Dominica isn’t the easiest of Caribbean destinations to get to (most travelers will have to connect through Antigua, Barbados, Puerto Rico or St. Maarten) but the 289-square-mile island rewards travelers who make the effort with primordial beauty and stunning natural wonders. Hike or bike the rugged rainforest terrain; snorkel and dive; or simply stand and gawk at several spectacular waterfalls. And then there’s the party piece, the 115-mile long Waitukubuli National Trail, the greatest hiking destination in the Caribbean. Simply put, this is the most naturally beautiful island in the Caribbean — and it isn’t really a close competition. When you return to your room, make sure it’s at one of these, the best Dominica resorts.
Secret Bay Undoubtedly the island’s most romantic retreat (and the crown jewel of Dominica resorts), this collection of massive eco-luxe villas on the northwest coast boasts outdoor showers; private plunge pools; ultra-modern amenities and dedicated butlers to personalize your experience. There are few resorts like this anywhere on earth. Period.
Fort Young Hotel This 18th-century fort-turned-71-room hotel in Roseau is a solid choice for visitors doing business in the capital, who appreciate its central location; waterfront restaurant; and complimentary WI-FI. It’s a great place to stay to explore Roseau and southern Dominica.
Pagua Bay House This tiny boutique for in-the-know travelers is a lovely, sophisticated but relaxed place set on the cove of the same name. It boasts six ocean-view cabanas with all the amenities you want. There’s also a solid on-site restaurant and poolside lounge.
Rosalie Bay Resort About an hour from the capital of Roseau, this mostly solar-powered 28-room boutique earns its eco chops with locally sourced cuisine; a spa offering treatments using natural ingredients; and activities that include everything from turtle-watching to yoga.
Calibishie Cove Make one of only four rooms at this budget-friendly bed-and-breakfast above Hodges Bay your base for discovering Dominica’s natural assets. Make sure you stop by the jaw-dropping Red Rocks of Calibishie during your stay.