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Wellness in Dominica

Organic Healing in a Natural Environment

The settings alone will relieve stress and promote healing. Create your personal sanctuary within a historic waterfront fortress overlooking a picturesque Caribbean harbor. Relax where a black-sand beach meets Dominica's largest nature preserve, with a stay at an eco-boutique resort and spa inspired by nature and dedicated to wellness. Drawing from the organic bounty of land and sea, spa therapists create personalized treatment programs that revitalize and relax. Both body and mind are nurtured with meals harvested from organic gardens and brought fresh from the sea. At night, the sounds of lapping water and the rustle of trade winds in the palms provide the only sleeping aid needed.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, watersports and spa enthusiasts & adventurers from soft to rugged
  • Best season to visit: Year Round, drier January - April
  • Weather: Trade winds and forests keep temperatures mild throughout the year. Wintertime lows run in the mid 70s, while summer rarely sees daytime temperatures above the mid 80s

Dominica Information

Spa and Wellness in Dominica Overview

Choose between town and country to enjoy Dominica's premier spa experiences. Plan a stay in the historic harbor town of Roseau to combine spa time with a taste of vintage Caribbean life, or retreat to the island's east coast where the Rosalie River flows through a nature preserve, and Atlantic breakers wash a black sand beach.

Wellness in Dominica Tips

Reserve some time after each treatment session to wind down and rehydrate in a peaceful setting by enjoying a glass of herbal-infused water and taking in ocean views. Try your own hand at the healing arts by signing up for a massage class. Sooth bare feet with a walk on a black sand beach.

Best Places for Wellness in Dominica

At Rosalie Bay, earth elements include detoxifying volcanic mud and hot river stone massages. Garden-grown herbs and fresh-harvested coconut oil blends are used in the Gló Spa's massage therapies and detoxifying body wraps. Fort Young's Zemi Spa draws on the traditional healing wisdom of the Kalinago people, combined with the latest techniques from around the world.

What to Pack for Spa and Wellness in Dominica

The spa will supply the robes and slippers, so you have plenty of room left in the suitcase for some walking shoes, casual street wear and a bathing suit. This should cover you for post-treatment breaks that include everything from waterfront markets to forest trails and waterfalls.

Specials

Dominica

Secret Bay Dominica

2022 DIVE SPECIAL includes 7 night’s Ylang Ylang Villa w/ Pool accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages), complimentary use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards & snorkeling equipment, high speed /WiFi access, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Valid 6/26/22-9/24/22. Rates from $3,623 per person/double diver.
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Dominica

Rosalie Bay Resort

2022 SPECIAL includes 7-night Garden View Junior Room including full daily breakfast, $10 spa coupon, all taxes and service charges. Yoga in the mornings or afternoons on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (8am or 3pm), meditational walk upon request.

Complimentary 15 minute massage when room is upgraded to Garden View Premier or higher.

Optional add-ons for Spa Treatments available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

Valid 3/16/22-12/15/22. Rates from $573 per person/double.
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Packages

Dominica

Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night accommodations, all meals (full board, fresh fruit juices & snacks), 5 days 2-tank boat dives with Nature Island Dive, marine park fees, 1 scheduled excursion/activity per stay, 1 half-hour spa treatment, round trip airport transfers, dive shop transfers, taxes and service charges.
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From $2,329 per person/double diver

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Resorts

Dominica

Hotel The Champs

Small 5-room comfortable hotel, situated on the hillside in the Picard, Portsmouth area, close to the sea. Attentive and personalized service for all guests. Home away from home ambience.
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Rosalie Bay Resort

Amid the wilds of the Nature Island of the Caribbean, find peace strolling through our intimate, hand-built sanctuary, your stresses fade away. Time slows down, allowing you to reconnect with nature, yourself and loved ones. Experience the awe of watching endangered sea turtles nest on a black sand beach. Immerse your senses in unsurpassed natural beauty. Renew your well-being with organic cuisine and nurturing spa treatments. It is a vacation that is simply magical. Escape to Rosalie Bay Eco Resort & Spa, an eco-boutique resort on Dominica inspired by nature.
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Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

Jungle Bay is a unique oasis for divers, nature lovers, individuals, active and adventurous travelers, as well as for those who seek tranquility, relaxation, yoga and wellbeing. A place to wind down, to rejuvenate your mind and body in a natural environment. Jungle Bay’s accommodations are in 60 island-inspired villas (suites & rooms), nestled within tropical trees, banana plants and flowers. “Nature Island Dive” in Soufriere is located 5 minutes from the hotel; right offshore lays the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve. You can explore nearly 20 dive sites in the Marine Reserve and some of them – according to experienced divers – are among the top sites in the entire Caribbean! All of the dive sites are less than 15 boat minutes from the dive shop. The hotel offers transfers, guided hikes, excursions & activities, spa treatments & massages, yoga, delicious and fresh island meals.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp. No visa is required for stays of less than 6 months with proof of onward or return ticket. See the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you’re coming from the U.S. Before traveling check the CDC here.

 

Culture and Customs

Dominica is known as "the Nature Island" for good reason. It is a land of unspoiled rainforests, volcanic hot springs, wild rivers and waterfalls. More than 60 percent of the island is covered in lush tropical vegetation and protected within three national parks, including the Morne Trois Piton National Park, which has been named a World Heritage Site. The mountainous landscape rises to almost 5,000 feet above sea level to harvest moisture from passing trade winds. Water is one of the island's most abundant natural resources, and more than 350 rivers gush out of the mountains to create dramatic gorges and spectacular waterfalls that spill into emerald pools. Among the most popular are Middleham, Victoria, Trafalgar and Sari Sari Falls. This landscape creates a mecca for the adventure traveler. Tours and activities range from kayaking, bird watching and hiking to jeep/ATV safaris and mountain bike treks. For the rugged hiker, there is the cross-island Waitukubuli Trail, or the climb to Boiling Lake, one of the world’s largest volcanically-active bodies of fresh water. With a glimpse of pre-Colombian culture, a visit to Carib Indian Territory provides a chance to interact with the largest remaining population of indigenous people in the Caribbean. For a take on the island's current culture, plan a visit during Carnival season, when calypso crooners and dance troops take to the streets. Dominica has earned a reputation as the whale watching capital of the Caribbean. Sperm whales can be seen in the waters of Dominica through the year, but prime viewing months are between November to March, when mothers arrive to nurse their calves. Other marine mammals often seen in the same area include pilot, pygmy, and false killer whales, plus spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphin.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The island operates on 220/240 volts - 50 cycles, so both adapters and transformers are necessary for U.S. made appliances. However, many hotels have dual 220/110 voltage, with 110V US style outlets in the room, along with 110 outlets available in the dive shops for camera equipment. Approximately 70% of Dominica’s electric power supply is hydro generated. Diesel generators provide the remainder.

The island area code for Dominica is 767. There are 3 mobile service providers on the island, check with your local provider to see what plans are available or roaming charges will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Tap water is safe to drink, if you prefer bottled water, it is available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language though much of the local population speaks Creole (French based Patois). The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$ or XCD) is the currency used locally. Check the current exchange rate here. United States Dollars, British Pounds and the Euro are accepted. ATMs are available and dispense EC Dollars. Most vendors will accept foreign currency and give your change in local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Dominica is on Atlantic Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Dominica is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Dominica is a sovereign island country that is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is located SSE of Guadeloupe Islands and Northwest of Martinique. Dominica is 289 square miles, roughly 29 miles long and 16 miles wide at it's widest point.

Dominica's population is 73,016 (2016).

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