New Jungle Bay Resort will be bigger says Sam Raphael

Sam Raphael speaking at the Diaspora Forum (Video screen shot)

Developer of the new Jungle Bay Resort now being constructed in the Soufriere area, Sam Raphael, says when the facility reopens in 2019, it will bigger and better.

“We are opening for business in 2019, far more resilient, a little over twice the size that we were before; going to  employ way more than we did before. The feed back on it, it’s just been phenomenal,” Raphael stated at a government-organized Diaspora Forum recently.

He said there were some “tremendous, high-powered people” involved.

“We have the second highest ranking Buddhist official in the world. He has a congregation of over 100 million people. The Karmapa Lama is also bringing in a number of people to do retreats at Jungle Bay and those are just two examples of some of the CBI citizens,” Raphael said. “So, it’s not just the money we’re going after. Again..they are Dominicans by CBI. You are Dominicans by the womb, by birth or by marriage. All Dominicans, we are the assets of this country and it’s about bringing us together and doing something about your country.”

Raphael decided to build the new resort at Morne Acouma in the southern part of Soufriere after the original Jungle Bay Resort which was located in Delices on the eastern coast of the island, was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015.

The new Jungle Bay Resort will include about 120 villa suites and in terms of buildings, there will be 60 of them where guests will stay. There will also be an inside and outdoor restaurant that hosts about 150 people.

The project is being funded under the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme .

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48 Comments

  1. November 11, 2018

    Hello and good morning my people. Well Mr Raphael suppose you have a falling out with our Prime Minister can he claim the hotel because it’s bring built with CBI funds which is money from out treasury. I can’t see how this hotel can be yours when it’s being build with our government money. There are a number of new hotels being build but we don’t have the over night staying guest to make them profitable and the roads are in poor condition just to get to this property. Anyway an coming home and will visit this hotel because I believe in supporting our economy.

  2. Joseph John
    November 7, 2018

    Wow . Bloggers or posters, on this media, especially those belonging to the TIM TEAM gang ( pac) never cease to surprise me.
    Here is a Dominican who returned to his homeland to contribute to the development of his country and the opposition force is trying to give him hells. WHY ? ……….I think I will stop now because what I will say DNO will not print . I will only add this “by their blue colour you shall know them”.

    MAR-GWAY-SA ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  3. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 7, 2018

    Skerritt had you sing for your hotel. You decided to join Skerritt to try and inplicate the UWP in a corrupt scheme and this was in exchange for you to get to sell passports. Skerritt picked you as a winner so enjoy your spoils. But don’t you think that other people in the hospitality industry needed help as well even if they don’t sing for their hotels?

  4. RandyX
    November 7, 2018

    I used to stay at your place a few times. Now you have taken a path which goes against my nature. Good luck Sam, you won’t see me at your place again. I hope you have an exit strategy if Skerrit loses the next election.

  5. Camem
    November 7, 2018

    Hello hello.I was not born in the USA but i voted yesterday.I am a born Dominican !!

    • DEE
      November 7, 2018

      Camem
      May i politely ask, where do you reside , and for how long now ?
      you do not have to answer if you can guess where i am coming from .

  6. out of south city
    November 6, 2018

    It seems like we have let the love of money become our priority instead of contributing to helping our people get on their feet again. Our parents, who did not even have a “so-called education,” were smarter and filled with more wisdom than some of the modern businessmen and women. They owned property, land and livestock and life was better in those days as far as togetherness. They worked together, ate together, danced and shared together. From the moment foreigners started coming to DA, things changed for the worse. The class system was introduced, and religion and politics became the two institutions to segregate us as a people. The church, which was also involved in slavery, caused more division than anything. The priests became Massa over the people by using religion, which has perpetually done a number on us. Then the politicians followed suite as well. We were not born with a religion or politics and as long as these two institutions exit, we will never be free.

    • Your auntie brother
      November 7, 2018

      Your memory is short brother. You seem to forget it was foreigners that brought us here from Africa in the first place. The mess we are in today is all home made, we are independent are we not.

