CULTURE | NATURE | JOURNEY
Featured Accommodation and Dining
BANANA LAMA ECO VILLA (1 villa, 2 cottages) Newfoundland Estate, Rosalie; tel: 767 446 1183; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bananalamaecovilla.com. Located along the Cacao River off the road to Rosalie from Pont Cassé, Banana Lama is an awesome place to stay. Accommodation consists of a luxurious 2-bedroom & 1 suite villa with large open-plan living, dining & covered deck area, & a fully equipped & stylish kitchen. The villa is very artistically designed yet also casual & relaxing. You can either rent out the whole place or just the self-contained & very romantic Bougainvillea Suite. Located either side of the villa are 2 spacious, comfortable & very private 1-bedroom self-contained cottages. Both enjoy open-plan living areas, deck, kitchen, bathroom & surrounding gardens, with the river just a few steps away. Owners & hosts Andy & Melissa live on the property & have sailed around the world on superyachts. The diverse world cuisine that can be prepared for you is a reflection of their exotic voyages. Set within 3 acres of private riverside, farm & forested land & completely off-grid, Banana Lama is fully self-sustainable & there is Wi-Fi throughout. If you are renting a car, you’ll need a 4×4 to negotiate the access road, ford & bridges.
CITRUS CREEK PLANTATION (8 cottages & villas) Taberi, La Plaine; tel: 767 446 1234; e: email@example.com; www.citruscreekplantation.com. Citrus Creek is nestled alongside the Taberi River, within a 20-acre protected valley, & within easy reach of natural attractions such as Sari Sari Falls, Wavine Cyrique, Twa Basens & Bout Sable Beach. There are no pretentions here & a relaxed & comfortable ambiance make you feel at home. Wood & stone cottages & villas, part of a rental pool programme, fit perfectly into the forest, garden & riverside setting. Fresh b/fast ingredients are delivered daily to your door each morning, & airport transfers & tours can all be arranged for you.
LA BOU COUNTRY COTTAGE (2 cottages) Soufriere; tel: 767 265 7826; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.laboucountrycottage.com. Set in an acre of private gardens, La Bou Cottage is certainly one of Dominica’s most uniquely designed &original places to stay. Sleeping 2, with kitchen, bathroom & a great outdoor shower, La Bou is also comfortable, peaceful & romantic. Within the grounds, diminutive ‘Birdhouse’, popular with honeymooners, also sleeps 2 & has its own facilities. For those who want to sleep under the stars there are hammocks & there is also outdoor dining. Private, with Wi-Fi throughout, & just 5mins from the village of Soufriere, this countryside retreat comfortably accommodates up to 6 friends.
RODNEY’S WELLNESS RETREAT (2 cottages, camping) Kanawa, Soufriere; tel: 767 440 8222 or 767 245 4725; e: email@example.com; www.rodneyswellness.com. Set in just under 2ha of gardens on an old lime estate near the fishing village of Soufriere, Rodney’s quaint cottages each have 1 bedroom, living area, refrigerator, kettle, coffee maker, microwave, Wi-Fi, TV, fans, outside patio. Also within the landscaped fruit & flower gardens are fixed tents that sleep 2 plus flat pitches where you can set up your own – known as the Big Banana Campground. There’s also a communal Big Banana Pool for cottage & camping guests. All facilities are available & there is a restaurant & bar on site. Owner & host Bevin is also a knowledgeable & experienced hiking guide. This is a great budget option for young groups looking to do some hiking & explore the south.
ZANDOLI INN (5 rooms) Stowe; tel: 767 446 3161; e firstname.lastname@example.org; www.zandoli.com.
Perched on a cliff side overlooking Grand Bay & the ocean, Zandoli Inn offers extremely comfortable accommodation. The rooms are tastefully furnished with en-suite bathrooms, fans, mosquito nets, Wi-Fi, jalousie windows & verandas with awesome ocean views. The restaurant serves haute cuisine on request & caters for resident guests only, either outside on the patio or indoors in the dining room & bar area. A number of trails run through the coastal forest belonging to the hotel, including a path to a small sun deck & pool, which continues down to the rocky shoreline where the snorkelling is fabulous. Your host, Jenn, grew up on the south coast & is a mine of knowledge about the Grand Bay area & is happy either to take you on or to arrange very authentic tours. Zandoli is a peaceful escape in an ideal location for exploring the south.
AYWASI KALINAGO RETREAT (cottages & ajoupas) Crayfish River, Kalinago Territory; tel: 767 235 4455; e: email@example.com; www.awaysiretreat.com. This is a lovely place, right in the heart of the Kalinago Territory – on the same road to the Kalinago Barana Auté – on a coastal bluff & bay called Awaysi. Traditionally crafted, romantic wooden cottages combine the rustic with the modern, with all the amenities you need; bedroom, living area, veranda, bathroom & shower. The Atlantic breeze takes care of cooling. Backpackers & Wai’tukubuli National Trail through-hikers will love the traditional ajoupas where a hammock can be set up for you. Alternatively, pitch your tent in the forest gardens. All facilities are available. The restaurant (when completed) serves a combination of traditional Kalinago, Creole & international cuisine. Perfect for exploring the Kalinago Territory & learning about the island’s indigenous people.
SEA BREEZE INN (8 rooms) Castle Bruce; tel: 767 446 0269; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.seabreezedominica.com. Sea Breeze Inn offers seafront accommodation right on Castle Bruce Beach. Rooms sleep 2–4 & have en-suite bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi & ceiling fans. There is also a restaurant serving all-day local cuisine. B/fast included. Handy for WNT Segment 5.
ZION VALLEY Fond Toufai, Delices; tel: 767 612 7587; e: Ingmari@roug.se. Moses James & his family offer a warm welcome to travellers wishing to learn about & live the Rasta way during their Dominica trip. Located alongside the White River at the head of the Victoria Falls & Perdu Temps trails, the rustic wooden cottage has 3 simple rooms & a shared outside washroom. There are covered shelters for hammocks & a riverside campground where you can either pitch your own tent or rent one. For an additional charge, meals can be cooked for you. Activities inc learning about herbal medicines, hiking to the waterfall, garden tours & holistic therapies such as mindfulness yoga & meditation. Moses has reached near celebrity status & often features in documentaries about the island. French is also spoken here. This is for open-minded travellers who are interested in getting back to nature & learning about Rastafarian living.
COCOYEA Slow Corner, Soufriere; tel: 767 285 7536. Located within a walled courtyard near Soufriere Church & attracting both locals & visitors, Cocoyea serves a wide range of Creole & international dishes. Seafood is always a speciality but everything tastes good here. Just turn up.
RIVERSIDE CAFE Citrus Creek Plantation, Taberi, La Plaine; tel: 767 446 1234. This is a lovely laid-back riverside restaurant serving high-quality French & Creole lunches & allday snacks. They have fresh juices, wines, espresso coffee & more. There is also Wi-Fi. The menu board changes daily. Just turn up & enjoy.