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Rave Reviews: Rosalie Bay Resort

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Beginning of Turtle Nesting 2017

Turtle nesting season has begun at Rosalie Bay Resort! Yesterday, the first female leather-back turtle arrived at 5:30am. Let's hope that she'll be one of hundreds to grace our shores over the next several months! Question: have you witnessed turtle nesting at Rosalie? Tell us in the comments!

Posted by Embrace Dominica on Friday, March 24, 2017

Rosalie Bay Resort

From BMitchell2015 (stayed March 2017, traveled with family)

After an hour-long scenic drive from the airport you come upon the gated entrance to Rosalie Bay Resort. This spacious 28 room eco-luxury resort is located on the ruggedly beautiful east coast of Dominica, the nature island. It is apparent a lot of care and attention went into the design of this gorgeous property.

Beautiful and spacious gardens of fruit trees and colorful tropical flowers engage your senses and the friendly front desk staff welcome you as they would close family. Before you know it, you are being escorted to your room as you listen to the sounds of tropical birds and ocean waves crashing on the long sparkling black sand beach.

Rosalie Bay Resort Dominica 01
Photo source: www.caribbeanweddings.co.uk

The rooms are well appointed and, depending on your room selection, can be anything from garden view, partial ocean view, oceanfront or even a couple hanging right over the Rosalie river. The decor is wonderful and the beds are comfortable. The bathrooms are spacious and most include a large soaking tub.

None are too far from the beach, pool, restaurants, or the gym but they are nicely spaced from each other so its easy to forget there may be other people there. Nice extra touches in the rooms: 110 outlets (US style outlets, along with the 220), TV with familiar US English cable options, and re-usable water pouches to take with you on excursions or to the pool.

The pool a always very comfortable and clean, open from morning until 9PM. Lounge chairs, pads, umbrellas are provided. There is a large shallow area of the pool for relaxing and a deeper area for swimming. LIfe vests are available if desired for the children. The pool bar serves great lunch options and a wonderful selection of drinks.

Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
Photo source: www.rosaliebay.com

Each time I have been there I intend to spend more time in the gym than I do. With all the beautiful nature trails and hikes in Dominica its hard to convince yourself to go to the gym. However, the gym is open air (with fans) and amazingly well stocked with a lot of great equipment – cardio, machines, and free weights. Honestly, its better quality equipment than they have at our local gym (we live in a small town). Yoga classes, power walks, etc are also offered most mornings.

Zamaan, or Almond, is the Restaurant located at the resort. It is very nice and you are often able to sit out on the covered surround-porch and watch the sunrise or fall. A continental breakfast is included for resort guests and includes fresh fruit juices, cocoa tea, wonderful granola, fruit, fresh baked good, and several items I am forgetting.

However, they also have a wonderful menu of other breakfast items for really reasonable prices. Our favorites were the banana pancakes, bacon, creole eggs…okay everything was great. I believe Zamaan is open for lunch as well, but we always ordered at the pool bar and they deliver the food to so you can eat it at the tables or even at your lounge chair.

Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
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Dinner is another great experience at Zamaan with options such as fresh fish, lobster, steak, chicken, shrimp and many options for the vegetarian as well (this is true at each meal). The restaurant staff are all really wonderful. I’d probably forget a name if I tried to name all the wonderful wait staff, but they are all very pleasant and caring. The resort is in an isolated area so Zamaan is the closest local option for meals. I understand there may be another restaurant in the local community, but we didn’t go there. We did have a rental car and did eat while we were out and about in other parts of the island several nights.

The Glo Spa overlooks the river and is beautifully adorned with local artwork. The spa menu gives you many options of relaxing or even therapeutic treatments with well trained therapists. We really enjoyed our time there getting a couples massage.

The coastline is magical. My camera is full of photos of the trees, and the sun and sound of surf shining through them. The sparkling black sand beaches are amazing. It is the rougher Atlantic side, so they don’t encouraged swimming here but you can get wet and lounge on the sand.

Rosalie Bay Resort turtle
Photo source: www.rosaliebayresort.com

TURTLES: Turtle beach is so named because the resort and the local community work hard to make this beach a welcoming and safe place for large turtles to bury their eggs and then for the little babies to hatch and crawl to the ocean. Turtle season starts in March and we were able to see the first turtle of the season this year. The kids loved it (and I did as well).

Another great experience in Dominica. While most every Dominican we encounter is very nice, the staff at Rosalie Bay really makes our time special. Having the resort in Rosalie helps to employ a lot of great people in the area. Thank you to all of you there from the smiling and welcoming front desk, to the friendly and helpful restaurant staff, to the wonderful housekeepers who did great at keeping our towels cycling through and our room neat, and the hard working groundskeepers who rake leaves and rake and rake to keep Rosalie pristine and beautiful. To our Rosalie Bay Family, we look forward to seeing you all next time!

