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Featured Accommodation and Dining
ANCHORAGE HOTEL, WHALE WATCH & DIVE CENTRE (32 rooms) Castle Comfort; tel: 767 448 2638; e: email@example.com; www.anchoragehotel.dm. This long-established, family-owned & -run hotel offers 12 standard & 20 ocean-front rooms with en-suite bathrooms, private veranda, AC, TV, telephone & Wi-Fi. There is a large covered terrace restaurant, & a spacious lounge bar & swimming pool – all enjoying sea views. The hotel has its own jetty, 2 whalewatching catamarans, dive shop & dive boat, & it offers PADI dive courses.
EVERGREEN HOTEL (17 rooms, 1 detached bungalow) Castle Comfort, Roseau; tel: 767 448 3288; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.evergreenhoteldominica.com. A very pleasant family-run hotel on the seafront south of Roseau. All rooms have AC, en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone. Some have a balcony & sea view. There is also a detached bungalow for extra privacy. The hotel has a fine dining restaurant, Café Sol lounge bar & grill, sun deck & swimming pool. Located right on the water, there is a small beach, mini dock & sun patio. In less than 1 min you can be snorkelling on the house reef. This is a very friendly hotel with good service & is well located for hiking & scuba diving excursions.
PAPILLOTE WILDERNESS RETREAT (2 apts, 3 rooms) Trafalgar; tel: 767 448 2287; e: email@example.com; www.papillote.dm; usually closed Sep & Oct. Papillote has long been a firm favourite with visitors to Dominica, especially with those who enjoy tropical gardens. Unfussy & relaxing accommodation is set in 2ha of beautiful, immaculate & mature rainforest gardens with 3 hot volcanic pools, 1 cold-water pool & 2 waterfalls. The SC apts each have 2 bedrooms & are spacious with lounge, fully equipped kitchenette, fans, mosquito nets & porch. The rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, lounge, veranda, mosquito nets & fans. All enjoy free Wi-Fi. If you are travelling as a family or group of friends, you can also rent out the whole building as 1 villa. Papillote has a large restaurant overlooking the gardens serving a high standard of Creole & international cuisine. Massage & yoga are available, as are guided tours of the gardens. Ask about the popular Interlude Package, which includes a garden tour, lunch & use of the hot pools. A 15min walk to the Trafalgar Falls & a 15min drive to Roseau make it an ideal location.
SISSEROU LODGE Reigate, Roseau; tel: 767 277 8714; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dominicaholidayvilla.com. Modern family-owned &-managed SC lodge with bedroom, lounge, kitchen, TV, internet, veranda & great views of Roseau. Other facilities include swimming pool, deck & gardens. The owners’ property is within the same grounds & they can provide assistance with guides, tours & getting around. The location is good for access to Roseau, the south & the main trails of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park
CASTLE COMFORT DIVE LODGE (14 rooms) Castle Comfort, Roseau; tel: 767 448 2188; toll free: tel: 1 888 414 7276; e: email@example.com; www.castlecomfortdivelodge.com, www.divedominica.com. This is a well-established family-run lodge & dive centre with gardens, private jetty & 5 fully equipped boats offering daily 2-tank scuba diving, snorkelling & whale-watching trips. Each room has en-suite bathroom, AC & fans, telephone, TV & Wi-Fi. There is waterside & restaurant dining, PADI scuba instruction, & a wide range of dive & accommodation packages available. Check website or call for details & special offers.
COCOA COTTAGES (6 rooms, 1 ‘treehouse’) Shawford, Roseau Valley; tel: 767 276 2920; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cocoacottages.com. Very attractive, laid-back & stylish accommodation in forest & tropical garden surroundings. The cottage rooms are rustic, cosy & romantic. All have en-suite bathrooms. There is a communal kitchen restaurant serving fresh local dishes & an open lounge & music area with a ‘TV’ window on to nature. The ‘treehouse’ SC accommodation sleeps up to 6. In an idyllic natural setting, & with easy access to the Morne Trois Pitons National Park’s major trailheads, Cocoa Cottages offers comfortable, relaxing accommodation for those looking to unwind or explore. For adventurous travellers interested in a canyoning trip, Extreme Dominica is next door, and for those with a sweet tooth, the homemade Coco-Jazz chocolate is worth a try.
