It is impossible not to be in awe when first laying eyes on Dominica. The dramatic Caribbean nature and local charm blend well to create a truly unique destination. Dazzling blue waters create gorgeous contrasts with the green jungle and peaks. Since Dominica doesn’t take large cruise ships or anything above small-sized airplanes, it retains its unique charm and authentic heritage. Furthermore, the island of Dominica is popular among independently-minded travelers and those keen on eco-tourism. And while Dominica may not cater to the masses, it certainly knows how to do luxurious hospitality Caribbean style. Here are five of the finest luxury hotels in Dominica that should be on your radar.
Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski
The gorgeous Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski is the first property that the renowned Kempinski hotel group has opened in Dominica. The exquisite resort is located in the heart of Cabrits National Park, meaning that it not only blends into the natural landscape, but it’s also surrounded by some of the most wondrous lush green vegetation on the island. Enjoy total privacy and seclusion in this remarkable resort with unmatched views of Douglas Bay and the Caribbean Sea.
The interiors are a bastion of peace and tranquility, perfectly balancing contemporary design and island lifestyle. Neutral colors and tones bring out the very best in the surrounding nature. The spacious rooms and bathrooms provide ultimate comfort, while the relaxing spa offers a range of treatments that allow you to forget any worries that might have still been lingering on your mind. Dip your toes in the sand or enjoy one of the four swimming pools within the resort. Feast on some of the best Creole cuisine on the island and don’t forget those irresistible island cocktails to celebrate your time in Dominica.
Secret Bay is a boutique resort at the very heart of the best of what Dominica has to offer. Surrounded by unspoiled nature, this award-winning hotel features six sustainable luxury villas. The surrounding nature seamlessly blends with highly luxurious accommodations, creating an experience unlike any other. The cherry on top? You can expect intimate and highly personal service, which caters to each guest’s preferences.
Secret Bay will impress just about anyone, whether you are here for a relaxed holiday, honeymoon, or reunion with friends. The villas are alluring and completely seductive. Some of the most charming in the Caribbean, some would say. Both inside and out, they are made entirely of sustainably-sourced tropical hardwoods. This gives each villa an instant appeal of 5-star luxury. Private plunge pools and covered terraces, where you can watch the sunset and breathtaking ocean vistas. Get nestled in among the treetops and let the relaxation begin.
We’ve heard of boutique hotels but an adventure travel boutique hotel is something quite new on our radar. Wanderlust Caribbean proudly calls itself that. With only five beautiful apartments, the boutique hotel also offers personalized experiences that allow you to explore Dominica, an island with stunning natural beauty and cultural activities.
Whether you’re going on a revitalizing hike or enjoying some delicious local cuisine, diving in the blue water depths or visiting a rum shack, it really is a remarkable experience. There are five apartments around a covered terrace where guests are invited to relax in swaying hammocks and swing seats. Sip on homemade rum punch as you listen to the nature buzz all around. The apartments and communal areas are decorated in an unobtrusive marine theme.
How often do you get a chance to stay at a hotel with historic significance? In Europe, perhaps more often than not. But here in the Caribbean, it’s another matter. Fort Young is located within the ramparts of an old military fort. That said, the hotel is every bit as modern as you’d expect. Its central and envy-worthy location faces the Caribbean Sea as the hotel sits in the main marina and even harbors one of the best restaurants on the island.
Despite its central location, however, Fort Young offers its guests privacy and seclusion. As you enter your room, you can expect the buzz of the city to disappear and all you will be surrounded by is the gentle sound of the waves and the fresh air from the sea. While the rooms aren’t huge, they are spacious enough and as an added bonus, each has a balcony or a terrace. Palisades Restaurant set within the hotel is not only one of the best ones on the island, but it is also favored by both locals and seasoned visitors alike.
Eco-friendly, focusing on wellness and encouraging adventure? That’s what Jungle Bay is all about. The eco-villa boutique resort has expanded from 35 to an impressive number of 60 eco villas in recent years, after gaining media attention and numerous awards. Overlooking the spectacular marine reserve on the Caribbean Sea on the southwest of the island, Jungle Bay offers a holiday experience where a blend of adventure, local culture, and delicious organic local cuisine all come together. Throw in pampering spa treatments and relaxing yoga and you really have a winning combination.
The Jungle Bay eco-villas are tastefully designed using stone and hardwood. This allows them to seamlessly fit in the marine sanctuary of Scotts Head and Soufriere. The lush surrounding forests and tropical trees create the perfect backdrop for your stay here and the villas are in harmony with nature. All villas are spacious, highly luxurious, and have everything you need during your stay here.