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“The right mix of solitude and luxury”
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Manicou River
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
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“The right mix of solitude and luxury”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

We selected this property after combing through all the available options on Dominica, and wow, what a pick it was! Keep in mind that this is a very remote location, and you'll need a 4x4 car to make the most out of your stay, we've seen guests without their own transport, but you'd want to be in good physical shape to hike up and down the steep paths.

First of all, when Kate & Patrick say you need a 4x4 to get up to their pad, they're not joking, there is no way a regular car gets you up there. Luckily we took their advice to heart, and even when we mentioned Manicou River to the car rental company, they nodded knowingly and made sure we had the right car for the track, these guys all seem to know what you're up to.

The cabins are all set against the mountain side, and are completely open on one side, giving you a fantastic view over the vegetation below, all the way over to the Cabrits. And that view is just mesmerising, i could sit there any time of the day, just looking out over the bay and taking in everything that happens within your view. Because the cabins are so open, you will get visited regularly by the local wildlife, we had plenty of birds during the day, and bats and geckos at night, but none of them ever bothered us. As long as you make sure your food is well covered, you won't have any problems. (as Kate will most likely tell you, the birds *love* candle wax, so keep the candles out of reach as well when you're not there). I think i should mention that we didn't get any mosquito bites while we were there.

Every week day, our room got a proper clean, and the whole place would smell of Kate's locally sourced bay oil/soap. It's fantastic stuff, don't forget to buy a few bars from Kate to bring home!

The cabins have everything you need, there are plenty pots and pans to cook your own dinner, which is what we did most nights. You'll also find salt/pepper/oil/coffee/tea/sugar in your kitchenette, we were impressed! Local dinner options are limited, so it really makes sense to cook up your own dinner, fresh fish is sold along Michael Douglas Blvd, and anything else you'll find at the IGA in Picard. Dinner options worth mentioning are Poonkies (down the road at the junction), and we can highly recommend Monty's Fish and Grill (on the beach at the T junction where the entrance to Cabrits National park meets Bay street. There are a few more options in Portsmouth, but don't expect too much.

Since the whole property is off grid, running on solar power, there are not that many lights in the cabins, so you will mostly depending on candle light (except for bathroom and kitchen area). There is a solar powered reading light in each cabin, but since we both read quite a lot, we found we could have done with some extra reading lights, and Kate mentioned they'll be supplying more of these soon.

Oh, and the bed + linens are super comfortable!

So if you're looking for a self catered cabin tucked away in lush vegetation with an amazing view, it doesn't get much better than Manicou River. Apparently there are plans for an on-site restaurant at some point, which would make this property even more attractive, we'd love to come back and check out what Kate and Patrick made of that.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manicou_River, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
HI Marika and Tomo,

Thanks so much for such a detailed review. It will be really helpful for future guests to get a feel for the place.

Thanks to you feedback, we have now made sure all the cottages have two solar reading lamps. And, yes, plans for the restaurant are underway. We are hoping to have it open by the end of the year.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards,

Kate and Patrick
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Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

It's almost like words cannot describe such a gem. Yes, the views are amazing all day, every day. It's like a happy dream. We woke up to the most lovely morning bird songs and spent relaxing evenings next to the Manicou River. The cabins, so well appointed and designed are comfortable and inspire relaxation. It felt like every detail was planned with thoughtfulness and good intention. We wanted for nothing except to stay longer and we were there for 12 days! The best part of it all is the staff. Kate and Patrick are lovely, open and helpful. They know the area and offer information if you need it. They have chosen a small staff of wonderful, warm people who always have a welcoming smile and nice words. Conrad, who among many other things, delivers fresh spring water to each cabin daily, and it's the best water! I wouldn't normally call water delicious but this water really is. Claudia, is thorough, and mindful with a sweet, disposition and a beautiful smile. My husband and I travel a lot and spend many nights in various lodgings. This is a very special place! Icing on the cake...it's totally Eco, solar, with hot showers when ever you want, rain water,(our skin is much softer than it was when we arrived) off the grid if you wish, or you can wifi yourself into a happy puddle. So, rent yourself a 4x4, get there and stay for a while. You'll be glad you did. We can't wait to return.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manicou_River, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Thanks so much for writing this beautiful and detailed review.

