Adventure is in bloom in Dominica, where the new year brings a bouquet of destination experiences, seasonal specials and offerings to choose from after the Nature Island’s bountiful 2022 visitor arrival numbers.
Take luxury resort Secret Bay, which has somehow delved even further into the lush folds of luxury, unveiling new amenities like the Mouben Welcome House, which suspends guests in a kind of manmade forest, with its seemingly endless wood-paneled walls and bunches of foliage where windows might be. The new Gwiyavye’ lap pool, meanwhile, sits beside an accompanying bar before appearing to melt into the horizon. This year, the resort will debut eight new villas, which, based on the splendor of the current offerings, will extend Secret Bay’s refinement of relaxation, where hues of warm brown and shimmering aqua contour plush furnishing, deep bowls of porcelain bathtubs and windows open to wild flora.
The cultural essence of Dominica comes a little closer with Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort’s recently-launched All-inclusive, Island-Included experience package. Collaborating with independent tour operators and local food and beverage providers on the package means that guests will have unique experiences within the community while simultaneously supporting it.
With emerald waterfalls and secluded beaches, Dominica is a natural romantic sanctuary. Couples specials on the island’s various hotels include Hotel the Champs’ new Sunset Package, with accommodations and a sunset dinner for two, along with the Baecation Package at VJ’s Guesthouse, where couples that book with the special receive a complimentary bottle of wine, unlimited WiFi and ferry pick up/drop off.
A highlight of Dominica’s new year offerings is the inaugural season of the Waitukubuli Sea Trail, a 7-day, 37-mile kayaking route that hugs the island’s western side.
Getting to Dominica
It has been over a year since U.S. travelers were offered the simplest possibility of passage yet to the Nature Island with the establishment of American Airlines’ direct, nonstop service to Dominica (DOM) from Miami International Airport (MIA), though the flight schedule has recently undergone changes:
- Feb. 3 – April 3, 4x weekly (Mon/Wed/Sat/Sun)
American Airlines will release the remainder of 2023’s flight schedule in the months to come.
Meanwhile, Silver Airways has shifted from its 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft to the 48-seat ATR aircraft, enhancing its service to Dominica. Travelers who seek alternate flight options to DOM can choose between American Airlines, United, JetBlue or Delta, all of which fly through San Juan (SJU) and connect to Dominica on Silver Airways, which offers service 4x weekly:
- Arrivals in on Mon/Thu/Fri/Sat
- Departures out on Tue/Fri/Sat/Sun
For more information on Dominica, visit discoverdominica.com/en.