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Rosalie Bay Resort Brings Home the Gold 
Only resort on Dominica honored by Condé Nast Traveler

ROSALIE, Dominica — Rosalie Bay Resort, an eco-boutique and wellness resort on the Atlantic coast, has received golden honors to begin 2016. Editors of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler have named Rosalie Bay one of Our Favorite Hotels in the World in the 2016 Gold List just released.

Rosalie Bay is one of only six properties in the Caribbean, and the only resort on Dominica, to make the list, which totals 158 properties, spans 47 countries and six continents. Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List is currently on their website at CNTraveler.com.

Additionally, Rosalie Bay was also recognized as one of only nine properties in the world on the magazine’s Far-Flung Hotels & Resorts Worth the Trip: Gold List 2016. Editors described the resort as “Built as a labor of love, this 28-room eco-enterprise is a master microcosm of Dominica: 22 acres of verdant grounds (frangipani, ginger lily, heliconia, and hibiscus) and a hotel blessedly free of pretension,” going on to highlight the resort was locally built, carefully controls its environmental footprint and invites guests to participate in its endangered sea turtle conservation efforts.

Recognition of Rosalie Bay as a “favorite” by the editors of Condé Nast Traveler follows recognition by the magazine’s discerning readers in the 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards wherein the resort leapt a staggering 35 spots from the previous year to be ranked No. 10 in the Top Resorts in the Caribbean. More than 128,000 readers—and the most in its history—participated in the survey casting votes that resulted in the world’s best travel experiences.

“This is a wonderful way to begin the New Year,” comments Daryl Aaron, Resort Manager for Rosalie Bay. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the travel experts and readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine among the best resorts in the world and to represent the Nature Island.”

Condé Nast Traveler’s 22nd annual Gold List comprises hotels around the world that are “doing it best” according to the magazine’s Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán. The complete list of 158 properties are those that the magazine’s editors “always recommend and come back to again and again.”

Rosalie Bay Resort Reopens Standing Strong 
Resilient Nature Island Resort Offers 30% Reopening Savings, New Amenities

ROSALIE, Dominica — The gingerbread-trimmed cottages have their doors open once again as Rosalie Bay Resort welcomes guests back to Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean. After weathering Tropical Storm Erika in late August, the eco-boutique and wellness resort shuttered its doors a bit longer than its usual mid-September through mid-October closing for rest and restoration. Rosalie Bay is celebrating reopening by offering guests a 30% off Reopening Special and new wellness amenities.

Reopening Savings for Guests

Rosalie Bay's Reopening Special rewards guests with 30% savings on daily room rates across all room categories. Available now through February 2016, discounted daily rates begin as low as $111 per night based on single or double occupancy and a minimum stay of five nights. Tax and service charge are not included. The Reopening Special is for new bookings only, not combinable with other offers and subject to availability. The special can only be booked by calling Rosalie Bay Resort at (767) 446-1010 or online at RosalieBay.com.

Yoga Returns, New Nature Walks, New Organic Herb Garden

Recognized for offering an authentic, personalized Dominican vacation experience, Rosalie Bay continues to expand its Nature Island offerings. The wellness resort is once again offering complimentary basic yoga. Guests can center themselves through instructor-led gentle poses in Rosalie's river walk gazebo or open air event venue.

Rosalie Bay also introduces nature walks, all complimentary through the Reopening Special. Guests can enjoy guided walks filled with insider facts and knowledge about the flora and fauna, and culture of the mountainous island nation. New walks include:

  • Garden Walk – A visit to Rosalie Bay's organic garden where much of the resort's fresh produce and now herbs are grown.
  • Turtle Beach Walk – The black sand beach of Rosalie Bay is the natural nesting ground of endangered sea turtles including Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback.
  • Petite Soufriere Walk – View the remains of the old sugar mill and banana planation of Rosalie Estate before passing the local's favorite swimming hole and heading into the small fishing village. Complimentary during Reopening Special.
  • Community Nature Walk – Just past the turtle hatchery, the trail parallels one of Dominica's 365 rivers and is a botanical haven of just some of the 1,200 indigenous local fruits and flowers.
  • Morne Fragate Nature Trail Walk – Meander through the nearby village of Frayal set along steep cliffs of farmland. Complimentary during Reopening Special.

