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“Beautiful; relaxing; amazing food, views and hospitality!!!!”
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Calibishie Cove
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Calibishie
Portsmouth, Dominica
2 reviews
“Beautiful; relaxing; amazing food, views and hospitality!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2010

My friend and I spent two nights at Calibishie as a much needed relaxation weekend and could not have been happier or more satisfied with everything from the initial email communication, online reservation and confirmation to home cooked, amazing meals prepared in-house, to order and served in your room! The rooms and views are so breathtaking that you hardly have the urge to leave your room. Everything was exceptionally clean, modern and comfortable. Upon arrival, one receives a most heart-felt and warm welcome, followed by a tour of the room (which includes complimentary local cell phone, coffee and tea as well as a mini-bar stocked with snacks, sodas, juices and alcoholic beverages at a very reasonable cost). We ate all our meals there and paid less for MUCH more than we have at other places whether in the Caribbean, US or Europe and highly recommend Calibishie Cove to anyone visiting Dominica or for a quick get-away!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2010

We spent 3 nights at Calibishie Cove (2 in the rainforest suite, and 1 in the penthouse). We enjoyed our time there, but do have some constructive criticism.

Setting - Calibishie Cove is set in the middle of a hill high above the ocean with a lovely view. It is at the bottom of the street with a small residential development above it on the hill. There is a beach that you can hike down to (5-10 minutes downhill), or others within close driving distance. The beach at the bottom of the hill was rocky, so we wore our wet shoes. It is about 15 minutes to the airport, and close to some other local sites and restaurants.

The rooms - Our time in the rainforest suite carries most of the criticism. Firstly, although I know that the security cameras are for the guests benefit, I don’t feel it is necessary for two of them to point directly onto the patio area. The room is oriented so there is no ocean view from the bedroom, but rather you face the kitchen from bed. I find this odd as the view outside is quite lovely, and the kitchen not so. This also doesn’t allow the ocean breeze to flow well through the bedroom. The penthouse however has no issue with ocean breezes. There are several windows opening directly onto the bedroom which is nice. The mini pool was a little chilly, so we didn’t go in. Both rooms had mediocre beds that had us both moving involuntarily when the other moved. The bathrooms in both rooms were on the dark side with low lighting, and not much natural light.

The food – We only had breakfast there, and it didn’t have us craving lunch or dinner. It was $9++ for scrambled eggs, toast, juice, and fruit. Bacon, sausage or pancakes could be added for $3. Not a bad price, but a fairly limited menu. A choice other than eggs for the main would have been nice.

The staff – Very friendly and helpful when asked.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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WeLoveDominica, Owner at Calibishie Cove, responded to this review, November 16, 2010
Thank you for the lovely compliments on our wonderful views, convenient yet nature-immersive location, and marvelous ocean breezes! Our friendly and genuinely hospitable staff checks in with all our guests throughout their stay to see how they doing and if they need anything at all. When asked, you gave us and our staff consistently positive feedback. You were given an upgrade to a more expensive and twice-as-large suite that has been extremely popular with all other guests, as a courtesy. My husband and I, the owners, also follow up with each and every guest after their stay to make sure their trip met or exceeded their expectations. We take guest feedback seriously, and acting on many of the thoughtful suggestions guests have given us is what has made us superlative among Dominica hotels. When we spoke with you upon your return to North America, the sole piece of feedback you gave us was that you would have preferred the smaller Sea View room but chose not to say anything while you were staying with us. We had a lovely Sea View room available for you on this stay that would have been given to you had you mentioned your preference.

We have stayed at nearly every accommodation on the island of Dominica and have worked tirelessly to ensure that we have the most comfortable beds, best and most consistent shower water pressure and temperature, superlative bed and bath linens, nicest stone and hardwood finishes, etc. We are incredibly detail-oriented people who like to be comfortable and would offer our guests nothing less. Some guests prefer a firm mattress, and some a softer mattress. Most prefer the firmer surface. We have mattress pillow tops available for those who enjoy a plush surface, but they cannot be provided if we don't know of your preference. We stay in each of our rooms from time to time, of course using the bathrooms at night, and find the ambient lighting both pleasant and adequate. It is designed specifically to create the warm, gentle ambiance that it does. Additionally, there are 2-4 total lighting sources in each bathroom to accommodate detailed tasks without blinding guests who are making a very short middle of the night visit to the bathroom. Because we understand some guests are quite particular, we even have brighter bulbs available that would have been installed for you at the mere suggestion of a desire for brighter illumination.

However, as wonderful as our staff is at checking in with guests and doing everything possible to make guests comfortable and happy, they can’t help if they are told that everything is great and are never made aware of any concerns. Next time you travel halfway around the world for a vacation, you should let your hosts know if you have a need or expectation that isn't being met. That's the pleasure of staying at a small, family-run establishment -- the owners and staff will care that you are truly happy and do everything they can to ensure your comfort. The very best accommodations, like ours, also appreciate the chance to make things right (or even better than right) by being given feedback when things can be improved for you, rather than having your feedback weeks after returning home posted in a public forum, with no chance for us to make things right during your vacation. Our staff is very rare in that they have been with us from the beginning, and care deeply about the satisfaction of each and every guest. In fact, they actually cherish every opportunity that arises to please a guest.

