With its lush rain forests, rushing rivers, and charcoal-colored sand, Dominica feels like some primordial lost world. All that’s missing is the dinosaurs. The brainchild of American-born Beverly Deikel and her Dominican partner, Patris Oscar, Rosalie’s eco-friendly property is a microcosm of the island—and its first great place to stay. Set on 22 lush acres, its 28 cottages, each with carved mahogany and red-cedar four-poster beds, face onto a rocky beach or the Rosalie River. One of the world’s few carbon-negative resorts, Rosalie Bay not only relies on solar panels but has its own wind turbine, organic gardens, and spring-fed onyx-colored swimming pool.
Take a two-hour hike (organized by the hotel) on moss-covered trails to the hundred-foot-high Victoria Falls.