      • out of south city
        November 7, 2018

        Slave masters brought our fore-parents here, used them for their own good and set them against each other. The lighter ones against the darker ones. Thence, the class system was instituted. You need to know your history. African History, instead of all the European history that has caused our demise. A good reading is The Willie Lynch Letter. As a result, the descendants of slaves have perpetually been divided. That’s why it is left to us, to know our history (African) and rise up from that degradation of His-tory. Further readings and research are by some of our great African scholars, Dr. Ben Yochanan, Professor James Smalls, Booker T Coleman, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Ashra Kwesi.
        When your mind is liberated from mental slavery then you are INDEPENDENT. Why is it that we still have the face of that queen on our money and why do sell our passports to people of whom we have no knowledge, and why do we depend on foreign countries to come to the island to build? What is INDEPENDENT?

        ADMIN: Your appoints are appreciated, we encourage everyone to read their history and critically scrutinize any document that makes historical claims. There is significant evidence that questions the validity of the Willie Lynch Letter. Deception can only be effectively countered with truth. You can read more in this commentary: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/features/commentary/finding-the-truth-in-deception-disunity-versus-unity-of-hate/

      • out of south city
        November 7, 2018

        Do you realise that the foreigners were the ones who enslaved your fore-parents? If you need to know African history, please do your assignment and stop living in the world of the Caucasians (who lived in the Caucaus mountains in Europe). Why do you think they didn’t not want us to know our African Story? They wanted us to be eternal slaves just as Willie Lynch suggested in The Willie Lynch Letter. Stop letting the Cave man tell you who you are and find out who you are from your own kind. Suggested readings: Dr. Yosef Ben Yochanan, Professor James Smalls, Ashra Qwesi, Booker T. Coleman. Unless you elevate your mind, you will never be INDEPENDENT. Tell me, if you think you are INDEPENDENT, why is the queen’s picture still on the money that you use? And why are we selling our passports to foreigners of whom we have no knowledge, who could have well committed crime in their countries? ARE YOU REALLY INDEPENDENT? If so, you would not make that comment you did. Emancipate your…

        ADMIN: Your appoints are appreciated, we encourage everyone to read their history and critically scrutinize any document that makes historical claims. There is significant evidence that questions the validity of the Willie Lynch Letter. Deception can only be effectively countered with truth. Read more here: https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/features/commentary/finding-the-truth-in-deception-disunity-versus-unity-of-hate/

    • November 8, 2018

      @out of south city November 6, 2018

      May I who is we? I see that you have a few people who agree with you, but you will much more than a few to call it we, you see.

      If you feel that you are trapped it is because you do not have the truth. So go search for the truth–like most of did–and you will know all about freedom.

      • out of south city
        November 8, 2018

        And tell me, what is the truth? That jesus died for you two thousand years ago and that he is coming back in the clouds to to take you to heaven? Keep on waiting until you can’t wait anymore. You see, these are the myths that we have believed due to the indoctrination by those who who captured, bought and sold our fore-parents. As I have mentioned before, religion was used to captivate our minds and have us looking up to the clouds for gold while those who gave it to us are on the richest continent, Africa, reaping the gold.
        If we do not elevate our minds from religion, we will never be FREE mentally and spiritually. We were made to be a religious people by force.
        UNAPOLOGETIC

  7. Bank of Skerrit Inc.
    November 6, 2018

    When I listen to the argument of the blogger with??????????’ it is clear that Domininicans that are willing to worship Skerrit are ready to bypass the local Banks and go straight to Skerrit for CBI money to run their business. It is in that light that landlords especially in the Portsmouth area that lost their business, should not pay a cent to the bank and instead, allow the bank to take their property if what they owe is more than what their building is worth. Or ask Skerrit for CBI passports to sell so they could make their payments

  8. Bank of Skerrit Inc.
    November 6, 2018

    You talking crap you ????????? Didn’t jungle bay employ people before? Was Sam given our passports to sell or he had to take a loan to run his business? Should we now shut down all our banks, since Skerrit’s way of doing business is to bipass the banks and just turn to Skerrit and his our passport money! That being the case every single business place that has people employed should shut down the bleddy place and go get money from Skerrit tax free. Can’t believe all you supporting this nonsense man

