Dolé: Multiple beautiful hot springs
When visiting Guadeloupe Archipelago and more precisely Basse-Terre Island, there is a good deal of hot springs coming from the volcano La Soufrière. Today’s blog post is dedicated to some famous ones located in Gourbeyre which is my hometown. Dolé basins are gorgeous hots and therapeutic springs easily accessible.
Three main basins
Dolé is the name of a locality in Gourbeyre Township. This area has a stunning scenery made of luxurious and humid vegetation as well as many hot springs. Some of them are hidden and only known by some locals. The main ones are: Bain des amours, Capès basin and the public basin which is the closest to the secondary road. It is very pleasant to bathe in this clear water as the temperature is at least 25° Celsius.
The public basin is square-shaped (5 metres long and 3 metres large) with a concrete foundation. People who don’t really know the area might find that one just by passing by. If you don’t want to bathe and just want to keep an eye on your kids for instance, that’s totally fine as there are 2 benches on the side.
Bain des Amours which is formerly Capès basin is heart-shaped. This is probably why it has been renamed Bain des amours (Lovers’ bath). Bain des Amours is another public-friendly hot spring however, it is not as closed to the road as the basin previously mentioned. To get there, you will need to go down a concrete path surrounded by bananas and breadfruit trees. This basin has a tiled floor.
Finally, the real Bain des Amours is 200 metres further down the Capès basin. With a small waterfall and a big stone in the middle of the basin, the natural setting is breathtaking.
Therapeutic benefits of Dolé basins
Capès Dolé: Natural mineral water
Dolé Basins are also known for their mineral qualities, hence the bottling plant called Capès Dolé located not too far from the basins. The name Capès Dolé comes from two important figures in Guadeloupe Archipelago ‘s history. The captain Capès was in charge of the construction of the road to access the basins. On the other hand, Pierre Dolé was a farmer who settled there and created Dolé House.
Capès Dolé range will suit all tastes. Whether you want some still refreshment or up for some bubbly revitalisation, they have a bottle for you. The still mineral water comes in 4 sizes: 33cl, 50cl, 1.5L and 5L. There are 2 sizes for the sparkling mineral water: 50cl and 1.25L. And lastly, there are 3 ranges of sparkling flavoured water that come in 2 sizes each: 50cl and 1.25L. Tangerine/Lemon, Lemon/lime and mint are the flavours available.
Don’t miss out this idyllic site when going to Basse-Terre Island. If you don’t have time to get there, I am pretty sure you will have the opportunity to drink the water anyway. Capès Dolé is widely market throughout Guadeloupe Archipelago.