Dominica's Rosalie Bay Reopens After 2017 Hurricane Devastation
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Dominica’s Rosalie Bay closed after suffering a direct hit from Category 5 Hurricane Maria in SEP 2017. The property will once again welcome guests as of FEB 2020, with a renovated reception centre, restaurant, spa, fitness centre, onyx-lined pool, special events centre and all 28 rooms and suites.
Now known as Rosalie Bay Eco-Resort, the property is nestled on the southeastern side of Dominica in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons where the Rosalie River meets the black sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.
While the resort was damaged, the staff endured personal devastation, as well. The resort’s leadership dedicated itself to helping those in need including bringing in professional crisis responders from off island who provided long-term aid.
Now under new management, the locally owned and operated resort promises authentic ‘Nature Island’ hospitality.
Resort management says hiking trails have been restored, and the region's vegetation and native songbirds are once again flourishing. Even the sea turtles, including giant 1,000 pound-Leatherbacks, are nesting, and hatchlings are taking their first steps on Rosalie’s black sand beach to begin life at sea.
“With no large groups or tour buses, Rosalie Bay guests can enjoy relaxing or strenuous hiking excursions with their own private guides,” a press release states.
Dominica is an ideal setting for an active vacation. Adventurists can climb 5,000 feet and explore six variations of forest in a single day, traverse terrain still being formed by geothermal energy, summit volcano peaks or leap into the base of waterfalls to cool off.
Along 365 rivers -- one for every day of the year -- active travellers can trek almost 500 km of trails including the Waitukubuli National Trail stretching 185 km from tip to tip of the island.
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.