Rosalie Bay Resort3.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Beautiful location on the Atlantic coast, great rooms and so much to do and see. Start your day with a yoga session with Judy, excellent organiser of a range of local activities - tour of the gardens highlighting spices, herbs and exotic fruits, a guided nature walk plus much more. All the staff were friendly, relaxed and delivered great service. There is a range of visits and trips, from easy to challenging across the beautiful island of Dominica all with a guide. Alternatively just get directions and walk through the rainforest or along the stunning coast, to beautiful waterfalls or historical 'escaped slave' trails. Go to the gym and work out with engaging resort owner Oscar. Have a massage following your hike through the rain forest. Enjoy the restaurant, great Dominican food - owners Beverley and Oscar eat there most evenings. At the pool bar try the local cocoa tea or a cocktail. Rooms are large, comfortable and well equipped, set in beautiful, well maintained gardens. Our room on the first floor looked through a tapestry of coconut palms to the black sand beach and the Atlantic breakers. Turtles nest on the beach - register for a turtle call to see them on the beach at night - we were unlucky early in the season and also too early for the hatching youngsters. Humming birds and a range of other wild life are a step away. Relax by the pool or keep active or all of these things. We loved it!
this place is soooo beautiful, i am from Dominica, been to a lot of hotels but by far this was my best experience, the ambiance, the staff is so welcoming and polite,the food was great! breakfast was my favourite. We had a couples massage done and thier hand are magic! its the best escape for couples looking for quiet alone time, will surely be back soon!
This is a beautiful location, but it's on the other side of the island for any tours or other activities that are happening. So, if you want to go Roseau to go snorkeling or start a hike, it's at least a 1-hour drive over very narrow, windy roads. If you're looking for a place to just stay at and experience the wilds of Dominica, then the Rosalie would be perfect. Regarding the rooms: We could never get our air conditioner to work correctly, even though we asked every night. Also, the ceiling fans would ONLY operate when the lights were turned on. (This meant they couldn't be used at night.) There were no screens on the windows, so we didn't feel comfortable opening the windows at night. On the positives - the people are absolutely wonderful. They were extremely kind, welcoming, and warm. Bottom line: Make sure you want this location and check the air conditioner and fan before you take the room! Otherwise, everything else was wonderful!
Loved our stay at Rosalie Bay and have been monitoring road repairs and other site accessibility to return to Dominica. We got a turtle call every night we were there and it was an amazing experience to watch a giant leatherback come in and lay eggs. Food on site was good and smoothies excellent. So much is walkable in the area and tours easy to schedule. Lots of beautiful natural sites nearby.
We stayed here for 4 nights in July - the weather was rainy (but fun as tropical rain can be!), Dominica is the real Caribbean - lush and green, mountains covered with tropical plants. All around Rosalie Bay there are forests and birdsong. We went to Champagne Reef for snorkelling which was lovely. Don't self drive in Dominica though, it takes hours to get anywhere round loads of hairpin hill roads! Rosalie Bay has a lovely freshwater pool and pool side bar - the watermelon and honey smoothies were lush! Breakfasts were a highlight and the staff were all very helpful and friendly. There is a 'turtle centre' on the beach which consisted of a sand pit vaguely marked off to protect the nests but I'm not sure how effective this is ... I think they need a lot more help to provide protection for these gorgeous creatures. I did see a couple of hatchlings being released, very moving and I hope they survived! Our room was on the far end where unfortunately the beach and the old spa had been pounded in the hurricane the year before. However, we had the whole block (4 rooms) to ourselves and there is a huge outside balcony where we sat and watched the rain and the palms swaying outside. There was still a lot of construction work outside the property but this was fixing the hurricane damage across the river mouth so can't be helped. We understand that the rooms on the river side were being re-built too.
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!
I spent 5 nights at Rosalie and loved it, even tho the blessed turtles didnt turn up! The location is great, thundering Atlantic beating down on wonderfully strangled and wind distorted trees against the calm and damp background of the rain forest, with a peaceful river alongside. Very good programme of informal treks etc... The resort, dreadful and misleading word, is a collection of almost Indian empire two storey bungalows which blend subtly into the geography. My room was more than adequate, very comfy bed, fridge etc ... and I could have had a decent sized party in the bathroom - I wish. The staff were universally friendly and couldn't do enough for you, the restaurant absolutely fine albeit very west indian, great fish, the pool delightful ... It is very eco, which I like, but not happy clappy sandal brigade thank goodness. Little touches were good, recycled water containers thereby avoiding plastic, umbrellas everywhere - it is rain forest after all. And they had a very cool dude of a guide Ziah, occasionally Sky: top man, very good at his job, excellent company, real credit to Dominica. Made my stay thoroughly enjoyable, give the man a significant pay rise. Would have liked an early evening bar, single travellers do need one to meet people,, but recognise not fiscally practical.
