The Commonwealth of Dominica—situated between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles archipelago—was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. But the “Green Island,” a lush and mountainous place rich with natural beauty (and numerous rivers, waterfalls and hot springs), is working to revive tourism, and in an eco-friendly way with a new plan to ban single-use plastics in the island nation.
In exciting hotel news, Kempinski has announced that it will open the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica in 2019. The property will be located next to Cabrits National Park, encompassing 1,313 acres of tropical forests and wetlands in the north of the island, and home to the 18th century British garrison called Fort Shirley, overlooking Prince Rupert Bay.
To quote the official press release, the resort has been “designed to preserve the natural balance between land and the sea, whilst ensuring a modern contemporary guest experience.” Renderings depict open-air pavilions and sprawling pools surrounded by flowers and palm trees; bedrooms come with four-poster beds, deep soaking tubs, hardwood floors and balconies. “Where luxury meets nature,” proclaims the official website, on “the Caribbean’s best-kept secret.”
Michael J. Schoonewagen has been tasked as general manager of Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica.
With a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels and residences in 33 countries, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. The Dominica resort will join the buzzed-about Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana in Cuba, as Kempinski expands its footprint in the Caribbean region.