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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The review was sourced from TripAdvisor.com, the world’s most trusted website for travel and hotel information.
|Name:||Rosalie Bay Resort|
|Contact:|| (767) 446-1010 | (767) 275-2680 | (800) 831-9249 (US toll free)
|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|