  9. FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY
    November 6, 2018

    Them belly full but we hungry
    A hungry mob is an angry mob
    A rain a-fall but the dirt, it tough
    A pot a-cook but the food no ‘nough

    When one’s modus operandi is a cognitive or perceptual process distorted by the need to maintain and enhance self-esteem, or the tendency to perceive oneself in an overly favorable manner doomsday occurs. Such individuals tend to ascribe success to their own abilities and efforts, but ascribe failure to external factors. When they reject the validity of negative feedback, focus on their strengths and achievements but overlook their faults and failures, or take more responsibility for their group’s work than they give to other members, they are protecting their ego from threat and injury. These cognitive and perceptual tendencies perpetuate illusions and error, but they also serve the self’s need for esteem.

  10. Bernard Wiltshire
    November 6, 2018

    Dominicans by CBI are not genuine Dominicans. We should never confuse the people about that. Otherwise we will fall into Messrs Skettitt and Savarin’s trap of allowing overseas voting in our elections in which those passport hucksters will be alowed to vote and completely subvert the sovereignty of the real people of the island. That would be the final act of self-dispossession which would finally see the demise of the African/Kalinago control of the island.

    • Michael Norris
      November 6, 2018

      Certainly, the vote of the people born in Dominica and living in Dominica should not be diluted. Their votes should determine the government of Dominica. This is why I propose having a Diaspora Constituency where people living in the Diaspora would vote for someone to represent them in the Parliament instead of allowing full-time overseas-based citizens to vote in the existing 21 constituencies. Their representative would not be allowed to participate in votes of no-confidence.

    • out of south city
      November 6, 2018

      Say on, my brother. It seems like this administration is selling the the soul of Dominica to foreigners. Our people are so blind-folded that they can’t see what is really happening because they are bribed by pittance from the so-called Doctor, who did not even earn what was bestowed on him. My question is, why have we allowed politics to wrap our minds so much that we have forgotten to treat each other with love and respect? Pretty soon, foreigners will dominate the island, as a result of this CBI programme. We need to rise and stand against this nonsense and find our way again, just as our forefathers laid the foundation for us. We have forsaken the way of our fore-parents, and have accepted Massa’s way and this is what we are faced with. Our fore-parents must be turning in their graves because we have gotten off the track.

    • Me
      November 7, 2018

      Bernard, it would be a travesty….of our own making.

  11. The Bible Way
    November 6, 2018

    Wow Sam Rafael I never thought you were such a good worshipper. Sam you know the three Hebrew boys could do just like you and become millionaires? But when it was their turn to choose they said this instead: Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king saying, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you concerning this matter. If it is so, our God whom we serve is able to save us from the furnace of blazing fire and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. Yet even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you set up.” Dan. 3:16-18.
    Moses could have done just like you and become a millionaire. But instead we read this: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
    Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season”Heb. 11: 24-25 Your good days will soon end my brother and friend.

  12. %
    November 6, 2018

    A full blown Labourite now.Once I get what I want,to hell with right or wrong.Thats what the majority of these so called guys/men are all about…”””To hell with Dominica”””!!!!
    Skerrit should compell you to go talk more foolishness on the radio about selling of diplomatic passport.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Me One
      November 6, 2018

      Shut your front door 🚪 % and get a life.

  13. zandoli
    November 6, 2018

    Make sure you get insurance against fire/earthquake and hurricane.

  14. %
    November 6, 2018

    Here comes another one!!!!!!? You must be working magic to benefit so significantly from our birthright document,while so many other Dominicans are hungry and marginalised .No wonder Skerrit can use you all to go on the media and make a royal fool of yourselves.Get off my computer screen!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • ????????????????
      November 6, 2018

      You again! You must seating on the block! You are not lazy!
      Show what you have done Great Worker man or woman %!

