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Featured Accommodation and Dining
SECRET BAY (6 units) Petite Baie, Portsmouth; tel: 767 445 4444; e: email@example.com; www.secretbay.dm. Secret Bay is undoubtedly Dominica’s most exclusive eco-luxury resort. There are 6 units with a further 2 in progress, set amid coastal gardens overlooking Prince Rupert Bay & the Cabrits National Park. Artistically designed & constructed from Guyanese greenheart wood & local red cedar, each is completely private, fully selfcontained & equipped with top-notch facilities & appliances. All have AC, Wi-Fi, music systems, Apple TV, books & DVDs. The 2 villa units have private pools. Services include personalised cooking, private dining, massage, yoga, kayaking, snorkelling & boat rides. Staff will also organise all your island activities should you so wish. The gardens have viewing, dining & music decks & there is a path down to the small & secluded Ti Bay Beach where you’ll also find the Souce Shack restaurant and bar. The remote & pretty Secret Beach is just around the bluff & can only be reached by kayak or boat. Min stay 5 days.
VILLA PASSIFLORA (3 bedroom villa) Calibishie; tel: (US) 423 718 1842; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.villapassiflora.com. Located to the southeast of Calibishie, between Pointe Baptiste & Hodges Bay, Villa Passiflora is a beautifully designed home-away-from-home in a tranquil & private setting. Perched on a hillside enjoying both a cooling breeze & magnificent ocean views, the villa has 3 bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom, there is an open-plan living, dining & fully equipped kitchen area, a study & library, large veranda decks, an infinity pool, hammocks, 4-poster beds with mosquito netting, & those wonderful sea views. Housekeeping services include cooking if required & there is also a visiting masseuse & yoga expert as well as onsite caretakers for additional peace of mind. Villa Passiflora is a great option for a family vacation or for a group of friends.
MANICOU RIVER (3 cottages) Tanetane, Portsmouth; tel: 767 616 8903; e email@example.com; www.manicouriver.com. Manicou River’s hand-crafted wooden cottages, bar & bistro are completely off-grid & set within 4ha of forested hillside overlooking Douglas Bay & the Cabrits National Park. Each cottage has a dbl bed, bathroom, shower, SC facilities & deck with panoramic views. The property’s expansive forest gardens have walking trails & the pretty Manicou River borders the property. The Manicou River Bar & Bistro also overlooks the Cabrits & Douglas Bay & serves French Caribbean dishes. Reservations are recommended though not essential. Manicou is a peaceful & private retreat with great views at the end of a partly unpaved & steep feeder road. A 4×4 is recommended.
SISTERS BEACH BAR RESTAURANT & LODGE (5 cottages) Picard; tel: 767 445 5211; e: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sisters offers clean & convenient self-contained lodge accommodation located within tropical gardens next to the beach at Picard. Each stone lodge has 2 dbl beds, en-suite bathroom, kitchenette, living area, ceiling fans, insect screens, & porch. The beachfront bar & restaurant specialises in seafood but everything is good – even the pasta is homemade. Sisters is good-value accommodation in a semi-private beachfront location & handy for exploring the north. A short walk into Picard offers even more dining options.
HOTEL THE CHAMPS (5 rooms) Picard; tel: 767 445 4452; e email@example.com; www.hotelthechamps.com. The Champs offers modern, well-furnished superior & garden room accommodation on a high hillside position above Picard, enjoying fabulous views of Prince Rupert Bay & the Cabrits National Park. The neatly furnished rooms have 1 bed, en-suite bathroom, balcony terrace, AC & free Wi-Fi. Leisure & pool decks are set in tropical gardens & have loungers, hammocks, hot tub, waterfall shower, restaurant & bar service. The Champs restaurant & bar offers panoramic vistas, very high-quality Creole & international cuisine, wood-oven pizza & a good selection of fine wines. The Champs is a popular accommodation choice for academics & families visiting Ross University students, but is also well positioned for independent travellers exploring the north of the island. As it is a university community, Picard also enjoys a good selection of shops & eateries.
