This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed- from the house itself with its lovely, interesting artistic touches and beautiful louvered windows and doors to a stunning ocean view across fantastic gardens. The kitchen and bathrooms and decks with hammocks and swimming pool are all simply unbelievable. It’s a quick walk to the beach on one side and interesting rocks to explore on the other. We will be back!
The view from the infinity pool is absolutely flawless. The natural beauty of the island envelops this property, yet it was clearly built with intention and function in mind. Every aspect of this home is exotic and luxurious and welcoming, while also being a sustainable property meant to last in its environment. I highly recommend having Isaline cook a meal for you (or several!). She is fantastic and her meals are amazing.
Bruce and Ann were amazing hosts. Bruce was very prompt with answering any questions I had about the villa. Ann was very nice and welcoming and gave us a great run down of the island as far as what to see, where to eat, etc. As soon as we got off the plane we were greeted warmly by Ann and Nigel at the airport. Upon arrival at the villa we had freshly made juice and fruits waiting for us, which was such a nice treat. The view from the balcony was gorgeous and the rooms were clean and spacious. Waking up everyday to the beautiful scenery all around was an incredible experience. The staff, Ando and Isaline, were very nice, polite and helpful. Also, Nigel, the driver I mentioned previously is a tour guide. He has amazing knowledge of the island and we definitely used his services a lot during our stay. Every time we went out sight seeing, he always tried to show us as much as he could so we would have a great experience. We ended up going to the Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge (although we couldn't really get a full experience due very strong currents that day), Sulfur Springs, Roseau, as well as various other waterfalls/sights in the area. Since we only stayed for 4 nights we really had limited time to explore. This place surpassed all of our expectations and made us want to come back before we even left. What can I say great hosts, staff, island made for an unforgettable experience.
Where to start with Villa PassiFora! What an incredible place!
We travelled as a group of 6 people our 30s who were on an island hopping trip of the Caribbean with 5 nights to spend in Dominica at the villa. We arrived to Calibishie late at night after driving from the ferry in Roseau which was an adventure in itself! After a few wrong turns, we made it to the villa where Ando was ready to welcome us and explain everything we needed to know. it may have been dark but we were all blown away by the villa, the photos do not do justice to how beautiful this place is. It immediately feels like a home away from home, with so many personal touches put in place by the owners from the decor to the library or books, caribbean music and board games to make you feel right at home.
One of our group was only with us for a day and so we had booked a trip in advance to the boiling lake for our first day which was organised for us fully through owner Bruce and the amazing Isaline, the Villa's housekeeper and all round legend! This tour was carried out by Nigel, a friend of the Passiflora team, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He even came out of his way to visit us at dinner the night before to brief us on the next day's hike which was really appreciated! Nigel was from start to finish the perfect guide and really did the team proud for recommending him. He was so brilliant at explaining everything along the way on the hike, from the flora, fauna and history of dominica. The boiling lake hike was definitely a challenge but Nigel made it so much fun and an unforgettable experience. He is also probably one of the nicest people we have ever met! He had us in hysterical laughter the whole time with his brilliant energy and so if you are considering doing any trips from the villa- make sure you ask for Nigel, he absolutely made our trip!
With the hike done we were able to relax for the next few days in the villa which we were so excited for and it didn't disappoint. The Villa itself is breathtaking. Absolutely beautiful rooms and kept to a very high standard. Going to sleep at night with the sound of the waves was so special and I have never stayed anywhere like it. It was ideal for 3 couples and felt like more of a boutique hotel with each room having it's own key and entrance areas. The communal areas were also so clean and the view was amazing! We had a bit of rain which sadly meant we couldn't enjoy the pool, as the sun didn't quite reach it to heat it enough but we spent hours playing the game of life which is provided in the villa, and we had a brilliant time! When the sun did come out we headed to the roof terrace which was a brilliant sunbathing spot and had an incredible view. We also spent a lot of time reading in the hammocks, which really you could do all day!
Again, with the help of the owners we had pre organised some yoga classes at the villa with Elise, from Alive with Elise, who came along and took morning yoga classes for us on the upstairs decking- as someone who loves yoga, this was a truly unforgettable experience in the most incredible setting and we all took part, even one of the group who had never taken part in any yoga, really enjoyed it.
