Dominica defies the Caribbean cliché on many levels. No mass tourism, your very own beaches and no rum-fuelled spring break parties. Nicknamed ‘nature island’ for a reason, the island lures largely individualists and eco-adventurers with its Boiling Lake, Champagne Reef, rainforest-shrouded volcano, sulphurous hot springs, superb diving and the Caribbean’s longest hiking trail.
Following the devastating effects from Hurricane Maria in 2017 that heavily damaged the Nature Island, there is a remarkable comeback being operated. Many previously affected properties have now opened and a large slate of new developments and resorts are planned to launch in 2019 and 2020.
The Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski will be the first hotel chain to open on the island. Surrounded by Dominica’s Cabrits National Park, the unobtrusive design of this peaceful, hidden away five-star luxury resort preserves the natural beauty and ecosystem of this stunning, unexplored volcanic island. Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica is committed to protecting the authenticity of this pristine eco-tourism paradise while offering an enriching, contemporary guest experience that strikes a natural balance between land and sea. The resort features world-class accommodation with superior hospitality as well as access to the island’s 365 rivers, countless waterfalls and natural boiling springs. The 151-room resort, with its breathtaking panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, invites guests to indulge in luxury with amenities such as a full-service spa, international cuisine, and state-of-the-art fitness facility. It also has two floodlit tennis courts, 4 hot and cold-water pools, and meeting space for executive retreats and intimate weddings. This unique hotel opens November 2019.
A second hotel, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, will open its doors on the island in 2020. The Anichi Resort and Spa is an environmentally sensitive, eco-chic haven that provokes quiet introspection as it does playful discoveries. An elegant introduction to an immersive island experience, Anichi fuses indoor and outdoor elegance with authentically curated touch points that celebrate the soul of Dominica’s vibrant culture and its indigenous peoples. Located on 12 acres of prime property at picturesque Picard Beach, Portsmouth, the 128-room resort blends tropical foliage with impressive, world-class architecture. Well-appointed guest suites with private dip pools and pool lounges; swim-up bars in infinity pools; specialty dining restaurants; a lavish ballroom; and a spa oasis, all position the one-of-a-kind resort as Dominica’s most desired destination.
And not forgetting the recently reopened Jungle Bay, a high-level eco resort renowned for its unsurpassed natural beauty. This legendary Caribbean property, less than two years after the storms of 2017, is back! Now in a new location on the southwestern corner of the island, it officially reopened its doors and welcomed its first guests into their collection of eco-friendly luxury villas in June 2019. With a décor inspired by nature, 30 units are open with a mix of two room types: full villas as well as villa rooms, and offers adventure fitness boot camps, yoga retreats, drumming and cooking classes, waterfall excursions and a spa with 14 treatment studios, all set within gardens, a fruit orchard and a banana plantation. A variety of package plans are also available, including jungle adventure, wedding, honeymoon, diving and wellness retreats.
Whether visiting for a few days or a few weeks, these resorts are the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica.