Dominica has carefully controlled its development, ensuring that the natural scenery and unspoiled terrain that make this island so captivating remain intact. While tourists will not find grand and luxurious all-inclusive resorts, there are a number of peaceful, secluded getaway spots to choose from.
The city of Roseau is the largest on the island, and is especially busy during the day time. Due to the large volume of tourists who visit the area, this is also where you will find the highest concentration of lodging options, mostly hotels like Fort Young Hotel, Garraway Hotel, and Sutton Place Hotel.
Portsmouth is another popular city on Dominica, more so with naturalists than your basic tourist. Its location on the bay, between the Indian River and Cabrits National Park, vacationers drawn to this area of the island are typically diving, fishing, and hiking. Portsmouth Beach Hotel and Coconut Beach Hotel are two such options.
To learn more about Dominica's layout, visit our Map of Dominica. Here you will find an image of the topography of the island, as well as further details on attractions, accommodations, and transportation.
Guests will find many hotel types to consider on the island, including two bed & breakfasts and one resort. If you plan on soaking up some sunshine alongside the pool, there are some properties to pick from that have top-notch swimming facilities. Click on their names to read more information.
A popular destination with on-site recreation is Fort Young Hotel. Guests will enjoy a restful night’s sleep in the quiet, clean, and comfortable guestrooms. Each of the guestrooms is ideal for both business and leisure travellers and appointed with a range of quality amenities including air-conditioning, ceiling fans, direct dial telephones, cable TV, Wi-Fi and wired Internet access, a well-appointed bathroom, a terrace or balcony with the most dramatic sea and sunset views you can imagine, and comfortable furnishings. They are located on Victoria Street.
One destination positioned on the water's edge that merits your consideration is Hotel Portsmouth Beach. Hotel Portsmouth Beach's Rates are Year-round with some specials during summer and festive seasons. If you have questions and want to call before making reservations, do so at (767) 445-5142.
If you are wanting to find a property with an active bar and club scene, Anchorage Hotel and Dive Centre is one spot you might want to consider. Each of the luxuriously appointed guestrooms at Anchorage Hotel and Dive Centre offers superior amenities like sumptuously soft duvets, a finely appointed bathroom, complimentary high-speed Internet access, refrigerator, and satellite TV. You can contact them at (767) 448-2638.
Dominica is home to additional choices too. To navigate to our detailed guide to hotels on the island, see this page.
You'll be able to find non-hotel booking possibilities on the island, including quite a few condominiums and a villa complex.
Dominica's Sea View Apartment is one property of this type Calibishie, in northern Dominica. Located near the Calibishie Coast, Dominica Sea View is an unpretentious spot for tourists looking to experience the real Dominica, rather than a resort's overpriced version of it. Stay in a lovely space with a view that is to die for when you book a room at this spot. Visitors will find them on Main Road .
Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments is a popular choice on Dominica. Although there are a few amenities that come standard like air conditioning, cable television, and WiFi internet, each unit is slightly different from the next. Seat Breeze is a two bedroom apartment set on the top floor, Moonlight is a two bedroom apartment which has the best view, and Sunset is a one bedroom on the ground floor. You will be able to find them on Mero Hill Road.
Sunrise Garden Apartments is another good choice to consider. With phenomenal ocean views and an impressive onsite botanical garden, Sunrise Garden Apartments is an attraction in itself. Enjoy your vacation here in the midst of lush greenery and pleasant ocean air. Find them on Calibishie Ridge Road.
These are just a few of the available options. To see our page about more villa complexes on the island, check out this page.
Travelers who love the great outdoors should think about the availability of eco-tourist options found on the island.
Travelers looking to book their stay on Dominica will be interested in choices like Jungle Bay Resort & Spa. The environmentally friendly Jungle Bay Resort & Spa is located along Dominica's east coast on 55-acres of lush jungle. A collection of cottages accent the property, but the true star here is Mother Nature herself. They're located on Off Delices Main Road.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat is a nice property on Dominica. Located near the small village of Trafalgar and the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Papillote Wilderness Retreat offers guests one of the premier eco-tourism experiences. The inn, which features ten acres of tropical gardens, takes advantage of the awe-inspiring natural environment Dominican Republic, all the while incorporating the comfort of a tropical vacation.
Nature entusiasts will be able to find a variety of different eco-lodges on the island, including Hotel the Champs. Hotel the Champs is on northern part of the island, about a 1-hour drive from the capital of Roseau, and is an excellent base for trips all over Dominica. With a large university nearby, the area around the hotel is filled with lively bars, all types of restaurants and eateries, small shops and services like taxis, rental cars, and travel agencies. If you are looking to call ahead, you can do so at (767) 445-4452.