The local area of Calibishe is fantastic and very authentic with some of the warmest and kindest people we met on our entire trip. We were able to explore the local beaches and town- sampling rum shacks and local restaurants along the way. Huge recommendation for the Rainbow restuarant and bar in town run by Michael, who's food was fantastic and treated us to some impromptu musical performance. A night to remember!
We also have to mention POZ! the local bar and restaurant within walking distance to the villa that we visited a LOT! Poz, the owner, really helped make our trip fantastic. He welcomed us so warmly each time and really helped us out with local enquiries and helpful trip advice. He opened up early for us for breakfast one day and catered to us all so well. The food and drinks were so tasty and he really took so much care in looking after us, another example of the world class hospitality on this island.
In terms of the villa staff- Isaline the housekeeper was brilliant and like a ray of sunshine. So So friendly and welcoming and couldn't do more to help us out. As well as booking our hike, she was on hand for any and all questions and we had the pleasure of sampling her cooking one night which she had prepared for us arriving back from the hike.
Ando was there to help us out whenever we needed and was great with keeping us right about the dogs. I see that many people review about the dogs and yes, they do bark but they are obviously very well trained and there to keep you safe.
I could go on for pages about this place but lastly I want to say a huge thanks to the owners Bruce and Ann. I had a lot of communication with Bruce on the lead up to the trip and he was absolutely fantastic, replying to my many questions quickly and really helping us out with advice on what to see on the island, local connections and info about the villa. Ann helped us set up the yoga which was a real highlight of the trip. Having owners like this makes such a difference to a trip like this as the personal touch is there from before you even walk through the doors of Passiflora. Dominica was the highlight of my trip and the only negative was that we didn't have long enough!
Thanks to all the team and we hope to be back!
Ami and friends x
My husband & I and 3 friends meet somewhere every year for diving. This year we chose Dominica and Villa PassiFlora and we were so happy we did! We traveled around the island and, in my opinion, Villa PassiFlora is definitely the best place to stay in Dominica. We were met by Amy and Alder, the care takers of the property. They gave us a tour of the house and explained any details. They were wonderful people and a joy to talk to. Amy allowed us to go on a hike with her and Jacko the next morning, which was great. She took us to places I'm sure we wouldn't have discovered alone. She even brought us fresh tomatoes from the farmer when he came by the next day! The 3 bedrooms with separate baths was perfect for us. The pool was sparkling clean. I don't think I've ever seen clearer water in a pool and it didn't have a chemical odor or burn our eyes. The grounds were so beautifully landscaped with natural island plants, trees and rock. The house itself was built using trees found on the island. Very natural and open. The next day we met Isalene. She was so sweet and amazingly positive. Isalene took such great care of us! She made us feel like we were family. She had left us fresh squeezed juice in the fridge along with some homemade bread and jam. And also had fresh bananas, mango, passion fruit and oranges from local farmers to enjoy. The house, of course, was spotless! Isalene was absolutely the best! The first night we discovered the microwave didn't work. We are microwave popcorn addicts, as well as, unfortunately, dependent on conveniences. When we asked Isalene about it, she was so disappointed that something in her house was broken and apologized over and over again. It wasn't really big deal because we had went into town and bought popping corn because the house has everything needed to cook with. But, Isalene, being the wonderful person she is, had the microwave checked out. It was dead. That's wasn't the end though. Isalene, on her day off, had someone drive her to Roseau (not and easy nor quick trip and you know what I mean if you've been to Dominica) and bought a microwave so we could have our microwave popcorn! We were so amazed that she really wanted to make sure we were happy! Everyday we would leave the house and come back to find it spotless, her sweet smile and more fresh fruit! She also cooked dinner for us a couple of nights and it was so delicious! Better than anything we ate anywhere else on the island. One morning we decided we'd like to go hiking, so we asked her if she could recommend a guide and she sprang into action, calling a friend who met us at the house (walked) withing 30 minutes! We so regret that we had an early flight and didn't get to see her on our last day there. We will always remember Villa PassiFlora how wonderful it was and Isalene for making it perfect! If you are planning a trip to Dominica, Villa PassiFlora along with Isalene, Amy & Alder, is absolutely, in my opinion, THE BEST!
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