Where to stay in Dominica

If you’ve read any of my blog posts from Dominica you will have noticed I fell head over heals in love with this beautiful Caribbean island. It isn’t your typical white sand, all-inclusive, pina colada on the beach kind of island, it’s so much more.

Dominica is an island for nature lovers. It’s for adventurous travellers who want to see more and do more and really appreciate the unusual beauty of the Caribbean.

While I was in Dominica I had the chance to stay in five different hotels in different areas around the island. This might sound exhausting to some people but I love staying in hotels so it was a dream for me!

Each hotel was truly magical and offers something different for each traveller depending on what you’re looking for.

Rosealie Bay

Best for: Turtle spotting + pure relaxation

Location: Rosalie

Rosalie Bay is the place to be if you’d like to see turtles laying their eggs on the beach. I was unlucky and arrived at around 9pm after my flight and just missed a sighting on the beach. Turtles lay their eggs at night and people patrol the beach all night to protect the hatchlings from poachers. They can also alert curious guests to hatchlings and layings and will wake you up if you request it. Turtles are spotted on the beach most nights during the laying season but if you want to guarantee a sighting it’s best to stay a few nights.

Aside from the turtles, Rosalie Bay is beautiful. I felt tucked away from the entire world in this little oasis. The entire resort is surrounded by trees and lush gardens so I was never sure where it ended and began. My room was luxuriously spacious with fast wifi and views over the garden.

A black sand beach is nearby and provided a dramatic spot for my early morning beach runs.

Rosealie Bay Dominica

Rosealie Bay Beach

Rosealie Bay

Rosealie Bay Swimming pool

Jungle Bay

Best for: Eco luxury

Location: Roseau

I’ve already written an entire post about Jungle Bay because I fell head over heels in love with this place. Luxury cottages perch above the trees and overlook the sea and basically fulfill every childhood holiday dream you ever had. I love their focus on wellness at Jungle Bay and each day begins with yoga, healthy meals and lots of hikes and activities to discover the island.

Jungle Bay Cottage inside

Fort Young Hotel

Best for: City Center location and scuba diving

Location: Roseau center

Fort Young Hotel is a stylish hotel in the center of Roseau. This is a great place to base yourself if you’ll be scuba diving while you’re in Dominica and the hotel offers lots of options on a daily basis. I had an incredible view from my room overlooking the sea and there are a couple of bars to choose from with an equally amazing view. Fort Young Hotel is perfect if a central location is your main priority but the hotel didn’t blow me away like Jungle Bay and Rosalie Bay did as I prefer the remote locations.

Fort Young Hotel Views

Atlantic View Resort

Best for: Golden Beaches

Location: Anse-De-Mai

Atlantic View Resort has so much potential to be an incredible hotel. I say ‘it has potential’ because while I was staying there it was the off-peak season and I was the only guest. There was very much a feeling that it wasn’t quite finished and despite the lovely staff making me feel right at home, it did feel a little bit strange. I had an enormous suite overlooking the sea and made full use of the pool and the nearby beach. As most of the beaches in Dominica are either pebble or black sand, this hotel is a great option if you’re looking for golden sands and a calm swimming spot.

Atlantic View Resort Dominica

Atlantic View Resort

Atlantic View Resort pool

Atlantic View Resort cocktails by pool

Beach near Atlantic View Resort

Sea near Atlantic View Resort

Pagua Bay House

Best for: Seaside luxury near the airport

Location: Pagua Bay

These ocean front cabanas have a luxury, nautical feel and gorgeous views out to sea. The cabanas look like little huts from the outside but the décor, top quality bathroom and huge beds with thick duvets give it that luxurious feel. Pagua Bay House is just 10 minutes from the airport so it’s a great option if you’re leaving or arriving late. But don’t worry, it’s not like being on the Heathrow flight path, I don’t remember noticing a single plane while I was there. The bar and grill is really cool and serves delicious food with fresh seafood and Mexican specialties.

Pagua Bay House Dominica

Pagua Bay House

Pagua Bay House Mexican food

Pagua Bay House Dog

If you can’t decide which hotel is right for you then why not jump around like I did. I was surprised to find that even the hotel managers encourage this and recommend guests stay in different areas depending on which activities they’d like to take part in.

 

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

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