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With Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort’s exciting reimagination comes the introduction of several new amenities — all designed to enhance the guest experience while preserving the architectural integrity of the 17th century fort. From a brand-new bar & lounge set within historic barracks to a rum & wine cellar located in what were once prison cells, here’s everything you can expect at the resort come November 2023.
Compass Fitness Center
At the level of the ramparts and in the vicinity of the original fort flagpole, the new Compass Fitness Center offers panoramic ocean views and will include treadmills, weights, bikes and elliptical machines, along with changing rooms, showers and lockers.
Marquis Bar & Lounge
Located in what was the troops’ barracks within the original fort walls, including the musket holes which were used to fire on invaders coming from the rear, the Marquis Bar & Lounge provides a unique and historic ambiance. Open throughout the day and evening, guests can enjoy natural light and ventilation provided by the opened walls leading to the covered pathway and courtyard.
A narrow passage, which features newly rescued stone walls exhibiting a historical timeline of the Fort, leads to this intimate and sunken café. Embedded into a historic area of the old fort, the Museum Café will feature local Dominican coffee and freshly baked pastries for guests to enjoy as a dine-in experience, as well as for grab-and-go.
Old Oven Art Gallery
The resort’s new Old Oven Art Gallery will feature a rotating display of local artists, along with curated art exhibitions, intimate events and private functions. Not only that, all artwork will be available for sale. The gallery is home to the resort’s original brick oven and chimney, both being showcased for the first time ever, and is crowned by a 172-square foot skylight that looks up through a rooftop wellness garden above.
Rum & Wine Cellar and Retail Space
Built within two separate but connected cells, which were once prison cells, the Rum & Wine Cellar will offer tastings of local rums and wines, along with the option to purchase other specialty rums and wines from the Caribbean and the world. This includes the hotel’s own ocean-aged rum, which is based on the local “BB Rum” — a unique blend from the extract of the bark of the Richeria-Grandis (locally called Bois Bande) and exotic Caribbean spices. Interestingly enough, this stimulating elixir is widely held for its aphrodisiac properties!
Work & Play Hub
A central part of the resort, the Work & Play hub comprises four different areas designed as multipurpose rooms. These spaces offer state-of-the-art executive and board meeting rooms, game rooms for both card games and video gaming as well as printing and connectivity facilities. Cleverly concealed floor-to-ceiling blinds, as well integrated audio-visual equipment, allow for work and play, day and night.
It doesn’t stop there! Additional amenities include a courtyard lounge and an outdoor play area featuring an oversized chess board, ping pong table and more. By the end of 2024, the resort also will have completed an auditorium that can accommodate 100 people, the first of its kind in Dominica, and a Rooftop Wellness Garden, a tranquil green oasis that offers respite for guests seeking a quiet moment for reading, yoga, enjoying a Dominican sunset or simply relaxing.
And best of all, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is now accepting reservations! Contact our concierge desk via inquiry form, by phone at 767-448-5000 or book online.