LE PETIT PARADIS(5 apts) Wotten Waven; tel: 767 440 4352 or 767 276 2761; e: email@example.com; www.lepetitparadisdominica.com. Located in the heart of Wotten Waven village, Le Petit Paradis has budget apts & a bamboo restaurant decorated in traditional madras. Apts accommodate hikers – WNT Segment 3 emerges opposite – couples & families. All have private bathrooms. The restaurant serves traditional Creole fare. There is free Wi-Fi & a gift shop.
GARRAWAY HOTEL 1 Bay front (Dame Eugenia Charles Blvd), Roseau; tel: 767 449 8800; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.garrawayhotel.com. This business-style hotel is located on the Roseau Bay Front close to the Old Market & the historic French Quarter. It has a combination of dbls & suites, all with en-suite bathroom, internet access, AC, TV, fridge & telephone. Executive suites also available with business facilities. Rooms have either ocean or mountain views & there is a conference centre with essential business services. The Ole Jetty Bar overlooks the Roseau Bay Front, there is an open-air rooftop terrace, & the restaurant serves continental b/fasts, Creole & international lunches & dinners. Full packages including tours, honeymoon & dive are available.
BLUE MOON COTTAGE & STUDIO Morne Prosper; tel: 767 275 5284; e: email@example.com; www.bluemooncottagedominica.com. Located in tropical gardens above the Roseau Valley with easy access to hiking trails and hot springs, Bluemoon is private, peaceful and green accommodation at 300m that suits couples, families and individual travellers. The charming Bluemoon Cottage has 2 bedrooms, lounge, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, laundry and porch. Bluemoon Studio has 1 bedroom, fully equipped galley kitchen, porch and laundry. There are also AC and fans if needed. Holiday-makers may rent either studio, cottage or whole house.
FORT YOUNG HOTEL (72 rooms) Victoria St, Roseau; tel: 767 448 5000; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.fortyounghotel.com. Probably Dominica’s best-known resort & business hotel, Fort Young has ocean-front rooms & suites, all with AC, en-suite bathrooms, telephone, TV & internet access. The hotel has 4 bars, 2 restaurants & a boardwalk café. There is a spa, gym, duty-free shopping, a private jetty, an infinity pool, sun terrace & jacuzzi. The hotel offers a wide range of tours, scuba diving, wedding, honeymoon & family packages. It is a very popular choice & is in a convenient location for the capital & exploring the south.
CAFE DESIDERATA Old St; tel: 767 448 6525; closed Sun. Located in the French Quarter near the Old Market, Desiderata’s diverse, high-quality b/fast & lunch menu changes daily according to what is fresh. This fusion of Creole & international cuisine is complemented by the laid-back Fri evening tapas lounge where wine & conversation rule. Just turn up.
COCORICO CAFE Bay Front (Dame Eugenia Charles Blvd), Roseau; tel: 767 449 8686; closed Sun. Cocorico serves local & international b/fasts, lunches & refreshments & is popular with both locals & visitors – especially on cruise ship days or when the inter-island ferry is due. Just turn up.
Sutton Grille Restaurant featuring PEARL’S CUISINE Old St, Roseau; tel: 767 448 8707; closed Sun. Traditional Creole lunches are on offer downstairs at the Sutton Place Hotel. Prepared & served by Pearl’s Cuisine, one of Dominica’s oldest & most traditional culinary businesses, the food is always fresh & very reasonably priced. Just turn up.
RIVER ROCK CAFE & BAR Trafalgar; tel: 767 225 0815. Located close to Trafalgar Falls serving Creole lunches, sandwiches & dinners on a covered veranda overlooking the river valley, River Rock Café is a popular stopping-off point for travellers. In a handy location & panoramic riverside setting, River Rock is open daily & a great place for all day food & drink. All the food is good here & the passionfruit rum punch a knockout. Dinner is by reservation only.
URBAN GARDEN CAFE 8 Castle St, Roseau; tel: 767 317 8888; 07.00–17.00 Mon–Thu & until late Fri, closed w/end. Located in the historic French Quarter, Urban Garden Café serves value-for money healthy, organic & great-tasting b/fast, lunch, all-day snacks & drinks. Just turn up.