We stayed at Harmony Villa for one week, and loved everything about it. The house -- which has no sign to identify it, in keeping with its sense of necessary privacy -- is high in the Dominican rain forest. But the area around Harmony Villa has been cleared and planted with flowers, and so the rain forest is held at arms length. The owner, Carla Armour, is so friendly and knowledgeable, and the stay comes with a welcome dinner and daily breakfasts. The rooms are pleasing and sizeable, and the house was a large veranda to die for. We were the only guests there so we had the house to ourselves, but it can accommodate up to four parties. Because Harmony Villa is high up in the rain forest, it is easy to get to the many hiking trails through the forest. Two great destinations are the Emerald Pool and Mindenhall Falls. These trails are some of what make Dominica so special, though they are not always easy walking and plan for longer hike times. But as frequently was our experience in Dominica, the greatest pleasure of the island -- even better than the warm sun and lovely sights -- is the people. We found Dominicans to be consistently friendly, pleasant and ready to help. The island has kept big international hotels et al (and their influence) largely off the island, and I think that helps explain some of the positive instincts of the residents. There are some downsides for sure, but you won't find any of them at Carla Armour's place.