In addition to the many ways to relax and rejuvenate, Rosalie Bay guests can enjoy local and organic cuisine, natural spa treatments, the onyx-lined natural saltwater pool and endless adventure on Dominica from hiking rainforests to swimming in natural pools underneath waterfalls, scuba diving with whales and much more.

Traveling to Dominica is easier than ever with daily regional flights from Caribbean gateways serviced by many major carriers.

Rosalie Bay Resort Named a “Top 10 Resort” in the Caribbean
Skyrockets up the list, only Dominica resort honored in 
Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

ROSALIE, Dominica — In the just-released Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards, Rosalie Bay Resort has once again been named among the Top Resorts in the Caribbean. Jumping a staggering 35 spots to the No. 10 spot, the eco-boutique and wellness resort is a favorite among the world’s most discerning travelers.

Rosalie Bay Resort on the southeast coast is the only property on Dominica to be honored in this year’s awards. Celebrating its third appearance on the prestigious list, Rosalie Bay has an overall score of 90.693 up from 81.857 just one year ago, which is unprecedented for one of travel’s most competitive awards list.

The 28th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are a result of the prestigious travel magazine’s survey ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world. More than 128,000 readers—the most in its history--participated in this year’s survey casting votes that resulted in 1,500 of the world’s best travel experiences.

“We are grateful for the continued outpouring of support from our guests, our island community and Condé Nast Traveler,” says Rosalie Bay Resort owner Beverly Deikel. “According to the editors of Condé Nast Traveler, this award recognizes travel experiences that are passionately authentic, personalized and unexpected and this accolade is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff who deliver this to every single one of our guests. It’s an honor to be included with such an esteemed group of properties from around the world and to represent the Nature Island.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards are the longest-running and one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as "the best of the best of travel." The Readers' Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today's travelers.

The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands on October 28, 2015. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

Rosalie Bay Resort Wins Major Caribbean Award
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Recognizes Resort as Leader in Sustainability

ROSALIE, Dominica — Rosalie Bay Resort has been named the winner of the CHIEF Award for Sustainability by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA). The honor was bestowed on the resort at the inaugural Caribbean Hotel Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) held October 2 to 4, 2015 in Puerto Rico.

CHIEF awards were open to all of the 600 CHTA member hotels and had three separate categories including Sustainability, Sales and Marketing, and Operations. Three resorts were selected as finalists in each category based on their respective submissions. The winners were announced at a luncheon on the final day in front of 400 attendees. Rosalie Bay Resort was selected as the best of the best for its submission in the category of Sustainability.

“From inception to current operations, Rosalie Bay Resort has long-recognized that sustainable tourism honors the environment, our guests, staff and vendors, and the greater community of Dominica. Receiving the CHTA CHIEF Award for Sustainability tells us that our Caribbean community also endorses our mission” said Resort Manager Daryl Aaron. “Rosalie Bay Resort’s sustainability management plan has always guided us and continues to do so particularly as we recover from the recent devastating effects of Tropical Storm Erika.”

The success of any hospitality establishment on Dominica helps the entire community through employment offerings, skill building and tax revenue for strengthening the Dominican infrastructure. The multiplier effect of hospitality success also drives business development for the country securing additional jobs, wages and increased opportunities for residents of Dominica.

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  • RosalieBayResort_CHIEF-Awards-2015_group (courtesy of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association) – (l to r) Frank J. Comito, CEO and Director General, CHTA; William “Bill” Clegg, Regional Vice President, Franchise Services & Programs, Choice Hotels; Deborah Dintelman, Resort Manager, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts (finalist); Daryl Aaron, Resort Manager, Rosalie Bay Resort (winner); Isaac Suarez, Ritz Carlton San Juan (finalist); Emil Lee, President, CHTA and General Manager, Princess Heights.
  • RosalieBayResort_CHIEF-Awards-2015_DarylAaron (courtesy of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association) – (l to r) William “Bill” Clegg, Regional Vice President, Franchise Services & Programs, Choice Hotels; Frank J. Comito, CEO and Director General, CHTA; Daryl Aaron, Resort Manager, Rosalie Bay Resort; Emil Lee, President, CHTA and General Manager, Princess Heights.
  • RBR-Aerial-hi (courtesy of Rosalie Bay Resort) – Rosalie Bay Resort is an eco-boutique and wellness resort on Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean.

Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica, Offers World’s First Guaranteed Sea Turtle Experience-in-the-Wild
Promises Rare Experience in Endangered Sea Turtles’ Natural Habitat—or Additional Savings

ROSALIE, Dominica — Rosalie Bay Resort announces the world’s first-ever guaranteed sea turtle experience in the wild. As rare as it is to see sea turtles nesting and hatching in their natural habitat, Rosalie Bay is guaranteeing that guests staying on its new World’s Only Guaranteed Sea Turtle Experiencespecial will witness either a nesting, hatching, or for lucky guests, both.

The World’s Only Guaranteed Sea Turtle Experience also includes a 30% savings on the daily rate. Plus, Rosalie Bay Resort is so confident with its guarantee that should a guest not witness turtle activity, it will take an additional 15% off the daily rate.

Naturally, guests coming on the special want to witness this spectacular ancient ritual dating back to the time of dinosaurs. Rosalie Bay’s sea turtle program, founded by resort owner Beverly Deikel, has successfully reversed a likely extinction of endangered Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles on Dominica. Within a decade, the nests for these turtles on Rosalie Bay's black sand beach grew substantially from a low of seven per year to more than 80 a season.

The program lets guests get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Guests can be right next to 800-pound turtles crawling ashore and nesting, hold new hatchlings smaller than a baby’s footprint and help them with their first journey to the sea. Those who’ve experienced sea turtle activity at Rosalie Bay have agreed that it is “simply magical” as the resort’s tagline goes.

Guests are invited to participate in the sea turtle conservation efforts by helping patrol the beach to protect nesting turtles, assisting researchers in collecting data or watching as they relocate nests that are too close to the ocean to the turtle hatchery, or being “on call” for when baby sea turtles hatch and begin their journey.

The World's Only Sea Turtle Experience Guarantee details: 

  • Stay 7 nights or more between May 1 and August 31, 2015
  • Receive an automatic 30% savings on the room rate
  • Witness a sea turtle nesting and/or hatching on Rosalie Bay’s beach
  • Receive an additional 15% off room rate if there is no turtle activity during your stay (for a total 45% savings on room rate)

Discounted daily rates begin at $175 per night for two, plus tax and service charge. Rate includes a healthy Continental breakfast sourced locally and from the resort’s onsite organic garden, WiFi and nature walks. Guests staying seven nights or more who book direct with the resort will receive complimentary private roundtrip airport transfers from Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM). The special is not combinable with other offers or packages.

Ultimately the timing of nesting and hatchings is up to Mother Nature and Rosalie Bay Resort is unable to predict the exact time they will come ashore or hatch. Guests on the Turtle Guarantee package are automatically signed up for our nesting/hatching alerts. If there is no sea turtle activity — either nesting or hatching — during the guest’s stay, Rosalie Bay will extend an additional 15% room discount. If a guest chooses not to participate in the nesting/hatching alerts, the additional 15% discount will not apply.

Rosalie Bay Resort was recently named a charter member — and the only property throughout the Caribbean — of National Geographic Society’s newest foray in world-class travel experiences: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica, is Caribbean’s Only Property to Join National Geographic Society Unique Lodges of the World
Global Hotel Collection Emphasizes Sustainability and World-Class Experiences

ROSALIE, Dominica (Jan. 6, 2015) — Rosalie Bay Resort today announced it is a founding member of National Geographic Society’s newest foray in world-class travel experiences: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Rosalie Bay Resort is the only property throughout the Caribbean to be included in this.

Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, each lodge offers an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collection — numbering 24 properties on six continents — further builds National Geographic’s travel portfolio, which includes National Geographic Expeditions, Traveler magazine, travel books, photography courses and the @NatGeoTravel digital and photography community.

“Rosalie Bay Resort is proud to be a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and the only property representing the Caribbean in such an esteemed group,” said owner Beverly Deikel, of Rosalie Bay Resort. “It’s an honor to join this prestigious organization that also shares our commitment to responsible tourism and sustainability and believes in celebrating our beautiful, talented Dominican community.  Rosalie Bay Resort is a small lodge on a tiny Caribbean island and in our first generation of tourism here on Dominica, National Geographic is giving us a stage to share our successful preservation techniques and to synergize with the world.”

As part of a comprehensive vetting process, every lodge in the collection was judged on the following criteria:

  • The Property – The design and character are unique and authentic and the property provides guests with a true sense of place by celebrating the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage.
  • Guest Experience and Quality of Service – Guests are offered top-quality service and exceptional and inspiring experiences — from activities that enable them to engage with local people to wildlife encounters with seasoned naturalists.
  • Sustainable Tourism Best Practices – The property demonstrates a commitment to conservation and green operations; it actively supports the protection of cultural heritage; and it provides tangible benefits to local communities.

National Geographic deployed experts to each site to evaluate operations, meet staff at all levels, scrutinize the lodge’s impact on the local environment and community and ensure that these criteria were met.

“By creating this carefully curated group of hotels, lodges and retreats that meet internationally recognized sustainable tourism criteria while providing top-notch guest experiences, National Geographic opens a new chapter in the power of travel to protect our planet,” said Costas Christ, a world-renowned sustainable tourism expert and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, who coordinated an international team to inspect each of the lodges. “Travelers can feel confident when they stay in one of these lodges that they are helping to safeguard cultural and natural treasures in some of the world’s most incredible places.”

Rosalie Bay Resort is proud to offer guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience, which includes a walk to the friendly village of Grand Fond for a glimpse of everyday life.  National Geographic guests on this tour can visit traditional Dominican homes and families while learning about island customs and meeting residents and farmers along the way. They will learn about the local flora and fauna from a private guide and even stop for a refreshing dip in a Rosalie River swimming hole on the return to the resort.

“The National Geographic brand is universally recognized for its commitment to exploring and protecting the planet, so we are uniquely positioned to unite and promote these exceptional properties and to set a new standard for tourism,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Travel. “These lodges share the Society’s vision of preserving the planet for future generations and they demonstrate that sustainability and a world-class guest experience can go hand-in-hand.”

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World charter members are:

  • Fogo Island Inn, Canada
  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
  • Kapari Natural Resort, Greece
  • Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
  • Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica
  • Lizard Island, Australia
  • Longitude 131°, Australia
  • Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
  • Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Canada
  • Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
  • Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
  • Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
  • Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, South Africa
  • Sayari Camp, Tanzania
  • Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysian Borneo
  • The Brando, French Polynesia
  • The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, United States
  • Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
  • Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile
  • Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
  • Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
  • Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Bhutan

About National Geographic Travel 

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; travel books; maps; digital travel content; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 17 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 60 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group, shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 6.5 million.National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on TwitterFacebookTumblrPinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica, Opens New Riverfront Gló Spa Featuring Farm-to-Spa-Table Treatments

ROSALIE, Dominica — Rosalie Bay, an eco-boutique and wellness resort on the Caribbean’s Nature Island of Dominica, debuted its new riverfront spa in October 2014.

Located on the edge of the Rosalie River, Gló Spa , named after the Creole word for water, features three indoor treatment rooms and a “treehouse” built over the river for outdoor massages. Each treatment room is air-conditioned with French doors leading to a private outdoor veranda to relax post-treatment while listening to the soothing sounds of the river flowing out to the Atlantic Ocean. A mani/pedi room will also offer treatments with a view of the river.

