We have just returned from a week at Red Rock Haven. Overall we were happy with our choice to stay there. The views are excellent, the house's architecture is impressive, Jen Jen our cook, and Elaine who looked after everything else, were wonderful, the access to the beach is great and watching the sunrise and moonrise across the pool fantastic. The location in Calibishie is a delight and within a short drive of the house are wonderful views, hikes, beaches and other local attractions (try the Rainbow restaurant in Calibishie - you'll not be sorry!)
However, be aware that this is an open air house facing the trade winds - so the wind blows through it constantly - and with the weather not being the best while we were there, it was impossible to get out of the breeze! The kitchen equipment is tired, the stove needs to be replaced (and the flame kept blowing off in the wind) and it lacks a microwave and toaster - things we would not normally expect in a high end rental such as this. We also read about the lack of (solar) hot water, but did not truly appreciate how limited it was until we experienced it. Rarely did it get about luke warm and rarely did it last for more than two showers (again for the price point, this should not be an issue). We were puzzled as to why an on-demand water heater had not also been installed.
But perhaps most sadly, even accounting for the challenges of tropical climate, this is a house and grounds suffering from lack of maintenance and general care. There are two abandoned plunge pools complete with gungy water and mosquitoes flanking the entrance to the house (although to be fair, Elaine told us someone was coming (eventually) to clean them up); tiles are flaking off the pool; the grounds of the now closed Escape Bar (through which one accesses the beach) are forlorn with crates of empty bottles and haphazardly stacked chairs; there is trash piled up in front of the storage shed; and, the driveway is deeply potholed and the concrete significantly decayed.
With these issues addressed, this would be a five star recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private villa and beach front cabanas with bar and restaurant serving local and international cuisine. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Red Rock Haven Hotel Calibishie
- Escape At Red Rock Haven Dominica/Calibishie