Rosalie Bay Resort today announced it is a founding member of National Geographic Society’s newest foray in world-class travel experiences: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Rosalie Bay Resort is the only property throughout the Caribbean to be included in this.
Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, each lodge offers an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collection — numbering 24 properties on six continents — further builds National Geographic’s travel portfolio, which includes National Geographic Expeditions, Traveler magazine, travel books, photography courses and the @NatGeoTravel digital and photography community.
“Rosalie Bay Resort is proud to be a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and the only property representing the Caribbean in such an esteemed group,” said owner Beverly Deikel, of Rosalie Bay Resort. “It’s an honor to join this prestigious organization that also shares our commitment to responsible tourism and sustainability and believes in celebrating our beautiful, talented Dominican community. Rosalie Bay Resort is a small lodge on a tiny Caribbean island and in our first generation of tourism here on Dominica, National Geographic is giving us a stage to share our successful preservation techniques and to synergize with the world.”
As part of a comprehensive vetting process, every lodge in the collection was judged on the following criteria:
- The Property— The design and character are unique and authentic and the property provides guests with a true sense of place by celebrating the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage.
- Guest Experience and Quality of Service — Guests are offered top-quality service and exceptional and inspiring experiences — from activities that enable them to engage with local people to wildlife encounters with seasoned naturalists.
- Sustainable Tourism Best Practices — The property demonstrates a commitment to conservation and green operations; it actively supports the protection of cultural heritage; and it provides tangible benefits to local communities.
National Geographic deployed experts to each site to evaluate operations, meet staff at all levels, scrutinize the lodge’s impact on the local environment and community and ensure that these criteria were met.
“By creating this carefully curated group of hotels, lodges and retreats that meet internationally recognized sustainable tourism criteria while providing top-notch guest experiences, National Geographic opens a new chapter in the power of travel to protect our planet,” said Costas Christ, a world-renowned sustainable tourism expert and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, who coordinated an international team to inspect each of the lodges. “Travelers can feel confident when they stay in one of these lodges that they are helping to safeguard cultural and natural treasures in some of the world’s most incredible places.”
Rosalie Bay Resort is proud to offer guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience, which includes a walk to the friendly village of Grand Fond for a glimpse of everyday life. National Geographic guests on this tour can visit traditional Dominican homes and families while learning about island customs and meeting residents and farmers along the way. They will learn about the local flora and fauna from a private guide and even stop for a refreshing dip in a Rosalie River swimming hole on the return to the resort.
“The National Geographic brand is universally recognized for its commitment to exploring and protecting the planet, so we are uniquely positioned to unite and promote these exceptional properties and to set a new standard for tourism,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Travel. “These lodges share the Society’s vision of preserving the planet for future generations and they demonstrate that sustainability and a world-class guest experience can go hand-in-hand.”
For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit NationalGeographicLodges.com. For more information about Rosalie Bay Resort as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit Rosalie Bay.
About Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
Rosalie Bay is an eco-boutique and wellness resort nestled in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons where the Rosalie River meets the black sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Rosalie Bay is a pioneer in its environmental efforts with the largest wind turbine in the region and founding Dominica’s sea turtle conservation program. The hand-built sanctuary seamlessly blends into its 22-acre surroundings with 28 spacious rooms and suites, waterfront spa, wellness program, and local and organic cuisine. Stunning natural beauty and modern touches work in perfect harmony to create a vacation that is simply magical.
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