The SpacePapaya Cabin, our open air eco cabin is beautifully set amongst botanical gardens and tropical rainforest with spectacular mountain views. It features our open-air hammock hut and attached open-air rooms. The space is equipped with functioning lights and outlets powered by our solar system, a small camp style kitchenette, library and outdoor lounging area. It includes the use of our communal outdoor bathrooms (outhouses a.k.a composting toilets) and open air shower/change room facility, which is supplied with fresh, clean mountain water that is suitable for drinking.
Both the rooms are found within the hammock hut, in their own private wooden and stone enclosures. Guava Room features two twin size beds, storage space and spectacular views of the natural world. Mango Room features one queen size bed, storage space and a breathtaking site of our botanical gardens. The hammock hut also includes four comfortable sleeping hammocks, for those wishing to be in closer contact with nature under the comfort of a roof. Papaya Cabin sleeps 4 people in beds, and up to 8 with the additional people sleeping in hammocks ($5 extra/person).
Papaya Cabin is the perfect accommodation choice for the fun, outgoing nature loving family or group of friends! Guest AccessAt Beyond Vitality, solo travelers, couples and the entire family can enjoy a very unique holiday like no other. We are all about getting back to nature, and we are completely off the grid – no television, limited Internet access, no city noises or traffic. Our electricity is generated by the sun (solar panels), and our fresh clean water comes from the mountains behind us. Everything we do is with sustainable living, holistic health and happiness in mind.
Our peaceful property, found on the side of a mountain with cool elevations and spectacular views, is surrounded by virgin rainforest, botanical gardens, landscaped lawns with flowers, and a stream running through it with natural pools perfect for cooling off. We have 6 acres of rich agricultural land as made evident by the abundance of organic fruit trees, vegetables and herb gardens.
Our main house is traditionally built of cob, a natural resource, also known as mud! We have a campground you can pitch your tent on, an open-air hammock hut offering comfortable sleeping hammocks, some open air rooms as well as the entire facility offered as a eco cabin.
Our delicious homemade meals are created using fresh, organic produce from our own vegetable and herb garden. Enjoy our unique Rainforest Cuisine. You can do your morning yoga and meditation with an amazing view of the ocean on the horizon or have a cup of “bush tea” while lounging in a hammock. We also have plenty of Excursions and Activities to offer!
Wake up and meditate to the sounds of nature. Enjoy a nature walk exploring our 6 acres of organic fruits trees, vegetable and herb gardens followed by a refreshing swim in our natural fresh water pools. Sun bathe by the stream and take in the sites of the beautiful rainforest. Enjoy a picnic in the botanical gardens or lounge in a hammock. Take a hike down the hill and finish off with some yoga in the gardens. You can also ask for a complimentary garden tour, to learn about all the fruits, vegetables and herbs we grow at the Nature Camp, along with their health benefits. Interaction with GuestsBeyond Vitality Nature Camp is a place for people who enjoy meeting other travelers, sharing communal outdoor facilities and interacting with the hosts. We consider our place a cross between an eco lodge, hostel and “glamping” – hence the Nature Camp!
We love getting to know our guests and meeting individuals from around the world. We often have international workers helping out at the property that are just as eager to mingle and share their experience. You are more than welcome to learn and get your hands dirty in the garden along with us, discuss holistic health and sustainability or ask about our cooking lessons or Consultations and Programs. We can help you arrange outings, or even bring you on exciting full day excursions ourselves. These can be booked in advance or discussed upon arrival. The NeighborhoodBeyond Vitality Nature Camp is located beside the Belle Fille River – between the villages of Pond Casse and Castle Bruce, and near the east coast of Dominica.
There is plenty to do around us! We are just 3 miles from the popular Emerald Pool, and before the “Castle Bruce stretch”. This is a central location, which means that you won’t spend your entire vacation “driving to the other side of the island”. We are a perfect hub for a wide range of activities. Both the airport and ferry are under an hour drive, as well as the capital f Roseau. Look for the Beyond Vitality Nature Camp sign by the main road.
