Rainforest Retreat in Roseau Dominica
Rainforest Retreat Roseau Valley Dominica Cottages Lodgings Accommodations

Hosts: Rachel Walker and Curtis 'Oliver' John

Bedrooms: 2

Address: Shawford Estate, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica

Telephone: 1-767-449-9540

Fax: 1-767-448-7059

Nearby Attractions: We are five minutes from Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge and Watten Waven hot springs. Five minutes in the other direction and you are in the city of Roseau. The beaches are made up of sand and volcanic ash from the mountains, so that they are mostly grey. The ocean is crystal clear and calm on the Caribbean side, rougher on the Atlantic side. The fishing and whale watching are spectacular.

Carnival is one of the main highlights of the tourist season. Preparation takes months but the partying goes on for about two weeks prior to Jouvert Monday and Carnival on Tuesday (Mardi Gras = Fat Tuesday). It is a very peaceful and safe celebration, colourful and fun. It is not Hollywood like Trinidad's famous carnival but it is more accessible to everyone.

  • Dominica has dubbed itself "The Nature Island" because it has such an array of natural geographical and geological sites
  • as well as the lush rainforest spawns every kind of tropical vegetation imaginable
  • there are no poisonous snakes or ferocious animals on the island

"Thanks to Rachel and Oliver for allowing us to have our yoga retreat at your beautiful retreat center. Between the 2+ hours of yoga each day, the refreshing swimming pool, home cooked island meals, and the excursions to waterfalls, coral reefs, hot springs, etc. it was the most relaxing vacation I can remember!! And special thanks for the delicious chocolate coconut birthday cake. I hope I can celebrate future birthdays with you, too!"

"After recently taken some vacation time with the owners of this retreat, and having visited Dominica previously, I wouldn't hesitate to focus a vacation in or at the "Rainforest Retreat". Hope to see you there as well sometime in the future."

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"Oliver this was one great party and I really appreciated the fact that I had the opportunity to enjoy it with you - although I was a bit late. I do hope you live to see many more years to come."

"What an amazing place! We had such a great time celebrating your big birthday. Let's do it again soon! The island is spectacular and the wooden cottage was perfect. Thanks again to our generous hosts."

General Information: Welcome to our Dominica and Rainforest Retreat - cottages in the heart of the Roseau Valley. We are secluded in an area called Shawford Estate but the locals call it "Doshan" which means "go find it".

We are a newly built cottage community on the edge of Morne Prosper that prides itself on its causal yet elegant buildings and planted grounds. The centerpiece of the estate is a 20'x40' spring-fed swimming pool.

  • both cottages are constructed of local hardwood
  • screened windows and porch and a ventilated peaked hip roof
  • bedrooms have queen beds made of local bamboo
  • Casablanca fans (although the breezes in the Valley provide natural air-conditioning)
  • full kitchen
  • hot water bath with bidet
  • living room sleeps two
  • cottages have cable television and phone/fax lines
  • we offer spa services at reasonable rates, manicures, pedicures, salt scrubs, massage

Docked, for your leisurely pleasure, is the newest addition to our family, a 34' Cabin Cruiser, "Loving Kindness" waiting to take you on a pleasure cruise. She accommodates ten for day trips and sleeps six for overnight island hopping.

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars)


"Wow! This was not a vacation. It was a treat! Dominica was spectacular and Rainforest Retreat was the perfect place to set oneself down to explore this lovely island paradise. Rachel and Oliver were the perfect hosts - not overbearing but they made us feel comfortable and very much at home. Our cabin was comfy and very airy - the birds sang us to sleep each night and the cool, island night time breezes kept us comfortable all night long. We'll definitely be back."