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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We had read about Le Petit Paradis in the Lonely Planet and just drove there after arriving on the island. We got lucky and had one of the 2 rooms with private bathroom for 2 nights; it was the best value for money we found during our whole trip (which was our honeymoon, so we wouldn't have stayed anywhere cheap but ugly;-)
The room has a nice comfy bed with mosquito net, a small bathroom with hot shower and a balcony with a great view over the valley. it's all wooden and airy, you'll hear the heavy rains outside at night, but it feels so great to be in the middle of nature in a small village.
Joan is very welcoming and so easygoing, she cooked fantastic dinner and breakfast (also great value) and makes a wonderful rum punch, try it!
She'll also set you up with passes for all the parks and sites, tell you where the best places are and hook you up with a driver/guide etc. The famous Wotten Waven spas are all within walking distance, we went to Screws at night, which was great. The falls, hikes, Titou gorge etc. are all within an easy hour driving (even though distances are short, driving takes a bit, with narrow roads, steep hills and potholes).
To wrap it up, Le petit Paradis is the perfect place for independent and adventurous travellers who love nature and want to explore the island and appreciate the local touch and quiet surroundings of the accomodation.

one more thing: you should check if there's a cruiseship in town when you plan activities; we had Titou George all to ourselves, which was awesome, but later a local told us that there where 300 people from the cruise the day before. that would have certainly spoilt the experience..

Room Tip: There are 2 rooms up front which have private bathrooms, the others have shared facilities but still very nice and clean. Any room will have great views of the valley.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kschowne
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

I stayed here with my husband during our Dominica hiking/adventure vacation, and I could not be happier with my choice. We knew we wanted to visit a lot of the sights in the interior, and I found this place on an internet site and chose it because it's in Wotten Waven, which is near the trailhead to boiling lake, Trafalgar falls, and a lot of the hot sulphur springs, and also because the rates were extremely reasonable. Even though it's only a few miles from Roseau, roads in Dominica are very windy and the going is slow, so staying near to what you want to do is essential. When we arrived at Le Petit Paradis, we were greeted by Joan, who runs the place, and she showed us the rooms that were availalbe. I had been hoping for a room with it's own bathroom, but they were all taken, so we decided to take one of the rooms in what she called the camper's quarters. It was a small building with three rooms and an open air kitchen, and a rustic washroom a few feet away. All the rooms, the kitchen, and the bathroom had electricity, and the washroom and kitchen both had running water (though no hot water as far as I could tell). The view from our room was fabulous (see my pics) and the room was comfortable and very clean, especially considering it was pretty much open to the outside. The balcony was great for drying our towels and swimsuits, and also for relaxing, though we mostly did that in the kitchen since there were more comfortable chairs there. There were no other guests in the campers quarters so we had the kitchen and bathroom to ourselves. I got a little worried that the place would blow away when it started pouring down rain, as it tends to do now and then in Dominica, but the room and all of our belongings stayed dry and intact. There were mosquito nets provided over the bed, but there were very few bugs on this part of the island, so we didn't use the mosquito net. The only intruders in our room were lizards, which are ubiquitous on the island and they just want to have a look at you and move on so it was no bother. The room and windows locked and whatnot, but we felt the village was safe enough that we usually left without locking the windows or balcony door and our things were fine. If you stay here, you should probably arrange to have your breakfasts and dinners at Joan's restaurant, since there aren't a lot of other options around, but also because it was the best food we ate on our trip. I don't eat meat, but my husband rated the fish dinner he had the first night and the goat he had the second night as the top two meals of our trip. For me, Joan made a plate of lentils, vegetables, and bread which was delicious. Breakfasts were pretty good as well, and the coffee at le Petit Paradis was the best we had on the island (good coffee is hard to come by on Dominica). The clientele here leans European; a lot of the other guests spoke French and little English. On Sunday, we gave a couple of young French tourists a ride to the Boiling Lake trial, as there were no taxis running that day and they didn't have a rental car -- it's the kind of place with a lot of young, poor travelers on a shoestring budget (and those of us who are young and poor at heart), though I wouldn't consider it a hostel, it's more of a rural guesthouse.
One thing that I'm not doing a very good job of conveying in this review is that Le Petit Paradis is very warm and welcoming. Staying in the rural village with chickens, goats, and mountains all around is very calm and serene, and the service in the restaurant, which is also beautiful to behold at night, is excellent. You really feel at ease here. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to relax after a long day of Dominican adventures!

Room Tip: The room types are all different; some have en suite bathrooms and some don't, and some are really rustic, so make sure you know what you're booking!
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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