If you are looking for someplace in the Caribbean to go that is quiet and slow and has a lot to do if you want to do more than just relax, I think you will be really pleased with Rosalie Bay Resort and Dominica. Just watch out, you may turn in to a repeat guest like us!

Rosalie Bay Resort reception
Photo source: www.rosaliebayresort.com

The review was sourced from TripAdvisor.com, the world’s most trusted website for travel and hotel information.

Hotel’s Profile

Name: Rosalie Bay Resort
Location: Rosalie, Dominica
Contact: (767) 446-1010 | (767) 275-2680 | (800) 831-9249 (US toll free)
Contact Page
www.rosaliebay.com
 Description: Rosalie Bay, an eco-boutique and wellness resort in Dominica inspired by nature. They offer 28 luxury hotel rooms powered by wind and solar energy. Their meals are prepared using ingredients from their organic garden. Watch endangered turtles nesting and hatching on their protected beach. Rosalie Bay Resort is a shining example of what an eco resort is supposed to look like!
Rates: Starts at US $250 per night
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Freshwater Lake Trail in 7 minutes!

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As part of the Every Inch of Paradise series, local filmmaker and vlogger Norris Francois Jr tagged along with Aarmani (of ByAccident Films) and Dwight (of DC Illustrations) on their trip to Freshwater Lake.

I think they underestimated the rigor of the hike though, because they had plans to follow it up with Middleham Falls! Rest assured, they needed a calmer walk and decided on Titou Gorge instead.

Take a look at Norris’ video. They were lucky to go on a beautiful day and the lake looked remarkable!

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Rave Reviews: Serenity Lodges Dominica

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Serenity Lodges, Dominica

Serenity Lodges Dominica

From Dogmaburning (stayed February 2017, traveled solo)

I’ve been traveling the Caribbean for 17 yrs and this was hands down my favorite place to ever stay. The property is perfect and very relaxed and the service is top of the line and the food is the best food I’ve ever had.

“Simply Perfect!!”

I enjoyed this place so much I went back and now I’ll be going back a 3rd time and staying in the same place. I usually like to stay in different places when I return to islands but you wont find a nicer place for a better price on the island of Dominica. It’s also very close to the airport.

Serenity Lodges Dominica
Photo source: www.booking.com

From Mark J (stayed January 2017, traveled as a couple)

We chose Serenity Lodges for the proximity to the airport and a relatively inexpensive price. The accommodations consist of 3 modern units owned by a local family, who lives in the complex. The owners were very laid back, hospitable and personable.

Great location and hospitable owners

The unit we stayed in comprised a bedroom and a bathroom, everything is clean and new (the Lodge was opened 3 years ago).There is a restaurant that offers breakfast and dinner (paid extra).

Serenity Lodges, Dominica
Photo source: www.tripadvisor.com

The reviews were sourced from TripAdvisor.com, the world’s most trusted website for travel and hotel information.

Hotel’s Profile

Name: Serenity Lodges
Location: Marigot, Dominica
Contact: (767) 285-5739 | (767) 225-3965
info@serenitylodgesdominica.com
www.serenitylodgesdominica.com
 Description: Serenity Lodges is nestled in the rain forest approximately 10 minutes from the main airport. The 5 rooms offer beautiful river and mountain views, and kitchenettes are available (upon request). This lodge is perfect for nature and bird lovers!
Rates: Starts at US $57 per night
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Rave Reviews: Jacoway Inn

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Jacoway Inn, Dominica

Jacoway Inn

From Colinbj (stayed February 2017, traveled solo)

Jacoway Inn, Dominica
Photo source: www.tripadvisor.com

Spent a week here at the end of February. As regards the inn itself there is nothing really to add to the excellent reviews, do remember it is a B&B and not a hotel. People rave about the breakfasts, they are more like brunches generally something cooked, then something sweet – fresh fruit or similar all served with the excellent homemade breads. Two things I would like to focus to:

Where it is in location to the village itself. Is it up a hill off the main road. It is a gentle ten minute walk. Immediately at the bottom of the hill is one of the two supermarkets in the village – it is well stocked. Its location means that it is very peaceful.

“A lovely hideaway”

Getting round the island. I was a single traveller without transport, and getting round the island was part of the fun of my stay. If you stand by the side of the road somebody will soon stop for you – either one of the ‘buses’ – generally a minivan – pile in and pay EC$5, or a passing driver. perfectly safe and a great way to meet the locals or a visiting foreigner.

If you want a peaceful beach go to Escape a bar which is on a beach 20 minutes walk away – awesome.

