Green Globe has certified Rosalie Bay Resort on Dominica in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.
The eco-luxury resort is a local pioneer in sustainability management and the only Green Globe certified property on the island. Rosalie Bay Resort is committed to providing high-quality services while minimizing the property's impact on the environment by using renewable energy and implementing eco-friendly practices.
Rosalie Bay Resort features 96 solar panels and a 225 kW wind turbine, which is the first wind turbine on Dominica and one of the largest in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. Currently most of the energy used at the resort, including the energy to heat water, comes from renewable resources. An additional 106 solar panels, which are 50% more efficient, are to be installed later this year to further enhance its renewable energy sources.
The resort also actively contributes to protecting endangered sea turtles on the island by providing a protected nesting ground. Every year between March and October three species of sea turtles â Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill â nest and hatch on the resort's black sand beach. Guests can take part in educational walks along the beach or night guard duty to protect the nesting animals, and can ask for a âwake-up call' when hatchlings make their way out to the sea.
âWe are excited to be Green Globe certified and to bring this distinction to Dominica,â said Beverly Deikel, owner of Rosalie Bay Resort. âMore than ten years ago, we set out to create a luxury resort that would protect the local environment, empower local residents and share the natural beauty of the island with guests. Seeing our dream become reality is very fulfilling, and receiving international recognition for our environmental and community achievements makes us very proud.â
Green Globe Certification's CEO, Guido Bauer, said, âWe are very pleased to award Rosalie Bay Resort the Green Globe Certificate. Everybody at the resort considers the environment in everyday decisions and little details â from installing LED lights and using chairs made from recycled materials to providing sustainably produced cotton towels and UV filtered natural spring water. Employees, clients, customers and the community are educated about environmental issues and sustainable work practices as well as encouraged to adopt green practices themselves.â
âThe health and wellness resort also has a 1.5 acre organic garden which provides herbs, fruits and vegetables,â added Mr. Bauer. âHarvested goods are used in the resortÂŽs organic restaurant, for cocktails in the hotel bar, or for natural spa treatments. Deservedly so, the resort recently received a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.â
Rosalie Bay Resort actively supports the community by providing a much-needed source of employment and training to locals, who were impacted by the decline of the banana trade industry. 97 percent of Rosalie Bay ResortÂŽs staff members are local Dominicans â many were employed during construction of the property and received professional training to become resort staff members. All of the resortÂŽs furniture, artwork and buildings were created and built by local artists and artisans, and the gift shop in the hotel features local artwork and crafts as well. A Beach Clean-Up Day with the community is organized each year on Earth Day and once a month.
About Rosalie Bay ResortRosalie Bay Resort is an eco-luxury and wellness retreat nestled in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Rosalie River meets the black sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Rosalie Bay Resort is a pioneer in its environmental efforts with the largest wind turbine in the region and founding Dominica's first protected sea turtle nesting ground. The hand-built sanctuary seamlessly blends into its 22-acre surroundings with 28 spacious rooms and suites, oceanfront spa, wellness program and organic cuisine at Zamaan Restaurant. Stunning natural beauty and elegant, modern touches work in perfect harmony to create a vacation that is simply magical. For more information, visit www.rosaliebay.com.
About Green Globe CertificationGreen Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com.