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THE best hotel to stay on Dominica
I was very disappointed that LIAT cancelled my flight from Pointe-a-Pitre to Canfield International Airport near Roseau because I missed one night at Beau Rive. Nevertheless, I arrived one day late and was immediately impressed with the cleanliness of Beau Rive and its attentive staff.
My room was the best of all the hotels I stayed at on this trip, with a marvelous view of the rocky shore below as well as the wonderful gardens and flowering plants.
Mark Steele and his mother Josie make Beau Rive what it is and I enjoyed meeting them and talking with them every day and at night listened to them play wonderful music during the wonderful 3-course dinners. I could not have wished for better hosts. I looked forward to breakfast, which always included fresh fruits and juices.
You will be hard-pressed to find a better place to stay on the island of Dominica. I don't think you will be disappointed. I will definitely return to Beau Rive and hopefully sooner than later.
The Perfect Place
We just recently stayed at The Beau Rive and could not have been more happier with our choice. Rooms were great with beautiful views and the location provided an excellent starting point for exploring the island. Mark's knowledge of the island and willingness to advise on our daily excursions proved invaluable. Then there is his food... one choice only, unless you have some special dietary need, but that does not matter as each meal we had was better than last. A truely wonderful place for a relaxed visit with personal attention.
A few days in Paradise
Mark Steel has created a unique experience. We found his hotel idyllic. The rooms are furnished in very good taste, simple but superb comfort. No air conditioning necessary as the large fan in the spacious bedroom moved the air flow from the Atlantic well. The perfume from the garden pervaded our room. Mark clearly feels that the comfort of his guests is top priority and he somehow manages to make time for everyone -goodness knows how! The beds are confortable and cotton sheets can be changed whenever the guest feels it necessary. Good, large towels are supplied and the attention to detail even reaches the the Dominican hand made soap. We were on a rainforest walking holiday, but the temptation to stay 'at home' to enjoy Beau Rive was very strong!
Simplicity in ecstasy
The primordial nature of Dominica's natural splendor makes it an unsuitable choice for all too many of the pampered American travelers. Many of her spectacular sights are not easily reached without considerable physical exertion and sweat, and I won't mention the roads... Similarly, Beau Rive may not be for the pampered, because at first glance it seems rather Spartan, but that is an illusion.
The rooms at Beau Rive are devoid of amenities such as TV's, lotions, shampoos, mini-bar, etc., but they are tastefully furnished, extremely comfortable, and have a breathtaking view of the ocean. What one gets at Beau Rive, beyond the splendor, is personalized service, and a culinary experience which will leave your palate screaming for more.
Mark Steele treats his guests more like family, that is, family he actually likes. His caring demeanor is genuine and it is an integral part of the casual ambiance at Beau Rive, which is soothing to the soul, and as equally infectious as the magnificent surrounding beauty. Mark's attention to detail is so apparent with the morsels of delight he serves for your dining pleasure. It is a fixed menu, but fear not, for you can't possibly get a finer meal for twice the price. I have never considered myself a gourmet, but many of Mark's culinary creations, such as his curried, green papaya soup, awakened my dormant taste buds.
The words "beau rive," translated, means beautiful shore. In this instance, it is probably an understatement. Mark Steele could easily have named his hotel Beau Reve, which means beautiful dream, because he has created his dream and he remains true to it. I feel fortunate and enriched for having had the opportunity to experience a small part of his remarkable dream. So, should you dare choose the wilds of Dominica, don't miss this unique experience. Thank-you Mark!
Heaven on earth!
We stayed with Mark over a period of 10 days and we felt like friends rather than guests. Beau Rive is the most welcoming and relaxing retreat it has ever been our privilege to find; thanks to TripAdvisor for that! The rooms are large and airy, the décor is tasteful, the bed was very comfortable and the bed linen is soft and white! The views are fabulous. If you are lucky enough to stay for a full moon it’s magic!
Millie and her son Winston (the dogs!) became ours for our stay. We came back one day and Mark told us that Winston was missing. I cried! Only he wasn’t lost he was locked in a guest room!
Mark is the most remarkable man. A “gentle” man in the true sense of the word, but he must also be very tough! Ask about how he built the hotel – it’s an amazing story! He genuinely cares about his guests and it shows and that’s what makes Beau Rive so special! He makes his own bread, yoghurt, lime curd, marmalades, fresh juices etc. etc. Breakfast is a treat and there is plenty of variation in Mark’s dinner menu; the food is lovely and great value!
The Dominican staff at Beau Rive were very friendly and helpful as were all the other local people we met. We were just glad that Mark warned us about the cutlasses before we picked up a hitch-hiker! We got so many blessings from hitch-hikers by the time we left that must be a place in heaven reserved for us! I think we found it on earth though.
Our only regret is that we didn’t meet Josie, but we will next time! Cheers Mark – have a gin and tonic on Maureen and Brian!
P.S. We found the Cinzano advert on the internet! (Take a look at the photo of Joan Collins, Leonard Rossiter and Mark above the kitchen door.)