Jacoway Inn Dominica 02
Photo source: www.jacowayinn.com

From MaryPCambridge (stayed February 2017, traveled as a couple)

Our stay at Jacoway Inn was outstanding. We were welcomed in many ways, beautiful gardens to have our breakfast, comfortable bed, homemade breads, directions to beaches and restaurants and so much more.

“Hostess with the gift of hospitality”

Our hostess Carol Ann has an amazing gift of hospitality and made us feel right at home. Since we are gardeners, we especially enjoyed the variety of palms, flowering shrubs and creative landscaping. It was an oasis and a wonderful place to relax. We highly recommend this Inn if you wish to experience the beauty of the island of Dominica.

The reviews were sourced from TripAdvisor.com, the world’s most trusted website for travel and hotel information.

Hotel’s Profile

Name: Jacoway Inn
Location: John Baptiste Ridge Road, Calibishe, Dominica
Contact: (767) 445-8872 | (767) 265-8882
jacowayinn@gmail.com
www.jacowayinn.com
 Description: Featuring free WiFi, a barbecue and a terrace, Jacoway Inn offers accommodation in Calibishie just 7 miles from Douglas-Charles airport. Guests can enjoy their gazebo, hammock, and beautiful gardens in a quiet and peaceful environment. Also, enjoy their full hot breakfast which includes home-baked breads, local eggs, organic fruits and vegetables, homemade jams, coffee, tea and fresh local fruits and juices.
Rates: Starts at US $75 per night
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Rave Reviews: Sunrise Farm Cottages

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Sunrise Farm Cottages

Sunrise Farm Cottages

From Markus (stayed December 2015, traveled as a couple)

Sunrise Farm Cottages, Dominica
Photo source: www.sunrisefarmcottages.com/

Sunrise Farm cottages is on the slope just above the Atlantic coast of Dominica. The place is very calm so you only hear the surf from the waves at night, beautiful stars in the night sky and perfect sunrises (but no sunsets since it faces East). They serve a basic breakfast from 7:30am onwards but since most people visiting will get going earlier than this you can ask for an earlier breakfast (we had 6:30am) the day before.

Simple place in a great setting just above the ocean

Only disadvantage is that it takes about an hour to drive along Dominica’s windy roads to get to Roseau Valley where many of the island’s interesting attractions are (Boiling Lake etc.). But if you stay near Roseau you will obviously be facing the Caribbean sea which does not have the same rough beauty as the Atlantic side.

Sunrise Farm Cottages, Dominica
Photo source: www.sunrisefarmcottages.com/

From Wangjeanm (reviewed March 2017)

I was in the poolside cottage.My cottage was clean and well kept and I enjoyed the balcony that overlooked the beautiful view of the ocean. The service at these cottages is impeccable, and I have only had pleasant experiences with the people in this area. I would visit again!

Great stay

Hotel’s Profile

Name: Sunrise Farm Cottages
Location: Castle Bruce
Contact: (767) 446-0000 | (767) 275-5600
reservations@sunrisefarmcottages.com
www.sunrisefarmcottages.com
 Description: Sunrise Farm Cottage is aptly named for its captivating view of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of the island and its bounty of organic farm land covered in tropical fruits, herbs, spices, and flowers.
Rates: Starts at US $90 per night
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Rave Reviews: Beau Rive

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Beau Rive, Dominica-feature

Beau Rive

From Gary P (stayed March 2017, traveled as a couple)

Beau Rive, Dominica
Photo source: www.beaurive.com

Stayed at this hotel as part of a walking holiday on Dominica and cannot speak highly enough about the whole experience. Mark and his staff really make you feel welcome and it is more like staying in Marks house than a hotel.

“Absolute gem”

All the bedrooms are spacious with wonderful views over the Atlantic Ocean which can be dramatic. Dinner is a set menu although just ask if there is something you don’t like and Mark will provide an alternative. Pre dinner drinks are an opportunity to share the days experiences with other guests and get to know people from around the world.

Beau Rive, Dominica
Photo source: www.beaurive.com

From Edgeleigh Farm (stayed February 2017, traveled as a couple)

It’s the small touches that make Beau Rive special. Fresh flowers and local art in every room. Comfortable beds. Island-grown produce featured in every dish served. A big glass of ice-cold, fresh passion fruit juice after a day of hiking. Attentive staff. Thoughtful host (Mark Steele). Friendly house dogs, Florence and Max (and ginger cat, Frederick). Oh, and the best rum spritzer, ever!

With sea and mountain views, the setting is absolutely gorgeous. Colourful gardens are home to equally colourful hummingbirds. It is not uncommon to hear Jaco parrots squawking high in the trees or glimpse them flying overhead. On a clear night, the stars are just incredible here, as we discovered on a very early morning drive to the airport.

