Jungle Bay Resort & Spa

Delices, Dominica

Aug 21, 2006
Outside Magazine
Jungle Bay Resort and Spa

PERFECT TEN: Relaxing at Jungle Bay

DON'T WANT TO BE FOUND? Tucked inside 55 acres of tangled rainforest on the southeastern shore of the 29-mile-long eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, Jungle Bay's balcony-flanked cottages are the perfect hideout. This lush enclave, which opened in March, will ease you into jungle life with two enormous yoga studios, a beachside bar with local reggae and jazz acts, the Spa (where the avocado body mask smells almost good enough to eat), and two hardwood-and-volcanic-stone restaurants with views of the Atlantic.

ROOM & BOARD: Expect your olfactory senses to kick into overdrive on this tiny isle, where the scents of cinnamon tree bark and tangy grapefruit hang in the air. The 35 tropical-hardwood cottages are appointed with private semi-outdoor showers, big beds dressed in white linens, and nap-worthy Adirondack-style chairs outside. With fresh produce and seafood at arm's length, the food here is divine: Try the fried tuna medallions with spiced tomato-and-native-christophene (think summer squash) sauce and the decadent pineapple-carrot-coconut-walnut cake.

OUT THE BACK DOOR: Spot pods of humpback and sperm whales from shore, or get closer to the cetaceans in a 50-person ferry. Later, hike or mountain-bike the 100-plus miles of trails to geothermal springs and waterfalls, like the plunging 100-foot Victoria Falls.

DETAILS: Six days, five nights from $599, based on double occupancy; 767-446-1789, www.junglebaydominica.com

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