Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
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David Williams from Germany visited in March 2016 and awarded
Just spent 3 weeks here from March 21st. to April 11th.
I knew from the amazing reaction/response to my huge amount of emailed questions during my months of research, that I had made the right choice of where to stay in Castara!
Stephanie (co-owner with Brian aka Ali Baba)not only showed extraordinary patience, but answered all my emails within hours!
So - to the accommodation:
Situated at the very end of Little ("Heavenly") Bay, Ali Baba's Sea Breeze has access to the nicer of the 2 beaches with only 15 steps (45 seconds!!) from the apartments; and the Boathuse Bar & Restaurant. We specifically asked for the 'Stingray' apartment since it has the exact same view as pictured on their website! And, truly, the colours are absolutely genuine! When the sun is at a certain angle, one can clearly see the reef from the balcony, and I swear I actually saw some fish as well!!
The apartment itself was totally adequate for the 2 of us - super-comfortable bed with a 100% effective mosquito net. I confess we only used the fridge & kettle in the kitchen so cannot comment on the cooking facilities!
And the service? Wow! is all I can say - towels, shower curtain, cleaning 3 times a week.
Stephanie & Brian were always available if required but never intruded on our privacy. If/when we return, there is no question of where we will stay!
A big, BIG thankyou to you both for making our vacation a truly unforgettable one!
Gerry Godfrey from U.K. visited in February 2016 and awarded
Yet another great stay at Alibaba Sea Breeze. My 3rd at Sea Breeze and my 9th in Castara. From the warm welcome at the airport, to the sad goodbyes 4 weeks later every day in the middle is heaven.
The apartment is beautifully positioned to see the Sting rays and blue angel fish swimming in the sea, the red squirrel on the tree, the iguanas on the bushes and the Agouti running along the bank. Then there are the numerous birds that sit on the trees and balcony every day and the sound of the waves lapping on the beach.
Alibaba, Stephanie and Mackay are always hospitable and always do their best to ensure your stay is a comfortable as possible.
The apartment is clean and well stocked. The bed is large and very comfortable with frequent changes of linen.
Highlight of my holiday is always a trip on Alibaba’s boat. His knowledge and cooking ensure that this day trip is always interesting, fun and safe. I always see something different and learn something new.
There are several good local restaurants some with entertainment.
If your idea of a holiday is to access multi national shops and stores then Castara is not for you. The beauty of Castara is that it is a working village and all the little shops, restaurants and cafés are individually run thus giving a truly eclectic mix.
James McGhie from U.K. visited in February 2016 and awarded
This was our 5th visit, so I think that reflects what we think of Sea Breeze. I think comfortably basic is how I would sum up the accommodation. Very clean, well organised and efficient. It is Tobago so it doesn't necessary happen instantly unless it is totally in Steph's or Brian's control.
The location is super - very relaxed and friendly with the sound of the sea always providing a background sound to whatever is happening. Great to sit on the balcony with a drink and just soak up the atmosphere. The beds are great with the nets blocking out the insects but not the breeze from the open balcony doors.
We are back in 2017!
J. Magloire from U.S.A. visited in January 2016 and awarded
This was our second stay at Ali Baba's, with our first occurring two years ago. Castara is a fantastic little village. We were happy to find the stingray room to be nearly identical to the turtle room where we stayed previously. While the outdoor deck area for stingray has more sun exposure, at least one of us enjoyed the deck two years ago more because the strong heat from the sun Limited the time that we spent oUT there this time around. In addition, it seemed like we had a few more bird and iguana visitors in front of turtle than we did in front of stingray. Fantastic to be able to do self catering there. The kitchen was clean and there was enough room to cook comfortably. Also nice to have several restaurants nearby when we want to eat out. Just loved the snorkeling out front and are looking forward 2 our visit next year. This time we also had the pleasure of a day out with Alibaba for a wonderful tour. While the sunset from the deck is nice , going down to the beach gives you a better Vista for pictures, FYI. Stephanie has been helpful and accommodating whenever we needed to communicate with her.
Gill Best from U.K. visited in January 2016 and awarded
I stayed at Ailbaba's for a week in January 2016. The accommodation itself was clean and comfortable and well appointed. I appreciated the quality of the bed and all the linen, which was changed frequently. Although not particularly spacious, the apartment was certainly more than adequate.. My balcony overlooked the sea, and the sound of the waves was a constant presence. I enjoyed this, though others may find it rather loud. I assume that the upkeep of housing must be difficult in the constant heat and humidity, and feel that the owners do a good job in keeping on top of this.
I did not leave until approx 3pm on my last day, and needed to vacate my room earlier for cleaning before the next guest arrived, but was very pleased at being able to have a shower made available with fresh towels and hairdryer etc.
There is a nearby bar restaurant which has a 'party' night once a week, and they also hosted a wedding during the week I was there. On both occasions the music was quite loud, and continued until quite late. Again, this did not particularly bother me, but may not suit everyone.
All in all I would certainly recommend Ailbaba's.