In the shimmering Caribbean Sea between Guadeloupe and Martinique sits the almost untouched island of Dominica - an eco-lover’s dream, a diver’s best friend and a stunning destination for whale and bird watching. Drenched in virgin rainforest, home to scorching hot springs, charcoal black beaches and a mountainous centre, it’s like no other place in the Caribbean. You won’t find chain hotels, beach parties or loud bars, and you’re more likely to need your hiking boots than your bathing suit, although the myriad of majestic waterfalls provide ample opportunity to cool off.
That's not to say that adventure can't be coupled with a relaxing retreat: a stay in one of eco-friendly Jungle Bay’s tree house rooms includes morning yoga, cookery lessons and daily spa treatments. Dining on Dominica is based around the agriculture of the island, with plenty of informal beachfront bars offering Creole inspired dishes, yam and plantain. Try the Waterfront Restaurant at Fort Young and the Old Stone Bar & Grill in Roseau.