Owner Beverly Deikel and partner Oscar with the Green Globe certification

Eco-luxury and wellness retreat, Rosalie Bay Resort, says its environmental efforts have been recognized through certification by Green Globe.

The resort, nestled in the foothills of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, is described as a local pioneer in sustainability management and the only Green Globe certified property on the island.

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses.

According to Rosalie Bay Resort management, the accommodation 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 Windward Islands of the Caribbean.

Resort officials boast that currently most of the energy used at the resort, including the energy to heat water, comes from renewable resources.

Its owners say Rosalie Bay Resort also actively contributes to protecting endangered sea turtles on the island by providing a protected nesting ground.

“We are excited to be Green Globe certified and to bring this distinction to Dominica,” said Beverly Deikel, owner of Rosalie Bay Resort.

“More 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,” she said.

In justifying the recognition afforded the Dominican resort, Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said, “Everybody at the resort considers the environment  in everyday decisions and little details – 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,” Bauer observed.

According to the resort’s owners,  97 percent of its staff members are local Dominicans.

They are said to have been employed during construction of the property and received professional training to become resort staff members.

“All of the resort’s 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,” according to a release from the eco-luxury and wellness retreat.