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Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Ranked #2 of 21 Roseau B&B and Inns
Chapala, Mexico
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34 reviews
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“Incredible Jungle Lodge”
Reviewed June 16, 2008

This hotel is listed in "A 1000 Places to See Before You Die" for good reason. We visited in the middle of May and stayed in the Honeymoon Suite with the hot tub right outside the door. The price was affordable. The gardens are a national treasure of Dominica.

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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

Myself and my girlfriend spent three nights here, May 22nd to 25th It is a lovely place in a beautiful setting. We were delighted that we bookied Papilotte after much deliberation. Do rent a 4wd if you plan on doing a bit of driving in Dominica. We live in St. Lucia and the roads here are alot better than those in Dominica. The drivers are (by and large) courteous thought which makes up for it.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey, US
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Reviewed May 5, 2008

Our family stayed at Papillote in April and had a wonderful time. The people who work there are very friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurant was excellent. The gardens are beautiful and the pools very relaxing. We highly recommend Papillote.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Bath, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2008

Great place to stay in true rainforest setting. Fantastic gardens to wander through or just sit and watch the wildlife (many humming birds).

Low-key (we hate big hotels), but friendly and efficient service.

Excellent local food - we opted not to go for the meal plan, but ended up eating breakfast, lunch and dinner here a few times. Not your run-of-the-mill hotel food - lots of different local dishes, very nicely done. Hot pools were great, especially after a days' hiking. We found a few local bars as well, all open at different times, where we chatted with the locals. We felt very safe and welcome in the area, more so than at home!!

The hike to The Boiling Lake was well worth it. Book through the hotel or ring local guide Kelvin (Kello Tours) on [--]- you need to do this with a guide, not matter what the various french tourists think or do!! It took us 5 hours round trip which I think was pretty good - you probably need to be quite fit and someone who does hiking anyway - this is no stroll through the rainforest.

Ask staff if a cruise ship is in before visiting Trafalgar Falls - much better to do this when there aren't busloads visiting. Early morning or late afternoon is your best bet. And don't forget to try the local beer - Kubuli.

  • Liked — The rainforest setting
  • Disliked — Lots of mosquitos
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed March 2, 2008

Before you even leave home, understand that Dominica really is an unspoiled wilderness. Leave behind your notions of upscale accommodations, sophisticated service, a hassle free airport, a shopping Mecca and any sense of urgency about anything. Roads are treacherously narrow, extremely steep with hairpin turns and pitch black after sunset. Papillote is about a 90 minute drive from the airport so you must have transportation pre-arranged. If you’ve not been to Dominica before, don’t even consider driving a rental car.

We spent 11 days at Papillote Wilderness Resort in February 2008 and paid for the seven-day adventure package. We’ve lived in Africa, traveled to Australia and Costa Rica yet have never seen anything as lush as Dominica. The resort itself is small and located in a heavily wooded rainforest area. The first room we stayed in (suite number 10) was a two bedroom suite (one with a large single bed and the other with twin beds) plus one bathroom and an outdoor verandah. Constant breezes make the lack of air conditioning at the resort a non-issue. Since the resort is in such a heavily wooded area, all of the rooms have spectacular views of nature. The rooms do not have phone, TV, radio or Internet connections. You can make or receive long distance calls and access the Internet from the business office. Be sure to take Evelyn’s guided tour of the gardens and get fascinating information about local flora and fauna. Food at the resort’s restaurant is actually quite good and wholesome. Dinner always included salad, entrée and dessert. Breakfast is pretty basic and the lunch menu is fairly limited. The outdoor hot and cold mineral pools are relaxing and very soothing after a day of hiking. The nights are filled with the songs of tree frogs and the light of fireflies. Incidentally, if you are allergic to mold this is probably not a good place to visit and it rains several times every day.

Papillote has an agreement with a company called Unique Tours (operated by Alfred) to coordinate tours of the island. Unfortunately, this is the one area in which the resort seriously fell short. Our tour package was scheduled for Monday to Monday and the first Monday and Tuesday were the opening days of Carnival so the tour guide did not want to take us out. To make a long story short, Alfred was not reliable and frequently not available to take us on the tours we had paid for in advance and even claimed Sunday was his Sabboth and he couldn’t work – this turned out to be blatantly untrue. The Indian River trip was a waste of both time and money although we did get some good photos. We did a whale watching tour that turned out to be a very pleasant outing. By far, the best tour was the six-hour hike to Boiling Lake (they have a website so you need more information Google “Boiling Lake”).

There was a mix up by the owner the last few days of our stay at the resort and we had to change rooms twice. This was quite a disappointment, since she confirmed everything with our travel agent before we left the States. I suggest you get an email confirmation from the resort before you leave home and then call them to confirm everything before you leave.

  • Liked — Location and Hiking
  • Disliked — Tour Guide
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, MA
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Reviewed January 14, 2008

Our experience definitely encompassed all of the best things I've seen written about Papillote! Refreshing, friendly, super clean, delicious food, wonderful setting, delightful host, comfortable rooms, lots of activities, or none, depending on our mood of the day. We were a family of 4, with active members and one temporarily unable to do much walking. Activities were arranged for us to meet our varied needs and without a set schedule of certain activities certain days, like other places on the island. Papillote booked us the all-day hike to Boiling Lake (and the delightful pool, waterfalls and slot canyon at the end) and whale watching (lots of whales!!), both with guides who were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, safety-conscious, and a real pleasure to spend many hours with. We also went to on the aerial tram and snorkeling at Champagne Beach (bubbles from the activity under the ocean floor seem like champagne bubbles), attending midnight Mass at the Roman Catholic cathedral. None of these were more than about 10 miles away, at the most. We also loved just staying still at Papillote, soaking in each of the several hot pools, enjoying the rum punch and appetizers, touring the outstanding botanical garden, watching the hummingbirds as we ate breakfast, enjoying long leisurely dinner conversation with Anne, the proprietor, reading on any of several terraces, walking the little way up to Trafalgar falls. Most of all, we enjoyed the Dominicans we met!

  • Liked — The overall friendly, local atmosphere
  • Disliked — The natural hot water in the shower didn't clean my hair very well.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Leicester, England
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55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2007

Stayed here on the recommendation of friends and it did not disappoint. The setting is lovely ( a 2 min. walk from Trafalgar Falls), it is renowned for it's gardens and they were indeed lovely. We stayed in the best room with its own sulpher spring pool just outside the door, other pools are available, equally nice if not so private.The rum punch (their own blend) was the best we had tasted and impressively strong. The menu was fine if a bit limited, choice at breakfast was great and all freshly cooked. Although the setting was great, we would suggest that you might need earplugs after the novelty of the noise in the forest at night wears off! Very few mosquitos which was a blessing after being badly bitten in Antigua. Lovely staff who made us feel very welcome and answered any queries. Don't expect lots of mod cons, which we felt would have spoilt the atmosphere. All in all a memorable experience.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Fairly limited dinner menu
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Address: Trafalgar Falls Road | Box 2287, Roseau 811, Dominica
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Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint George Parish > Roseau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Roseau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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 
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Papillote Wilderness Retreat Hotel Roseau
Papillote Wilderness Retreat Dominica/Roseau

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