Caribbean named as home to four top ten eco-resorts

POINTE MULATRE, Dominica, April 23, 2007 – Jungle Bay Resort and Spa of Pointe Mulatre located in Dominica, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, has been named as one of the Top Ten Luxury Eco Resorts by Forbes Magazine. Four of the top ten were in the Caribbean.

The article featured luxury nature-based resorts from around the world that are environmentally and culturally sensitive and benefit the local community in which they are located.

Jungle Bay Owner Samuel Raphael said that the article was good news for both Jungle Bay and the island of Dominica, ranking it along with renowned properties around the globe.

“Our entire Jungle Bay family which includes our staff, the people of the South East and our well wishers feel very privileged to achieve such an honor from Forbes Magazine,” said Raphael, “In addition to validating that the Dominican people can create and operate tourism products that exceed international standards, it also validates up-market ‘Geo-Tourism’ as a successful niche market for Dominica”.

Forbes Magazine is a leading US publication that provides financial advice to the world’s wealthiest people along with information on financial trends and forecasts. Forbes is known internationally as the authority on financial trends and for profiling successful individuals.

Forbes Traveler Magazine describes Jungle Bay as a “Dominican resort, found midway down the chain of Caribbean islands near Guadeloupe and Martinique, includes 35 cottages elevated on wooden posts and perched like bird’s nests under a jungle canopy”.

Raphael said that the inclusion of “luxury eco resorts” as a distinct category in Forbes Traveler Magazine and the recognition of a Dominica property as a world industry leader help validate the Ministry of Tourism’s emphasis on eco-tourism as an ideal niche for Dominica.

Other resorts in the Caribbean topping the list are located in The Bahamas, Belize, and the USVI.

Tiamo Resorts on the South Andros Island in The Bahamas bills itself as the Caribbean’s most environmentally sensitive tourism operation, with thermal hot-water heaters, low-flush composting toilets, solar paneling, low-impact architecture and other eco amenities. Guests sleep in private beach bungalows, taking nature hikes, snorkeling or casting for elusive bonefish during the day.

El Pescador, in Belize, has established itself as an eco-friendly tropical getaway, including a recent commitment to offset all carbon emissions generated by its guests flying to Belize.

And in St Johns in the US Virgin Islands The Maho Bay Camps feature 114 tents inside Virgin Islands National Park. Solar power, rain collection, recycled building materials and elevated walkways are among the eco-techniques used across the island, which offers differing levels of comfort. The tents at Maho Bay are very basic, while one of its sister resorts, the Estate Concordia Studios offer nine luxury suites with features like vaulted ceilings and wraparound decks with full ocean views.