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Cuffie River Nature Retreat and Eco-Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not all great”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

We spent 3 days at Cuffie River in October of this year and while the resort is modern (yet rustic) we found the food to be over-priced and with no WIFI or TV in the room, we wondered what we were paying $240 US a night for. We were the only guests yet the "award-winning" guide on staff would have nothing to do with us since we didn't pay an additional $120 US for a "3 hour guided walk around the property"
At least at Asa Wright an introductory walk is included in the price.
I think they should be more forthcoming about what the meals actually cost, how about a menu we can choose from, i am a birder (and was there for the birds) and don't care about food all that much, my palate doesn't need to be challenged.
The location deep in the valley means it's impossible to go out unless you have a car by the way, so you are pretty much stuck with what they feed you.

Also, having a few hummingbird feeders up is not enough, the best places we went to put fruit out for the birds as well, we were less than overwhelmed by the variety of birds.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Poole
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2011

This was the perfect antidote to the traffic, heat and noise of Trinidad! Admittedly it was especially quiet as we were the only guests (this being the rainy season) but I don't imagine that it gets noisy (apart from the parrots and chachalacas) at any time. If you want to relax, eat good food and 'commune with nature' this is the place for you.

Our 'executive' room was fantastic with lots of room for us to spread out in and a bed the size of the average hotel room. The bathroom was spacious and the shower large and with good pressure and plenty of hot water. No air-con but we had natural cooling from the open windows/French doors on 3 sides and a ceiling fan so it didn't get too hot. By the same token the rain didn't make it into the room when we had the inevitable downpours.

Special thanks to Marina for looking after us in her sister Regina's absence and organizing our trips and transfers etc. Our walks with Desmond were most enjoyable and informative, and we saw a lot more birds than we would have done on our own. And our tour of the island and visit to Little Tobago with Max was a definite highlight. Tobago is a beautiful island.
And thanks also to both our cooks who produced excellent meals for us. We never knew what we were getting, just that it would be really good and generally made from local ingredients.

On returning from a hot walk it was lovely to be able to jump into a cool (but not too cold) pool and then relax watching and listening to the birds. So many birds!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank AEWPoole
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new york city
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2011

Spent just one night as we wanted to get away from the beach believe it or not -this retreat is an amazing work of art in the jungle hills - great for nature walks and birding not to mention sleeping in.
Terrific pool looking out over the rainforest. Food is excellent but a bit pricey so ask ahead of time. Unique place -highly recommended if you love nature and peace and quiet

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank ktcnyc
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Solihull
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2010

The sound of bird and wildlife echo around the valley morn and night. Just you and the birds (& Regina & the staff at Cuffie River of course). A fantastic place to recharge the batteries and a beautiful pool to cool off in the heat of the day.
The meals are fantastic - loosen your belts. Thoroughly recommend a stay at Cuffie River

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Thompsons_hols
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the Hague
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2010

This place is absolutely amazing. Well managed, beautifully maintained and lovingly looked after by the manager, Regina, who set it up decades ago in honour of her father, who owned it and who passed away when she was a baby. Wonderful food (home made!) and exquisite location, in a very tranquil place. Good bird guide available, spacious rooms and plenty of shade. Not too hot because of the elevation. If you want entertainment, please stay away. If you love nature and don't mind being woken up by noisy birds, you will find this unforgettable. We want to go again!

  • Stayed April 2010
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solihull
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2010

what a fabulous find....a comfortable stress free environment with an excellent raised pool, perfect for lazing and watching parrots fly overhead and motmots in nearby trees.
The place is clean, excellent food and helpful staff.
It`s not for all inclusive, need entertainment types and certainly not for teens, just bring those books you were always going to read, hideaway in the hills and woods or just stand and stare from the several balconies on the property, you`ll not be disappointed.
A toad(or was it John Prescott, hard to tell) joined us on the patio one evening to watch Gordon Browns resignation speech.
Any complaints? Yes, we only booked 4 nights, serious error on our part.
A truly magical experience, don`t miss it.

Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank bonnieman
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2009

My husband and I went to Cuffie River as part of a birding trip package that started at Asa Wright Nature lodge and went on for three days at Cuffie River. While Asa Wright was very special as a well-known birding mecca, Cuffie River was more like a hidden gem.

We were in a group of 13. We were given very nice large rooms with two double beds in each room, a large bath, and a private terrace or balcony. Everything was very clean and we were amazed that all the rooms were left wide open on the balcony sides to catch the breezes. It was very safe.

Regina, the owner/manager/chef was delightful; her cuisine was excellent! We had something like 6 meals there (in addition to breakfasts) and she never repeated herself. Dishes were many, flavors were subtle and distinctive and she seemed to take delight in amazing us with her versatility.

There is a nice, open air swimming pool surrounded by a raised terrace from which one can sit and observe the birds flying by and landing in nearby trees: flocks of squawking parrots and chachalacas; various humming birds coming to feeders, and others.

While we were there we had several arranged field trips--a stop on the way from the airport to see birds who make the local sewerage treatment plant their home--not at all "yucky!" and lots of birds; a long walk around the Cuffie River property to see the local flora and fauna, with Desmond, the local and expert guide to point everything out, and a trip to the west end of the island and out to Little Tobago island to see the sea birds. The day was rainy and the sea trip out there very choppy. If you do this bring your dramamine!)

In general this was a delightful, relaxing and delicious place to spend a few days.

  • Liked — Beautiful, remote setting; delicious food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2009
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Property: Cuffie River Nature Retreat and Eco-Lodge
Address: Moriah, Tobago
Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Moriah
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Moriah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cuffie River Nature Retreat and Eco-Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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