      • Joseph John
        November 7, 2018

        ?????????????????????? , Sir you are printing a percentage sign. the sign you must print should be like this …O!O….or…. o =o. I think in some cavemen language it means “to be ignored”
        Remember those five guys who held a press conference in Portsmouth, about Ross, which no one attended. They were dressed in black, a real pappy show funeral. Well since those guys went M.I.A re Maria the Portsmouth people could not see them. Posse people put them on ignore.
        Well they held a meeting to talk to visiting Dominicans for Independence Day. Five people dressed in blue and residing in Dominica were in attendance. There were two people posing as speakers. They did not speak. Words and people put them on ignore.

    • DEE
      November 6, 2018

      ..”The project is being funded under the C B I program”
      Sam , the C B I program is the sale of Dominican citizenship ,hence the sale of Dominican passports. Dominican passports are the Property of The Commonwealth of Dominica .
      Are you informing us now that your JUNGLE BAY is the property of the COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA ? what percentage of the shares belong to you , what percentage belongs to Skerrit , and what percentage belongs to the people of Dominica ?
      Man allu jus doing what allu want with Commonwealth of Dominica monies, and no man put a hand . I’ll tell you what , God will put a Hand .
      That kind of corruption must stop . You guys will sell your souls to the highest bidder and the entire country with the people left on it to the devil . GOD DOW LIKE THAT .

    • 💕Love 💕
      November 6, 2018

      Sam saw you Lenox Linton as a mascot and he ran away from you. Your words were wait until we get in power to build the hotel. Sam is still holding some of UWP secrets so you have a right to be 😤 pissed 😡 off and blue vex.. Can someone please give Lenox a meaningful job or can you go to the nursing home and volunteer🦍? Skerrit is taking care of over 50000 people, therefore, he doesn’t need a job. On the other hand the wannabes PM, compares himself to the most high, never completed high school, doesn’t have a skill or trade, under educated, and wants to lead the nation of Dominica 🇩🇲, who fool you Linton!

  15. Ibo France
    November 6, 2018

    “Never let a politician grant you a favor, he will always want to control you forever.” These are the instructive words of Bob Marley. Skerrit gave Sam Raphael CBI money to construct his resort and for that Mr. Raphael feels eternally committed to Mr. Skerrit.
    Mr. Raphael, a CBI citizen can never be equated to a citizen by birth. A CBI citizen is usually one whose sole purpose of becoming a Dominican is for convenience and opportunity to travel visa free to a number of countries throughout the world. Most don’t know anything about the history and culture of Dominica. A citizen by birth is usually patriotic, fiercely loyal and can fully relate to the struggles, past and culture of their Dominica.
    The CBI money is procured from the sale of an asset of the State, passports of Dominica. The money is not the PM’s collateral so you don’t have to crow so loudly to appease him and his loyalists.

  16. It's my damn old business
    November 6, 2018

    This is so damn unfair! Dominica belongs to all of us and for Skerrit to give you our passport money to build your personal resort , while the rest of us getting nothing is shameless and if Sam Rafael was a real man with a soul and conscience he would not be on stage worshipping lord Skerrit, let alone to talk about jungle bay being bigger

    • Ibo France
      November 6, 2018

      Perfectly said!! Nothing else to add.

    • ??????????????
      November 6, 2018

      Jungle bay is going to employ persons etc, do business buy and sell etc. Selfish you are ” while the rest of us getting nothing is shameless and” What do you want to do ? Get money and spend it then you will not have. Sam have invested the CBI money. not buy bread, bubble gum, marijuana, rum, sewo,. Look around you and see what you getting and not making good use of.

      • Bank of Skerrit Inc.
        November 6, 2018

        You talking crap you ????????? Didn’t jungle bay employ people before? Was Sam given our passports to sell or he had to take a loan to run his business? Should we now shut down all our banks, since Skerrit’s way of doing business is to bipass the banks and just turn to Skerrit and his our passport money! That being the case every single business place that has people employed should shut down the bleddy place and go get money from Skerrit tax free. Can’t believe all you supporting this nonsense man

      • Ibo France
        November 6, 2018

        Businessmen should engage the banks for investment purposes. The CBI money should benefit the entire population not one opportunistic individual. The government should invest it in roads, bridges, agriculture, education, healthcare, national security, the justice system, etc. The government could help some local investors just like they do with foreigners. Give them duty free concessions on some imports. That’s only one suggestion which I will not elaborate on because of time and space. Go figure.

