Curated exclusively for National Geographic
Discover a different side of the Caribbean on the untamed isle of Dominica, blanketed in jungle and studded by sharp volcanic peaks. Set out from your beachfront cottage to explore lush, tropical forests harboring gem-colored swimming holes, tumbling waterfalls, and a mind-boggling boiling lake.
Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.
Land at the Douglas-Charles Airport, where you’ll be greeted by a Rosalie representative for your complimentary transfer to the lodge. This evening, fuel up on gourmet Dominican cuisine in preparation for two days of hiking the island’s lush landscapes.
Join the head gardener for a warm-up walk through the lodge’s organic garden and nibble on tropical fruits and herbs as you learn how the kitchen staff uses this fresh produce. After lunch, set off for one of Dominica’s most stunning natural wonders: the Emerald Pool. Stroll a jungle-shaded path, and then cool off in the dazzling, jewel-like waters of this natural swimming hole, fed by a picturesque 40-foot waterfall.
Hike to Glassy Pool, a natural tidal pool carved into rocky coastline and fed by crashing Caribbean waves. Soak in the basin’s mirror-like waters while taking in spectacular views of the sea below. Then venture into the jungle, crossing rivers and scrambling across rock to reach the dramatic, 165-foot cascade of Victoria Falls. Later, join a guide on a walk to the village of Grand Fond for a glimpse into everyday life on the island. Visit with residents in their homes and learn about Dominican customs and traditions.
Travel with a guide to the Kalinaga Territory, home to many of Dominica’s indigenous communities. Meet a local historian to learn about the culture and history of the tribe—descendants of the island’s original inhabitants. Return to the lodge and loosen up at the spa with a signature Kalinaga massage. Seek out one of the property’s tranquil meditation spots and practice yoga amidst a patch of jungle alive with flitting tropical birds.
Set out on a challenging full-day hike to Dominica’s unusual Boiling Lake, a flooded fumarole at the heart of the UNESCO-designated Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Walk across the steaming Valley of Desolation, studded with steam vents and geysers, and rest weary muscles in the hot springs found along the trail. For a more leisurely day, opt to visit the jungle-encircled cascade of Trafalgar Falls.
Enjoy breakfast at a private table set alongside the lodge lagoon before returning to the airport for your flight home.