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“Beautiful, relaxing, delicious!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Rosalie Bay Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Rosalie 0009, Dominica   |  
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San Francisco, California
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“Beautiful, relaxing, delicious!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

My family and I had a wonderful, relaxing and delicious vacation at the Rosalie bay resort! It was a delight to eat at the beautiful and tantalizing restaurant overlooking the ocean and later walk to the gardens where the food was grown. My young children were captivated and enriched by the sea turtles and the midnight runs to the beach. We were in awe to learn how much the owners of the resort have done to promote the preservation of the fantastic sea turtles! We went on several hikes and day trips that were so easy to arrange at the resort with waterfalls, beaches and visiting historic Roseau. We had a great time staying around the resort as well. The pool and kayaking in the river was a highlight for the kids and we enjoyed more than one massage and yoga class at the spa. The hotel is the perfect balance between sweet and luxurious! The buildings and landscaping are sooo beautiful. The staff added a delight to the stay. they were very accommodating and a great way to get to know the Dominican culture! The island is all out fixating with its dramatic beauty. It stands out for its beauty amongst the other islands! We will be back!

Room Tip: All of the rooms at Rosalie Bay Resort are well situated to the views and beauty!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilson, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were looking for a get away vacation to recharge our batteries without the typical Caribbean crowds. Rosalie more than exceeded our expectations. From our arrival at the airport until our departure 8 days later, the efficient staff, as well as Bev & Oscar, made us feel like family and assured we had the vacation of a lifetime. We splurged and stayed in a riverside suite, but after spending time at the resort we agreed any of the rooms would have been outstanding. Meals at the Zamaan Restaurant were delicious as well as healthy. The spa treatments with Laura and her staff were fabulous (best facial I've ever had!). Our guide during our vacation was the famous Zahir - and he lived up to his reputation and more. Growing up in Dominica, he was passionate and knowledgeable about the island. He went beyond what was expected to show us this beautiful paradise. Our hearts broke when we had to say good-bye. Our good fortune also included being able to see a mama leatherback turtle come ashore, build a nest, and lay 75 eggs. Also we were able to experience turtle hatchlings being born as well as excavations of 3 nests with the real turtle man - Simon. Helping these little guys make it to the surf made us feel a part of the conservation team. Leaving this resort was quite difficult as we said our goodbyes to our new found family. As the sign says, "Rosalie Bay - Simply Magical"!!

Room Tip: Riverside rooms are the bomb!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Our family just happened to pass this resort en decided to lunch here. A good choice for the cook and staff are great. The formerly plantation has been renovated in a good way and has spectacular sea views. We asked for using the beautiful pool but this is only restricted to inhouse guests. You can buy a day pass for 50 dollar per adult (its policy although there are no other guests) and all expenses made can be counted off. We didn't do that but if you stay a whole day, you could consider this for it looks great!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

My wife and I spent the majority of our Dominica vacation in Roseau for the diving, but on the way back North we had the opportunity to spend an evening at Rosalie Bay. We are very, very happy we did. This was one of the most beautiful resorts we have had the opportunity to stay at, and an experience we won't forget.

June seemed to be a bit of a down season, so we were among very few guests at the resort. Even still, we had attentive staff and we had the opportunity to meet the owner, who was clearly passionate about the resort she brought to life.

This didn't necessarily impact the stay itself, but it's worth nothing that the Rosalie Bay staff and management have taken great pains to help revive sea turtle nesting grounds in Southern Dominica, and there is even a decent chance you will receive an early-morning wake-up call to observe the nesting behavior. We were unlucky, but this opportunity (made possible largely because of the staff's conservation efforts) is hard to find most places.

I could go on, but I think I can summarize by saying it's hard to imagine we'd return to Dominica and not find a way to get Rosalie Bay on our itinerary. Outstanding experience.

Room Tip: The Junior Suites are very, very nice. I'm not discouraging spending more for a better view, bu...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I spent our weeklong honeymoon in Dominica, splitting it between Calibishie in the North and Rosalie Bay for the last 3 nights. We were in a junior suite with a garden view and were thoroughly pleased with our accommodations. The room was clean and spacious and there were all sorts of informational pamphlets and books about Dominica. We were there during the NBA Finals and my husband was ecstatic to learn that the tv (though small) received American channels including ESPN and ABC. The pool bar has a 2-4-1 happy hour until 6:00 so we would stock up on Kabuli beers and use our in-room fridge to keep them cool until game time :)
The staff were all very friendly and always helpful, especially those in the restaurant and Denison at the pool bar. We ate breakfasts and dinners at the restaurant and were always pleased with our meals, especially the fruit juices and the chocolate lava cake with ice cream. Try the coconut and chocolate ice creams!
Our last day we chose to go on an excursion provided by the resort: snorkeling in Champagne Reef (my husband called ahead and arranged it so that he could go scuba diving instead), lunch in Roseau, and a relaxing soak at Screws sulphur pools. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and we had an excellent time! That night we also received a call from reception informing us that there was a turtle laying eggs on the beach so we hightailed it over there to watch. Just when I thought things couldn't possibly get better, our waitress at breakfast the next day told us there were hatchlings coming out of their nest so we joined the resort's turtle expert rescuing 4 hatchlings that hadn't made it out of their nest. We placed them on the beach and watched them make their way to the water. An experience we will never forget!
Overall I would rate Rosalie Bay Resort as one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at, and I have been all around the world. The grounds were very well maintained, including the black sand beach and the refreshing pool. Every Dominican we came across was incredibly polite and genuinely interested in making sure we were enjoying ourselves (and not just at the resort- the people of this enchanting island are some of the most pleasant I have ever encountered!).
All in all I highly recommend a vacation (or relocation!) to Dominica with at least a few days' stay in Rosalie Bay Resort.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Daryl A, General Manager at Rosalie Bay Resort, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Dear JWatt427,

Thank you very much for the positive comments and taking the time to write a review. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our piece of paradise as much as we do.

It was our pleasure to host you and your husband for part of your honeymoon stay. What an amazing memory to have experienced both a turtle nesting and the baby hatchlings! We'll also be sure to share your note with our staff members.

Thank you again and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Dominica.

Warmest regards,
Daryl Aaron
Resort Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The staff at Rosalie Bay helped to make our 20th wedding anniversary spectacular. The weather was horrendous and we didn't get to see a sea turtle BUT the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcomed. The grounds are beautiful and the food was amazing. So grateful for our stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Rosalie Bay Hotel Roseau
Rosalie Bay Hotel
Address: Rosalie 0009, Dominica
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Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint David Parish > Rosalie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Rosalie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rosalie Bay Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rosalie Bay Resort is an eco-luxury and wellness retreat nestled in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons where the Rosalie River greets the Atlantic Ocean. This hand-built sanctuary seamlessly blends into its 22-acre lush surroundings with 28 spacious rooms and suites, a nature-inspired spa, personalized wellness program, organic cuisine and a protected black sand beach where endangered sea turtles nest. Stunning natural beauty and elegant, modern touches work in perfect harmony to create a vacation that is simply magical. ... more   less 
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