Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
Aum Nicol from Canada visited in May 2013 and awarded
In Castara, you have to go up to go down. There's a great windy road to get to it. The village nestled in the mountainside opens to a beautiful bay. When we walked into our apartment to our left was a good sized bathrooin the middle of the space is a king sized mosquito-netted bed and then a small kitchenette-fully stocked. Opening the balcony doors we had the exact view as in the MyTobago site. I cried it was so beautiful!
My husband and I would "lime" on the balcony with our Angostura Lemon-Lime and enjoy the view. Our room was very close to greenery and lots of birds sang to us and chickens and roosters woke us early to enjoy the day. I have made friends with a lizard that scuttled in and out of our kitchen with a big moth in his mouth.
Unfortunately, we did not make a connection with the owners, otherwise we would have probaby taken the diving trip and tours from them. I was sad to miss them as we had made bond with all our other hosts over our three week stay in Tobago.
The apartment was clean and they offer laundry service! If I could miss one thing, it would be airconditioning. It wouldn't have worked there because there are criss-cross openings in the wall near the ceiling that lets air flow in and out to the outside and to the hallway...which... is a little awkward regarding privacy. I loved the kingsized bed and was grateful for the ceiling and standing fans.
Castara is a lovely village and we celebrated Harvest with the locals. We found a cherished coffee house and many good eating establishments. The fishermen get up early with their nets and the locals were friendly. One thing would be great in Castara is if the people took more pride in the fact they live in heaven and cleaned up the litter along the beach regularly. It wasn't too touristy in May but we made good friends in the locals and from visitors like ourselves.
Alibaba's has a good thing going and a great spot. I recommend this place to visit any time.
Matts Lundgren from Sweden visited in February 2013 and awarded
Simply perfect, Stephanie, (who replies all our e-mails very quickly) Alibaba and their staff are really serviceminded. Quiet location, clean rooms, big ceiling fans, lovely shady balcony facing the sea, colibris and other birds around the threes, a wonderful beach 10 meters from the balcony. We also went to carnival and a rainforrest tour with them. Just visit their homepage and book.
Brian, Charlotte from U.K. visited in February 2013 and awarded
We found Alibaba Sea Breeze to be the ideal location in which to stay and appreciate the peace and beauty of Heavenly bay. The accommodation was very good, clean and tidy, the maid service provided was appreciated. Brian and Stephanie who own Sea Breeze apartments also owns and organise boat trips including an amazing beach b-b-q, Island tour trips and Alibarba tours, also organised rain forest and fishing trips. All in all we all four enjoyed our four weeks holiday in a delighfully unspoiled fishing village.
Gerry Godfrey from U.K. visited in February 2013 and awarded
We have just returned from a 3 week visit to Tobago. We stayed at Alibaba Sea Breeze apartments. Contrary to the concerning information posted on the Trinidad and Tobago travel service website we found Castara very safe and the people very honest and hospitable.
We were met at the airport and after a stop at Penny Savers the supermarket (this was not really necessary because you can now get most essentials in the village) it was straight back to Castara. Although I have stayed in Castara before, this was my first stay at Alibaba’s. On arrival at the apartment our first impressions was of a well thought out apartment. The kitchen was well stocked with all the kitchen equipment necessary for a holiday including a clock.
After a night’s sleep the king size bed was very comfy and although the apartments are tucked away in the corner of Heavenly bay there are wonderful views of the bays from the balcony and to wake up to the sound of the waves lapping on the beach was wonderful. The wildlife viewed from the balcony was also varied, from a great variety of birds, a large iguana green lizard, lots of smaller lizards and a red squirrel.
The apartment was cleaned and bedding changed 3 times a week. Steph or Brian (Alibaba) did everything to ensure that our holiday was relaxed and trouble free. We went on several Alibaba tours including the rain forest, a boat trip along the coast. The highlight of the holiday, was when we were able to swim with dolphins on our snorkelling trip. With Alibaba’s expert management of the boat he enabled everyone who wanted to, to spend time with these wonderful wild creatures.
Will I be returning to Castara, yes I will.
Stefan Biercamp from Germany visited in January 2013 and awarded
We loved Castara and our stay at Alibaba´s. Our appartement had the most fantastic view. The accommodation was very comfortable, practical, and ideal for a couple self-catering. We could have stayed there forever.
The appartments are very clean and spacious. The citchen is equiped with everything you need.
The lovely beach is just a stone's throw away. And there you find also the great "Boat House Beach Bar". A place to relax and to drink the famous "Rum-Punch".
We stayed for one week at Alibaba´s. Then we had to leave to Charlotteville. Three days later we came back to Castara, because we missed this place so much. We spent the rest of our holidays there. And we are sure to come back some day.