      • Neville
        November 7, 2018

        The average Dominican is getting nothing out of it, absolutely nothing. The few local people he is likely to employ will all be labour worshipers like yourself. Let me ask you one thing, what share does the State of Dominica hold in Sams business?? Please do answer that question for us. Since you are at it, what share does the State of Dominica hold in all the other ‘CBI hotel developments’. Let me answer the question for you: nothing, zero, null, not a cent. Skerrit uses all our passport money to give to his political friends to built hotels and we, the state of DA don’t even own 1% of those businesses. Does that make sense to all you Dominicans?? He and his friend become filthy rich and all you live in tarpaulin covered wooden houses and live on one dollar a day. Think about it! Let’s get rid of this cancer that infested Dominica and the upcoming election. Stop being fooled by Skerrit and his cabal!

      • Your auntie brother
        November 7, 2018

        Oh, and will you also tell the public that a project like that gets duty free concessions, a tax holiday of maybe 25 years and can send these profits offshore without restrictions. That is a recipe for money laundering brother. All the locals get is a small wage, the lowest in all the OECS.

  17. Liz M
    November 6, 2018

    Knowing that this road leads to some important tourism assets, that will come with time, unless the gov’t looses focus and spend much of the CBI money on trivial things aimed at winning them the next election. There’s much recovery left to be done but I suspect both things might be currently in the woiks.

    • Liz M
      November 6, 2018

      Re: Dahman’s road from Pt Micthel comment below.

  18. Me
    November 6, 2018

    Sam, the Kamapab is not a member of the camel family. Please, correct that unfortunate misnomer to read Lama instead.

  19. Paul Rossnof
    November 6, 2018

    Of course it will be bigger and better. I’m disappointed in you, Sam. You like many others could not resist Skerrit dirty money. I expected better from you…!

    • Karl Orndem
      November 6, 2018

      i WOULD TAKE IT TOO. it IS FREE MONEY.

    • nrt
      November 6, 2018

      Common now where’s your money Paul? At least Sam suffered great loss of property and is working on hiring us Dominicans who are not as well off as you, we can’t live just by your unkind words…!

      • ????????????
        November 6, 2018

        So true Paul. The man Sam Raphael invested and lost so much. What have you done? Nothing just saying unkind words. Sam did not spend the money he invested and built something bigger and better where he can contribute to some one when he is off the ground. You the Paul’s Rossnoff what are you doing towards rebuilding?

        I’ll tell you one thing Paul rebuilding cannot be done by mouth, criticizing, being negative etc. Negative attitude will cloud your mind and you will not start anything positive with Mr. negative in your mind. You will go to bed , sleep tired because Mr Negative will not allow you to move forward. He will cripple you and before you know it you will be dead and have done nothing for you not even your country. Wake up from your negative reverie!

      • Paul Rossnof
        November 7, 2018

        For all you labour mouthpieces, I do run my own business and I employ people and guess what my business is INSURED as all proper businesses should be.Having a business and not insuring it is reckless because I can not go to the UK government and cry if my business encounters misfortunes. They will tell me where to go. You all think you are business people but you all are nothing but greedy individuals hanging on Skerrit supply line.
        And yes i have not done anything for my country in the last 10 years and that’s how it’s going to stay until this evil PM is gone. I can’t and I won’t sanction corruption. All you are to blame for the the downfall of our beautiful country.

      • Annon
        November 7, 2018

        Paul, so does Francisco. He has business(s), (so he says), lots of cars, and has done just like you, run mouth and do nothing in his country. His excuse is like you, his hatred for one man so he does nothing in his country with ‘all his money ‘.. Go figure.

    • John Jay
      November 6, 2018

      Paul right this fellas just GREEDY like go where MONIES ARE without working for it. Everything he Sam put his hands on is GRAMOZONE.

  20. November 6, 2018

    The road from Pointe Mitchel to lead you to Jungle Bay need to be fix

    • Me
      November 6, 2018

      Isn’t Morne Acouma, the new Jungle Bay, above Soufriere and not Pt. Michel?

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