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Friday, July 12 2019 - 11:00
Luxurious Ecotourism: Dominica's Storm-Torn Jungle Bay Resort Reopens Bigger and Better Thanks to Foreign Investors-Turned-Citizens
LONDON, July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Dubbed by the media as the 'Phoenix of Dominica' 
 beloved Jungle Bay resort has finally reopened on June 30th, four years after 
closing down. The popular five-star development had previously operated for ten 
years before Storm Erika destroyed it in 2015. It has now relocated to the 
western coast of the small island of Dominica, in the Mourne Acouma village in 
Soufriere and has already welcomed its first guests. 

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The island has made a remarkable recovery after Hurricane Maria made landfall 
in 2017 and has since gone on to 'build back better' largely using money coming 
from foreign investors also seeking second citizenship 
( Jungle Bay received full 
funding from Dominica's Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme through which 
global individuals and, at times, their immediate relatives, invested in Jungle 
Bay's shares ( and, after being 
thoroughly checked for integrity and due diligence, were honoured with the 
citizenship of Commonwealth of Dominica. The island's CBI model is considered 
exemplary, with experts from the Financial Times 
( ranking it the world's best economic 
citizenship thanks to how efficient, reliable and sensible it is as regards the 
balance of needs of global investors, native citizens and the international 
community. The programme advocates for a 'global community' mindset, having 
honed its legislation, due diligence processes and incentives over the past 
quarter of a century, attracting reputable investors looking for a "global 
citizenship" while supporting Dominica's fight for climate resilience and good 

During the official vine-cutting ceremony at Jungle Bay, Prime Minister 
Roosevelt Skerrit credited the island's CBI Programme for powering Dominica's 
real estate offering. "This country has a very robust Citizenship by Investment 
Programme," he said, "and this project there [Jungle Bay], which is fully 
financed by the Citizenship by Investment Programme, is a testament to the 
benefits which we have been deriving from this programme." 

The resort will host 85 rooms in total, with the first 30 rooms already 
available to book now ( The remaining rooms are 
expected to be completed by 2020. Boasting 14 studio spas, two yoga studios, 
two restaurants, an infinity pool, wedding & honeymoon facilities, the resort 
is also committed to promoting sustainability by giving back to the local 
community. Jungle Bay currently has 60 permanent employees and 100 construction 
workers. Over time, the resort expects to create 160 permanent jobs and local 
business opportunities.

Jungle Bay owner Sam Raphael called on the local and international community to 
explore the potential Dominica's flourishing ecotourism is opening this year. 
He noted that "there will be spin off businesses for accommodation of guest 
houses and so on (…) We need a lot of activity because we don't want our people 
to be bored. We want them to get that local food. We want activities, things 
for them to do, specialty niche activities that they can enjoy."

Reviews from holidaymakers are already pouring in, with one particular visitor 
praising the balance between tailored luxury, wellness facilities and 
ecotourist adventures: "I was looking for an active yet relaxing vacation and 
Jungle Bay exceeded all my expectations (…) I learned so much about local plant 
life, marine life, and farming. The food was amazing and always fresh. (…) The 
daily spa treatments were just what everyone needed after a long hike."

Besides investing in one of the seven hotels and resorts eligible under the 
island's CBI Programme 
(, those 
who want to obtain Dominica's valuable citizenship and are well-intended also 
have the option of making a one-off contribution to the Economic 
Diversification Fund. This then finances remarkable initiatives on the island, 
such as building 5,000 public homes that can withstand the harshest hurricanes, 
or the construction of a geothermal plant capable of providing the entire 
population with clean energy. Overcoming Maria valiantly, the island, though 
small, has embarked on an admirable feat of becoming "the world's first climate 
resilient nation", as pledged by Premier Skerrit. Over the past two years 
especially, Dominica's sustainability ethos transpires in most aspects of 
governance and way of living on the island, ranging from plastic bans, 
protecting marine life, promoting local produce and other environmentally 
conscious initiatives. 

Source:  CS Global Partners