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Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Ranked #2 of 21 Roseau B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Personal Favorite”
Reviewed 26 January 2013

Papillote is one of my favorite hotels in the world. It has a wonderful broken-in feeling, like it has coalesced with its natural setting overtime. Its a type of aura that younger, newer buildings even on the same site couldn't possess.
That being said, we come for the hot pools. The duel pools (one hot, one cool) is one of my favorite places I know of in the world. This could be very well be the best constructed sulphur pool on Dominica. Its like my dream backyard.

The staff is so very nice. Housekeeping is solid. The restaurant food is always incredible. Front desk service is always helpful. Etcetera etcetera..

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Watchet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

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.

Room Tip: Say what you would like and they will put you where you would like to be as all the rooms are unique...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

We stayed here for 6 nights in #11, the Breadfruit suite. It was fabulous in every way. The gardens are filled with tropical wonders, so be sure to take the garden tour. The waterfall with adjacent hot and cool pools is a stunning place to spend some time. The restaurant is top-notch and the staff is always accommodating and friendly. This is a place where you meet world travelers and make lifelong friends. Trafalgar Falls, just a short walk up the road, is spectacular. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

My family of four did a day trip here from the cruise ship. It was a nice relaxing day away from the crowds. We enjoyed the warm pools and had a fantastic lunch. Unfortunately it was pouring rain after lunch so we didn't get a chance to go on our tour of the gardens. They were nice enough to refund that portion of the price. My advice is if the weather is nice, take the garden tour right away. Being in the rainforest you never know when the rain will start.

Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Harvard, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

My spouse and I have visited here several times. The Papillote is an incredibly relaxing place. The staff couldn't be more helpful. The dinner menu doesn't include any vegetarian options, but the kitchen had no issue with preparing vegetarian meals for us. The food is simple but excellent. The rooms are clean. There are natural hot spring pools which are wonderful to relax in (with a rum punch) after a day of hiking. The gardens are world class. Can't say enough good about this resort.

Room Tip: Room 12 is quiet and large. it is right over one of the hot pools which can be very convenient.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

The rooms and restaurant are acceptable but no more.

What you're paying for here is the scenery - particularly the collection of hot and cold mineral pools and the garden. I can imagine some people paying just to experience the gardens and the springs.

Some rooms even come with mini spring baths just by the door.

It's a little bit retro and rough around the edges and definitely more "eco resort" than luxury but it was very acceptable and we enjoyed it.

We stayed in February 2011.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Willemstad
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Beautifull garden in which different buildings with rooms. Not cheap but a very special experience. Excellent food. Very friendly staff. We had the nicest room (#12), but we really missed a ceiling fan!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Papillote Wilderness Retreat

Property: Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Address: Trafalgar Falls Road | Box 2287, Roseau 811, Dominica
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Region: 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 
Also Known As:
Papillote Wilderness Retreat Hotel Roseau
Papillote Wilderness Retreat Dominica/Roseau

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