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Calibishie Cove
Coastal Living Magazine says Calibishie Cove has the Best view in Dominica, and we couldn’t agree more. Calibishie Cove offers peace and relaxation, a comfortable retreat from the surrounding nature, and superb meals served privately on your own balcony. The hotel’s design and location makes the sea view and breezes an integral part of the experience. Large windows and hardwood louvered French doors on each private balcony create a spacious indoor-outdoor paradise.

The building sits on a hillside just south of Calibishie town on the northern Atlantic coast. Calibishie Cove is located fifteen minutes by foot from the low-key and enchanting Calibishie town in a secluded corner of the island you’ll be delighted to call your own.

Splurge and spend a few nights in the penthouse suite whose views and amenities have lured more than one guest to spontaneously extend their stay on the island. The other rooms, although smaller, are superbly appointed in a luxurious minimalist style consistent the property’s thoughtful and comprehensive low-impact policy. The lodge’s co-owner Eileen Thornton is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds other green building and environmental certifications. Your hosts are supremely warm and welcoming Dominicans who delight in serving their guests and creating memories to last a lifetime.

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Three of the four guest units have stunning views of the coast which features several rocky islands right off shore. The top floor “penthouse suite” is a made-for-magazines flat with understated modern caribbean/mediterranean design. This flat has a full kitchen and dining area, long wraparound deck, a dunking pool, and slatted doors and windows that blur the boundary between inside and outside. Stairs lead up to an additional private rooftop deck.

The three remaining rooms below the penthouse are smaller and lack the dunking pool but share the same style of elegant minimalism. All rooms have large decks, but the Rainforest Suite balcony faces the lush grounds rather than the ocean. Room include a safe, small refrigerator stocked as a mini bar, water kettle, tea and coffee supplies. Soaps are locally made, and extras are available for purchase. Shampoo and conditioner are offered in small stainless steel bowls to reduce plastic packaging waste. The toilet is in its own room which is separated from the main sleeping area by a slatted door. Overall, the atmosphere is entirely charming and upscale without a hint of pretension.

Calibishie Cove has no restaurant: all meals are served privately in the guest rooms. An excellent wine list is on offer.

The surrounding yard is relatively small and includes a shaded sitting area with several adirondack-style chairs and a hammock. A pathway leads down to a secluded beach and river outlet. The waters here are calm, and Calibishie Cove rents or lends snorkeling gear to guests. Also available for hire are kayaks for river or ocean use. Guided kayak, snorkeling, or swimming trips can be arranged to the uninhabited island right off the coast. Guided tours to all the island’s main attractions can be arranged on the spot.

Even though Dominica isn’t known for its beaches, Calibishie Cove is a stone’s throw from Batibou, Hampstead Bay, and Point Baptiste… in addition to the superb beach directly below the property. Calibishie Cove provides guests with a free cell phone with 10-15 minutes of airtime (top-uppable) to carry with them during your stay.

Calibishie is about 30 minutes to Cabrits National Park and the Syndicate national forest, and 30-40 minutes drive to Melville Hall Airport.

This part of Dominica is as far geographically and psychologically as you can get from Roseau. As tourism grows in Dominica, it seems inevitable this corner of the island will be targeted by developers seeking to capitalize on the cluster of good beaches, placid ocean, and stunning coastline views available here. Come spend time before word gets out!

The uninitiated may be tempted to think of the northern side of the island as inconvenient, but the extra driving time required to access the standard tourism sites from the north is a small price to pay for the relative seclusion, local atmosphere, and low-key lifestyle that permeates the area. Plus, the local beaches offer endless recreation possibilities, especially for families.

The experience at Calibishie Cove itself is a wonderful example of friendly, local hospitality, just the right level of luxury, and compatibility with the surrounding environment. One could easily fly to Dominica, drive to Calibishie Cove, spend a week in the immediate vicinity, and leave the country completely satisfied they had experienced the best the country has to offer.

So, what’s so green about Calibishie Cove? Located on The Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Calibishie Cove was built from the ground up in a spirit of respect for and harmony with nature. The building is sited and designed to use the site’s incredible natural breezes for ventilation and sunlight for illumination, reducing need for lighting and eliminating the need for air-conditioning. Our building is constructed to withstand natural disasters, reducing consumption of materials in repair and rebuilding.

The lodge generates hot water through a solar heating system, and runs both grey and black water systems on site. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown onsite and the entire property is landscaped with native plants. The hummingbird and butterfly garden provide a refuge for the local fauna and make a stroll across the grounds absolutely delightful.

Rooms are stocked with locally-produced soaps from 100% plant sources, packaged in post-consumer recycled paper. Shampoo and conditioner are dispensed from bulk containers instead of giving out thousands of tiny plastic bottles each year. The Penthouse’s private plunge pool uses salt water ionization instead of added chemical chlorine.

Calibishie Cove employs, trains, and empowers a local staff at a living wage.