IN THE ENVIRONS
If you’re in need of adventure, there is a large range of attractions to choose from near the nature camp. Have a swim at the beautiful Castle Bruce Beach and river, which is just a short trek away. Take a hike and have a relaxing dip in the crystal clear Emerald Pool. Mermaid Pool, one of our favourite family spots, is also near the camp. You can visit the Kalinago Territory (indigenous people of Dominica) on the East coast, or soak and relax in one of the sulphur hot springs at Morne Trois Pitons National Park (hike there via Segment 5 and 4). Beyond Vitality is right across the road from segment 5 of the The Waitukubuli National Trail, which runs the full length of the island. Nearby are also segments 4 and 6. Spanny’s Waterfall, Rainforest Mushrooms Organic Farm, Sultan Falls and Jacko Falls are a short drive away as well. Getting Around“OFF THE BEATEN PATH”. We are ½ mile in the bush off the main road and surrounded by tropical rainforest, botanical gardens and a picture perfect view of the east coast and mountains. It is highly recommended that you rent a vehicle if you’d like to be independent and to get the most of what Dominica has to offer during your stay. A 4-wheeldrive vehicle is the best on our rough island roads.
Like most rural places in Dominica, getting buses can be a bit tricky (but not impossible) as there is no actual schedule. The buses (a.k.a large vans) only move on to their next destination after they are full. They drive by the main road (1/2 mile downhill from the Nature Camp) now and then, from morning to evening (no buses after dark). If lucky, you’ll catch one in good time – but if you have somewhere to be, give yourself plenty of time! : )
Some travelers prefer hitchhiking, which is quite common in Dominica. But not everyone feels comfortable doing so. Another option is hiring a driver. We have a reliable one we work with from the nearby village. At the Nature Camp, we also offer an affordable transport service to our guest. Depending on your level of fitness, hiking to nearby attractions is by far the most affordable and fun option – Segment 5 of the Waitukubuli National Trail actually runs along our main road, and there are several entrances nearby. Emerald Pool is also a nice hike from Beyond Vitality. You can also hike to the nearby Castle Bruce village and beach. Other Things to NoteAIRPORT OR FERRY PICKUP/DROP OFF
Transportation from the airport or ferry is available at an extra cost. Simply confirm your wanting this service and provide your arrival and departure details (flight number) with us and we’ll be there.
Airport or Ferry Pickup/Drop Off – One way – $45.00 USD
CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT TIMES
Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out time is 11 am.
Children under 3 years stay and eat for free when using existing beds.
At the camp: Although we live sustainably and off the grid, we enjoy solar powered HIGH SPEED INTERNET in the hammock hut lounging area of the nature camp, which is available for guests FREE of charge. WiFi in the tropical rainforest is a major luxury. We ask that you please use it consciously. Currently, there is limited WiFi in the cabins, but we are working on extending our range to the entire property in the future.
Off the camp: There is no shared computer at the Nature Camp, but there are several Internet Cafés in the capital (Roseau). People who would like to access the Internet on and off the property must bring their own laptop or unlocked Internet-capable device (ex: smartphone, tablet, etc.). A SIM card and a data plan can be purchased from one of the two local Internet providers – Lime or Digicel.
DELICIOUS ORGANIC HOMEMADE MEALS
We take pride in offering unique and healthy food. Enjoy a delicious meal made from scratch with organic produce sustainably grown on our land.
All prices are USD and subject to change.
•Breakfast – $7 Smoothie - $3
•Dinner – $15
•Hiker’s Snacks – $5
Please note: Meals served at the hammock hut in the comfort of your own space. Breakfast and dinner are available when requested in advance (day prior). Lunch not available. Travellers are encouraged to use the camp style kitchenette (double gas burner, cutlery, running water and fridge), where perishables can be stored in the small fridge. Hiker’s snacks can be purchased at the main kitchen.
The weather in Dominica is very hard to predict. Climate change has also added to the mix. During the dry season it is not unusual to experience periods of heavy rain (sometimes only for a few minutes). Same goes for the wet season – hot sunny days still exist. In general, Dominica does get more rainfall than other Caribbean islands – it is what gives it its lush, green foliage and many waterfalls, natural pools and rivers. Visitors to Dominica should expect plenty of sunshine interspersed with intermitted rainfall. On the coast, the average annual rainfall registers 178mm, but in the interior that figure is tripled.
Average Temperature: 75 to 85 degrees F (24 to 29 C) – cooler in the mountains and at night.
Dry Season: January to April
Rainy Season: July to October
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time (GMT -4)
Dominica is on 200/240 volts, 50 cycles (like Europe). A transformer is required for American appliances around the island. However, at Beyond Vitality Nature Camp, we are on 110 volts, 60 cycles (like the USA and Canada). For charging small electronics like phones and laptops, bring a plug adapter that works for both just in case you travel to other locations in Dominica. At the camp, we have 110 volt outlets.
LONG TERM STAYS
We offer a sweet discount for long term stays in our campground, hammocks, rooms and eco cottage! Enquire for details.