Cuffie River Nature Retreat - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Lloyd Mcintosh from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

Originally we booked to stay for 2 nights before heading onto Trinidad, by the end of the 1st day, my Family of 5, my Wife and I and 3 boys, aged 19,16,13 had unanimously decided to stay an extra night and we were glad that we did, what a pleasant experience it was, the Hotel was empty, apart from 1 birdwatcher from Canada, who only stayed 1 day, so it was like a private villa for us, with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner being expertly prepared for us, which was not only a bonus for my wife, but an experience for my boys to try for the first time, real homemade West Indian food, which they enjoyed very much, especially the soups.

The Dawn chorus is something that I won't forget for a long time, even as I write this note I can hear the cacophony of sound that greeted as we woke each morning from birds (that you might only see in a zoo)and the booming noise of the Bullfrogs at night ( we thought they were Monkeys!)

Even to see the clouds coming over the mountains in the morning and to see the early morning rainfall as it fell from on high into the valley below was magical,

The Rain forest tour was interesting and worthwhile doing and one of the reasons for staying an extra day, our guide was a bit of an authority on Birds and added to the tour.

There was a large enough swimming pool which provide a lot of fun for my Boys and provided a place for us to relax, read and snooze, plus provided another interesting view of the valley.

The Hotel from the outside looks a bit functional almost drab, but inside the whole place was nicely decorated, the large rooms were clean and comfortable as can be seen from the photos.

All in all, a great place to wind down and to get away from the crowds and be close to nature. Bring your binoculars not only for the Birds but also the amazing sky at night.

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Colin Bond from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

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

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Pam Sterling from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded  One out of Five

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.

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Sherrill Mckay from U.S.A. visited in February 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

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.

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Donna M. Tatnall from U.S.A. visited in October 2007 and awarded  Five out of Five

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.

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