Located in the West Indies, Dominica is a Caribbean nation that few visit, yet should be at the top of everyone’s dream destination list. Affectionately known as the “Nature Island,” it is an unspoiled ecological haven saturated with volcanoes, waterfalls, rivers, and rainforests. The island iS an adventurist’s playground, as well as a paradise that offers the ultimate in relaxation.
Dominica is served by two airports: Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF), though most visitors will arrive through the former, as it is the larger of the two and accommodates commercial airlines. International flights from the United States and Europe are connected to the country through hubs in Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Weather is favorable year-round, thus plan your visit when it best suits your schedule.
An exotic getaway deserves lavish accommodations and Rosalie Bay Resort is the perfect choice. Situated amongst the lush and verdant foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons, here is where unbridled romance meets the untamed wilderness of Dominica.
Over a decade ago, an American woman fell in love with both a man from the island, as well as the country itself, and together they envisioned and then built by hand Rosalie Bay Resort. This grand property was the first luxury hotel of its kind on Dominica and the couple’s mission is for guests to also fall in love with their surroundings, to employ local residents, and to educate everyone they come in contact with about the importance of protecting the environment.
This stunning resort is situated on 22 acres of land directly between the Rosalie River and a picturesque black sand beach creating an atmosphere that is both intimate and quietly glamorous. There are a wide variety of rooms to choose from, though it is worth splurging for an oceanfront suite, where you can fall asleep at night to the peaceful sounds of the Atlantic Ocean.
Thankfully, mosquitos are not a problem in this part of the Caribbean, so it is encouraged to leave your windows open at night and to relax on your porch swing during the day. Rosalie Bay Resort features all of the amenities you expect in a tropical holiday: fine dining in a restaurant that only uses local ingredients, an onyx-lined pool in the center of the resort that is filled with fresh saltwater, complimentary wifi, breathtaking beach views, and a superb spa that only uses organic products. There are also free morning and evening yoga classes, which are offered on a private beach. A true vacation from the world awaits you at this property.
Between March and October endangered leatherbacks, the world’s largest turtle, lay their eggs along the resort’s beach. If you inform the staff that you would like to watch this magnificent act of nature they will contact you immediately if they see one. It is an unforgettable experience that is alone worth making the trip to Dominica.
Of course, there is so much more to the Nature Island than your accommodations. There are 365 rivers on Dominica, however the only one navigable by boat is the Indian River, where a part of Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. Tours are offered including guides that are highly knowledgeable and passionate about showing off their gorgeous island. Another must-visit spot is the Emerald Pool. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a tranquil grotto in the middle of a rainforest. Take a plunge in it while splashing underneath its refreshing waterfall. Finally, while Dominica is known for its impressive snorkeling and diving reefs, it is also known for its abundant whale and dolphin sightings. Make sure to dedicate at least one day to water activities.
Let your desires guide you during your stay; maybe you will want to enjoy a hike through the mountains or maybe you will want to do nothing more than drink the milk of a fresh coconut from a palm tree while relaxing on the beach. Whether you are visiting for an adventure or simply for a great tan, the infectious pulse of Dominica’s heart is felt everywhere and it is guaranteed that you will depart the island already planning your return.