(Caribbean News Global) The sixth edition of the Caribbean Travel Awards, honoring the hotels, destinations, experiences and, most importantly, people that make the Caribbean the greatest travel destination on earth,” said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal includes winners across 21 categories, selected by Caribbean Journal’s editorial staff and its network of contributors; meantime “What makes a place worth visiting right now? That’s what we at Travel + Leisure ask ourselves when compiling our annual list of the 50 best places to travel. Is it a show-stopping new hotel? A once-in-a-lifetime celebration? A critical mass of game-changing restaurants?” – Travel + Leisure.
Inclusive of these categories is The Caribbean Travel Awards 2020, New Hotel of the Year: Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica
Range Developments has become the hottest developer of luxury hotels in the region, and its newest hotel in the region is another star: the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica, a major new resort for the island and the luxury brand’s first-ever resort in the Caribbean. It’s one that works seamlessly with its stunning natural environment and adds a new destination luxury resort to the Caribbean’s Nature Island.
Luxury Destination of the Year: Dominica
It’s always been the Nature Island of the Caribbean, a place so untouched, so lovely that one could easily argue it’s the most naturally beautiful island in the Caribbean. But in the last several years, Dominica has quietly cultivated a full-fledged luxury scene, one punctuated by this year’s debut of the aforementioned Kempinski. But coupled with the world-class Secret Bay, the endlessly charming Pagua Bay, the eco-chic Jungle Bay, and a new Autograph hotel on the way, Dominica is that perfect cocktail of undiscovered and luxurious — and a sizzling luxury destination.
“It seems like a new hotel opens up every week. More and more new nonstop routes are launched every month from all over the world. And there’s a palpable excitement — both from the investors and risk-takers who continue to bet big on the Caribbean to the people who ensure every day that travellers have unforgettable experiences,” Britel said.
Meantime, Travel + Leisure 50 best places to travel in 2020 featured Barbados in the six spot, Dominica at 17, and Guyana at 21. No other Caribbean island was featured.
The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020: Dominica
This 290-square-mile teardrop is an outdoorsy traveler’s oasis, claiming 365 rivers, 300 miles of hiking trails, a dozen waterfalls, and the world’s second-largest hot spring. And resorts are betting that visitors will find the trek to this “Nature Island” utterly worth it.
The game-changer is Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinksi, which debuted in October and claims to be the first five-star hotel in a destination better known for landscapes than luxury. The resort has 151 rooms and suites; three restaurants; a massive spa, offering mud baths sourced from one of the island’s 10 volcanoes; and a bar called Rumfire, winkingly called a “barmacy,” where you can sample more than 30 “bush rums” — homemade spirits infused with medicinal herbs, spices, or fruit.
But it’s not just Kempinski that’s betting on Dominica. Wellness resort Jungle Bay, destroyed when hurricane Maria careened through the island in 2017, relocated from Délices to Soufrière and reopened last fall. Secret Bay, a clutch of luxury treehouse villas, is also back in business after the storm. And Anichi Resort & Spa, an Autograph Collection project, is scheduled to debut on Picard Beach later this year. —Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon.
These achievements warrant celebration at Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Dominica festive season activities offering.