Cuffie River Nature Retreat - Reader Reports & Opinion
Royston&sharon Smith from U.K. visited in December 2012 and awarded
Regina/Earl,the best hosts we have ever encountered.A stunningly beautiful paradise within paradise.Our stay could of only been bettered by staying longer!FOOD 100%,SURROUNDINGS 100%,STAFF 100%,PEACE&TRANQUILITY 100%,CUFFIE RIVER&TOBAGO 100%.We really can not fault CUFFIE RIVER NATURE RETREAT,a BIG BIG THANK-YOU to ALL,Royston&Sharon Smith Surrey England.
Dean Crawford from U.S.A. visited in December 2011 and awarded
What's extraordinary about Cuffie River is how different it is from the tourist world -- not only because of its immersion in nature, its amazing diversity of bird and plant life, and its beautifully prepared local food, but also because of the loving care that Regina provides. Cuffie River is removed, 2.5 miles down a bouncy driveway and 30 minutes from Scarborough; so unless you're content to wander the area on foot or be guided by the very genial and knowledgeable Desmond, you'd better rent a car. But the inconvenience of location is well worth it since what this nature retreat offers is genuine as well as delightful. We stayed for 7 happy days, during which time we helped at least a dozen confused hummingbirds out of our room. We got quite good at it, and the hummingbirds seemed appreciative.
Mike Bow from U.K. visited in August 2011 and awarded
My wife and I stayed for one night in the off season and as it turned out were the only guests apart from Regina's (the owners) grand daughters who were on holiday from Trinidad and had been stranded on Tobago after the imposition of a State of Emergency on the islands.
We were made very welcome and shown to our spacious and naturally cooled room before being left to our own devices to explore the hotel. The swimming pool is lovely with an outstanding view of the river and rainforest, we spotted a large variety of birds we do not normally see on Tobago within the first hour of our stay. This was an advantage of staying inland rather than at the usual coastal hotels.
The food is all freshly prepared local cuisine and absolutely delicious and every meal was wonderful.
In the morning we had the pleasure of a guided walk with the fascinating Desmond, as there were just the three of us on the walk our conversation ranged from the fascinating flora and fauna, the birdlife, the global recession and the political situation. We had left England at the time of the riots in London and this was far more of a talking point then what was happening locally.
On our return we had another sumptuous meal before heading off to Lowlands. All in all a delightful stay and a place we will visit again
John Irving from Canada visited in March 2011 and awarded
Well, my partner, Don and I were looking for a quiet, relaxing March break this year and found it at Cuffie River. Our suite was very comfortable with views on three sides of jungle, bamboo, birds, especially the humming birds.
Regina and her staff are great. The small resort (10 rooms) was not full, if fact we were the only guests for 2 days and the only noise we heard was the sound of birds.
When we felt like it, Desmond took us on a couple very relaxing and interesting walks. Desmond is on staff and knows a lot of stuff about Tobago. Both Yvonne and Carolyn served up some wonderful food. There was nothing we didn't like.
A totally satisfying week at Cuffie River
Bill Murphy from U.S.A. visited in November 2009 and awarded
I have been using Cuffie River exclusively for my birdwatching groups since first visiting it about five years ago. The designer/builder/owner/manager Regina is the perfect hostess, leaving nothing to chance and making everyone feel at home. We 'birders' are a finicky clan at times, requiring pre-dawn departures with packed lunches and late returns and dinners. Regina does not flinch but handles such itineraries with alacrity and professionalism. Among the many perks of staying at Cuffie are 1) a truly expert resident naturalist, Desmond Wright; 2) many of the Main Ridge birds, even the rare White-tailed Sabrewing hummingbird, can be found without leaving the immediate vicinity; and 3) no worries about security because of the remote location - it is the only place on earth where I leave my door wide open at night, letting the pleasant breeze cool me. Participants often email me after T&T trips that Cuffie was their favorite place on either island.