This is a very peaceful and quiet location in beautifully kept grounds. Lots of good walking trails nearby. The food was always good (we stayed nine days) and the staff friendly and helpful. Our room (402) faced the river and the balcony was a great place for birdwatching - 20 species from there alone! Our room was spacious, with a lovely decor and the AC was not necessary thanks to the proximity of the ocean and its constant breeze. Our only complaint was that the stone floors are not sealed (no urethane) so that walking around in without shoes guaranteed dirty feet. As a final very nice gesture, our taxi back to the airport was complimentary owing to the length of our stay. All in all, this is where we will return next time we visit Dominica. Highly recommended.
The location for Rosalie Bay is stunning but it is a long way from anywhere and with several disappointing evening meals and the food being more miss than hit, I'd say your money may be better spent elsewhere. Food was also inconsistent with the shrimp salad presented differently 3 evenings running with varied success in terms of taste and quality. For the cost of the accommodation the housekeeping service was inconsistent with some towels taken and not being replaced or dirty towels left. When our pool towels weren't replaced we had to ask reception twice for new ones before we got some. The redeeming features however are the location along with some of the facilities provided such as the spa. Not having your own transport can feel a little restrictive - especially if you want to try and eat elsewhere. We did one of the tours whilst there which was really amazing but highly expensive with 15% tax and 10% service charge added on top of the price per person quoted which excludes any form of tip for your guide. I have concerns about the rate of pay staff are getting based on the cost of everything. We heard they only get $5EC an hour which is nothing compared to the cost of everything you pay for. This may be a reason for some of the poor quality food/service received. I found Dominica to be an expensive island - definitely more expensive than anticipated which may be why I am a little down on Rosalie Bay. Having said that however, I did expect more for what we paid and didn't feel the resort was value for money. I'm glad we went and experienced it and if you are looking for peace and quiet and the ability to truly relax this is the place for you. For me however, I won't be rushing back anytime soon.
I went to Dominica (an island I had never heard of) to visit my granddaughter at Ross University in Portsmouth, and chose to stay at Rosalie Bay Resort determined simply by the reviews of other visitors. I was not disappointed! Even though she and I ended up being at opposite ends of the island, it was no problem. The drivers at Rosalie Bay were happy to pick her up and deliver her back to school so we could enjoy a wonderful but too short visit together. It included a delightful massage at the spa which completely worked out all the stress for her that medical school can cause a student. I was alone most of the time, but every employee beginning with Royston who picked me up at the airport and was my wonderful guide who taught me everything there was to know about Dominica to Duncan, with the beautiful smile, at the Pool Bar who knew when I needed a cold Kubuli beer while enjoying a relaxing day at the pool to BB, who made a killer Manhattan for me, and the waitstaff at the restaurant could not have been more attentive to my needs. My suite was beautiful and was kept immaculately clean. I enjoyed sitting on my second floor porch with a view of the gardens, listening to the waves crash, while reading and thinking about how lucky I was to be there during the one rainy day which was made even lovelier by the gentle rain. I hiked with new found friends to the top of the nature trail, sat on the black sand beach every morning contemplating in total awe of what nature had provided, and saw amazing waterfalls and vistas during tours with my guide. I can't wait to go back.
- Free continental breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Rosalie Bay Resort is located 6.1 mi (9.9 km) from Boiling Lake and 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Sari Sari Falls. This 28-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with free breakfast, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. It's on the beach and also within a 15-minute drive of Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Zamaan, the resort's onsite restaurant. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.
All 28 air-conditioned rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, iPod docks, and refrigerators. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Coffee makers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are also standard.
Guests of Rosalie Bay Resort enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. If you drive, self parking is USD 12.00 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 95.00 per vehicle one way. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services and concierge services. Other amenities at this beach resort include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a garden.
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95% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 260 reviews