Two Caribbean establishments have been named as winners in the 2012 Travel and Leisure Global Vision Awards.
Rosalie Bay Resort on Dominica has been honored by Travel + Leisure as a 2012 Global Vision Award Winner for Conservation. The intimate 28-room eco-luxury resort was recognized for its efforts to protect endangered sea turtles on the Caribbean island.
Rosalie Bay Resort engages locals and guests in opportunities to help protect sea turtles on the island and throughout the Caribbean. Efforts include night patrol during nesting season, clean up on nesting beaches, education programs and data collection. In 2003, there were just seven leatherback nests. By 2010, there were 69 nests of three species of sea turtles – leatherback, hawksbill and green – and a 100% survival with all nesting species protected.
This eco-lodge is devoted to saving Belize’s indigenous cuisine and the heirloom crops that define it.
The property’s 3,000-acre organic farm is filled with native crops from chaya (similar to spinach) to culantro (coriander). Guests can learn to make local dishes with the ingredients on a traditional comal hearth. Partnerships with San Francisco–based Blue Bottle Coffee and Chicago’s Vosges Chocolate are helping the lodge build a global marketplace for Mayan products.
Cocoa lovers can pick and taste fresh cacao fruit, learn about chocolate making, and even produce their own bars on site.
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[Photo: via rosaliebay.com.]