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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).