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Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski, Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica – Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group is proud to bring its rich heritage of attentive personal service and unparalleled hospitality to its newest destination in the Americas. The long-awaited Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica will open its doors to guests and exclusive clientele on October 14, 2019. The resort will be Kempinski’s second Caribbean venture and Dominica’s first-ever five-star resort.

“Bringing this project to fruition is another remarkable milestone for Kempinski Hotels,” says Michael Schoonewagen, General Manager, Cabrits Resort and 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.”

The Caribbean’s nature island

Nestled between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the beautiful, unspoiled island of Dominica is the Caribbean’s best-kept secret. Secluded from mass tourism, the island attracts both eco-adventurers and those simply wishing to disconnect from everyday life. Surrounded by Cabrits National Park, the resort’s unobtrusive design honours and preserves the natural beauty and ecosystem of this stunning, unexplored volcanic island. The resort is committed to protecting the authenticity of this pristine paradise for future generations of travellers to come, while today offers an enriching guest experience that strikes a natural balance between land and sea.

Room to roam in nature’s playground

Largely covered by wooded mountains and lush tropical rainforest, Dominica is known to have other Caribbean islands “green” with envy. In fact, when it came to describing Dominica to Queen Isabella of Spain, Christopher Columbus was at a loss for words. Now, more than 500 years later, the Nature Island’s dramatic peaks, ravines, and adventure-filled terrain are still leaving visitors speechless.

Hosting a variety of flora and fauna, including many rare plants, animals and bird species, Dominica is protected by an extensive natural park system that encompasses three national parks, two forest reserves, and the Syndicate Parrot Reserve. Adventure seekers can enjoy eco-trekking on countless hiking trails, bird watching or simply observing wildlife in their natural surroundings.

The Sisserou, or Imperial Parrot, is a national symbol found only on Dominica. (Photo by Stephen Durand)

Dominica is additionally home to the world’s second-largest hot spring and features 365 rivers, one for each day of the year, as well as cascading waterfalls and, of course, breath-taking beaches, ranging from sugar-white to black volcanic sand. With ample coastlines and coral reefs, Dominica also offers world-class diving and snorkeling for underwater adventures that feel out of this world.

Nature-inspired design

All of the resort’s 151 guestrooms and suites are luxuriously appointed, from deluxe and superior rooms featuring mountain or ocean views to spacious suites and two-bedroom duplexes, and villas. Inspired by the island’s natural beauty, each features a soothing palette of coastal colours, detailed wood accents, and ample natural lighting, bringing the beauty of the outdoors in. While worlds away, guests will find all of the modern conveniences of home right at their fingertips, from flat-screen televisions and complimentary WiFi service to in-room espresso machines and luxurious bath amenities.

For the ultimate Cabrits experience, the 4,585 sq ft presidential Villa features stunning ocean views, 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 also available upon request.

A feast for the senses

Every detail of the guest experience at Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski has been carefully thought out to allow guests to feel, smell, see, hear and taste what Dominica has to offer. From a culinary perspective, the resort’s three distinctive restaurants feature both local and international cuisine as well as “farm-to-table” and “sea-to-table” dining.

The resort’s signature restaurant, Cabrits market, provides an ambience of vibrant colours and flavours indicative of a Creole market. A variety of interactive buffet stations include a wide range of international fare from Italian to barbeque to, of course, a Creole-themed dinner and opulent brunch.

The Kweyol Beach Café takes a unique spin on the traditional Creole beach bar with an elevated approach. Offering a tasty mix of Creole dishes, international favourites and home-made ice cream flavours such as coconut, this sea-view restaurant is a must-do for every guest.

Bonsai serves Pan-Asian cuisine as an exciting alternative to the resort’s main restaurant and beach bar. Bonsai offers a flavourful journey across Asia with sushi, sashimi, satays, Thai curries, wok-sautéed dishes and more.

With both indoor and outdoor seating, the Rumfire Bar serves as the perfect place to end the day, watching the sunset while sipping a drink or enjoying a fine cigar. The bar’s expert mixologist prepares both classic cocktails and original creations utilizing local Caribbean rums and dark spirits.

Rounding out the resort’s sensorial experiences is the 18,000 sq ft Kempinski Spa. Guests may select from indoor and outdoor wellness experiences, bringing themselves closer to nature and creating a connection with the island’s unique ecosystem. The spa’s comprehensive menu includes treatments inspired by the local culture and sense of place.

Memorable meetings and events

With an exceptional location facing the sunset on Douglas Bay Beach and a traditional Creole atmosphere, Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski offer some of the most unique and awe-inspiring settings for memorable meetings, family reunions, and special occasions. The resort offers than 8,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor event space, including beach, pool and lawn venues, for weddings and celebrations as well as three meeting rooms, a boardroom, and an outdoor amphitheatre. The skilled events team can assist in choosing the perfect venue and menus based on party size and preferences.

