Responsible tourism: Dominica luxury accommodation, Rosalie Bay
Rosalie Bay is committed to providing quality service while minimizing the resortís potential impact on the environment through use of renewable energy and eco-friendly practices. Rosalie Bay is the only Green Globe Certified resort on Dominica and a local pioneer in its efforts to protect the environment.
Energy is generated from more than 200 solar panels and a 225 kW wind turbine, which is the first wind turbine on Dominica and the largest in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. Natural spring water is filtered with a UV system and solar water heaters are used throughout the resort.
The black sand beach is home to the first sea turtle protection effort on Dominica. Guests can witness three species of endangered sea turtles nest and hatch on the resortís shore between March and October. The program, which began at Rosalie Bay 10 years ago during construction, has been successful in protecting the turtles and educating the Dominicans about their endangerment and has expanded to other beaches on the island.
Rosalie Bay Resort only uses native species of plants for landscaping the property. During the construction of the Resort, great care was taken to ensure that the native vegetation was protected and preserved as much as possible. A plant nursery was also established at the start of construction, and indigenous plants were propagated from cuttings and seeds to be later planted around the property. The nursery has produced more than 2,500 plants for Rosalie's gardens and continues to produce plants for ongoing maintenance.
From LED lights to chairs made from recycled materials to sustainably-produced cotton towels and UV-filtered natural spring water, every detail at the eco-luxury resort puts the environment first.
Rosalie Bay Resort was built by hand by locals and continues to be a major source of employment for the nearby village. Currently, 97% of the staff members at Rosalie Bay are Dominicans.
Additionally, talented artisans hand carved sustainable wood into the intricate furniture found in the rooms, suites and offices. Rosalie Bay Resort works with local artists who paint and create the signs, fretwork and railings around the property. In addition, only local artistsí work is available in the gift shop for purchase.
Examples of merchandise include hand-woven straw sun hats by a local villager who is over 80 years old, oil paintings from local artists, hand-painted greeting cards, hand-painted gourds and masks made out of dead tree fern roots and hand-crafted jewelry from coconut and gourd shells.
Rosalie Bay Resort also supports several charitable organizations through giving and volunteering. Those include a local literacy program, the youth cricket team, Grotto for the Homeless (home for the homeless), Feed My Sheep (helps youth and elderly) and YouthQuake (disadvantaged troubled kids).