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Zandoli Inn
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“Fabulous Inn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Zandoli Inn is beautifully designed, set amongst lovely gardens and in a spectacular location. Jenn is a great host and an excellent cook. Great to wake up in the morning, have a refreshing swim in the ocean, and then head out to visit all the wonderful places that Dominica offers. Lovely to return to the best rum punch on the island and a delicious meal. Exceptional!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

If you truly want to "get away from it all", there's no better place than the Zandoli Inn. There are no televisions, radios, or clocks in the rooms and it is so healthy to just unplug from the constant barrage of technology and noise. At the Zandoli time truly seems to stand still. Who needs tv when you have a spectacularly beautiful (and I do mean spectacular) view of ocean, mountains, and rainforest? Who needs radio when you have choruses of frogs and birds? We enjoyed spotting whales and sea turtles, as well as identifying different birds and we didn't even have to leave our room for that---we did that all from the comfort our private balcony. There are some nice trails to hike through the forest surrounding the Zandoli as well as a rocky shore where you can just rest peacefully, or, if you're a strong swimmer, there is a place where you can access the water and perhaps do a little snorkeling. Jenn is a wonderful hostess who really went out of her way to make us feel at home. She grew up on Dominica and is a great source of information about what to see and do. She is also a superb chef and the food at the Zandoli was an unexpected pleasure --- it was the best we've had anywhere! We hope to return soon, but for a much longer stay next time.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

We stayed at Zandoli Inn for three nights in April and had a wonderful time. Jenn is very welcoming and is happy to give you lots of information about the local area, share fantastic stories and help you with planning your days to get the most our of your stay.

Zandoli is beautifully designed and extremely pleasant to spend time in. Our room was absolutely gorgeous with a balcony and incredible view over Grand Bay - particularly beautiful to wake up to and at sunset. There is a garden for relaxing as well as outdoor eating area, pool and wonderful swimming and snorkelling off the rocks.

Jenn provides a great bar for pre-dinner drinks, where we sampled her fantastic homemade rum punches. Dinner was a fabulous affair every night with wonderful fresh fish and even lobster locally caught by local fishermen and beautifully cooked.

After spending the first part of our trip to Dominica on serious hikes and exploration, we treated our time at Zandoli as a more easy-going part of the holiday with snorkelling and swimming at Scott's Head and Champagne, walking to Fond St Jean and chatting to the fishermen who brought in their catch of Mahi Mahi while we were there, and just relaxing by the pool and in the garden. It was perfect for this but you could easily use it as a base for more intrepid hikes too.

HIghly recommended.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 5 which was beautiful, sea view, balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

We spent 8 nights at Zandoli Inn and didn't want to leave this marvellous place finally.

The hotel is run by Linda and Jenn, who are great and helpful hosts, giving recommendations for every question/problem you have, helping to arrange guides and sightseeing/hiking trips.

The inn is located in a nice forest, overlooking Grand Bay. It's a quiet place, with own access to the sea offering a lush garden, spatious terraces to hang out and enjoy the best kitchen you can get on the whole island - Jenn is a creative cook, surprising their guests with varied dishes every day. She uses fresh local products and a lot of fish and shellfish.

The rooms are cosy with big bed, good mattress, well thought architecture, which makes air condition unnecessary by letting cool breezes in. Rooms are well maintained and very clean and most of them have sea view.

Zandoli Inn also gives the opportunity to swim and snorkel from the private sea access. It is rocky but has nice places for sun bathing and an easy access into the water. We never used the pool.

It's the right place to relax, enjoy true hospitality and discover the south of this wonderful island. This place is a reason to come back!

Werner & Joseph

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

My husband and I always seek out small hotels because we like their intimacy compared to the Americanized mega hotels. Zandoli was the perfect little resort. We got to know all the guests at dinnertime, which included folks from Europe, Canada and the US. Since we all were either hiking, diving, or touring during the day, we could compare notes about what to see in Dominica. Great fun. The food that was served by Jenn (owner/manager) was fabulous at dinner. If you are a fan of gourmet restaurants, you will love the food here. The architecture of the place was great at ensuring privacy, yet had great views. We could lie in bed and see the mountains and the sky, and the sea if we stood up. Windows left open at night instead of air conditioning was our kind of place and amazingly, there were no mosquitos to deal with. We go to the Caribbean to get warm, not freeze in a.c. at night. Loved the rooms and the view. The walk is steep to the ocean, but worthwhile to swim in, though it takes good mobility to get out onto the rocks. Or, skip it and use the small pool. We stayed there 5 nights and then moved to the north part of the island. We had some good food up there, but not as good as Zandoli. We loved it very much and highly recommend this small resort.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dearborn, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

Zandoli Inn. is. amazing. Absolutely the highlight of our trip to Dominica. I don't even know where to begin.. The setting is breathtaking, right on Grand Bay. The grounds have lush foliage, a pool and deck for sunbathing, and 2 great dogs! The rooms have lovely porches and we slept with the doors open every night. Beds come with mosquito nets but honestly I never saw any. (There are WAY more bugs in the midwest than we ever saw anywhere in Dominica.) The food was probably the highlight of our stay at Zandoli. Jenn was a chef in Toronto before taking over Zandoli and it is very obvious. Everything we ate was seasoned to perfection and absolutely delicious. I highly HIGHLY recommend staying here if you visit Dominica. You won't regret it!

Room Tip: Rooms 5 and 3 have the best views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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North Stonington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

Having been to Dominica several times, we had never explored the south coast. Our good friend Anne at Papillote suggested Zandoli as she knew how much we cared about fresh, high quality food, a heavenly place to sleep and wake up, and a coastline not to be ignored. In preparation to our trip, my emails to Linda and Jenn gave us a good sense of their quality and personality. It has been 2 weeks since we left, and we are simultaneously feeliing like we were still there as well as feeling as if it was ages ago and we are longing to go back.
The food was amazing----ceviche to die for, grapefruit juice unlike I have eveer tasted, succulent conch--whatever Jenn found that day was our special meal--and with such great flavor! Our room was a respite of freshness, color, blue ocean and an amazing sparkling twinkle at night. The relaxed, comfortable atmosphere prevailed---we had access to a frig full of Kabuli beer and great white wine----consumed on a basis of trust; a great selection of books about Dominica (not just your usual tourist, but works by Jean Rhys and Phyliis Strand Allfrey----this is a REAL place to cherish, return to, soak up and never forget. Our only regret was not being able to meet Linda, who was out of the country---but Jenn was amazing. She is also a mine of info re what there is to do ANYWHERE in Dominica---and she knows everyone----they all love her--and so do we!

Room Tip: We loved room #5-- prob the best view
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Zandoli Inn
Address: Roche Cassee | Stowe, Dominica
Region: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint Patrick Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Patrick Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tranquil, secluded hideaway with captivating views, dramatically located on six acres of forest gardens 80 feet above the sea. For the adventurous, the boulder shoreline below provides sea access for those who snorkel. Resident guests enjoy breakfast and dinner overlooking the Grand Bay and the sparkling village across the bay. Zandoli Inn is just a 25 minute drive from Roseau and a special place to stay while investigating the southern end of the island of Dominica. ... more   less 

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