Our home away from home in Dominica…

Beau Rive, Dominica
Photo source: www.beaurive.com

Beau Rive is in an ideal location for exploring the villages, trails and waterfalls on the rugged east coast. In fact, we’ve found many destinations on the island to be within striking distance for a day trip. Mark is always willing to help with planning outings, near and far. We very much enjoyed chatting a bit with local farmers and villagers we met in our travels.

Thank you, Mark, for making us feel as welcome on our 4th visit to Dominica and Beau Rive as our first.

The reviews were sourced from TripAdvisor.com, the world’s most trusted website for travel and hotel information.

Hotel’s Profile

Name: Beau Rive
Location: Castle Bruce
Contact: (767) 445-8992
mark@beaurive.com
www.beaurive.com
 Description: Beau Rive sit 240 above the Atlantic Ocean near the east coast village of Castle Bruce. With 8 guest rooms and 2 standalone cottage rooms. They all have queen size beds, ocean views, etc. and have access to the library, swimming pool and tropical gardens.
Rates: Starts at US $165 per night
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Rave Reviews: Pagua Bay Bar and Grill

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Pagua Bay Bar and Grill

1Fabulous: everything I’d been led to expect

Photo source: www.paguabayhouse.blogspot.com

The words on the menu don’t do justice to how good the dining is at Pagua Bay. They’re the same words you see on every other menu in the area, but the results are just better. Great ingredients, great design, great presentation, great experience.

Take a simple example: I love callaloo soup and I’ve liked it every time I’ve had it on Dominica. But Pagua Bay elevates it to a status that could make it the country’s national dish. And that’s just the soup! Every other dish we shared and sampled stopped our otherwise active conversation, although I suppose in this context you would have to count satisfied grunts and and taste-inspired head bobs as a new language creating a “conversation” of its own.

From NekVTster (visited November 2016)

2Great views, smart and tasty entrees

Photo source: www.paguabayhouse.blogspot.com

Right off the main route on the east side of the island, elevated enough to see to the ocean and mountains. Sophisticated but not fussy cuisine, great local drinks, and good value for our meals. And if you’re of a mind to, just steps from the dining area, you can slip into their pool overlooking the water.

From George (visited February 2017)

3Delicious food at Pagua Bay Bar and Grill

Photo source: www.paguabayhouse.blogspot.com

We stayed at Pagua Bay House over the Christmas holiday week and ate most of our meals at Pagua Bay Bar and Grill. The food was excellent and we were never disappointed. Local ingredients were used wherever possible and there were lots of great options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We loved the homemade bagels for breakfast.

The special lobster ceviche was a standout appetizer and homemade chocolate ice cream was outstanding. The drinks were also delicious from the rum punch and pina colada to the fresh local juices. The service was top notch. Attentive but down to earth.

From Cplewis4 (visited December 2016)

Restaurant’s Profile

Name: Pagua Bay Bar and Grill
Location: Pagua Bay, Dominica (10 minutes away from Douglas-Charles Airport)
Contact: (767) 445-8888 | (767) 275-9699
paguabayhouse@gmail.com
http://www.paguabayhouse.com/
Description: Pagua Bay Bar and Grill is home to a magnificent outdoor deck with the best view of any restaurant in Dominica, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean & never ending cool breeze.
Rates: Wide range of prices. Call for more information.
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Rave Reviews: Romance Café

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Romance Café

1Excellent food, friendly staff, beautiful beach…

Photo source: www.tripadvisor.com

The food here is amazing, all cooked on premises to high standard. Light lunch or full meal, nice choice of menu. Romance Cafe has just been renamed as Karib Bay Beach Bar. A nice touch is the owner’s support for local charity DAPD [Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities] helping those who have lost limbs. She is a warm, welcoming and knowledgeable hostess to all her guests.

From Brenda (visited November 2016)

2AMAZING FOOD with a gorgeous view

Photo source: www.bucketlistpublications.org

No review will do this food justice! It was that good. Expect to wait a bit as the food is prepared but it’s worth the wait.

I had the veggie plate and a papaya smoothie. The views of Mara Beach while you wait are gorgeous. They take Visa but not Amex.

From Ashley (visited March 2017)

3Worth finding

Photo source: www.dominicarivertubing.com

On the generally friendly island of Dominica this restaurant is at the top! What a cheerful team. The food is excellent too.We had mahi-mahi in coconut sauce, delicious. It is worth noting also that the service was speedy. You may have to ask a few locals before you find the restaurant, it is hidden away on the beachfront. Worth finding and very friendly.

