About two weeks ago, we spent an afternoon at Papillote Wilderness Retreat and I wrote about it here. It was my first time visiting, and I was in complete awe of the sheer beauty of the place.
Anne Jno Baptiste, co-owner and curator of the gardens, invited us back to chat some more (we didn’t spend much time with her the last time around) and offered us lunch!
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We got there just before 2:00 PM and we were pleasantly surprised to find Papillote abuzzwith activity! This was in stark contrast to our last visit.
Could it be that my last blog post stirred up some interest, and that interest transformed into paying customers for Dominica’s ‘Garden of Eden’? Probably not! Dominicans were probably just taking advantage of the August Monday holiday weekend. 🙂
Our Wonderful Host
After seeing Anne in action as a host, I am convinced that she is the backbone of Papillote Wilderness Retreat.
Even after she sat down with us, many patrons come over to our table to greet her and to pay their respects. She was all too happy to reciprocate and welcome her guests with a proud smile and a witty remark.
Anne explained how she built the 4-acre gardens over the last 45 years. It was obvious that these gardens were her pride and joy. Even now, at a more distinguished age, Anne spends hours per day in the gardens.
Forty-five years is nothing to sneeze at! But I was pleased to see that her hard work was being appreciated by so many people on that day.
The Restaurant did not disappoint and lunch was delicious! I had the Papillote Flying Fish Platter and a glass of Papillote’s famous Rum Punch.
If you’d like to eat there, the kitchen is open for walk ins until 6:00 PM but you can make dinner reservations for later in the evening. Check out their menu here.
Before we could finish eating, the gardens beckoned in the form of these happy creatures. Their games on the tables were our cue to head to the gardens:
We headed out into the gardens with Anne and quickly found out that the White Bat Flowers were her most prized accomplishments. As far as she knew, the only two plants of the kind in Dominica were located at Papillote.
At that point, Anne left us to attend to a flower enthusiast who was exploring the gardens. I went on to capture the following images:
The Damsel Falls got its name from a couple who lived at the foot of the waterfall in the 1900s. Tragically, a landslide covered and killed the couple many years ago.
This trip to Papillote Wilderness Retreat got us a great meal and many more photographs of the garden. I think next time I’ll arrange a massage from trained physiotherapist, Ariane.
A great big Thank You to Anne for accommodating us and for maintaining the best botanical gardens in Dominica! Here’s another look at her prized White Bat Flowers:
If you’re curious about the costs of the services at Papillote Wilderness Retreat, here’s a price list:
|Interlude for a Day (guide garden tour, luncheon and a bath in hot mineral pool and private waterfall)||US $65 per person (call to reserve)|
|Bath in mineral pools||EC $20 per person|
|Massage||US $80 per hour (call to reserve)|
|Guided tour||EC $26|
|Self tour||EC $13|