Living at Manicou River is a joy and a privilege but it is also very hard work. Getting the accommodation to the standard that met our vision over the past year has been a real trial.

It is so heart-warming for us to hear that all this hard work has paid off by giving nice people the holidays they deserve.

With kind regards,

Kate and Patrick.
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

When we arrived we didn’t estimate the road to be as crazy as it was. We thought that our taxi would be able to make the trip up the mountain. So when we got to the bottom, the owner of Poonkies bar located at the bottom of the hill, laughed and “Said you’re not making it up the hill in that”. He told us to take our stuff out and come have a beer and would drive us up the hill in a few minutes. This was great because we got to know Trevor really good and we spent a lot of time at his place every night. We made it up to our retreat and we were blown away. Kate was very friendly and showed us around our room. The cottage has everything you would need to make all your own dinners. We loved the openness of the room, being able to feel the trade winds blow in each night while sleeping is to die for. The birds are merciless little thieves though. If you don’t put your food away, they will help themselves to your dinner. We put a little bread on the ledges each day to watch them come feed, and kept the rest hidden. The cottage has some power, but really only used for a few lights and a fridge. We loved this, you get a great atmosphere with a bunch on candles lit and we had a full moon that lit up the ocean sky. We didn't find the bugs to be bad here. I don't think we even got bit once. :)

You can hike down to the bottom of the hill, taking the short cut way back through a trail that they have on their property. It follows the Manicour River all the way down past the BBQ area to Poonkies restaurant/bar. Ask Trevor about his specially rums, they are great. Great selection of booze here and great food.

When we booked Manicou, we found it very easy and Kate was quick to respond to all my questions before we arrived. We had an amazing time here and hope to return someday real soon.
Your search is over for a place to stay. Book here, you won’t regret it.

Cory & Sherri

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manicou_River, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this review, 10 April 2014
Hi Cory and Sheri,

We really appreciate you guys taking time to write a review. We enjoyed having you around (as did Trevor!). Please do come back and stay for longer next time.

With kind regards,

Kate and Patrick.
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

We stayed here in early March 2014, for 3 nights and this place was simply perfection. As a couple who like to do our bit for the environment but without compromising too much on luxury touches on a holiday, this place was the perfect choice. Kate and Patrick are a lovely, fun and welcoming couple who make you feel more like you are staying with friends than in a hotel.

The lodges are very well kept and honestly breath-taking every time you return from a day of hiking/ sight-seeing etc. I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND A 4X4 VEHICLE, unless you enjoy a strenuous hike up and downhill daily, as local buses and taxis will not be able to manage the journey.

The only negative I can think of is that there is not a great selection of places to eat within walking distance in the evenings, nearest area is Portsmouth approx. 10 min drive (although the lodge comes fully stocked with a kitchen and utensils etc, so for more prepared guests this is not a problem). However, Kate mentioned that they are thinking of building a small restaurant on site for guests in the near future which would make this amazing resort even better.

The views from the lodges are spectacular. Be prepared to be visited by small lizards, bats and hummingbirds as the lodge is pretty much open on one side, but these visitors only add to the experience.

We loved staying here, we will be coming back and we have recommended it to friends and family.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manicou_River, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Hi Guilio, Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. It's great to know that all our hard work can bring people such joy. Please do come back. The restaurant should be complete before the end of this year.

