COMMENTARY: Caribbean paradise needs a beautician


Destinations that ignore or neglect beautification will not make it in any top-five or even top-ten rankings and will just be considered ordinary and mediocre. Such will become their reputation and they will not attract more visitors regardless of how high the tourism promotion budget is.

The perfect paradise destination doesn’t need much of a budget, because the bliss will be cherished by eagerly visiting travel journalists writing articles expressing their adoration. Their word gets out to broad audiences that are interested in finding the sizzling hot spot for their next vacation, or maybe even interested in a form of investment for repeat visits.

The published awesome descriptions of the reporter’s experiences will stick in the mind of potential visitors like a stroke of magic. The preference and subsequent arising demand will be noticed by travel agents as well as the route analysts and planners of airlines. Courting travel agents and airlines which some consider the right strategy, may be a weak effort if the destination’s tourism product is just about average or less. In the end, it is all about what individual visiting guests desire and yearn for, a tropical paradise.

The destination beautician is the person whose job it is to improve the appearance of the destination by using the beauty features of nature. This beautician will be the guiding light for the stakeholders of hospitality and tourism at a destination. The beautician is a nature aesthetician who focuses on keeping a destination looking phenomenally idyllic, with a view to establishing the dream-of-a-lifetime destination for stayovers.

Unfortunately, no destination has such an explicit paradise beautician on the payroll or as a consultant.

Maybe creating such a proficient position should be a top priority to increase a destination’s attraction level. The beautician can be a stylist who creates a particular kind of magnificence in a destination that may set it apart from others.

The valued wealth of a destination lies mainly in its natural beauty. The dream getaway par excellence must be the embodiment of the ultimate tropical paradise retreat with breathtaking decor and scenery, reminiscent of the natural beauties displayed by lush, verdant vegetation and tropical flowers galore.

Look around you. Is that what you see now? What is missing? Maybe an eco-system depicting grace, serenity, sacredness, and beauty at the same time?

People are living in a world that ought to be better and they need help to find a way. When times are rough, an escape is desired. All the unpleasantness of the world can best be forgotten in the beauty of nature!

People want to rejuvenate.

Nothing makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty. And as for beauty being only skin-deep…, that is baloney. It is not just what is seen with the eyes, but also with the heart and emerging emotions. Let visitors get into an eco-system to be soothed and healed, and to have their senses put in order. The location should have the words “come and unwind in paradise” written all over and should not disappoint.

Beautification is much about creating a space in which to enjoy relaxing moments and focus on one’s well-being while surrounded by plants and exotic flowers that give an original paradise touch and a dreamy tropical garden appearance. The Caribbean climate is beneficial, allowing tropical flowers and fruits to thrive. There’s something about tropical blossoms that just screams “paradise.”

The striking blooms and exotic shapes of the local flora come in various colors, from vibrant yellows and oranges to deep reds and purples.

Let it be a space where tasty tropical coconut water is discovered and if so desired enhanced by a whiff of spirit as a sweet combination of love and rehydration. Mind that nature’s purpose of this liquid is to serve as a suspension for the endosperm of the coconut during the nuclear phase of development. Just imagine what that can do, that an ice-cold ‘rum-coke’ with or without a cocktail cherry cannot do.

Too often there is an aim to create a destination that is a kindergarten for grown-ups with adrenaline-spiking adventure rides. Every so often existing valuable beauty goes unnoticed because of being too busy trying to create cheap sensation with no lasting value. Losing is always tragic but losing because of thoughtlessness is quite deplorable.

“Great beauty can be found in the simplicity and sustainability of nature and at almost no expense. It mainly needs tender loving care, sun, and water. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty”, said Albert Einstein

Let the beautician be the magician who creates a fabulous way to immerse oneself, literally, into the destination’s breath-taking scenery, where visitors will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself, feel what heaven feels like, and capture it in their hearts. It will leave them longing for more. Simply translated into hospitality vocabulary, becoming loyal repeat stayovers.

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  1. Jinge
    November 15, 2022

    are you referring to a landscaper?

  2. derp
    November 15, 2022

    well the drive from Melville Hall nice, but as soon as you reach down Roseau side all that changes and you see how nasty and stinky and ugly Roseau is, that Roseau upgrade sine 2014 taking long eh

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    • MEME
      November 15, 2022

      I find many villages look rather okay, but stii need some sprucing up!!
      I was at Lagon (maybe in 2009), when Skerrit unveiled the artist design of a new Rosesu. He told his unsuspecting fanatics Roseau will be the envy of the Caribbean..The ‘fake’ then brought out his deceptive smile. His clappers clapped until……. See Roseau now!!! Broken sidewalks, kar kar chien strewn around the place, smell of “pee sar”, stagnant water with filth, etc, etc, etc, etc,. This man called Skerrit has really abused his own people!!!
      What a satanic human being!!!

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  3. Roger Burnett
    November 15, 2022

    This news item is ambiguous to say the least.

    Is it a promotion for a “beauticians” or just what? There is no clue as to its source.

    Given Dominica’s present state of selectorial confusion, we surely have more important things to consider.

    ADMIN: Thank you for your feedback.

    This is an opinion piece written by Bud Slabbaert.

    The post has been updated to correctly reflect that.

    • Rivers365
      November 15, 2022

      In spite of electoral confusion tourism still plays an important part in the economy of Dominica. We can do both, clean up Dominica, make it aesthetically pleasing for visitors. Today’s travelers, especially young travelers, are looking for an experience akin to nature rather than a vacation filled with thrill rides. Dominica has a niche when it comes to providing that “close to paradise” experience.

      • Roger Burnett
        November 16, 2022

        My concern has always been with the concept of “beautification”, whether it be planting crotans along the roadside or disguising natural human beauty with false hair, bleached skin and makeup.

        If we refrained from destroying God given beauty, there would be no need to attempt to beautify what’s left.

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