Cuffie River Nature Retreat - Reader Reports & Opinion
Colin Bond from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
The 2 of us (in our 60's and not terribly good at walking) had a 4 night stay at Cuffie River and it was a bit of a special treat for us in that we usualy self cater and don't pay quite so much. However it was lovely.We walked 3 miles around the estate with Desmond at a nice slow pace and he gave us loads of information about the plants and birds in a very friendly manner. Then the food was wonderful although maybe not if you don't care too much for spices. It was just home carribean cooking,no choice, but all lovely. We are not avid birdwatchers (although some of the other guests were) but loved to see the Hummingbirds and others just fly right through the rooms and down corridors. The place itself is in the middle of the forest in a extremely peaceful setting. WE both highly recommend it to anyone interested in nature and who wants to relax
Pam Sterling from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded
When we arrived we discovered that our room was infested by ants and we were asked to go exterminate them ourselves. At first I was thinking, okay that is fine, this is in the jungle afterall, but on second thought, we should never have been asked to go use a toxic chemical in a room we were expected to sleep in. We asked for a new room and reluctantly were offered a new room with the expectation that we would go back into the old room the next day. The owner then implied that my very experienced outdoorsman of a husband was too much of a "city boy" to cope with these surroundings, we packed up and left the next morning.
Sherrill Mckay from U.S.A. visited in February 2008 and awarded
My husband and I enjoyed Cuffie River and the gracious hospitality of Regina Dumas Sanchez so much that we extended our stay. The sheer accomplishment of the construction merits considerable praise; the design and decorations were simple and elegant. We found the accommodations clean, comfortable, and spacious. The food was delicious and plenteous. We took a nature hike with a guide and were delighted at all he was able to point out to us in a short distance from the hotel in the way of extraordinary variety of birds and plants. The swimming pool is a luxurious addition. The vibrancy of the rainforest and the heartfelt passion Ms. Sanchez demonstrates for it were restorative to our bodies and souls. While Cuffie River is not for the miserly, we certainly felt the experience was worth every dollar we expended.
Donna M. Tatnall from U.S.A. visited in October 2007 and awarded
My husband and I just returned from a week at Cuffie River. I can't think of a way it could have been better. Regina, the managing director,is a warm and talented person who seems to enjoy nothing as much as delighting her guests. The staff is quietly attentive. The rooms are comfortable, casually lovely.
Meals are beautifully served and delicious. This is not a party place, but a quiet corner of paradise filled with birds, plants, and sunshine. Highly recommended.
K.Armstrong from Ireland visited in June 2007 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at Cuffie River for 3 nights mid June.
Being low season we weren't sure what to expect but the standards were excellent. Regina was there to greet us on arrival, and she made sure we were well looked after for the whole stay - she has a wonderful way with people, and really makes you feel welcome as well as enjoying a good laugh!
We had changed around our dates not long before our arrival to ensure we could book into the executive suite and were not disappointed - the room was the largest we have ever stayed in, windows all round with stunning rainforest views, a beautiful sitting area, and an absolutely huge bed!
The food was the best we had during our stay on Tobago - we opted for the all inclusive package, and although there was no choice of menu for lunch and dinner we couldn't have faulted any of the dishes - in fact not having to make a choice was part of the relaxation! We also enjoyed the company of other guests (only 6 of us in total at that time), and found the evening meal in particular to be a great social event. The little hummingbirds which buzz around during breakfast were also a highlight.
Having been out and about around the island before arriving at Cuffie we chose not to stray too far during our stay there. When we were not eating or taking a nap in our room we spent time swimming in the elevated pool and walking some of the forest trails. We did quite a bit of walking by ourselves and had no difficulty picking out some good routes without getting lost - however we particularly enjoyed our walk with Desmond, who was able to spot many birds and interesting things that we had completely missed whilst out by ourselves. He is a great guide and very enthusiastic about sharing his home surroundings.
As you can see we found Cuffie river the perfect place to stay if you need a few days of total relaxation - just what the Dr ordered!!