From Paul (visited February 2017)

Restaurant’s Profile

Name: Romance Café
Location: Main Road, Mero, Dominica
Contact: (767) 449-7922
fredhuard@hotmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/romancecafe
Description: Specialties include Fish of the Day which is cooked as you like it (with herbs, jerked, in coconut sauce, tartare, ans flambe cream sauce…) as well as their famous Jumbo Shrimp Creole. Romance Café is known for supporting local food producers and use organic produce as much as they can!
Rates: Wide range of prices. Call for more information.
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Rave Reviews: Cloud9 Dominica

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Cloud9 Dominica

From Christopher Anmameade (stayed February 2017, traveled with friends)

I walked into the penthouse unit at Cloud 9 and the only words I could utter were “wow, wow. Incredible!!!”

Cloud9, Dominica
Photo source: www.booking.com

This beautiful boutique hotel overlooks a cove of calm waters for swimming and red rocks . The semi private beach is partially surrounded by lush vegetation and coconut trees. My large unit was well appointed and beautifully furnished. A large private deck runs off every room of the unit. When I chose to remain indoors I had an ocean view from almost every room of my unit.

My favorite time of day was daybreak. I would lie in bed to witness the stages of sunrise.

Cloud9, Dominica
Photo source: www.booking.com

It was an incredible process. Day would literally break. The clouds would turn from dark to gold. The sun would then begin playing hide and seek behind the clouds. After a while the sun would appear as a large golden ball in the sky. That ball was then reflected in the water so that sky and sea were lighted up by the glow of the sun.

My hosts, Tom and Sheri, could not be any more gracious. They had visited Dominica for many years before moving permanently to the island. They directed me to restaurants and various jaunts in Calibishie including the nearby chocolate factory.

Cloud9, Dominica
Photo source: www.booking.com

My room included breakfast and my hosts provided incredible breakfasts each morning. I even had the pleasure of accompanying Sheri to a zumba class, something she enjoys teaching to local women.

My stay was so positive that I mentioned to Tom and Sheri that I want to book for next year. I would be very disappointed if Cloud 9 had become so popular and I couldn’t get a room!!!

Room Tip: You’ll get a sea view no matter your room location. The penthouse offered the best view because it was on the top floor.

Cloud9, Dominica
Photo source: www.booking.com

This review and the photos were sourced on TripAdvisor.com, the world’s most trusted website for travel and hotel information.

Hotel’s Profile

Name: Cloud9 Dominica
Location: Pointe Dubique, Calibishie
Contact: (767) 295-0890
info@cloud9dominica.com
www.cloud9dominica.com
 Description: This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace, Cloud9 Dominica has a private beach area and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.
Rates: Starts at US $240 per night
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Tourism Is My Business – Hotelier

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Tourism is My Business - Hotelier

Check out our latest video as part of the DDA's ongoing local Tourism Awareness Campaign! The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behaviour among the local population and students. Today we feature one of our local hoteliers in the North East community of Calibishie! Video by 365MMP. Aerial footage: Chad Ambo

Posted by Discover Dominica on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Discover Dominica Authority has embarked on a local Tourism Awareness Campaign.

The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behaviour among the local population and students.

Today we feature one of our local hoteliers in the North East community of Calibishie! Video by 365MMP. Aerial footage: Chad Ambo

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Tourism Is My Business – Local Farmer

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Tourism is My Business - Local Farmer

Check out our latest video as part of the DDA's ongoing local Tourism Awareness Campaign! The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behaviour among the local population and students. Today we feature one of our local farmers involved in tourism. Video by 365MMP.

Posted by Discover Dominica on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Discover Dominica Authority has embarked on a local Tourism Awareness Campaign.

The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behaviour among the local population and students.

Today we feature one of our local farmers involved in tourism. Video by 365MMP.

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Tourism Is My Business – Student

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Tourism is my Business - Student

Over the next three (3) months, Discover Dominica Authority ( DDA) will embark on a local Tourism Awareness Campaign. The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behavior among the local population and students. Check out our second video, featuring a college student sharing why she chose to become involved in the industry! Video by 365MMP.

Posted by Discover Dominica on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Discover Dominica Authority has embarked on a local Tourism Awareness Campaign.

The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behavior among the local population and students.

Check out our second video, featuring a college student sharing why she chose to become involved in the industry! Video by 365MMP.

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Tourism Is My Business – Bus Driver

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Tourism is My Business - Bus Driver (DDA Tourism Awareness Cam...

Over the next three (3) months, Discover Dominica Authority ( DDA) will embark on a local Tourism Awareness Campaign. The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behavior among the local population and students. Check out the first video, featuring a bus driver involved in cruise tourism. Video by 365MMP.

Posted by Discover Dominica on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Discover Dominica Authority has embarked on a local Tourism Awareness Campaign.

