Begins Annual Resort Closure Effective Immediately, All Guests are Safe
ROSALIE, Dominica — Rosalie Bay Resort on the Caribbean island of Dominica has weathered the wrath of Tropical Storm Erika that struck last week. Most importantly, the staff and their immediate families and all of the guests, are safe and well. Originally due to close Sept. 18 for its annual maintenance projects, Rosalie Bay Resort has decided to close effective immediately due to damage Tropical Storm Erika has caused to other areas of the island.
While Rosalie Bay Resort and staff are thankful for sustaining only relatively moderate damage, Tropical Storm Erika left a catastrophic aftermath in many other parts of the island. The resort is assessing its needs while helping its community by any means possible and praying for the hardest hit sections of Dominica.
Staff and Guests
A skeleton crew was at the resort during the storm and tended to guests, a hallmark of the resiliency and care for which Rosalie Bay’s staff are known. Guests were safely transported to the capital city of Roseau over this past weekend in their first leg of returning home.
Thanks to the resort structures being built to strict Miami hurricane standards, Rosalie Bay’s buildings sustained themselves. It will take time to complete the overall assessment, but it appears the resort experienced moderate damage. Branches, leaves, sand and mud were left behind from the storm and will be removed. Storm-washed sidewalk pavers and fence slats will be replaced.
Situated along the banks where the Rosalie River flows into the Atlantic Ocean, Rosalie Bay’s river wall was damaged. Having taken on the brunt of the storm, the river wall kept rushing storm waters from entering and potentially damaging the resort’s main structures. There is no standing water in the resort and the wall will be replaced.
Infrastructure and Community
Island infrastructure that helps support Rosalie Bay has begun to return. Neighboring villages began receiving electricity and telephone service Sunday evening. Roads are still being cleared near the resort. The L’ Express Des lles ferry service, which brings passengers from the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia is currently running. Canefield Airport (DCF) located three miles from Roseau is open and receiving helicopters and small commercial and private planes. Clean up is underway at Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM), which remains closed.
True to its reputation for being a Caribbean island with a very low crime rate, the atmosphere in Dominica remains safe and peaceful as islanders focus on the clean-up efforts.
An Opportunity to Give
Rosalie Bay is grateful and humbled for the outpouring of requests from around the world wanting to help. Since 2011, Rosalie Bay Resort’s owner Beverly Deikel has provided monetary support to vulnerable populations—children and the elderly—on Dominica through The Resource Foundation (TRF). She invites everyone to help in the storm’s relief efforts by giving through TRF, the same foundation trusted by Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s and more to help them reach people most in need of help who often do not have a voice that can be heard through bureaucracies.
TRF has a Four Star Charity rating, the highest awarded by Charity Navigator for financial responsibility, accountability and transparency. This 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is a leader in philanthropic giving to the Caribbean having already thoroughly vetted the participating non-profits on Dominica to assure that all funds will reach those hardest-hit by devastating Tropical Storm Erika. Those wishing to participate in the relief efforts can donate using this safe, secure method by going online to give.
Welcoming Back Guests
Rosalie Bay Resort hopes to reopen by the end of October and will keep you posted with a specific date in the near future.
While there are several major island initiatives needed to assist in welcoming back guests, Rosalie Bay is looking forward to hosting travelers again this autumn. In the interim, guests and fans of Rosalie Bay will continue to receive updates on the resort’s recovery on the resort’s blog and through Facebook, and by subscribing to Rosalie Bay’s email newsletter.
About Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
Rosalie Bay Resort is an eco-boutique and wellness resort nestled in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons where the Rosalie River meets the black sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Rosalie Bay is a pioneer in its environmental efforts with the largest wind turbine in the region and founding Dominica’s sea turtle conservation program. The hand-built sanctuary seamlessly blends into its 22-acre surroundings with 28 spacious rooms and suites, waterfront spa, wellness program, and local and organic cuisine. Stunning natural beauty and modern touches work in perfect harmony to create a vacation that is simply magical. Early in 2015, Rosalie Bay was named a charter member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. Spanning six continents and including 24 lodges, Rosalie Bay is the only Caribbean property to be included in this prestigious group.