Proprietor of Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, Sam Raphael says his resort was destroyed by landslides caused by Tropical Storm Erika and 65 persons are now jobless as a result.
However, guests were relocated in time and no one was injured, Raphael said.
“The mountains came down on the property. It is very unfortunate. What was fortunate was that our staff and all the guests, all 43 of them, were unharmed. They were able to be moved,” he said.
Jungle Bay was in close proximity to Petite Savanne which was devastated when Tropical Storm Erika ravaged Dominica on August 27. Petite Savanne was being evacuated this week.
“Jungle Bay is on the back side of Petite Savanne and anyone who knows the calamity that happened in Petite Savanne, we were not spared,” He said.
According to him, the guests were relocated to the Delices Primary School for a few days. The French Government then airlifted them to Roseau via helicopters. Raphael extended his gratitude to the French Government for assisting.
Meanwhile, he wants to meet with staff at the Fort Young Hotel on September 2 at 11:00a.m. The meeting is intended to discuss assistance for staff members who Raphael said are mainly from Delices and Petite Savanne.
He is urging employees to make an attempt to cross the blockage at Delices, assuring that a vehicle will be waiting for them from 9:00a.m. to take them to Roseau.
“…Right now my focus is to try to find a way to support our staff and their livelihoods going forward. We want to meet with them to put a plan into motion.”
Jungle Bay has received many accolades over the years. Forbes Traveler declared it as being among the top 10 eco resorts while the Independent (UK) rated it among the top five jungle lodges.
Islands Magazine placed Jungle Bay among the top 10 island retreats in the world.
Jungle Bay comprised 35 rustic luxury cottages.