The project is geared towards increasing public knowledge on the importance of the tourism industry, and to foster positive attitudes and behavior among the local population and students.

Check out the first video, featuring a bus driver involved in cruise tourism. Video by 365MMP.

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Every Inch of Paradise #1

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ByAccident Films is a commercial advertising firm based in Dominica and together with DC Illustrations (photography and videography), they have embarked on a project to showcase Dominica in all her beauty, through film.

The series is supposed to entice you to come visit Dominica. To spend your vacation in Dominica with your friends and family. There’s so much to do here!

This is the first in the series. If you enjoy it, please leave a comment below and share with your friends!

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Rave Reviews: Rainbow Beach Bar Restaurant

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Rainbow Beach Bar, Dominica (2)

Rainbow Beach Bar Restaurant

1Lunch on the water

Photo credit: Rainbow Beach Bar Restaurant

Great place in Calibishie for lunch. Waterfront tables, right on a small beach. Friendly, attentive staff. The food was great, fresh with very generous portions. Affordable prices, and great rum punch.

From Island Highlander (visited November 2016)

2Delicious local food

Photo credit: Rainbow Beach Bar Restaurant

Had dinner here my last evening in Dominica and wish I’d come in sooner. the food and service was excellent!! it is a small, family run business and the chef is wonderful! she married food and spice wonderfully! everything was superb!!

From DebPoz (reviewed January 2017)

3Great last night out in Dominica

Photo credit: Rainbow Beach Bar Restaurant, Dominica

It was laid back and casual with some interesting takes on local food. Our favorite was the crawfish severed on a banana leaf but the fish done on the plancha was also excellent. Run by the family who even came to pick us up at our hotel it was a fun last night on Dominica and one that would encourage us to return.

We ended up borrowing a guitar from the owner and had a song fest to end the evening.

From Profb59 (visited February 2017)

Restaurant’s Profile

Name: Rainbow Beach Bar Restaurant
Location: Main Road, Calibishie, Dominica
Contact: (767) 245-9995
https://www.facebook.com/rainbowbeachbarrestaurant
Description: Known for their lion fish and banana leaf dining, this restaurant sits right on the sea, overlooking a white sand beach. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will even send a taxi to get you from your neighboring hotel!
Rates: Wide range of prices. Call for more information.
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Weekly Roundup: Mar 24-30

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Beginning of Turtle Nesting 2017

Turtle nesting season has begun at Rosalie Bay Resort! Yesterday, the first female leather-back turtle arrived at 5:30am. Let's hope that she'll be one of hundreds to grace our shores over the next several months! Question: have you witnessed turtle nesting at Rosalie? Tell us in the comments!

Posted by Embrace Dominica on Friday, March 24, 2017

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Things to do in Dominica: Rodney’s Wellness Retreat

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Rodney's Wellness Retreat featured

This trip had been a long time coming. I first heard about Rodney’s Wellness Retreat from a friend who spoke highly of their full moon bonfires. I had since heard so many good things about the establishment that I made it a priority to visit this summer.

We were lucky to meet with Bevin Lewis, owner of the property and I enjoyed our candid conversation about Dominica’s direction in the tourism industry. He’s very proud of Rodney’s and has good reason to be!

Main feature: Camping grounds
Difficulty: Not applicable
Cost to enter: US $20 per night for a couple’s tent (see below for more)

Rodney's Wellness Retreat, Dominica

Where is Rodney’s?

Rodney’s is located just outside the southern village of Soufriere, on the former lime plantation of Kanawa. The retreat is actually a group of establishments including CarRod’s Gardens and Cottages, Big Banana Campground and Kanawa Restaurant.

The drive to Rodney’s Wellness Retreat takes under 30 minutes. After you’ve arrived in Soufriere, it’s basically a straight shot to your left. Just keep left of the savannah and you’re bound to find it.

On Location

The entrance to Rodney’s gives you a good idea of what to expect… a rustic encounter with nature. At Rodney’s you’re surrounded by CarRod’s Gardens with fruit trees, flowers and other plant-life.

Popular for its campgrounds, Rodney’s Wellness Retreat has found a niche market of foreign students and weekend hikers. They love sleeping outside in nature, and you can do that peacefully at Rodney’s.

Rodney's Wellness Retreat, Dominica
Top: the entrance to Rodney’s tells your that you’re in for a rustic experience. Bottom left: these green banana trees are a mainstay throughout the gardens, as well as other fruit-bearing plants. Bottom right: this outdoor tub is attached to one of the bungalows available for rent at Rodney’s.

Amenities at the Big Banana Campgrounds include: washroom facilities, barbecue grill, laundry, picnic tables, free wireless internet, and a hammock area.