Kind regards,

Kate, Patrick and Balloo (the puppy).
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

We had a feeling based on our research that we would love this place, but actually arriving there was magical. We got there at night after a long day hiking to the boiling lake. When we woke up an realized where we were, it felt like heaven and we never wanted to leave the room. The room is so lovely and tastefully done, the view is epic and unreal. Make sure to bring food with you and connect with the owner, Kate before you arrive to make sure you have all the right gear and food you need. Make sure to talk to her before driving there as the drive is pretty intense and not so straightforward. Highly recommend going to this place , you won't regret it!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manicou_River, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this. We really enjoyed meeting you guys and sincerely hope you will return some day.

Warm regards,

Kate and Patrick
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Make no mistake - this is not a high-end resort with luxurious amenities. But it is one of the nicest places to stay on Dominica and there is luxury. Book early. Utilize their offer to arrange transportation to their place and then to rent a 4X4 (a must). Enjoy the remote location, but with access to everything you really need. These are very private, open-air one room cabins high in the trees and high on the mountain. The views are incredible from anywhere in the room. And if you should be so lucky as to have a rain storm pass, the air is truly magnificent.
The rooms have kitchen facilities to cook your own meals, electricity (although in short supply so use wisely) and water from the rain for everything but drinking - and drinking water comes from a spring nearby and is replenished daily. The shower water is warm to hot and very acceptable.
The new owners (April 2013) have ensured very nice touches and the place is in very good shape. The bed linens are wonderful and the mosquito net works perfectly (for those who have used netting you know it comes in various states of repair). I felt very comfortable and welcome and I was well looked after while there. I will definitely stay again and I urge you to do you if visiting Dominica. Cheers.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We just spent three nights at Manicou River (were originally going to stay two but liked it so much), after also spending three nights at Crescent Moon Cabins (which we loved to pieces if people are looking to split time between locations). The Manicou River cabins are so clean and remarkably well-appointed - from the kitchens (loved all the supplies and coffee maker!), to the high quality and clean bedding, the bathroom linens and bay soaps, etc. The tranquility the Manicou cabins provide also can't be beat in terms of being able to spend quality time with your travel companion! The Manicou property, itself, is also gorgeous, obviously including the spectacular views, and the maintenance team does a terrific job (so nice to have someone come clean the cabin while we were out for the day!) Overall, Manicou River feels like a stellar resort meets an eco-lodge. Its location outside of Portsmouth is also ideal, as we were high above and removed from the "hustle & bustle" yet could easily drive to many local waterfall hikes and snorkel spots. And I can't say enough great things about how welcoming Kate was to us. She went out of her way to give us tips about where to pick up food, what to bring, suggested spots to go, and the like...and also tracked down additional snorkeling equipment for us. We felt well cared for yet had complete independence, making for a very wonderful and restorative three days at Manicou River. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kate & Patrick for taking on this special place and helping to give us such a great experience in Dominica. (P.S. If anyone is looking for a balance of both location and experiences in lodging on Dominca, Crescent Moon Cabins and Manicou River proved to be a great split for us. They both offer similar types of lodging in different regions of Dominica. There is obviously more interactivity at CMC because food is provided and one also gets to meet other travelers and benefit from others' recommendations; at the same time, Manicou River offers the sheer joy of preparing meals and spending additional quality time with one's travel companion - very romantic, comfortable, and peaceful. Really those two locations were a great way to split our time on Dominica).

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manicou_River, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Hi Rachel,

Thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough and kind review. We are so happy that Manicou River helped to make your stay on Dominica a memorable one.

You and Andrew were great guests. We really enjoyed meeting you. Keep in touch via Facebook.

Kate and Patrick
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Property: Manicou River
Address: Tanetane, Portsmouth, Dominica
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Region: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint John Parish > Portsmouth
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Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manicou River 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT SINCE APRIL 2013. Manicou River is a collection of hand-crafted wooden cottages perched on the mountainside high above Douglas Bay and the Cabrits National Park on the beautiful, pristine island of Dominica. Our view is one of the best on the island, taking in mountains, the Caribbean Sea and the small town of Portsmouth below. We offer a simple, relaxing, nature experience with just the right touches of luxury. ... more   less 
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