranging from nature hikes and yoga classes to message lessons and cooking classes and their excellent on-site restaurant, Zamaan.
Arguably our favorite feature of the resort was its groundbreaking Rosalie Sea Turtle Initiative. Every year between March and October, three endangered sea turtle species– the Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill– come up on the resort’s black sand beach to dig their nests and lay eggs. With help from resident expert Simon George, the resort protects the eggs from the elements and poachers, eventually helping hatchlings make it out to sea to give them a better chance of survival.
Guests can be a part of this island-wide conservation program, taking guided educational beach walks or signing up to receive wake-up calls to see the sea turtles up close when they come ashore. Getting to watch a 1000-pound leatherback laying over 100 eggs before returning to the sea was arguably the emotional highlight of our week in Dominica.
In the end, Rosalie Bay Resort proved the perfect base for our explorations of Dominica, seamlessly blending incredible natural beauty with modern conveniences. It’s a perfect model for how eco-luxury and conservation can work hand in hand to provide an exceptional, exclusive experience travelers will never forget. –Bret Love; photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett unless otherwise noted
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