Dominica Lifestyle and Business Opportunity for Sale:
Successful eco tourism operation located on eleven acres of secluded mountain property at 1800 feet with stunning views of the Caribbean sea. Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, is starting to take the lead as one of the top eco tourism destinations. This property allows the owners a relaxed rainforest lifestyle with a steady flow of comfortable income.
About the property:
The resort is nestled within two acres of lusciously landscaped flower and fruit gardens. Exotic flower collections, local medicinal bush tea gardens, water gardens, meandering pathways, a variety of bearing fruit trees, as well as a one hundred foot greenhouse with organically cultivated cooking herbs and vegetables fill the immediate space. River La Croix marks the south facing boundary and supplies utility water, and a spring water bathing basin. The other nine acres to the back of the property is a preservation of woodland with rainforest species of trees and nesting parrots.
There are four 10 x 20 wooden cabins built on concrete pillars all with breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea and designed to catch the cool mountain breeze. Each cabin is furnished with hand crafted wooden beds, tables and chairs. The interior of the cabins are painted in warm Caribbean colors and accented with local artwork. Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower facilities. The verandahs are spacious, strong, and equipped with hammock and lounge chair perfect for star or sea gazing.
The kitchen and dining room are fully equipt with appliances, cookware, cutlery, and local hardwood tables and chairs. The view from the outdoor dining area is also directly focused at the Caribbean Sea with gorgeous sunsets and moonsets. An outdoor cook station is also conveniently located beside the kitchen with a large barbeque and meat smoker.
There is a complete library/common room which is home to an assortment of books, maps and games. The library is also set up for high speed wireless internet connection. Laundry room and office are located below the first cabin.
Other amenities on the property include a fully functional swimming pool and propane heated hot tub.
The agricultural aspect of the hotel has been a lure for the eco-sensitive traveler as well as a healthy benefit for the proprietors. A 100 foot newly sheathed greenhouse sits below the cabins and has been providing organic produce for six years. There is also a goat and chicken pen beside to supply fresh eggs and dairy.
A charming private residence with separate access from the cabins sits above the hotel and makes for a secluded home for the owners or an additional rental income property. The Stone Cottage has been recently built atop the foundation of the original historical hotel. The gardens are well established with aromatic plants and fruit trees, a lily pond, and a breathtaking view of the sea. The house itself is of timber frame construction and stone. It has one downstairs bedroom, a lofted bedroom, bathroom, equipped kitchen with appliances, living room, and outdoor dining bar.
There is an additional 40 x 60 foot enclosed space with the best views of the sea and valley from the property. It is presently utilized as a dual purpose area for retreats and a classroom. It also has the potential for conversion to a residence or rental property.
There are several additional out buildings and foundations available for storage or expansion.
About the business:
The hotel has been family owned by Americans since 1999. The business began operations in February 2000 and has been in a steady increase of profits since then. The client base is largely North American with increasing growth in regional and European visitors. The repeat and referred customers are a strong factor in the business growth.
The publicity of the business has also been on the increase with many favorable and high profile travel articles and listings. From Shape magazine to National Geographic Traveler as well as recent mention in The Guardian as one of the top thirty best green places to stay in the world (see list of published comments). Much effort has been invested in maintenance of the web sites, encouraging customer reviews, and joint marketing efforts with other well established hotels.
All business records have been published as draft audits annually since the inception of the business. There are fiscal records and proof of all required licenses and Inland Revenue requirements. The National Development Corporation of Dominica approved the hotel project in 1999. The business is in good standing in all transactions and operates with no accounts payable.