There is a place on the Caribbean island of Dominica where a freshwater river rushes out to a turquoise sea, a jungle filled with life ends at a black-sand beach, and volcanic peaks rise up in the background. Just here is where you find Rosalie Bay Resort, an intimate collection of Caribbean-style cottages built with heart, by hand, to share the incredible natural beauty of the island. Created over eight years by a Minnesota native and her Dominican partner, Rosalie Bay is a wellness sanctuary infused with local charm that offers discovery of unique ecosystems and vibrant cultures.
Set within the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Rosalie Bay is an ideal base from which to hike to jungle waterfalls and geothermal lakes, swim in gem-colored natural pools, find bright birds in the canopy, and inspect a wild array of tropical flora. Volcanic landscapes simmer nearby, and right on the lodge’s beach three species of sea turtle hatchlings make a mad dash to the sea every year, protected by a thriving conservation program initiated by the lodge owners.
Rosalie Bay Resort may be the world’s only high-end hotel to have taken into account the habits of baby turtles when drawing up the blueprints. But when turtle eggs were found on the property’s black-sand beach, building the lodge in a turtle-friendly way became a top priority. Owners Beverly Deikel and Patris Oscar set out to develop an ecolodge that honored the natural wealth of Dominica; discovering that endangered sea turtles used their beach as a nesting ground gave them an even greater purpose. They are now recognized internationally for founding Dominica’s sea turtle conservation program.
The discovery of nesting sea turtles in 2002 spurred Beverly and Oscar to establish Dominica’s first sea turtle conservation program—which has since expanded throughout the island. Their energy and friendliness greatly enhance the experience, adding local knowledge and a personal touch to every day’s adventure. Rosalie Bay is a textbook example of the positive power of tourism when it is combined with a respect for the natural environment and local people.
Join a guide for an excursion that’s exclusive to guests who reserve their space through National Geographic Unique Lodges. Walk to the friendly village of Grand Fond for a glimpse of everyday life. Visit typical homes and learn about Dominican customs, meeting residents and farmers along the way. Learn about the local flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide, and stop for a refreshing dip in a Rosalie River swimming hole on your return to the resort.
To ensure the protection of the endangered sea turtles that nest on the beaches of Rosalie Bay, Beverly and Oscar established the first sea turtle conservation initiative on Dominica; their program has since expanded throughout the island. Turtle protection at the lodge includes night patrols during nesting season, beach cleanups, education programs, and data collection, and guests are invited to participate. In 2003, there were just seven leatherback nests. In 2014, 80 nests of three species of sea turtles — leatherback, hawksbill, and green—were counted, a dramatic conservation success for these species. In 2012, National Geographic magazine featured an article on Dominica’s sea turtle conservation experience and Travel + Leisure recognized Rosalie Bay Resort’s efforts with a Global Vision Award for Conservation.
Rosalie Bay’s broad sustainability plan was set into motion on day one and includes wind and solar power, natural water management, locally sourced spring water and organic fare, and recycling (a recent development for Dominica).
Caribbean Hotel Industry Exchange Forum Sustainability Award, 2015
Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of World’s Best Places to Stay in the Caribbean and Atlantic, 2014
Condé Nast Traveler Best Wilderness Vacation Spots, 2014
U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels in the Caribbean, 2014
U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels in Dominica, 2013
SustainableTrip.org Making a Difference Award, 2013
Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award in Conservation, 2012
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