West and Heart of Dominica

Featured accommodation and dining

THE TAMARIND TREE HOTEL & RESTAURANT (15 rooms, 2 cottages) Salisbury; % 767 449 7395; e: hotel@tamarindtreedominica.com; www.tamarindtreedominica.com. A popular & wellplaced family-owned & -managed hotel located along the cliffs to the south of Salisbury, Tamarind has 15 dbl rooms with en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, & porch. Superior rooms on the upper floor also have AC. All the rooms have great Caribbean Sea views. The 2 SC cottages are located nearby & each has 2 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, living area & large deck. Tamarind’s terrace restaurant & bar is at the foot of the gardens on top of the cliff & serves good local & international cuisine. It also has Kubuli beer on tap! Also within the gardens is a swimming pool & sun terrace. Your host Annette can take you on personal tours, or arrange them for you. German, Swiss, Italian, Spanish & French as well as English are spoken here. Scuba diving packages are also available using the services of East Carib Dive. Very popular with European travellers, Tamarind Tree is in a great spot for exploring the east coast & hiking trails such as Syndicate, Diablotin, WNT Segment 10, Kachibona Lake & others.

HARMONY VILLA (4 bedrooms) Pont Cassé; tel: 767 612 4166; e: info@harmonyvilla.com; www.harmonyvilla.com. This is an exquisite open-plan villa in a secluded & peaceful forest location in the Heart of Dominica. Beautifully designed & constructed with wide verandas, living area, Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchen, 4 bedrooms & bathrooms, Harmony suits couples, families & friends. Set in nearly 1ha of forest garden, with tall wooden ceilings & spiral staircase, & walls decorated with the original & colourful artwork of owner Carla Armour, this is a beautiful, stylish & luxurious getaway. Guests receive welcome drinks on the veranda, a complimentary first dinner & daily b/fast.

ROOTS JUNGLE RETREAT (4 cottages) Pagua Hills; tel: 767 276 1473; e: rootsjungleretreat@gmail.com; www.rootsjungleretreat.com. The name of this accommodation option speaks volumes – it’s hard to think of many places in such a remote setting. A rough 3km feeder road from the western margins of Concord takes you into the lush forests of Pagua Hills where you eventually arrive at Roots (yes, you definitely need to rent a 4×4). Surrounded by thick forest, 4 cottages each comfortably sleep 2, but could take up to 6. 2 cottages are stand-alone, the other 2 form a duplex & have large private verandas. All cottages have private bathroom facilities, mosquito nets & Wi-Fi. Roots is off-grid & is powered by a hydro system from the bounding river. The hillside gardens have beds of flowers & vegetables & there is an off-ground covered platform where you could pitch a tent. There is a nearby river cascade & pool. There is a restaurant & bar for guests only. Managers live on site.

MANGO ISLAND LODGES (4 rooms) St Joseph; tel: 767 617 7963; e: mangoislandlodges@yahoo.com; www.mangoislandlodges.com. Perched on the hillside between St Joseph & Mero, Mango Island Lodges offers stylish, laid-back & very comfortable accommodation. The rooms have en-suite bathroom, ceiling fans, mosquito net, TV & Wi-Fi. The garden terrace has an infinity pool & jacuzzi with uninterrupted Caribbean Sea views. Scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking & other island tours can be arranged for you (you can rent dive & snorkelling equipment here). Mango Island’s restaurant is open to guests & the public & is also a relaxing place to chill out with a coffee, juice & a good book. English & French spoken.

RIVERSTONE BAR & GRILL Bells; tel: 767 449 3713. Nestled on the banks of the Laurent River near the village of Bells, Riverstone is a great place to drop in for food & refreshments after exploring some of the sights of the Heart of Dominica. Serving good value Creole & international food, it is usually open Wed–Sun with occasional live music at the w/end (check FB page). Just turn up.

ROMANCE CAFE Mero; tel: 767 449 7922. Located on the beach at Mero, Romance Café is a very popular bar & restaurant – for good reason. Frédérique serves great food – a blend of local with a hint of French cuisine. Her menu changes daily according to what is available. There’s always a wide range on offer & it’s always fresh, tasty & good value. Cool & convivial, Romance is a great place to chill by the sea. It has a small boutique selling local products & it hosts regular cultural activities & events inc the annual Reggae On The Beach. Just turn up for lunch & dinner.