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We all know Sir Richard Branson has a sh*tload of money. Who else sends other billionaires to outer space? That said, he owns some crazy-expensive resorts he calls his second and third home, like Necker Island in the Caribbean and Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco.
Throw in a mansion, homes all over the world, land in Antigua, a super-yacht and, most recently, a private island retreat in Bali, why would he even consider staying (and paying) for a hotel room?
Well last year, he did, and staff at Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica remember him quite well. One source says, "He was very nice. He came and stayed in two of our riverside suites with his family. He was just really a nice guy."
So what makes Rosalie Bay Resort good enough for Richard?
For the truly green traveler, staying in a hotel that just offers to wash the sheets every other day is not enough. A truly green traveler goes to a place that is almost entirely sustainable, if not completely. Also, this green resort or hotel should include the locals and the surrounding area as much as it can.
Fortunately for these earth-conscious travelers, such eco-resorts are becoming more and more popular. And the latest one is set to hit in beautiful Dominica where the local government has not only approved plans for the eco-lodge, but is actually involved in building it.
The Distinguished International Hotel Group has got a partnership going with the Government of Dominica and the local Carib Council (representing the rights of indigenous locals) to open a resort with a hundred villas, cottages and tree houses.
A while back, we did a PM Linkage that linked off to some of the hotel reviews that we received. This review about the Jungle Bay Dominica however has been hotly contested by the resort's owner who wrote into us to say that the reviewer could not have possibly been a guest there.
As long time readers and hotel mavens know, we encourage both guest and hotel management involvement--as long as it is transparent. Our goal, as always, is to present you all sides of the story and let you, the potential guest, make your own informed decision on the property in question.
For now, we're placing Hotel Maven (if you are such a thing) WindiesWanderer under a Cloud of Suspicion.
The manager's response after the jump.
The New York Times' Mary Billard writes of the Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, an eco-hotel/lodge in Dominica and it's not for the faint of heart.
Get ready for no AC, heart-pumping hikes to access your room, and a serious lack of amenities. Billard explained that although ordering room service was available, she felt too cruel to imagine someone coming up all those stairs with a big ol' tray. But on that note the Jungle Bay Resort has provided much needed jobs for the locals who have been out of work. They are ready to please as is the partially open-air spa and restaurant and then there's the scenery. For those able to get over the lack of usual hotel amenities, this place provides serenity on a real level.
As for the rooms, their goal is to allow you to become one with nature :
Rustic luxe. The 35 individual, spacious cottages are on stilts, filled with sunlight (some seeping through the floorboards), and the sounds of the hummingbirds. All have balconies and views of either the water or the rain forest and are made out of local tropical hardwoods and volcanic stone. There is no air-conditioning or television. Some guests need to be in good shape: a series of footpaths connects the cottages, the highest perched like a bird's nest up 189 steps. And the vertical is steep.
The showers are outdoor, solar heated, and as Billard claims, "sublime." This is the perfect getaway for those of you who like to rough it. If you huff and puff up one flight of stairs or love central air, don't even think about it.
Just opened, is the Jungle Bay in Dominica (which is part of the Windward Islands in the Carribbean)-- a new ecolodge which features "bungalows on stilts" or as they prefer to call their lodging design:
thirty-five tastefully furnished tropical hardwood cottages elevated on wooden posts, nestled beneath the undisturbed jungle of Dominica.
For Yogis, this is your dream getaway. The resort's Jungle Bay Yoga Center has two indoor yoga studios with finished wooden floors and views of the ocean. There's also an outdoor spa and several dining options, including a restaurant that features organically grown food.
But despite the hotel's "Communing with Nature" theme, the latest amenities are still in place, such as coffee/tea making facilities, mini refrigerator, in-room safe, clock radio and private patio with furnishings.
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