Raphael plans to rebuild a ‘bigger and better’ Jungle Bay

A room at the original Jungle Bay
A Jungle Bay cottage

Jungle Bay owner/developer, Sam Raphael, has informed DNO that his company plans to rebuild the well known resort on a new site near the original property.

Raphael stated that he looked at potential sites all over the island and decided to rebuild close to the original site primarily because of the strong relationship that exists between the resort and the people of the area.

He indicated that has found a large coastal parcel that is ideally suited for hotel development. He is currently working out final details with the landowner and hopes to make a formal announcement around the end of the year.

Raphael said the new Jungle Bay will be bigger and better
Raphael said the new Jungle Bay will be bigger and better

Raphael indicated that he plans to rebuild Jungle Bay “bigger and better” in keeping with the national reconstruction theme.

“We had 35 cottages however we plan to build 50 luxury eco-villas which will enable us to accommodate more guests and more employees than before. We are currently working on preliminary architectural plans to submit to the relevant government agencies,” he said. “We hope to be able to start construction as early as the first quarter of 2016 and to be ready to open an initial phase of the property to guests by the end of 2017. When we reopen we plan to introduce a new line of Jungle Bay branded products including organic herbal teas natural body products. We expect to employ close to 100 persons full time when we reopen.”

Raphael indicated that he has received tremendous encouragement and support from past Jungle Bay guests and from the people and Government of Dominica.

He stated that he has been in close communication with both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Tourism and that the government has been extremely supportive and encouraging.

“They want to put people back to work and we want to be able to re-employ our staff and host our guests, so we are all on the same page,” he stated.

Before Hurricane Erika destroyed the resort, Jungle Bay was ranked as the third best hotel in the entire Caribbean and the top hotel in Dominica by Tripadvisor. The resort employed a staff of 65 persons and hosted thousands of repeat guests every year.

Jungle bay was also known for its community initiatives like WEL, a youth entrepreneurship mentoring program and “Open Books Open Minds” a school based literacy program.

Raphael was in the early stages of developing a similar resort called Mystic Bay on the island of Barbuda when Hurricane Erika struck. He indicated that his number one priority is to get Jungle Bay, Dominica back on track.

Jungle Bay was severely damaged during Erika
Jungle Bay was severely damaged during Erika

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16 Comments

  1. Stroller
    November 20, 2015

    That’s the mentality Sam, I love this guy’s personality. When you fall, get up brush it off, pick up the pieces and move on again. may god bless you Sam.

  2. Erika
    November 20, 2015

    Sam,,what about the cassava factory??

  3. CYRIL Volney
    November 20, 2015

    thank you SAM. God bless.

  4. Rose
    November 20, 2015

    This article had me so emotional. I just love this man. He’s a go getter. This man breathes development. He waste no time. Please take a page from this man book.

  5. Music Producer
    November 20, 2015

    Go for it, Sam!

  6. Always Grateful
    November 20, 2015

    That’s the spirit, Sam! Let’s hope that more of those who are in a position to help rebuild our beautiful Dominica step forward to do so instead of waiting on the government and handouts.
    Success will be yours because your heart and mind are in the right place.
    May God bless and keep you.

  7. derp
    November 20, 2015

    good news!

  8. unknown767
    November 20, 2015

    There’s something real sincere about this man… I like him!

  9. Michael Norris
    November 20, 2015

    More power to you, Sam! Blessings on you. You deserve a national award of the highest order. I wish you all the best in your new endeavours.

  10. Concerned
    November 20, 2015

    God bless you Raphael and your endeavors. Dominica prays for your success.

  11. Dominican
    November 20, 2015

    Congratulations, I wish you success in this new endeavor

  12. too late
    November 20, 2015

    Sir we need men like you together with persons like Dr Thompson Fontaine to manage our country

    • only me
      November 20, 2015

      Who is Thompson Fontaine.

      • November 22, 2015

        Dr Thompson Fontaine is a Born Dominican like you and I, he is not the fly by night so called Dominican who do not know where Dominica is located on the map, and who are you only me?.

      • LANG LOU
        November 23, 2015

        hater, he is a brilliant mind who can bring real change….

    • Phillip Joseph
      November 20, 2015

      Why? why? Why? Why?

      Why do we have to be so negative? Can we not leap onto positivity, grab a hold of it and remain with it?

      Oh my man!

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