As for the beautiful view from our Rainforest Suite, it is at least as good as the view from the smaller Sea View room we upgraded you from, if not better. Please see the Rainforest Suite page (under Rooms) on our website for the view from the bedroom window. I'm not sure if you had a chance to open the windows... the panoramic ocean view is even more expansive than the width of this photo allows. We designed this building to offer the best views Dominica has to offer.

We are known on-island for our best-in-class local food offering. We do not serve American-style bar food as some of the other modern establishments do, but extremely fresh local Dominica dishes, cooked to perfection by a local kitchen staff. Our breakfasts, lunches, and elegant dinners have received rave reviews all around. In general, but especially for breakfast, our team will prepare you anything you can dream of, as long as the ingredients are available on the island. As with all breakfast orders, they do need a little advance notice to do so. We are one of the few places on the island to offer breakfast, with choices from fresh tropical fruit to pancakes to eggs to codfish.

We send our very kindest regards, and sincerely hope we have the chance to host you on your next visit to Dominica.
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

My wife and I just returned from a fantastic trip to beautiful Dominica. We stayed at the Paradise Penthouse at Calibishie Cove and absolutely loved the experience. We were welcomed by taking in the breathtaking views while enjoying a glass of passion fruit juice with rum. We found out firsthand, as many prior reviews have suggested, pictures of the views simply do not do them justice. The floor space and layout of the suite is impressive. However, the best assets of Calibishie Cove are Arl, Hazel, Jackie, and Jenner. Each of them is extremely friendly with one goal in mind - ensure the satisfaction of all guests. We also had the opportunity to experience Hazel's delicious home cooking and would definitely recommend it to every guest. All in all, our experience at beautiful Calibishie Cove was simply amazing.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Jurassic Park
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2010

We had a phenomenal time! The room was GORGEOUS! It was very hard to leave that porch and view. The staff was incredibly nice, available when we needed anything but left us alone so that we could enjoy our stay together too. The meals were delicious. I think breakfast was the best that we have had on island so far. The staff was kind enough to meet my special dietary requests as well as arrange for us to enjoy a local treat for dinner one evening.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Boca Grande, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

My wife and I spent seven nights at Calibishie Cove a couple weeks ago, half in a sea view room, then in the penthouse. I couldn't believe how perfect everything was. The staff is too good to be true, as are the views(you won't believe your eyes). The wife was worried that there might be bugs since there are so many windows and doors and no screens, but we weren't bothered by one. The breeze from the ocean kept us cool, which had been our other concern. It never really got hot in the room, even in the afternoon. Hazel made us dinner one night and it was great - the avocado ice cream was a special treat. Some other postings call Arl "the #1 man in Dominica" and its true, he will take outstanding care of you. The housekeeping staff, Carol and Jackie, keep the rooms spotless and , as an additional plus, are really nice. Dominica is an amazing beauty (sites and friendliness of people) and Calibishie Cove brings it all right to your room. We look forward to returning to this beautiful destination.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2010

Calabishie Cove exceeded every expectation we had. The location, layout of the room, the view, and the staff were all top-shelf, and we enjoyed every aspect of our visit. We hope to be back again very soon, and highly recommend the Cove to anyone looking to truly escape from their daily grind and just enjoy what the Cove and the entire island of Dominica has to offer.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Summerland Key, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

WeSpent 14 Days In May Of 2010 At Calibishie Cove. The Accomodations were lovely and the vista supreme. Better than we ever dreamed. Resort staff and island people were charming and very helpful. Food delicious. Breathtaking vegetation and scenery. We even took our minature beagle Sam with us. Our words are, welcoming, relaxing, one of a kind lodging and beautiful people. Never pass up an opportunity to visit Dominica and certainly stay at Calibishie Cove!
DR. & Mrs. Arthur Szeglin...Sam too.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Calibishie Cove
Address: Point Dubique, Calibishie, Dominica
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Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint Andrew Parish > Calibishie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Calibishie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Calibishie Cove 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Calibishie Cove-on the mountainous island's beach-studded northeastern corner-is a colonial-style hotel inspired to reenergize with just four rooms, each with platform beds, large shutters, and a private patio overlooking quaint panoramic vistas of Caribbean Sea. Nestled 80-feet above Hodges Bay Beach, the Eco-hotel sets the tone for an elegant and private relaxed beach hideaway. Calibishie captures the native spirit of Dominica with its distinctive "Nature Island" philosophy. At-a-glance: Distinguished Eco Boutique-hotel | Romantic Beach | Weddings | On-site Dining | Organic Garden | Nature Made Views | Yoga + Wellness Retreat | Sustainable ... more   less 
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