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My wife Ruth and I have just returned from Sunday brunch at the newly-opened River Rush and I just couldn’t wait to write this review. River Rush is an exclusive resort in Dominica’s Rainforest situated between two rivers. The resort is incomplete as of today (23Aug09) although both should be finished soon.

Meanwhile, until the cottages are finished the restaurant is only open for Sunday brunch, served from 10AM – 2PM. The cost is moderate: EC$50 per person (plus cash bar) for a very good-tasting brunch with copious quantities and very wide selections.

We had omelets, which were served with two pancakes, home fries, sausages and bacon and a star fruit and parsley garnish. And (Ready for this homesick Americans?) Thomas’ English muffins! It was more than Ruth could finish.

rush river entrance

River Rush is a lovely setting, at Duex Branche, along the road between Marigot and the Pond Casse roundabout, just west of the Central Forest Reserve. It’s well marked with a sign. River bathing there is an extra treat. A nice gravel path and stone steps lead from the restaurant to the river.

rush river resortPathway to Cottages

For me an extra-special treat was being allowed to jam with the live musicians, Mo the proprietor on sax and a keyboard player. I play harmonica. The music, whether you join-in like I did or simply listen as most everyone else does, is jazz and very, very good. Photos via river-rush.com

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Nestled along the River Blanc in Wotten Waven, Dominica and one thousand feet above sea level, away from the heat and bustle of the beach areas and the cities, on the edge of a virgin rain forest, where steam and natural hot water emerge from the unspoiled earth is the Rainforest Shangri-La Resort.

For centuries the natives of the island have been using these mineral rich waters and vapors for healing, relaxation and simple pleasure.Our geothermal areas provide us with ample mineral rich mud of varying colors for mud baths, wraps and facials.

Guests at Shangri-La Resort can partake of a wide variety of complementary and traditional therapies, including Tai Chi, Watsu, Qi Gong and herbal medicine, to name a few. The website also talks about enjoy river baths in hot and cold pools, secluded environmentally- friendly accommodations, nutritious organic meals, and many other restorative activities, which will make you feel like sixteen again.

Early morning hikes, qi-gong, tai-chi, yoga, natural hot water stone tubs are free to guest. But you’re thinking of going on a guided tour you will have to make reservation in advance.

The folks at the Rainforest Shangri La resort are only asking that you please leave your cell phone and laptop at home and come with the idea that you’re going to let loose and relax.

Have you ever stayed at the Rainforest Shangri-La Resort? Share your experience in the comments below.

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The newly constructed four star resort on twenty –two lush acres, with spectacular views of the nearby mountains and the Atlantic Ocean; nestled between the Rosalie River and Rosalie Bay, a dramatic black-sand beach one of the prime nesting areas for Endangered Turtle on the island.

Rosalie Bay Resort offers something for everyone – Romance, Serenity, Adventure, Escape. The intention is to immerse you in luxury and tranquility until you are satisfied.

The rooms and suites offer stunning views appointed with warm yet tranquil, Caribbean and African Themes, all with state of the art amenities.

Sample delectable Creole Fusion Cuisine; combining modern Caribbean and electric international at the gourmet restaurant.

photo of a veranda view overlooking Rosalie bay resort

beach view from Rosalie bay resort

photo a amazing woodland forest at Rosalie Bay Resort

Visitors awake to adventure nature trail or get to relax at the elevated ocean view spa, have fun in the ocean or personally introduce yourself to a giant turtle on the beach. Take some time to absorb the tropical gardens on your way to the black diamond finished pool, fitness centre or try one or maybe two of the signature cocktails at Oscar’s pools bar.

Rosalie Bay Resort enjoys an idyllic setting nestled in the foothills of the Morne Trois Piton National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on tranquil Dominica, the Caribbean’s Nature Island.

For more information:
Tel: (767) 440 4439
Fax: (767) 440 6764
Email: [email protected] or
visit the website: www.rosaliebay.com

More photos of Rosalie Bay Resort

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