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Reviewed 17 August 2017

We were in Dominica over Christmas and most everything is closed on Christmas Day and the day after. The Eco Lodge was a wonderful place to stay. Very quiet and relaxing! Jem was a wonderful host. Wifi in common area only. The lodge has several different types of rooms and we stayed in the upstairs room of the main house at the back of the land. The room was completely private and has its own outdoor entry way, with a beautiful view from the balcony. Great to finish the day with a beer on the balcony! The meals are also wonderful. With the remote location, we found it best to be sure to have dinner there every night and Steve (the chef) had a well rounded meal of local goodness prepared every night. They were even cognizant of food allergies/preferences! The hot water is solar powered, so on cloudy days it is difficult to get a hot shower, but the warm environment made that barely an issue for us. We also took a hike of the Boiling Lake with Elvis Tours, which Jem set up for us. Elvis was a fantastic guide and kept our feet completely dry (many rivers to cross) through 3/4 of the hike. Unfortunately, well beyond his control, the skies opened up for the last quarter. The hike is relatively difficult, but Elvis kept us entertained with his vast knowledge of the landscape and history of Dominica. This was a fantastic vacation and we will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dave D
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

My wife and I favor lay back, simple, jungle ecolodges. We look for clean, basic and low-cost accommodation, a beautiful setting, and gracious hosts. We found all that and more at the Rosalie and Three Rivers Eco-lodge. The lush grounds of palm, banana and fruit trees merge into the old-growth tropical forest. By night, the frogs and insects serenade. The roosters wake you up for a breakfast of fresh eggs.

The lodge is nestled in a valley between two rivers with several tributaries nearby. We hiked up five local rivers and found five waterfalls, each right out of a tropical movie set. Picture a cascade plunging over a lip of rock into a stone bowl of clear water. Around you, ferns and shrubs cling to the valley walls. Tropical hardwoods soar 100 feet or more into the sky, with vines and air roots draping limbs.

Gem Winston and his Dominican staff took great care of us at the lodge and helped with arranging excursions.

The entire nation of 71,000 fits on a picturesque island 750 sq. kms in size. The island is mountainous (up to 4747 feet) and largely covered with tropical forest (41% has never been cut). It is sliced by numerous steep-sided valleys through which clear rivers course.

The east (Atlantic side where the lodge is) is cooler and wetter than the west (Caribbean side where best beaches are). Temps ranged from low 80s F at night up to 90 by day. Cooling breezes are common. Rain was frequent at night and morning. It rained five out of eight days we were there but was never inconvenient.

The rain forest is as diverse and magnificent as the rain forest I’ve visited in SW Costa Rica or the Peruvian Amazon. Unlike those places, the Dominican rain forest is benign. The island has no poisonous creatures, few thorny plants, and few mosquitoes (no malaria, dengue or yellow fever). We encountered no biting flies. You can walk through the forest in shorts and a T-shirt without concern.

The island has 68 resident bird species (two found nowhere else) and about 130 transient species. It has four species of snakes (rarely seen), four species of frog (rarely seen but heard at night), and many species of lizards (very common).

The residents are mostly of African descent, though there is a reserve for the original Carib tribe. The people we met tended to be tall, slim (obesity is rare) and fine featured. The population lives principally in villages, which imbues the culture with a village feel. Everyone seemed friendly and helpful, and spoke English (with a thick accent) and some Creole. Tourists are still uncommon, so were a curiosity walking about their villages. We ate food cooked by villagers from locally grown or raised food.

We will go back.

Room Tip: We stayed at the Ocean View Cottage. It has a balcony and you can see the ocean at the end of the valley
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Shaun M
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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Very relaxed place with lots to do around. All the basics one can need (wifi, dinnner, rum, shower - cold water in the mornings and warm in the evenings) are there and after that is up to you and what you wish to do with your time. Road was a bit rough but not as bad as it can get in Dominica.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Marra27
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Jem was a wonderful host who has put a tremendous amount of love and care towards his eco-lodge. There was a lot to see and do within a short walk of our room. And the food was spectacular! Honestly one of the best meals I have had this week, and I've been to a few Michelin star restaurants. Try it yourself and tell me I'm wrong.

Room Tip: There is a hostel-style mixed dorm as well as private rooms and tree houses.
  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Joseph s
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Rosalie Forest (also known as 3 Rivers) was undoubtedly one of the best things about my trip to Dominica. It's nestled in the heart of the rainforest with amazing waterfall and nature hikes within 30-45 minutes from the lodge site. The food was beyond stellar and hospitality unlike anything else i had experienced on the island. The owner and operator is a very kind, friendly, and interesting man with many great stories to tell, both about the lodge's history and his own travel adventures. Rooms are cozy and nicely maintained, with power outlets and wifi available too. Really great experience if you want some authentic time in the rainforest.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
3  Thank jshaver13
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