This trip had been a long time coming. I first heard about Rodney’s Wellness Retreat from a friend who spoke highly of their full moon bonfires. I had since heard so many good things about the establishment that I made it a priority to visit this summer.
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We were lucky to meet with Bevin Lewis, owner of the property and I enjoyed our candid conversation about Dominica’s direction in the tourism industry. He’s very proud of Rodney’s and has good reason to be!
Where is Rodney’s Wellness Retreat?
Rodney’s is located just outside the southern village of Soufriere, on the former lime plantation of Kanawa. The retreat is actually a group of establishments including CarRod’s Gardens and Cottages, Big Banana Campground and Kanawa Restaurant.
The drive to Rodney’s Wellness Retreat takes under 30 minutes. After you’ve arrived in Soufriere, it’s basically a straight shot to your left. Just keep left of the savannah and you’re bound to find it.
We drove down to Soufriere and decided to explore the road to La Bou Cottage before heading to Rodney’s Wellness Retreat. This particular road had been badly damaged during Tropical Storm Erika, and we wanted to see for ourselves.
I was pleased to find that the road had been repaired and captured these images along the way:
We drove back down to the intersection near the Soufriere playing field and drove up to our final destination. We stopped and I captured this image:
Rodney’s Wellness Retreat
The entrance to Rodney’s gives you a good idea of what to expect… a rustic encounter with nature:
At Rodney’s you’re surrounded by CarRod’s Gardens with fruit trees, flowers and other plant-life.
Popular for its campgrounds, Rodney’s Wellness Retreat has found a niche market of foreign students and weekend hikers. They love sleeping outside in nature, and you can do that peacefully at Rodney’s.
Amenities at the Big Banana Campgrounds include: washroom facilities, barbecue grill, laundry, picnic tables, free wireless internet, and a hammock area.
You could either bring your own tent or rent one of theirs. Here’s a price list:
|Type of Camping||Rates|
|Family tent (up to 3 people)||US $40 per night / US $255 per week|
|Large tent (for two persons)||US $30 per night / US $185 per week|
|Couples tent||US $20 per night / US $120 per week|
|Pitch your own tent||EC $30 per night|
|Bring a hammock||EC $20 per night|
At Rodney’s you can also sleep in a regular bed in one of their cottages. Named after two flowers found on the property (Oleander and Hibiscus), the one-bedroom cottages come with modern amenities such as: television, sofa bed, fans, wireless internet, outdoor bathtub, and a patio.
Here’s how much it costs to stay in the cottages (for two persons):
|Time of Year||Rates|
|15th October to 10th February||US $135 per night, no meals / US $187 per night with meals|
|11th February to 3rd April||US $115 per night, no meals / US $155 per night with meals|
|4th April to 14th October||US $145 per night, no meals / US $197 per night with meals|
For more information such as local and CARICOM rates, cost for extra persons, etc. please call (767) 440-8222.
We walked the grounds at Rodney’s Wellness Retreat for a few hours before sitting down to chat with Bevin. I captured these images along the way:
You need to visit Rodney’s Wellness Retreat soon. Drive down and have a meal at Kanawa Restaurant or stay overnight in a tent or in one of the cottages. You won’t regret it. Tell Bevin I sent you!
Check out this short video featuring Rodney’s. It’s a beautiful place, don’t you think?
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