Rosalie Bay Resort, on the southeast side of Dominica in the Caribbean, is quite frankly the most beautiful and comfortable place I’ve ever stayed. The resort’s owners and staff have created a small slice of paradise, with the utmost attention to guests’ well-being and a commitment to the preservation of Dominica’s astounding nature and community livelihoods.
The grounds are stunningly beautiful, with architecture that is in harmony with the surrounding nature. We dined overlooking a beautiful river flowing into the sea. The meals were delicious, organic, local food. We swam in the river and the resort has kayaks for guests to use for free. There are yoga classes in the mornings along with optional hikes to nearby villages, waterfalls, or the indigenous Kalinago territory. The onsite spa has a full array of massage, facial and other spa services with open-air rooms so you can see and hear the ocean – truly a spectacular setting.
The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and have an elegant simplicity. When I arrived late at night after a long day of travel, the staff had left a welcome note on the bed with fresh flowers and a plate on the table with a fresh sandwich and a drink – this is just one example of attention to small gestures of kindness that the staff did on a regular basis. All of the staff were very friendly and professional.
An extra bonus is that the resort is active in supporting local communities, including a project that is working to save endangered sea turtles. We were able to witness a green turtle laying her eggs on the beach at night, watching as the local team tagged her and documented the event. Another time, we got to see the team excavate newborn turtles and assist them to return to the sea. Both of these were amazing experiences, especially for the children (both resort visitors and local children). The resort also supports other community and youth empowerment projects.
Although I was here by myself this time, I am looking forward to returning with my family.