Rosalie Bay Resort
Caribbean eco-hotels: four of the best.
Set in a palm-filled valley beneath the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons overlooking the Atlantic on Dominica’s south-east coast, Rosalie Bay Resort was built by a passionate, conservation-minded couple, Bev and Oscar, and opened in November. The resort generates 70 per cent of its power from its own wind turbine (the first on the island) and rooftop solar panels and is home to one of Dominica’s most important turtle nesting sanctuaries. Its vision is to protect the environment, boost the livelihood of local residents, dozens of whom were employed to build it and have since been hired to work there, and to showcase the beautiful island. Twenty-eight pretty bedrooms are shared among nine traditional Caribbean cottages with spacious, wraparound verandas, all arranged around an onyx-lined pool designed to mirror the colour of the volcanic sand found on the local beach. Highlights include Zamaan, an organic Caribbean restaurant with in- and outdoor dining areas, and activities from swimming in waterfalls and turtle-watching (May to October) to cooking classes and garden tours.