Expanding upon the resort’s farm-to-table dining offerings, Gló Spa features a full menu of natural skin care products and farm-to-spa-table treatments, including hydrotherapy, using ingredients sourced from the resort’s organic garden and on island. Treatments include:

  • A 60-minute “Feed Your Skin Enzyme Facial,” custom-crafted using nutrient-rich aloe, papaya, pumpkin and other seasonal ingredients. The luxurious treatment includes a deep cleansing, exfoliation and rebalancing mask and a rejuvenating pressure point massage of the face, head, neck and feet.
  • Gló Customized Massage using local, cold-pressed coconut oil, naturally rich in vitamin E, relieving sore, achy muscles and reducing stress.
  • Dominican Body Glow featuring seasonal ingredients, such as pineapple, coconut, coffee and sea salt, to vigorously exfoliate the skin followed by a soothing outdoor shower and full body hydration to leave the skin silky soft.
  • Tiger Balm® Massage where a herbal formulation is hand-applied during a full-body massage to relax tight muscles and reduce inflammation.
  • Detoxifying Hydrotherapy Treatment offering a nutrient-rich, deep marine algae bath, ginger bath and glory seedar bath each designed to release toxins from the body while soothing irritated skin.

From concept through treatment, Gló Spa is designed to reflect the natural beauty and culture of Dominica. Local river stones and sustainably sourced wood is used throughout the interior and exterior of the spa. Upon arrival, guests may relax in the lounge while sipping fruit and herb-infused water or local bush tea.

Gló Spa is a natural extension of the wellness offerings at Rosalie Bay Resort. Included in the daily rate is a healthful continental breakfast, guided power walks and nature hikes, healthful organic and local cuisine, saltwater onyx-lined pool, expansive fitness center, labyrinth and other outdoor meditation areas. Personal training and private couples massage lessons are also available.

Nearby, guests can stay active with endless adventure on Dominica from hiking rainforests to swimming in natural pools underneath waterfalls, scuba diving with whales and much more.

Daily rates begin at $225 per couple, plus tax and service charge.

Rosalie Bay Resort Owner Featured in New EX-PATS Show Episode

ROSALIE, Dominica — The owner of the eco-boutique Rosalie Bay Resort, Beverly Deikel, has been featured in the latest episode of the EX-PATS video series, entitled “Baby Turtles in Dominica from Grandbabies in Minneapolis.” The former Minnesota native moved to Dominica more than 10 years ago, and now calls the Caribbean island home.

In the 20-minute episode, host Savannah Jane Buffet travels to Dominica and joins Beverly Deikel at Rosalie Bay Resort. The episode, which is available for on-demand viewing on YouTube, shares Beverly’s inspiring journey to the Nature Island, leaving behind her children and grandchildren in Minnesota to create Rosalie Bay Resort, save the endangered sea turtles and find love.

In addition to Rosalie Bay Resort, the EX-PATS episode showcases many other locations on Dominica. Savannah and Beverly spent time at Trafalgar Falls, set sail on a catamaran to view stunning coastal views of the island, met with Simon George, President of the Nature Enhancement Team (NET) at Rosalie Bay, and had the incredible opportunity to witness baby Green sea turtles emerge from the nest and venture out to sea. One of Beverly’s daughters and her close friend were also interviewed and featured in the show.

“It has been an incredible honor to be selected by Travel + Leisure and included in the EX-PATS show,” says Beverly Deikel, owner of Rosalie Bay Resort. “The unsurpassed natural beauty of Dominica first captured my attention, but it is the people and the sea turtles that have captured my heart. I hope this show inspires more people to visit the Nature Island and follow their dreams.”

The EX-PATS episode first aired on May 9, 2013. Since then more than 1,000 people and counting have viewed the video.

EX-PATS is a video series that airs on the Reserve Channel on YouTube. The series is in cooperation with Travel + Leisure magazine and profiles ex-patriates who made the leap to move to another country. The episode was filmed in October 2012.

To view the episode, visit http://youtu.be/wAERD78uoFw.

