Price per night: From $280
Why you should go: This eco-retreat affords access to lush rainforest trails, sans tourists or stereotypical resort snobbery.
Dominica is not a place you go to get pampered. You won't find any Ritz-Carltons or St. Regii here. Instead you'll find this solar-and-wind-powered eco-resort set right at the foot of a thick rainforest, amidst swaying palm trees on a rocky beach. The resort sits where the Rosalie River empties into the Atlantic, so walks around the property go from serene riverside to waves crashing into boulders to relaxing black sand beach. It also employs people from the surrounding mountaintop villages, who'll happily tell you about all the hidden waterfall hikes that no other tourists find. The rooms are mostly oversized two-room suites with high ceilings and big windows, so the ocean breeze can flow over you after a long day in the hills. And a dip in the onyx-lined pool, flanked by towering dark green mountains, gives the feeling of swimming in the jungle with a bar 20ft away.
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