Known as the ‘Nature Island’, the Commonwealth of Dominica leads in ecotourism with its scenic views complimented by its sustainable development efforts. The country sparks the inner adventurer in visitors with astounding nature, lush rainforests, awe-inspiring volcanoes and waterfalls, and eco-friendly resorts and lodges.
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The Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski
Surrounded by Cabrits National Park, the unobtrusive design of this peaceful, hidden away five-star luxury resort in Dominica preserves the natural beauty and ecosystem of this stunning, unexplored volcanic island.
The resort is on the doorstep to the island’s matchless natural attractions. It is committed to protecting the authenticity of this pristine ecotourism paradise while offering an enriching guest experience that strikes a natural balance between land and sea.
The Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski in Dominica was the first Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme approved real estate project on the island.
The CBI Programme allows investors and their family to become Dominican citizens and enjoy all the benefits that come with it. There are two ways to become a citizen of Dominica: one can either invest in a pre-approved real state or make a one-off contribution of at least USD $100,000 to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF). All funds raised through CBI, and EDF in particular, go towards fascinating and far-reaching socio-economic initiatives on the island.
“We were very proud to partner [with Dominica] and the fact that we’re their first hotel in the Caribbean, in the lovely island of Dominica, has meant a lot for the island of Dominica,” said Mohammed Asaria of Range Development, a company that develops luxury resorts in the Eastern Caribbean, with partial funds from the CBI Programme. “It’s really put it on the map in the eyes of the luxury tourist.”
Recently named the “World’s Best Boutique Hotel” in the Travel + Leisure’s No. 1 spot in the 2020 World’s Best Awards, Secret Bay is globally acclaimed for its dramatic setting on the Caribbean Sea. It has world-class amenities, two secluded, swimmable beaches and limited collection of villas heralded for their artful fusion of high design and locally sourced craftsmanship.
Secret Bay emphasises sustainable practices and Gregor Nassief, the owner of the resort, explains the importance of its eco-friendliness: “Secret Bay was very proud last year to earn Green Global certification, and that was for our green and sustainable practices. And we are the only CBI project throughout the region to have gained such certification. Sustainability is at the heart of everything that we do. A few examples include the reuse of wastewater for drip irrigation, the notion of single-use plastic throughout the property, and a low carbon footprint.”
Jungle Bay Eco-Villas
An award-winning adventure and wellness resort, Jungle Bay Eco-Villas is located on the nature isle of the Caribbean. Guests can enjoy the perfect blend of adventure, organic cuisine, spa pampering and rejuvenating yoga.
Sam Raphael, Dominican born entrepreneur, and sustainable development activist is the CEO of Jungle Bay. He says the property overlooks “a fantastic bay.”
“We see the bay from virtually everywhere on the property. We’ve preserved it as best as we could. Everything is constructed from earth materials. So, it’s all volcanic stone and tropical hardwoods with the shingles. It has a very rustic feel to it, but it’s done in a very tasteful manner. We’ve got great swimming pools that overlook as I said the bay, we’ve got two yoga studios.”
The following resorts and hotels are currently under construction and are approved projects under Dominica’s CBI Programme.
Anichi Resort & Spa
Located on 12 acres along Dominica’s picturesque Picard Beach, Anichi Resort & Spa tastefully blends tropical foliage with impressive, world-class architecture.
Anichi Resort & Spa made the Forbes hotel list of the ten most anticipated Caribbean hotels for 2019.
Sanctuary Rainforest Eco Resort and Spa
Nestled in the tranquil bosom of the rainforest of Providence Estate, the Sanctuary Rainforest Eco Resort and Spa will extend across 10 acres of diverse flora and fauna. The resort beckons visitors to indulge in the true essence of the ‘Nature Island.’
Tranquility Beach Resort Dominica
Perched along the shores on the west coast of the island, Tranquility Beach Resort will provide guests with unmatched views of the Caribbean Sea. This prestigious, environmentally sensitive resort is located a few steps above two secret cove beaches.
Real Estate Investment Options in Dominica
To qualify for Dominican citizenship under the real estate option of its CBI Programme, you must purchase approved real estate worth at least USD $200,000. You are obligated to hold this for three years from the date your citizenship is granted and will only be able to re-sell the real estate under the CBI Programme after five years.
“It’s an exciting time in the Caribbean, which is seeing tremendous growth in its new hotel pipeline. That’s particularly on islands like Dominica, which is experiencing a full-fledged renaissance,” said Alexander Britell, publisher and editor of the island website Caribbean Journal.
Feature image credit: Secret Bay
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