Dominica’s Rosalie Bay Resort named Finalist in U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

ROSALIE, Dominica — Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica has been named one of the finalists in the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence for 2012. This award, established by the State Department in 1999, recognizes the important role that U.S. businesses play abroad as good corporate citizens.  Of the many businesses nominated by U.S. Ambassadors around the globe, only eleven have been chosen as finalists and recognized as global leaders in advancing corporate social responsibility.

This nomination reflects Rosalie Bay’s support for sustainable development through eco-tourism by promoting protection of endangered sea turtles and other community environmental protection initiatives; source locally produced goods; using recycled and sustainably produced materials, including solar and wind power generation; and assist local hospitals and literacy programs.

Owned by Minnesota native Beverly Deikel, Rosalie Bay Resort is a pioneer in its sustainability efforts on the Caribbean island and the only Green Globe certified resort on Dominica.  The eco-boutique resort founded the sea turtle conservation program on the island, significantly increasing the number of sea turtle nests and hatchling survival, and earning a Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award in 2012. “It is an incredible honor to be named among such an elite group of socially responsible businesses worldwide and to be recognized by the U.S. Secretary of State,” said Beverly Deikel, owner of Rosalie Bay Resort.  “More than ten years ago, we embarked on a journey to create a boutique resort that would protect the environment and its resources, empower the local residents with job training and opportunities, and share the beauty of the Nature Island with travelers.  It is fulfilling to see this dream become a reality, and rewarding to witness the positive impact we have made in the community and environment.”

The Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) underlines the United States’ commitment to further corporate social responsibility, innovation, exemplary practices, and democratic values worldwide. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stated, "Corporate social responsibility and socially responsible development are not marginal to our foreign policy but essential to the realization of our goals."

Secretary Clinton will announce the 2012 winners of the Award at a ceremony anticipated to be held in Washington in December this year.

For more information on the ACE, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/eb/ace/

 

Rosalie Bay Resort Receives 2012 Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award for Conservation
Dominica Resort Honored for Sea Turtle Conservation Efforts

ROSALIE, Dominica — Rosalie Bay Resort, an eco-boutique and wellness retreat on Dominica, has been honored by Travel + Leisure as a 2012 Global Vision Award Winner for Conservation. The intimate 28-room resort was recognized for its efforts to protect endangered sea turtles on the Caribbean island.

Resort owner Beverly Deikel and her partner Oscar partnered with Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) and Field Director Marine Biologist Rowan Byrne to bring the first research and conservation effort for endangered sea turtles to Dominica. The program began more than 10 years ago during construction of the resort.

Rosalie Bay Resort engages locals and guests in opportunities to help in the recovery of sea turtles on the island and throughout the Caribbean. Efforts include night patrol during nesting season, clean up on nesting beaches, education programs and data collection. In 2003, there were just seven leatherback nests. By 2010, there were 69 nests of three species of sea turtles — leatherback, hawksbill and green — and a 100% survival with all nesting species protected.

“The effort that one person, Beverly, put into this success story cannot be over-emphasized,” says Dr. Karen L. Eckert, Executive Director at WIDECAST. “She had the help of the WIDECAST network, which designed the project and provided field directors, and there was strong support from the Forestry Division and other agencies. But without her determination and funding, nothing would have taken place. Beverly is Dominica’s Turtle Lady and she has made an incredible difference in the lives of the magnificent animals.”

Travelers who wish to participate in the sea turtle program can visit between March and October to witness turtles nest on the black sand beach and watch hatchlings make their way into the Atlantic Ocean.

Rosalie Bay is one of 20 travel companies honored in the 2012 Travel + Leisure Global Vision Awards, which recognize standout efforts to protect and preserve the world’s cultural and natural resources. Winners are selected in five categories: Sustainability, Conservation, Community Building, Leadership and Preservation. Awards are determined by a panel of nine expert judges, including a Nobel Prize-winning economist and past Global Vision Award winner.

The 2012 Global Vision Award winners are featured online at www.TravelandLeisure.com and in the October issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Beverly and Oscar will represent Rosalie Bay Resort at the Travel + Leisure 2012 Global Vision Awards roundtable event at The National restaurant in The Benjamin hotel in New York City on October 15, 2012.

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