First of all, I need to preface this review with the fact that this was a reconnection with Anne, who I first met 30 years ago---long before she and Cuthbert developed Papillote into this level of HEAVEN. She was as sharp, witty, and stylish as I remember, despite her cold. The high points were the gardens, pools, hot baths and Marcel. We would have followed him every day , just to soak up all his info re local herbs/healing properties AND floral out of this world. It was a real thrill to see a jade plant in full flower------ our pictures will never do justice to the memory.
Our meals were very nice---but the rum punch is the winner and unlike any other... this one takes time and is REAL. and banana pancakes for breakfast were to die for. Our room (hummingbird) had a lovely private terrace frequented by a tiny finch we knicknamed Joe, who liked us so much he often frequented our bathroom. We did not expect a luxurious room---but did find it lacking a tad. Would have liked better bedding, pillows, towels, toiletries--actually expected local/ eco-friendly soaps, etc. Darker color towels to be used in the springs would have been preferable to using "older ones". The staff was AMAZING---we loved every single person (wish I wrote down everyone's name)---from the pleasant breakfast gal who has travleled to Germany--??Precious???, the gals at the desk---whose sense of humor, warmth and info was wonderful, and Orlando, who worked magic with our phone/ IT stuff-----they were beyond the best and seem to love their work----
- 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