You could either bring your own tent or rent one of theirs. Here’s a price list:

Type of Camping Rates
Family tent (up to 3 people) US $40 per night / US $255 per week
Large tent (for two persons) US $30 per night / US $185 per week
Couples tent US $20 per night / US $120 per week
Pitch your own tent EC $30 per night
Bring a hammock EC $20 per night

At Rodney’s you can also sleep in a regular bed in one of their cottages. Named after two flowers found on the property (Oleander and Hibiscus), the one-bedroom cottages come with modern amenities such as: television, sofa bed, fans, wireless internet, outdoor bathtub, and a patio.

Here’s how much it costs to stay in the cottages (for two persons):

Time of Year Rates
15th October to 10th February US $135 per night, no meals / US $187 per night with meals
11th February to 3rd April US $115 per night, no meals / US $155 per night with meals
4th April to 14th October US $145 per night, no meals / US $197 per night with meals

For more information such as local and CARICOM rates, cost for extra persons, etc. please call (767) 440-8222.

Summing Up

We walked the grounds at Rodney’s Wellness Retreat for a few hours before sitting down to chat with Bevin.

You need to visit Rodney’s Wellness Retreat soon. Drive down and have a meal at Kanawa Restaurant or stay overnight in a tent or in one of the cottages. You won’t regret it. Tell Bevin I sent you!

“Soufriere, one of the favorite villages to hang out!”

The team here is giving camping and outdoor life a whole new adventure the camp site is great. The food trees will feed your natural experience and satisfy your soul. The dining experience will also delight your palate. And the family and staff is kind, supportive and great with tours. Don’t kiss them on your Nature Island Experience. Plenty of Tranquility and Sacred Bathing Here!

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Rave Reviews: Extreme Dominica

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Extreme Dominica

Extreme Dominica Canyoning & Adventure Tours

From Donavin R (visited in March 2016)

First I’d like to say… this is a revised review for this company from me. There was an issue with payment that has since been resolved. Iris took great care of me over the phone and through extensive emailing… way more than I would ever expect from someone half a world away! She’s awesome!

The owners are the most gracious and knowledgeable people, they love their island and the work they do! Najee along with one of the owners were our guides… and both had great senses of humor and took great pride in their job! Safety is at the top of their priorities, along wit having fun!

The island itself is beyond beautiful… our favorite island in the Caribbean now!

If you are wondering if you should book this excursion…. STOP THINKING NOW lol and sign up for a unforgettable experience of a life time.

I personally guarantee that you will wish you had more time on the island after visiting with these guys. I can’t say enough good things about this company… in a time when you sign up for excursions and get less than you and your wallet expected, this company and group of people offer more than you’d ever expect and go above and beyond your expectations.

I hope you book with these guys because it will be your lose if you don’t!

Canyoning in Dominica
Canyoning in Dominica with the Extreme Dominica team. Photo credit: www.shorefox.com

From Jocie D (visited in January 2017)

I am not an extreme athlete, but I have dived, hiked, ziplined, rappelled, kayaked and rafted in multiple countries. This was, hands-down, the most fun, and unbelievably gorgeous, excursion I have ever done.

We were two families traveling with two 10-year-olds. We all felt the same way.

Our kids wanted to do it again, every day.

My understanding is that Extreme Dominica can cater to all abilities. The guides were wonderful and we felt both completely safe and exhilarated the entire time. There is rappelling and climbing and swimming and jumping.

The couple of pics I have really do not begin to do justice to the views. This adventure is well worth the price and I cannot wait to do it again!

Canyoning with Extreme Dominica
Canyoning with Extreme Dominica. Photo credit: www.extremedominica.com

This review and the photos were sourced on TripAdvisor.com, the world’s most trusted website for travel and hotel information.

Tour Guide’s Profile

Name: Extreme Dominica Canyoning and Adventure Tours
Location: Trafalgar, Dominica (about 15 minutes from the capital, Roseau)
Contact: (767) 276-2920 | (767) 295-7272
info@extremedominica.com
www.extremedominica.com
Description: They offer canyoning tours, guided hikes to Boiling Lake and other hikes off the beaten path. If you’re really adventurous, ask about their ‘night under the stars.’
Rates: US $160 for canyoning; US $100 for Boiling Lake tour (group rates available for both)
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Things to do in Dominica: Trafalgar Falls

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Main feature: Waterfalls
Difficulty: Easy
Cost to enter: Free for residents | Visitors pay a User Fee (click for more information)

Trafalgar-Falls, Dominica

Trafalgar Falls is definitely one of the top three most visited tourist attractions in Dominica, due to its proximity to town, easy hike and a few other reasons.

Recent pictures and videos of the site showed that it had changed quite a bit since Tropical Storm Erika, but I needed to see for myself, and so we drove up there one weekend.

