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It's been two weeks I've been working at Jungle Bay Resort and Spa in Dominica, and I have no complaints so far. Jungle Bay is a wonderful place, and the staff here are all really warm and friendly people. I guess it's no coincidence that of the 46 people who work at the resort, 43 are locals from the surrounding villages, where everyone is also …
... Will I be another burden?
Certainly not. I am merely a tortoise. I already know this, but Daniel will have to learn it.
The valley of desolation is true to its name. A boiling hot river emerges from the mountains. It's filled with sulfur. Sometimes the river runs a dark gray, sometimes a milky blue. Black streams ooze out, looking like oil. I can feel the heat on my feet, rising up from the ground. I'm only wearing minimal sandals. The sulfur is so concentrated ...
... Pitons National Park where we hiked to Titou gorge. We donned floatation devices and then jumped into the cold water to swim against the strong current into the cavernous gorge. One of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies was filmed here.
Our last stop of the tour was at Trafalgar falls. We went on a bit of a hike to the falls and then got into the natural hot spring. ...
... re unfamiliar with the paths, so I didn't take them.
I grabbed the bus back to the hotel (it's super-cheap and easy) and napped a bit. I called my tour company to confirm the afternoon tour, but was told it was cancelled. This is the only time viator has ever failed me. I booked and had confirmation that I was going, but because there was only 1 person, the tour was cancelled. I was disappointed, but more so because I wasn't notified until ...
... of the people living in Dominica are not native to the island, but still today call it home. This is because Europeans not only drove away and ultimately decimated native peoples of much of the Americas, but they also imported slaves from Africa to seemingly every piece of land they could grasp. Although the abolition of slavery and granted independence of many of these nations helped to create somewhat more of a national identity and safe-haven ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jungle Bay Resort & Spa Roseau
I just returned from a fantastic 5 day stay at Jungle Bay Resort & Spa. We paid for the jungle spa package, which I think is definitely the best way to go. The food was great, the excursions were fun and exciting, the cottages were charming, and best of all the staff was amazing. It was a perfect vacation. Thank you Sam, for a wonderful stay. We will definitely plan to make a trip back to Jungle Bay... 5 days were not enough!!!
A Great place to stay
The Spa Package is great. The local people and the staff at Jungle Bay is very friendly and the service is great. The rooms are very clean, and the organic food is good and healthy. I highly recommend Jungle Bay. I spent 6 nights there on my honeymoon and we want to go back. My wife and I have both traveled quite a bit and this is one of the best and most unique places we have ever been.
Jungle Bay Resort & Spa is the most amazing place. It is perfect for the adventure traveller or anyone just wanting a relaxing get-away. The staff at the resort were so friendly and made us feel so welcome. The meals were great. The accomodations are truly unique - beautiful handcrafted cottages amongst the jungle. The day trips that the resort has to offer are not to pass up. The boiling lake hike was tough but well worth the burn. I loved the adventure aspect of the trip. Dominica has strived to keep its reputation up as the nature island. they have done that. The island is unspoiled and beautiful. It is not a tourist trap where you are fighting crowds and pushing through line ups. We really enjoyed meeting some locals. They are so proud of their island and they love to share it with guests. We had a great time exploring by day and relaxing by night. I think this would be the perfect spot for a wedding. It was very romantic - like a second honeymoon for us. I really can't think of anything bad to say about this place. They have it all; a apa, a yoga studio, excellent food, great staff, super day trips/ tours clean beautiful private cottages.
We stayed at Jungle Bay this past december for a family trip and had an absolutely wonderful time. Sam (the owner and manager) was extremely helpful and saw to our every need. He even went so far as to take us personally to a Jazz club in downtown Roseau - a very cool experience. The resort itself is remote with only the sounds of the ocean to lull you to sleep. The bungalows are bright and open, made of local hardwood. Sam employed all local laborers to build the place. The outdoor showers in the bungalows are AMAZING. The resturant was very good - I espescially enjoyed the bannana pancakes with honey for breakfast. The island itself is fantastic, with many stunning hikes nearby (dont miss the hike up a blue-lagoon color river to Victoria falls). While we were there Sam was expecting a shipment of kayaks, something that would make the experience there that much more enjoyable. Jungle bay is a special place, with good people. You wont be dissapointed. If I take a trip with my girlfriend in the future, Jungle Bay will be in our plans. Thanks Sam, and everyone else at the resort for a wonderful vacation!
Why would anyone go to Dominica and stay anywhere else? We paid for the package with excursions, transportation, yoga and spa treatments. You couldn't get a better deal. Sam and Glenda have a good thing going. I hope commerce and popularity never destroy the charm. Everyone stops and introduces themselves. Sam walks around morning and night chatting with you. The cook comes to tell you goodbye because she knows its your last day before you even tell her. The guides are terrific and take you everyone you want to see. They have daily excursions and yoga scheduled. I hope they move past beginners yoga and they are able to have the lower bar staffed. When we were there, the hotel was not full so we didn't get to see the bars up and running. We got to know other guests and the whole staff. We stayed 10 days. I think 8 would have been perfect, as the excursions and menu start to become repetitive. Luckily, we were able to find plenty of excursions to keep us busy and sore. We will never forget this vacation!
Great time at Jungle Bay
I just returned from a relaxing and fun week at beautiful Jungle Bay Resort & Spa on the lush island of Dominica. My cottage/tree house was simple and well-designed for the tropics with cross breezes and small porch. The people at Jungle Bay were very hospitable and knowledgeable about the island. Food was good and the service friendly, if a bit on the slow side. Went on several hikes with local guides who knew the area like the backs of their hands. I went with a group that had yoga classes every day in the beautiful yoga center. If you want to vacation in a non-commercial, lush tropical setting and to get out into nature, this is a great place!
For the Adventous Soul - Paradise
Jungle Bay combines the greenery of the forest, hospitable engaging staff, and truly memorable experiences.
This is some place you'll be telling stories about for years to come. See our image library to get a sense of the wonder of this place.
Thanks Sam and Glenda for a truly inspiring getaway.
PS. Don't eat on the plane, if you are lucky enough to be picked up at the airport by one of the Jungle Bay guides you'll probably be stopping along the road to dine on all kinds of fresh fruit - for certain there will be fresh juice awaiting you in the car.
What a perfect vacation! Jungle Bay is special for so many reasons...
A week on the island of Dominica in the care of the remarkably friendly and caring staff at Jungle Bay Resort should be prescribed to anyone forced to endure a New England winter. I now use the memory as my meditation focus when I need to find a peaceful retreat in the midst of my hectic schedule.