Luckily, you'll find a wider range of eco-tourism choices. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, visit this guide.
Some vacationers prefer the independence offered by one of the many individual villa rentals. To read a more complete discussion of this specific topic, read this article about the individual villa rentals on Dominica.
Some visitors seek the simplicity of paying for everything on a single bill. There are many reasons why these plans are so popular. Among other factors, they sidestep the need to prepare a detailed budget.
Vacationers looking to stay on Dominica should consider opportunities like Sunset Bay Club Hotel. Guests from around the world have stayed with Sunset Bay Club Hotel since the hotel opened in 1997, and return visitors are the norm. Whatever your needs, the staff at Sunset Bay strive to provide, and make your stay so unforgettable that you choose them during your next trip to Dominica.
Pagua Bay House is a nice property on Dominica. The accommodations at Pagua are unique and evoke a sense of history that is unmatched on Dominica. Playing to the island's history of banana production, each room was built specifically to look like banana processing sheds -- with added comfort of course. If you want to call ahead, do so at (767) 445-8888.
Those needing to read more details about properties with inclusive pricing, read this article.
As you try to locate the perfect accommodations for you and your travel companions, there are a number of factors to consider – from finding a hotel that will have enough room for you, to how long you'll stay on Dominica. Click here to read more about planning your trip to Dominica.
The number of people you travel with, as well as the type of group you have will determine some of your accommodation needs. Large groups will need more space, and will find it cheaper to rent a villa or find a location that specializes in suites, rather than reserving multiple hotel rooms at one location.
If you are traveling with a smaller family, you may still want to be on the lookout for a specialized location – one that offers special amenities for children. There are plenty of locales that have babysitting services, kids clubs, and fun activities for families to participate in together. Some of the island's family-friendly locales include Castaways Beach Hotel and Rosseau Valley Hotel. More properties rated best for families can be found by clicking here.
Adults traveling without children may want to keep their interaction with the younger generation at a minimum. These vacationers will prefer to find a hotel that discourages children from staying with them. Likewise, couples may want to find an intimate location where romance is highlighted. Jungle Bay Escape has romantic accommodations for guests who dream of truly getting away from it all.
Dominica has a number of resorts that specialize in diving. This means that daily trips to popular dive shops are included in the cost of your stay. These accommodations include Anchorage Hotel and Dive Center. Some guests like to choose accommodations near their planned activities, and attractions they'd like to see. So guests who want to shop and visit landmarks will want to choose a hotel in Roseau, while nature-lovers will be happier in Portsmouth. Likewise, there are properties which are best for entertainment and nightlife.
The longer your trip to Dominica, the more carefully you will want to choose your lodgings. If you are planning an extended stay, you will likely be more comfortable in a rental property that feels like home. Weekend to week-long trips will be fine at a hotel.
......know what to expect......
Star Ratings measure the quality of each location, allowing vacationers to know what to expect from their accommodations at a glance. The prices within each rating are so broad and varied, that you can find multiple options within your budget.
With a 1 Star property, you can expect to find the hotel to be managed and owned by the same person. This makes for a smaller facility, but perhaps more personalized care. Dominica's 1 Star properties include 3 Rivers Eco Lodge and Sea Cliff Cottages.
Hotels rated at 2 stars can be small to medium sized, but the rooms themselves remain on the smaller end of the spectrum. The property may be locally owned, or a part of a small chain. Amenities will still be minimal, but the service will be slightly better than a 1 Star. Dominica's 2 Star properties include Zandolli Inn, Beau River, Tamarind Tree Hotel and Restaurant, and Evergreen Hotel.
Now becoming more specious, 3 stars properties are a great choice for many vacationers, because they fall right in the middle. Not too fancy, but not lacking either. These properties will typically include nice amenities, nice appointments, room service, and excellent service. Dominica's 3 Star properties include Calabishie Lodge and Papilote Wilderness Retreat.
Rooms rated with 4 stars tend to be large, with above-average amenities and service. These rooms will be beautifully decorated, kept impeccably clean, and have a few extras, like perhaps a mini bar or a flat screen television. Dominica's 4 Star properties includes Rosalie Bay Nature Resort.
There is no better choice than a property rated with 5 stars. These properties have spacious rooms, luxury amenities, comfortable linens, lovely décor, top-of-the-line service, and plenty of extras included in the price. Dominica's 5 Star properties includes Silks.
One of the benefits of visiting Dominica is that accommodation costs are much lower than most islands in the Caribbean. The small hotels and cottages nestled in unpretentious towns or in the forests and mountains of Dominica offer peace and seclusion at a low price.
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