It is in a rainforest so expect rain- and unexpected sunshine flaring through showers. The rooms are amazing - mostly suites. Mine had a bedroom with a mosquito net, dressing room, breakfast room and bathroom! Fantastically peaceful and I could play my music as loud as I liked because the walls are solid. Outside I had sitting space and hotpoolsto lie in
The gardens ramble through ten acres following a logical sequence designed by Ann Jno Baptiste who started digging and creating there in the'60s. Now in her eighties, she presides over her hotel with close attention, every staff member writes a daily report which she glances at before or after she dines with guests, and either praises or takes corrective Action.. The gardens are a must because they are unique: a series of set pieces each themed such as the Witch Garden, the Purple garden and the Waterfall garden. In each are plants found in few places like the Bat flower or plants with special properties that those who know can use a s aphrodisiacs, birth easers, pain controllers and narcotics. I was amazed by the highs available within yards and also aware of the dangers. Take care! Marcel the gardener (father of eight and still under 30) will give you a full lecture on any plant in the garden from the North-South palm to the humble grasses. Alan Titchmarsh would be in Heaven. Often people visit from the big universities and places like Kew because it is unique.
Food is creole, interesting and filling.
Wine is good but a bit of a waste drinking that when they make their own punch and mature it for a year!
In her time in Papillote Anne and her Dominican husband, have created a whole town nearby: Trafalgar,where every family works or has worked at Papillote.
Well worth visiting- lookout for Orlando and Evelyn on reception, both are extremely helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small secluded hotel at the head of the beautiful Roseau River Valley with comfortable charming rooms overlooking gardens, mountains, waterfalls and pristine rainforest wilderness.Dine in our Rainforest Restaurant on fresh caught fish, prawns or chicken prepared with all the fabled spices of our Island's rich cultural heritageWander through four acres of nurtured wilderness amidst a world class collection of bromeliads, begonias, gingers and aroids. Bathe in our natural hot mineral pools. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Papillote Wilderness Retreat Hotel Roseau
- Papillote Wilderness Retreat Dominica/Roseau