Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Larry And Chelsea from Trinidad visited in May 2015 and awarded
This is such a beautiful area and we truly enjoyed our stay here. The kitchen worked fabulous and the room was very comfortable. The best part was the view and all the wonderful birds that would come visit on our deck. The place was quiet and we had great fun snorkeling and walking along the beach. Loved the indoor/outdoor living. I do recommend long pants in the evening for protection from the mosquitos.
We will surely be back for a future visit! :)
Martin Vickers from Germany visited in May 2015 and awarded
This was our second visit to Tobago and Alibaba’s, the first one being three years ago.
Returning to Tobago for a second and this time longer visit was not a difficult decision as it is an idyllic setting for a chill out, wind down type of vacation, which is exactly what we look for. It was also a forgone conclusion that if we returned to Tobago we would return to Castara and Alibaba’s Sea Breeze apartments as we had a wonderful time on our first visit.
Being directly on the beach and adjacent to a beach bar which serves excellent food and has an extremely relaxed and friendly atmosphere, (thanks Sharon:) it is an ideal spot to relax and do a little snorkelling over the reef but as you also have hire car facilities directly on site it is very convenient for the days you decide to explore the rest of the island or visit another beach.
We were fortunate enough to have the new addition to the apartment line up which is situated above Stephanie and Alibaba’s own accommodation and has a fabulous view over the two bays of Castara, cooling down in the evening looking over the bay from the apartment terrace is a special experience!
The apartment offers spacious and comfortable accommodation with everything you need in a holiday apartment including cooking facilities should you need them, the bathroom is equipped with a large walk in shower which I appreciate and the rooms are cleaned daily with regular fresh bed linen and towels etc. I personally don’t need any more.
Stephanie and Alibaba are extremely friendly and helpful and are passionate about the island, Castara and its future, I would highly recommend spending some time with them.
We will return for another visit for sure.
Ute and Martin
Francesca Holmes from U.K. visited in April 2015 and awarded
Wow! Absolutely loved this place.
Stephanie gave us a very warm welcome when we arrived and showed us our room and all the amenities. We were in the 'Iguana' room, which was very apt as there is a huge iguana which lives in the trees outside, which was very entertaining!
The apartment has a shower room (great shower! And lots of storage space for your toiletries), a sleeping area (very comfy bed with a mosquito net and a big wardrobe/storage area), a kitchen, (with a cooker, fridge, sink and plenty of crockery, cutlery and utensils), and then the balcony - fabulous! It looks out right onto the beach/reef and was just amazing - we saw a big spotted stingray one morning and fish and eels in the reef - as well as all the birds flying round. The little washing line to hang swimming costumes out to dry was a nice touch!
The beach is literally a minute's walk from the apartment and we had a great time swimming in the bay cooling off from the heat and snorkelling. There's a great bar/restaurant on the beach which is run by Steph's sister-in-law, Sharon - be sure to visit!
There are also other restaurants in Castara, though with most Tobago establishments opening times are a little haphazard! Also plenty of mini-marts to stock up on items to cook back at base. The fruit shop at the top of hill when you drive down to Alibaba's is particularly good.
We can't recommend this place enough - and will definitely return!
Peter & Karen Martin from Canada visited in April 2015 and awarded
How can one write a review on what must be called pure paradise! Our stay at Alibaba Sea Breeze in the little sleepy fishing village of Castara was nothing less than magical!
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome by Stephanie and Brian (Alibaba) Our apartment was spotlessly clean with a well equipped kitchen, a huge and very comfortable bed and a bathroom boasting a large shower with lots of hot and cold water!
As we walked to our private balcony we could hear the waves gently breaking on the shore right below! Little did we know what a fantastic view was about to greet us! A near perfect 'horseshoe' shaped bay with turquoise clear water dotted with small fishing boats, surrounded by tropical forests and hills!
Each morning as we sat out on our balcony having coffee/tea, we would watch the early morning activities of the local community and wild life. By 6.30am the commercial fishermen had already left in their small boats for the day. Other fishing boats trolled the bay fishing for family and friends! Bird life had already started their morning chorus while the magnificent Mot Mot bird sat regally on a nearby tree branch and Frigate birds soar high over the bay in the sky. The many shades of the turquoise blue sea sparkle in the early morning with beautiful Sting Rays and Spotted Eagle Rays swimming right into the shore nearly every day! The tranquility of this scene repeated day after day!
The beach was just a few steps from our apartment and throughout our stay had only a few other people bathing on it! We were able to snorkel right from the beach seeing countless shoals of incredibly colored tropical fish!
We were so happy with Alibaba's Sea Breeze that we were able to extend our two week stay by a few extra days and have vowed that next time (and there will be a next time) we will stay for at least a month!
Thank you Stephanie and Brian and the community of Castara for helping to make this one of the most wonderful holidays we have ever had!