Dominica Eco adventure at Manicou River Eco Resort
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There were no bugs! Other than the occasional grasshopper at night we had no bugs to speak of. We spent a few days at a similar open concept treehouse in Panama last year and there were a ton of bugs there. I was always worried about what I would wake up with there! But not here, none at all.
The owners are very friendly and Tess seemed to really want us to experience Dominica and its natural beauty, she was great and always helpful suggesting activities. We drove all over the north side of Dominica visiting rivers, swimming holes, jungles, ruins and snorkeling. And the diving here was phenomenal!
Overall, the place was fantastic. It’s definitely geared to the independent traveler. You’ll need a car to get there and you’ll want to do some of your own cooking probably. But really, there is no better way to see Dominica than by renting a car and driving yourself.
There were lizards which didn't seem very interested in staying -- they'd just have a look at us and scurry on through. The bedding and kitchen area were all clean as could be, and the owners provided us with coffee, spices, and some condiments to use for cooking which was really nice so we didn't have to waste time or money getting way more salt/sugar/oil than we could possibly use in a few days.
The owners and their groundskeeper have planted decorative plants all up the winding road to the resort, and they are finishing up a few more tree houses (in addition to the one tree house and the main lodge which they currently rent out) which will make this place even more beautiful in the months and years to come. you are close to a lot of the northern beaches, some great snorkeling spots, and the best drive-through volcano I've ever been in. However, this is the kind of place where you'll just want to relax on the hammock and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of your surroundings.
If you decide to stay here bring a headlamp if you have one (or a flashlight will do) for doing things at night, or for when you get back to the lodge after dark as there is no electricity. Also, my husband kept commenting that he wished he had brought his binoculars so if you have a pair I'd suggest bringing them as well. You will also need to rent a 4x4 to get to the resort. I would not recommend Manicou River to anyone who is pregnant, out of shape, or has a heart condition because there is a little bit of climbing to get from the driveway to your room (though it should be no problem whatsoever for the type of people who come to Dominica for vacation). In spite of how Spartan it may sound to not have electricity, Manicou River felt like the most luxurious of all the places we stayed in Dominica. I thought the tree house was an amazing value for the price, but if you have the money and are going to Dominica during the dry season, I recommend renting the main lodge which is even more amazing than the tree house we stayed in.
I actually found the lack of electricity to be refreshing, but remember: in the Caribbean the sun goes down real quick at 7pm, so don't get caught. We did remember our headlamps, which were essential for cooking dinner, but I would also recommend a 2nd set of camera batteries and my husband is kicking himself for not bringing the solar powered battery charger. We'll be sure to remember it when we come back for a second visit next year. :)