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Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Ranked #2 of 21 Roseau B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 11, 2014

I just can't say enough. The site is incredible and located up in the high rainforest. Waterfalls, natural hot springs and rich varied plant life make up the grounds. The restaurant has open air dining overlooking a beautiful ravine. The food was top notch. I had a delicious mahi mahi wrapped in a banana leaf with some kind of herbal sauce that was so aromatic and unusual that I couldn't say what was in it, but it was good! We had 2 rooms in our group. One was more plush, a kind of honeymoon suite with hot springs located right out the door, very private. The other room was more family style but quite comfy and clean. The staff was smart and on point. I can't wait to go back. This is a great value as well as being one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

IT's been 3 months since we came back from our visit to Dominica and still cannot get it out of my head! The Retreat is outstanding, food there is georgious but a little bit pricey. Still served so nicely and delicious that it is worth its price!
We (family of 2 adults plus 2 kids) stayed in room no 10 which is actually a big apartment that can accomodate 6 people. The ehole time we stayed there was a small lizard staying with us (so nice!). Sounds of the water coming down from the waterfalls and in thevulacnic pools was really calming and made our sleep even better.
The soaps in the bathrooms were handmade with the fruits from Dominica, so natural and fresh. The only thing was the flow of the water in the shower - it could have been better but it was not a trouble, really. Water in the shower & toilet comes from volcano as well so it has specific smell and taste but it is so natural and naturally warm!
The Gardens are outstanding and small polls - spa areas are really great; the staff is cleaning them every day!
Anne, the owner, is great - she welcomes everyone, eats dinner altogether with her guests taking care of them and talking with everyone.
I can't wait when we come back there.

Room Tip: Try and eat when you stay in Papillote- it is worth it. 4x4 drive is a must - but it is a must every...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Stayed 4 nights in room 12 - by their indication the best room in the place. The room was huge with some outside seating (no balcony or anything). Room was clean but a bit dated and dark - not as a result of the jungle but just because of the low ceilings, etc. Didn't feel that authentic given the generic steel entry doors on the room (there were 2 entrances). Hot pool outside the room was very nice and the larger hot & cool pools down by the waterfall were nice.

Food was good - but not cheap (did not do the meal plan). The service at the main desk was good - was happy to book guides for hiking, do laundry, etc. However, the restaurant service wasn't great - but that seemed common on Dominica.

Very quiet and relaxing place - not much going on socially. Location was good for a lot of hiking and waterfalls, etc. Short 5-10 minute drive into Roseau (which can be a hassle to drive in given the one way streets - especially at night). A few restaurants within 5 minute drive are handy if you want to avoid Roseau.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed at Papillote in the beginning of January 2014. It's a lovely spot with lush gardens and at least three natural hot pools to enjoy. The food was delicious. The staff was uniformly helpful and very friendly. We stayed for a week, and with a car, we were able to easily get around and see most of the island. The island has many beautiful hikes, ample rain forest, and scenic waterfalls. Our rooms (suite 9&10) were a bit cramped for our family of 4, with two adult children, but Anne warned us up front that that was all that was available in our time frame. For nature lovers and hikers (and birders) this is about as good as it gets!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

We are able to take one vacation a year. For the past few years we have been going to Papillote on Dominica. We are worried that if we go elsewhere it won't be as perfect and we will have wasted our one opportunity. It is beautiful and totally relaxing. The food is excellent (we are vegetarians and the staff have no problem accommodating us with great local produce) and the gardens sublime. Papillote is a Wilderness retreat, anyone looking for a 5 star hotel should skip it, there are no hot towels or chocolate on your pillow. However the rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable and the staff are warm, friendly and will all they can do to meet your needs. The gardens are world class, make sure to ask Marcel to take you on a tour. The hiking on the island is great, nothing like coming back from a hike and sitting in a natural hot spring pool with a rum punch! At night you go to sleep to the sounds of running water and chirping (?) tree frogs. Truly a magical place.

Room Tip: Room 12 is the largest and nicest (right above the original hot spring pool)
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

I find the comments about dated rooms etc, rather puzzling. Dominica is not Barbados (thank God) and Papillote represents what is best about Dominica. Anne and her staff are truly friendly and helpful, the food was excellent and as my partner said our room or rather suite was actually bigger than our whole flat at home!
Anne has devoted her life to creating this wonderful place, the gardens are fantastic, with so many little places to sit and relax or read. No, there is no TV, no spa or other entertainments save the best entertainment of all, Nature all around you.
It takes about twenty minutes to drive up from Roseau, you are high in the hills which means the temperature is cooler than the coast.
So in a nutshell, if you want all the "bells and whistles" of five star hotels don't go to Dominica, however if you want to meet some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, and to experience the wonderful rainforest not to mention some lovely unspoilt beaches, then go to Dominica and do stay at Papillote, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Stayed at Papillote with friends who have a place in Dominica. The grounds, gardens and hot pools were fantastic - a lush rainforest experience. The rooms, however, varied greatly in appearance. Our room did not look like any represented on TripAdvisor or Papillote's website. Our 2 bdrm suite (#10) was quite basic and dated. It was clean, no complaints there. Be sure to bring your own shampoo, conditioner and hair dryer as none of those items are provided. There were plenty of decks and outdoor patio spaces for our room and our friend's room. The restaurant was adequate, breakfast was good but dinner was somewhat disappointing as every fish dinner was filled with bones. Restaurant service varied greatly as well depending on who was serving - for example, you may be nearly done with your meal before getting the drink you requested. So long as your patient and curb expectations, you'll be fine. Papillote is all about the garden environment and hot pools really.

Room Tip: Room quality varies widely - be sure about what you are getting when reserving.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #2 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Roseau
Price Range: $100 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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