Dominica is special, lush and verdant, white waves rather than white beaches, a coast and countryside unspoilt by tourist development.
Beau Rive slots perfectly into this. High above the rocky shore of its name is this exquisite small hotel - a ‘plantation house’ for the twenty-first century. Your are welcomed by Mark and his dogs Winston and Millie and shown to one of only 6 rooms: huge light spaces having real wood floors and quality bathrooms. Their piece de resistance though lies through the twin arched double doors and across the terrace: the view down across the rainforest to the wild Atlantic coast. The noise of the waves acting as a bass to the melody of birds and, particularly at night, other unseen wildlife.
Downstairs there is a panelled hall leading to a library that overlooks the pool (sadly not an infinity pool, but it is very pleasant anyway). Upstairs are the kitchen and a wonderful sitting room that even has a baby grand piano – how it got here is only one of the many wonders that lie behind the building of this magical place, 4 years in the making.
The kitchen is the second wonder of this place: having masterminded the construction of this amazing project Mark now works in the kitchen, turning out exquisite food, all and every day. Breakfast will be pure fruit juice (sadly a rarity in the Caribbean), a wonderful selection of fresh fruit and yoghurt, freshly ground coffee in a cafetiere (another rarity) and a selection of homemade breads, jams and marmalades. The coffee and breads are all constantly refreshed.
Dinner is superb – there’s no choice but when you book the question is asked if there’s anything not on your own menu – and this is noted. Every night the menu varies – two of my more memorable dishes being a starter of curried papaya soup one night, with baked breadfruit and a puree of salted cod the next. Main courses and desserts are equally interesting and of an equally high standard – even more fully appreciated when one leaves the island and returns to standard hotel stodge. Easily worth GBP 50, certainly US$50, but the price is only EC$50 ! Mark sees food not as a profit centre but as a service to his customers as there is nowhere else for them to eat – other establishments would (and do) see this as chance to fleece them!
I am now home but already thinking of my return, not just because the fresh food, combined with some exercise left me feeling so good but because on seeing my credit card slip and just how little was charged, I realised that this is a true bargain. But as there are only six rooms, please don’t all go together.
We've been to Beau Rive twice now, and we're struggling to write a positive review. We're afraid if we do, one of the Caribbean's best secrets will be out and it will no longer feel like our own private hideaway!
Beau Rive was built with great sensitivity and the keen artistic eye of Mark Steele, its British owner. There is a clean simplicity to the place. The six rooms are stylishly uncomplicated. No telephones, no TVs, no air conditioning (the ocean breeze and ceiling fan provide nicely), no in-room bar. Just deep brown hardwood floors, pale cream walls, a few carefully chosen pieces of locally made furniture, a wonderfully comfortable bed dressed in white luxury linens, and some lovely local art. Absolutely nothing competes with the focal point--the view outside the two large sets of shuttered French doors. Our eyes were constantly pulled back to the thousand shades of green on the high hills falling into the brilliant blue waters crashing below. Perhaps more important than what you see from your room and veranda is what you don't see--civilization of any kind. Perhaps it will come some day. But for now, all you take in is Dominica in all its glory.
Stepping into the main house reminded us of an English country inn. The entry way with its rich, aubergine walls, is warm and welcoming. The airy and cozy library was the perfect place for some lazy reading--although it was tough to decide between the deep couches and the shaded hammock just outside. A winding wooden staircase leads up to a casually inviting lounge area complete with a grand piano, great local art, and some of Mark's own paintings. Taking meals on the terrace affords the same great views in the day and candle light elegance at night.
Speaking of meals, the ingredients redefine "fresh", many of them picked just hours before from the orchards and gardens that Mark planted. "Organic Gourmet" is the best description we can think of. No beef is served, but with the excellent fish, chicken and innovative vegetarian selections, you will never miss it. The fruits are to die for.
A trip down the hill to the boulder-strewn Richmond River requires an invigorating hike through the lush rainforest and an adventurous spirit (as do visits to most of Dominica's gems). But it's worth it. We felt like we were transported to the "Land Before Time". The refreshing dip in the sparkling waters was wonderful.
Certainly, Beau Rive is not for everyone. If you want the Four Seasons, stay at the Four Seasons. But, for a price that is beyond reasonable, you will find a treasure...likely your own private hideaway. And if you are like us, when you leave, you will leave good friends behind. Just one more reason to return.
This is a beautiful, very well-managed small hotel on the east coast of Dominica. The rooms have dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. They are well-maintained and very comfortable. The hotel has a restaurant with excellent food and service. There are several common rooms including a library. This is the place to stay in Dominica unless it is necessary to be in Rouseau itself. It is certainly the place to stay if relaxation, peace, and quiet are your goals. A rental car is recommended. We plan to return.
oasis of calm
we arrived late in the evening, a little frazzeled by the journey, loss of luggage and the failure of rental car to arrive. The warm welcome we recieved from Beau Rive made all this melt away - a truely fantastic place, thoughtfully presented and very relaxing (oh and the food's great too).