Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, is opening its second Caribbean resort this Fall.
Dominica, the northernmost of the Winward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, will be home to Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, a 151-key, five-star property that will begin welcoming guests on October 14, 2019.
“Bringing this project to fruition is another remarkable milestone for Kempinski Hotels,” says Michael Schoonewagen, general manager, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica. “We are especially proud of this property because it will give travellers the chance to experience Dominica like never before by bringing together the timeless opulence of Kempinski with the destination’s pristine, untouched landscape to create a transcendent experience where luxury meets nature.”
Dominica lies between the better-known islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Called the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean,” it offers tropical rainforests, the world’s second-largest hot springs (Boiling Lake), waterfalls, 365 rivers, forested mountains, coral reefs and white- and black-sand beaches. It is also home to many rare plants, animals and bird species, and is protected by an extensive natural park system that includes three national parks, two forest reserves and the Syndicate Parrot Reserve.
Kempinski reports that the design of the resort honours and preserves the natural beauty and ecosystem of the island, which is dedicated to eco-tourism.
The resort sits on Douglas Beach Bay, facing the Caribbean Sea and surrounded on land by Cabrits National Park. Accommodations available include deluxe and superior rooms featuring mountain or ocean-views, spacious suites, two-bedroom duplexes and villas, all with modern conveniences such as flat-screen televisions, complimentary WiFi, and in-room espresso machines.
The resort also has a 4,585-square-foot Presidential Villa with ocean views. It includes dedicated butler service, a private lobby entrance, two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a dining room, a private spa room with sauna and a large, oversized terrace for outdoor dining, complete with a grill and private pool. A private chef is available on request.
The resort also has more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Planners can take advantage of three meeting rooms, a boardroom, an outdoor amphitheatre, and beach, pool and lawn venues.
On the f&b side, the resort’s three restaurants offer local and international cuisine as well as “farm-to-table” and “sea-to-table” dining. All of the eateries feature dishes traditional to or inspired by the island’s Creole heritage.
The local culture is also reflected in the menu of treatments, including indoor and outdoor wellness experiences, offered at the 18,000-square-foot Kempinski Spa.