VERANDA VIEW GUESTHOUSE (2 rooms) Calibishie; tel: 767 4458900; e firstname.lastname@example.org; www.lodgingdominica.com. Veranda View is lovely guesthouse accommodation located right on the water in Calibishie village. Artistically designed & decorated by owner Hermien, it is colourful, fresh, relaxing & excellent value for money. Each room has bed, lounger, en-suite bathroom, a small kitchenette & a private veranda with gorgeous sea views. There is a covered terrace bar & restaurant where dinner can be cooked for you by reservation. European & Creole seafood dishes are Hermien’s speciality. Just 20mins from Douglas Charles Airport & as close to the water as it is possible to be without getting your feet wet, Veranda View is well established, popular & highly recommended.
VILLA VISTA (3 bed villa, 1 bed apt) Hodges Bay, Calibishie; tel: 767 235 5760, 767 275 1010; e: email@example.com; www.villavistadominica.com. Mediterranean meets Caribbean at Villa Vista, where stucco walls & terracotta tiles fuse with louvre windows & heavy wooden hurricane shutters, to create a modern & attractive 3-bed villa with lovely views of Hodges Beach & Bay. The villa has private bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, large terrace & sun deck with infinity pool & those great ocean views. There is a jacuzzi, Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, mosquito nets & TV. A trail alongside the villa leads down to the river & bay. Villa Vista is relaxing, peaceful, secure & private. It is a great self-contained accommodation option for couples, friends & families. The downstairs sgl-bed openplan apt is also fully equipped & enjoys a garden deck.
CALIBISHIE COVE (2 suites, 2 rooms) Hodges Bay, Calibishie; tel: 767 245 5231; e firstname.lastname@example.org; www.calibishiecove.com. Calibishie Cove offers spacious rooms & fully SC suites overlooking Hodges Bay. The sea view & garden view rooms are en suite & have fridges & balconies, the rainforest suite has kitchenette, AC, large patio & views, the penthouse suite fills the entire top floor of the building & has kitchen, wraparound balcony & plunge pool. There is free Wi-Fi throughout & staff will arrange in-room dining by request. Kayak & bike rental, yoga, massage & island tours can all be arranged. A new garden pavillion is also an excellent venue for island weddings.
PICARD BEACH COTTAGES (18 cottages) Picard; tel: 767 445 5131; e: email@example.com; www.picardbeachcottages.dm. This tranquil family-owned resort has private wooden cottages in pleasant & private beachside gardens. Each solar powered cottage has en-suite bathroom, TV, AC, Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, private veranda with deckchairs, telephone & SC facilities. All cottages face the sea, with Prince Rupert Bay & the Cabrits National Park a picturesque backdrop; some are directly on the beachfront. Watersports, wellness activities & a range of island tours can all be arranged. Le Flambeau Restaurant is just a short walk away.
SEA CLIFF COTTAGES (5 cottages) Calibishie; tel: 767 445 7008, 767 445 8998; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dominica-cottages.com. Sea Cliff Cottages has been accommodating travellers to the Calibishie area for longer than most & it is still a great place to stay. Its very pleasant self-contained cottages are located in expansive hillside gardens overlooking Hodges Bay. They sleep 2–7, & are fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, TV, Wi-Fi, seating areas & balconies where guests can enjoy panoramic sea & mountain views. Mobile phones provided to guests who need them & a nearby trail runs down to the beach & river at Hodges Bay. Within walking distance to Calibishie’s shops & restaurants, Sea Cliff Cottages is excellent value SC accommodation in a scenic & practical location, suitable for both couples & families.
IGUANA CAFE Michael Douglas Blvd, Portsmouth; tel: 767 445 315 0471. Quirky-looking ‘Rasta’ restaurant serving excellent seafood & pasta dinners, with reservations preferred but not essential. Enjoy great food & a warm welcome from Jennifer & Cartouche.
RAINBOW RESTAURANT Calibishie; tel: 767 245 9995 or 767 245 4838. Located right on the water’s edge & even incorporating a narrow strip of sand, Rainbow serves great French Creole food. Eat inside or upstairs on the deck. There are nice sea views to accompany lionfish, coconut chicken in pineapple, & other delicious lunches & dinners. Just turn up.
CORAL REEF RESTAURANT & BAR Calibishie; tel: 767 445 7432; Out of sight behind the Coral Reef Supermarket on Main St, Calibishie, this waterside bar & restaurant serves good-value local & international food, from traditional Creole lunches to burger & fries. It’s simple but tasty & affordable. Lovely sea views. Just turn up.