Meet the Rosalie Bay Resort Staff
Get to know some of the smiling faces at Rosalie Bay Resort. Almost all of our staff are from Dominica and the nearby villages of Grand Fond and La Plaine. They are a wealth of information about our beautiful island and enjoy sharing it with our guests.
Beverly Deikel & Patris Oscar
Beverly, an American ex-pat from Minneapolis, Minnesota, fell in love with Dominica years ago when she was sailing through the Caribbean and stopped for a two-day visit.
She returned several more times to the island. When her children were grown and she needed a change in her life, she returned once again – not thinking she would stay permanently. But she fell deeply in love with the island, its nature, the people and the beautiful property that would later become Rosalie Bay Resort.
Beverly, and her partner Patris Oscar who is from Dominica, built Rosalie Bay Resort to share the beauty of Dominica with visitors, protect the environment, and empower the local residents. The wind- and solar-powered eco-boutique resort was built by hand over 10 years, and was a labor of love for Beverly and Oscar.
Working with WIDECAST, Beverly and Oscar founded the first sea turtle conservation program on Dominica. The successful effort began at Rosalie Bay, but has since become island wide. They have also worked with the local school literacy program, the island's homeless organization and a group that provides support to at-risk and abused youth. In 2012, Rosalie Bay was honored by the Department of State as a finalist in the U.S. Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence.
Both active and wellness-focused individuals, Beverly and Oscar have hiked many of Dominica's 300 miles of trails and made several strenuous treks to Boiling Lake. Their wellness touches can be seen at the resort in its healthy cuisine, organic garden, nature-inspired spa and expansive fitness center.
View more about Beverly's inspiring journey to Dominica and saving the sea turtles in this
Daryl has been at Rosalie Bay for more than year. Her years of experience, passion for hospitality and friendly, outgoing personality made her an ideal fit for our resort.
She has more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, specializing in hotel operations management. Daryl holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management, Certificate in Total Quality Management, Degree in Hotel Operations Management, and Diplomas in Business Management & Administration, Certificate in Computer programming. Her dream is to someday own a hotel or resort.
Seraphine's passion is cooking for others. Seraphine learned to cook at an early age with her mother. She later expanded her skills by learning from a kind woman she lived with while attending a school in town.
Seraphine has been cooking at Rosalie Bay Resort for nearly 10 years, almost since the beginning of construction. She would provide daily meals for the construction crews, cooked with fresh local ingredients and love on a single coal pot stove. Sometimes she would feed as many as 40 people for lunch all by herself.
When the resort opened, it was an obvious and natural transition to bring Seraphine and her love of cooking into our Zamaan restaurant. Her favorite part of her job is sharing her Dominican specialties with our guests.
Aziz has been with Rosalie Bay for nearly 4 years. Like many staff members, Aziz worked on the building and construction before our eco-boutique hotel opened in 2011. In fact, he literally helped to build the foundation of the resort.
With his friendly nature and easy smile, he was an obvious match for the restaurant and bar. He makes it his job to make you happy while you are our guest, and hopes that when you return home you will tell all your friends about the wonderful time you had in Dominica.
Make sure to visit Aziz in the restaurant or bar while you're here, and ask him to make you his favorite drink – the Belle Coconut, which was featured in Caribbean Journal!
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Laura brings with her an extensive education and wellness background. She holds a BS in Nutrition and is a licensed esthetician, certified yoga instructor, and certified massage therapist with extensive training in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Reiki.
Laura always had the dream to share her knowledge in a remote island location. Her dream has come true as she believes she has found that place at Rosalie Bay. She hopes to help you realize your dreams as well by sharing not only health and wellness tips, but a love of the Dominican people and the island itself.
Join Laura for a complimentary yoga class or many other activities at our wellness resort.
Zena has been part of our Front Desk team at Rosalie Bay Resort since October 2010. She enjoys meeting new friends and getting to know guests and visitors from different cultures and lifestyles.
A native Dominican from the nearby village of La Plaine, Zena is extremely knowledgeable about the island. She enjoys helping our guests experience the beauty of Dominica so that they will always want to return. For your first Dominica vacation, Zena recommends spending more than a weekend to experience the many waterfalls and hiking trails on the island as well as allow time to just relax.
A resident of the nearby village of Riviere Cirique, Sean has worked at Rosalie Bay for three years. He is often one of the first faces you see when you arrive through the gates of Rosalie Bay. But if you do not meet him upon arrival at the security booth, you will most likely see him walking the paths of the property. You will recognize him by his friendly nature and easy smile.
Sean frequently makes an appearance at our weekly Managers Welcome Reception where he enjoys meeting guests. Sean would like you to know that Rosalie Bay is in a very safe, secure location but if any problem should ever arise, security is available 24 hours a day.
Zahir has been guiding hikes and hosting tours on Dominica for more than a decade. Many would be interested to know that Zahir has hiked to the Boiling Lake more than 180 times! His best time is 3.5 hours round trip! These days, he prefers taking guests on daily excursions to share and explore the vast beauty of Dominica especially Sari Sari Falls.
To best enjoy your visit to Dominica and any excursion, Zahir recommends bringing shoes that are supportive, with good traction and that can get wet, as trails can be slippery.
Born and raised in Riviere Cyrique, Dominica, one of the three villages that emerged from the Rosalie plantation, Simon is a certified tour guide, teacher and agronomist – a soil specialist. Simon has nearly 40 years’ experience in agriculture, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and operates Koudmen organic farm.
Simon’s involvement with the sea turtle conservation at Rosalie Bay began in 2005 as a volunteer. In 2008, he served as the Science and Outreach Officer with DomSeTCO (Dominica Sea Turtle Conservation Organization). Currently he is the President of the Nature Enhancement Team (NET), the volunteer community group responsible for the Rosalie sea turtle conservation program.
Simon coordinates the beach patrol activities, including collecting data, tagging nesting turtles and relocating eggs, as well as beach clean up exercises, educational tours and outreach programs in local schools and communities.
Make sure to sign up for a tour with Simon during turtle season. He has a wealth of knowledge and loves sharing it with visitors.