To be among the first to experience this exciting new destination, guests are invited to book now and will receive one complimentary night when staying for a minimum of three nights, including daily gourmet breakfast.

For more information or reservations: www.kempinski.com/Dominica/Cabrits‎

 

 

 

 



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Ministry of Agriculture and Lands begins animal health outreach clinic series for 2020

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Given the importance of animal disease control thus, safeguarding global food safety and animal health through the implementation of International Standards for better agricultural practices, the Veterinary and Livestock Division will hold a series of animal health outreach clinics throughout the tri-island state in 2020.

The division recognises the importance of monitoring animal health and preventing animal disease outbreaks and its impact on the economy and safety of the country. Hence, this year’s focus will be on best practices in the prevention and control of priority diseases and animal health.

“The aim of these clinics is to provide good quality veterinary and livestock services to farmers and animal owners. The ministry also sees this as an opportunity to strengthen the relationships with the farming community and animal owners,” said Acting Chief Veterinary and Livestock Officer, Dr Kimond Cummings.

The nationwide drive for 2020 commenced with the first Animal health Outreach clinic at the Woburn playing field on Tuesday, 21 January 2020. Officers of the Veterinary and Livestock Division collaborated with officers of the Southern Agricultural District in offering rabies vaccination, deworming medication, wound management, hoof trimming, and best management tips to residents of Woburn and surrounding areas.

Yolande Lord Telesford, Livestock Specialist, attached to the Southern Agricultural District also spoke of the importance of the initiative. “What we have realised is that in this area, a lot of people in the community practice tethering. Based on the number of animals in this area, some of them have one or two animals tied in the same location, which allows for cross-contamination and cross infestation. This is why we went out prior to the clinic to speak to the animal owners to get an idea of their challenges in caring for their animals. It was based on their responses that we saw it fitting to have the clinic in this area.”

Farmer, Eunice Nelson, who got her 43 animals treated expressed appreciation. “I am really thankful for this exercise, right now I do not have to purchase as much medication for my animals or pay a veterinarian to deal with all these animals. I won’t have to worry about the rabies virus that much, as with the dry season mongoose normally run in and out of the land.”

Dr Cummings said that the series of clinics provide an opportunity for officers to explain the diseases and issues affecting livestock and other animals to farmers and animal owners. “As a ministry, this provides us with an opportunity to establish what is on the ground, as a result, we would be able to improve on our prevention and eradication efforts. We would be better equipped to develop a working plan, to execute in case an outbreak arises.”

He added, “The ministry is investing heavily in these programmes because we understand the needs of those farmers, thus ensuring that they have technical assistance and other services.”

During the outreach clinics, animals will be given preventive vaccines, treatment for internal and external parasites, while providing an opportunity to educate animal owners and farmers on at home and on the farm care and nutrition.

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Grenadians represent at Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit

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Young Grenadian leaders Ali Dowden, Garvel Stanisclaus, Terick Frank and Zoë Hagley, represented the Spice Island at the recently concluded 6th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit (CYLS). 

The young Grenadian delegates represented their respective organisations: The National Democratic Youth Movement (Dowden), the New National Party Youth Arm (Stanisclaus, Frank) and the Commonwealth Youth Council (Hagley).

The 6th CYLS was convened under the theme of “Promoting Youth Economic Empowerment for Sustainable Caribbean Development’ and was held from 21–23 January 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The summit brought together approximately 200 delegates, 150 of whom were youth from 13 countries and territories from across the Caribbean and the Americas Region. The overarching aim of the summit was to provide a platform for young leaders and youth development workers in the Caribbean to engage in a dialogue with stakeholders on how decent can be achieved for youth at national, regional and global levels.

The summit consisted of several presentations, and group discussions on the many issues surrounding youth employment in the Caribbean.

The participants were selected from National Youth Councils (NYC), the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), youth organisations and other key youth development partners and stakeholders; including the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); Commonwealth Secretariat; International Labour Organisation (ILO); United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC); and, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

Following the summit, delegate Dowden reflected on his attendance. He said, “For me the summit was an important opportunity for us young people from around the region, to engage on issues affecting us by sharing our challenges and providing solutions.” He continued, “Now that we’ve all attended, it is my hope that we will return to our respective countries and share the knowledge gained from the summit with our respective youth organisations.”

In light of the presentations and discussions at the summit, all delegates are committed to continue efforts for youth policy development, empowerment, inclusion, engagement and participation. The Grenadian delegates share the hope that the island will soon have its own National Youth Council leading up to the 7th summit in 2022.

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