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“"Wonderful Place to Stay"” 5 of 5 stars
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Sea Cliff Cottages
Hodges Beach, Dominica   |  
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Cranberry Portage, Manitoba Canada
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“"Wonderful Place to Stay"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

We spent 7 days at Sea Cliff and just loved it. We stayed in the Studio and our friends stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage. The cottages were affordable, clean, comfortable and well equipped - and the complimentary cell phone is a nice touch. WiFi is available for those that want to stay connected. If you are looking for a catered vacation this may not be for you. If you like to do it on your own - this is it. Views were amazing and the grounds were well kept. We were there at the end of January it was very windy and the ocean was rough. This prevented us from swimming and snorkelling on this side of the island. Gwen and Jim were always available for assistance and were helpful in providing advice on where to eat and sightsee. With this location we found that renting a car was necessary to explore all the sights. The village of Calibishie has the basics for groceries, liquor and several restaurants but not a lot in terms of other shopping. We found that we did our major grocery shopping at the IGA in Portsmouth. The people here and all over the island are fantastic, the views absolutely amazing and tons to do! The Nature Island and Sea Cliff Cottages definitely rank high in our holiday destinations. Thanks for a great stay - Chris and Connie - Cranberry Portage, Manitoba Canada

Room Tip: Studio for one or two people has a fantastic view and breeze off of the ocean. Two bedroom has loads...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Charleston, West Virginia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Sea Cliff cottages was the perfect place to explore the north end of the nature island. We loved the beaching, hiking, touring, and just sitting on our porch reading and playing scrabble while we enjoyed the view. Gwen, Gwenneth, Jim and crew were so helpful and the cottage was equipped with everything we needed. Getting up in the morning to meet the bread truck with all of our neighbors, walking through Calibishie and talking to all the incredibly friendly people--it's truly a special place.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012 via mobile

I definitely reccomend Sea cliff cottages. Between the amazing view, friendly and helpful staff, sea breezes, clean and comfy cottages it's hard to have a bad day, and Jim and Gwen were helpful before we even got there, arranging a ride from the airport for us and making sure we had everything we needed. Very kid friendly too.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We spent last Christmas in this fabulous place, first days in the one bedroom cottage and the other half of the week in the studio. We just loved it. Familiar and quiet, eco sustainable, with beautiful gardens, bbq and plenty of details... Everything to cook, cell phone if needed, guides and the great recommendations of Gwen and Jim, who were really nice and helpful. We took local buses and did hitchhiking, the best way to know dominicans, loveliest people in the Caribbean. They are very proud of their Nature Island and we really understood why. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: When it's windy the studio can be noisy.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

We just returned home from 9 wonderful nights at Sea Cliff. We stayed in the two bedroom cottage with a gorgeous view of Hodges beach below and a wonderful cross breeze. Gwen and Jim were extremely friendly and approachable - and gave great recommendations. They were always willing to answer our questions or make our stay more comfortable. The cottage was clean and well appointed. We loved the freedom of having a full kitchen to cook our meals and the wifi was fast and reliable. There is a guy that drives around in the mornings and sells bakes and roti's - highly recommended. And listen for the conch shell...to buy fresh fish from the fisherman driving around. We didn't ever walk into Calibishie - or spend very much time there but did shop at the Coral Reef grocery store and ate dinner at Calabash restaurant on our last night, which was very good. We opted to rent a car from Courtesy Rental and they brought the vehicle right to our door. We found a renting a car necessary to really fully explore the island and to also be independent. Be wary...the driving was a bit nerve-wracking due to narrow roads (well paved though!) and lots of blind curves - the drivers are a bit crazy there but just let them pass and honk around the curves and you'll be fine. We were never hassled while there, but you will most likely be approached by a local guide at most every trail or site of interest offering to take you down for a fee. For some hikes guides are definitely recommended...others are more self-guided. Nonetheless, this is a source of income so we weren't bothered by it. Hodges beach (down a short trail) is lovely and quiet..there was rarely anyone there when we went and it is a lovely place to hang out or to swim (the river is there as well so you can rinse off in cold fresh water!) Dominica was beyond gorgeous - it seemed unreal at times. You will feel like you're going back in time to a untouched tropical paradise.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shropshire
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123 reviews 123 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

I don't think I have stayed anywhere where the description on the web site matched so closely the accommodation. To use an old expression “It was exactly as it said on the tin!”

So just look at the web site – the place is great but you do need a car as the local village is about a mile away but it is a mile uphill coming back, we didn't try walking it but I suspect after a meal in the dark or carrying shopping in the sun it would take the edge off the holiday.

The roti sold by Zanda at about 9am every morning from his car outside are delicious.

Room Tip: There are five cottages, try to get one of the three on the sea side of the road as the views are be...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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56 hotel reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We spent two days here on our way from Martinique to Guadeloupe. We rented a jeep from courtesy rentals for two days who picked us up at the ferry terminal as arranged. Would definitely say a jeep hire is the way to go to see Dominica. Calibishie was a good choice as it had a couple of restaurants and a supermarket and the cottages are a 20 minute walk to the village. Cottages are fully equipped with everything needed, great views, everyone was helpful and friendly and best of all it was very peaceful. Don't expect a wild beach party thing in Dominica. We went in October and sometimes it felt like we were the only tourists - only visitors to the fort the day we went, on our own for a picnic at the Emerald pool and both nights in different restaurants we were the only customers. We loved Dominica despite one of the days being very wet - very glad my husband was driving as some of the roads were challenging. If returning I would definitely stay at the cottages again and recommend anyone to stay there who is looking for comfortable, value for money, clean and safe accommodation, peaceful and lovely views. For those interested in timings we took a leisurely 4 hours to drive with many stops from Roseau driving east via the Emerald pool and then north along the eastern coastal road. On the way back to Roseau we went west and then down the west coast taking 1.5 hours.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sea Cliff Cottages

Address: Hodges Beach, Dominica
Location: Caribbean > Dominica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 38 Specialty lodging in Dominica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a hill overlooking the beach and islands below, Sea Cliff is a place for the more independent travelers. Each cottage is equipped with full kitchen, dining area, balcony and all you need for short or longer term stays. The view of the sea is wonderful and the fresh breeze keeps you cool at night. We try to be environmentally correct running on solar power, composting and keeping a low energy profile (though we do have wifi !)The grounds are planted with fruit trees and flowering tropical flowers and shrubs. In the right season you can enjoy mangoes, papaya, grapefruit, lime, oranges, guava,avocado, pineapple and of cours the coconuts !The flowers attract the hummingbirds and there are also the sea birds and hawks swooping above you. Nature is abundant ! The village is less than a mile and there you will find restaurants, grocery stores and different small shops. There are also a number of churches and a gas station. Hodges beach below us is about a five minute walk down the hill and the river also flows into the sea at this point. There are several other beaches, hiking, fresh river swimming all within walking distance. A good location for those who wish to become familiar with the people and the culture of the island. ... more   less 
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