Where is Trafalgar Falls?

These popular twin falls are a 20 minute drive from Roseau, into the Roseau Valley. It is quite easy to get there.

Along the way you’ll go through the settlements of Bath Estate, Fond Canie, Shawford and Lily Valley. You’ll know you’ve almost arrived when you see the DOMLEC power station on your right and Papillote Wilderness Retreat on your left.

On Location

The Visitor’s Center and parking lot were empty and hadn’t changed much since our last visit before the storm. We walked for about 10 minutes into the rain forest towards the familiar viewing platform. From there we were able to see the stark difference between Trafalgar Falls now, and the falls before Tropical Storm Erika. Here are before and after shots of the same location:

Trafalgar Falls, Dominica
As you can see, the waterfalls themselves haven’t changed much, but the foliage and surrounding areas are very different.

That said, the Trafalgar Falls still on of the most popular visitor locations, and with short climb you can take a dip in newly formed pools, courtesy of Tropical Storm Erika.

Summing Up

I was able to witness with my own eyes, the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika at Trafalgar Falls. Do you remember the sulfur pools just below the viewing platform…? They were completely covered by falling rocks and boulders during the storm.

On the bright side, an old sulfur deposit at the foot of the father falls was reopened and I hope to take a closer look in a future visit.

“Beautiful falls perfect for a hot or cloudy day.”

Take the bus from Roseau and walk to the entrance or a taxi depending on budget and physical conditions, pay your pass at the entrance and walk ten more minutes to the platform for an amazing view then you can climb on rocks to reach some nice pools or the top to go under the fall (left one) and alternate between hot springs (orange colored rocks) and cold springs careful very slippery! […] The musician on the platform is here to welcome you with a Bob Marley melody and you can buy a flute 🙂

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Things to do in Dominica: Papillote Wilderness Retreat

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Main feature: Botanic Gardens
Difficulty: Easy
Cost to enter: Free (see below)

Papillote Wilderness Retreat, Dominica

Papillote Wilderness Retreat is a true oasis and a unique establishment in the Roseau Valley. Take a walk through its botanic gardens, you will soon realize that Papillote is a compilation of the best that Dominica has to offer.

Papillote (pronounced PAP-ee-ott), was founded in 1969 but has its roots in the post-emancipation era of the 1850s. The retreat is named after two freed slaves, Pappi and Alliot, who settled into subsistence farming in the area.

The establishment has gone through many changes since then. It was once a farm, snack bar, restaurant and a nightclub. After Hurricane David, current owners Anne and Cuthbert Jno Baptiste transformed Papillote into a luxuriant tropical garden.

Where is Papillote Wilderness Retreat?

Papillote is located on the edge of the Roseau Valley village of Trafalgar, at the foot of the hill that leads to Trafalgar Falls. It takes less than 20 minutes to get there if driving and you’ll find the entrance on your left.

There is no charge to enter the property, but you will need to pay to use Papillote’s amenities and to take advantage of the establishment’s services. I’ve included a schedule of Papillote’s price list near the end of this blog post.

On location

Tour guide Jimmy was assigned to show us around the 4-acre gardens and he did a fantastic job.

He wasted no time and informed us that every garden area was part of a numbered system, from 1 to 32. He pointed out dozens of plant types, told us their names and even shared with us how some were used as medicines or in foods.

Anne is curator of the garden and she is very proud of the White Bat Flowers. They are very rare and originated in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. In fact, Anne owns the only two on the island!

Papillote Wilderness Retreat, Dominica
Left: This pool is known as the Iguana Pool. Can you see why? Right: Tacca integrifolia also known as White Bat Flower at Papillote. © 2016 Yuri A. Jones Photography

Summing Up

A variety of services are available at Papillote Wilderness Retreat. Check them out below:

Service Fee
Interlude for a Day (guide garden tour, luncheon and a bath in hot mineral pool and private waterfall) US $65 per person (call to reserve)
Bath in mineral pools EC $20 per person
Massage US $80 per hour (call to reserve)
Guided tour EC $26
Self tour EC $13

The restaurant at Papillote accommodates both reservations and walk-ins, but it’s always safer to call in advance (767-448-2287).

German-trained physiotherapist Ariane Magloire performs the massages at Papillote. She is quite busy and only sees clients on Fridays, so call to book your spot.

Visitors love Papillote. Here’s one review:

“Interlude for a day!”

Thank you to all the great staff at Papillote! The food was amazing, the service gracious and Marcel’s tour was superb! Our group all enjoyed every aspect of the tour and lunch and to top it off with a long soak in the spa pools only capped an excellent adventure!!! Thank you for a wonderful day in your gorgeous retreat!!!

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