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Manicou River
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Reviewed 2 March 2011

The time we spent here was the best of our whole trip. The views and accommodation are absolutely stunning. Our 4 year old little boy totally loved going on adventures in the woods and took a real shine to our hosts Tess and Kevin who were wonderful, very accommodating and helpful. Absolutely idyllic. Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

This is simply the best holiday we have ever had!! And we have had a few !! They made us feel so welcome and are friends for life - I cannot speak too highly of this place - if you have one holiday - have it here - beautiful place - hosts - everything was wonderful !!! Thankyou - we will be back !

  • Stayed: December 2010
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1  Thank Siearthdance
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

I am a pro eco traveler and this resort went above and beyond my expectation! This is the holiday of the future where the staff are not only friendly but appreciate the land they have built on (you don't get this often) would advise to any visitor to the beautiful island!!

  • Stayed: February 2011
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1  Thank FrancesEcoFriend
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

This is a beautiful place in nature with incredible views. We liked that it was ecological with no electricity, rain water fed, natural materials, etc., but the water bed was quite uncomfortable to sleep on and i had to ask for a regular mattress to be put on the floor. The owners at first seemed to be friendly and accommodating but when we left, we received a shocking email from them accusing us of not finalizing our bill and requesting additional charges (even though we paid full amount before coming), of leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen (which we never did) and pointing out that they drove us to town (as we shared a ride one day) and brought me a mattress (because i could not sleep on a water bed) free of charge. We were really shocked by this surprising and inappropriate reaction. It is a nice place but it's a shame that the management is not at all professional. Please be aware of that issue.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank margo015
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ManicouRiverResort, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2011

Manicou River Resort is a very precious part of the Dominican landscape. The resort homes are unique, built from local hard wood trees cleared to make way for the roads through Everton Hall Estate and trees from the North of the Island. As Dominica has a strict conservation plan these are some of the very rare 100% local wood homes built this century. The styles are in keeping with the landscape and blend into their woodland home.

Therefore the fire and subsequent burn damage, breakages and mess left during a reckless party at our luxury villa ‘Casse En Bwa La’ with all the guests in this group (included “Stay Away” reviewer) was a shock and has left a sad reminder of careless peoples actions.

We have very few “rules” at Manicou River Resort but this party managed to break ALL of them. We stick by our decision to refuse their planned return.

Sometimes guests arrive on a late flight and there is no time to shop so we offer help if needed. In this case we did not charge your party for: eggs, milk, butter, bread, jam, coffee, tea, sugar, grapefruits, oranges, mangos, cooking oil, rice, 5 days use of 2 full sets of fins, masks & snorkel, trips to town, collection from the bus and a drop off on a hike 15 miles away, an extra bed in the cottage and subsequently moving into a larger cottage that sleeps 3.

Manicou River Resort is not a faceless corporation but a small family business with two very lovely, loyal staff. We are here building the resort, setting the organic gardens, clearing trails and supporting a local youth training program. If you want what we have and are willing to walk amongst people that love Dominica please come and say “hello”.

Theresa Hunneybell & Manicou River Resort Team

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Reviewed 27 February 2011

First of all it's the first time in my life that I felt the urge to write a review to warn other fellow travelers about this place. The owner of this place was the most unprofessional, rude, openly hostile, and poisonous person that I have ever come across with in a hospitality business.
We were both respectful and calm. While staying in the cabin for quite a few nights every little request was met with open hostility and anger.

If you are someone how likes positive energy around them during their vacation, I would very strongly advise - STAY AWAY from this place

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank ASapritsky
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ManicouRiverResort, Owner at Manicou River, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2011

The guests were given a warning about completely unacceptable recreational behavior after only 2 nights stay. Our mistake was not demanding they leave our premises immediately.

The result was:
1. Large burn damage to the red wood floor not paid for.
2. Outstanding bill
3. Damage to bedding.
4. Breakages.
5. Rudeness to staff and other guests.
6. Cleanliness.

Our team work hard here to make our guests as happy as possible. We have learned a valuable lesson and look forward to our usual lovely happy customers who love the beautiful Island of Dominica as much as we do.

The Hunneybells, Mrs Christmas and Mr Valentine.

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Reviewed 18 February 2011

I stayed here on a visit to Ross University and stayed for 3 nights.

I must adsmit that I booked the place without knowing what I was getting myself into. I was so pleasantly surprised. The views ARE spectacular and the cottages are lovely and cosy ... all true ... but the best thing was the bed. It was a King sized water bed. I had to put on an alarm to reach my meetings. If I could I would have put the sleep quality as a 6.

Wonderful place ... get there as soon as you can.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank TrentonTerry
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Reviewed 5 February 2011

Imagine living in a tree house with a breathtaking views, completely off the grid. This is a place to truly escape from it all. No electricity, but hot water when the sun is shining and some solar powered lights for after dark. Make sure you pack a flashlight or headlamp unless you want to read by candlelight. Also pick up ice en route -- cooler provided -- to store perishables. A 4wheel drive vehicle is essential to climb the hill to this amazing retreat. Light sleepers might want earplugs until they are able to adjust to the sounds of the forest. Most importantly, Tess and Kevin are incredible hosts who truly care about your experience. Tess, in particular, was a lifesaver for us on this trip, refunding us a night's stay when our travel plans were disrupted by weather so that we were able to use that night at another accommodation that we had booked that was not as accommodating. Kevin also set us up with a great day's hiking/boating/snorkeling excursion. Try the Purple Turtle Beach Club for wonderful fresh local food and amazing sunsets, if you can bear to leave your room!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Manicou River

Address: Tanetane, Portsmouth, Dominica
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Region: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint John Parish > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Price Range: £182 - £240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Manicou River Eco Hotel Portsmouth
Manicou River Dominica/Portsmouth

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