Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
Roger And Lesley Crookes from U.K. visited in November 2012 and awarded
This place and the whole ambience of Castara is unique - and we loved it. Life on a balcony has never been better than Alibabas, we were generally awake by 6.30am and sat on the balcony enjoying the sights and sounds of the wildlife of Castara, so relaxing and enjoyable - we are not normally balcony people, but it was too good to miss.
A pre-breakfast dip in the sea was easy and refreshing - the kitchen had all we needed to rustle up light meals.
Snorkelling - wow! saw wonderful shoals, and some larger fish such as Rays and some turtles, with the storks and other sea birds diving for fish around you.
We both felt save - both in the water and in the village
The culture of the village is different - we soon found it easy to fit in with the locals ways. You might turn up at a restaurant, with no-one (staff or customers) visible, a little call out usually brought some-one out from the house behind, sometimes no menu visible so we just asked what they were cooking tonight and they would usually offer 3 or 4 options - always well cooked, tasty and served with a smile.
It was actually good fun to experience eating out in this style... and the folks although sometimes initially 'shy' were friendly and fun to talk with.
We loved the 24 hour 'backing music' of birds, frogs, the sea and the chickens
If you are looking for 5 star luxury and cuisine with silver service Castara may not be for you - but we can't wait to get back
Many thanks to My tobago and the team at Alibabas for helping us discover and thoroughly enjoy Castara.
Ariane Herdemerten from Belgium visited in September 2012 and awarded
There was not another village on Tobago, where I would have like to stay more than Castara. There was no other place in Castara that I would have like more than Alibaba`s.
For us, this was really THE perfect accomodation on Tobago. The apartement was very clean , perfect size , and most of all, the perfect location. Sitting on the balcony, you have this beautiful view over the bay , and an abundance of birds to share it with.
It is a place to chill and relax (and snorkel !)
I would always come back !
Petrina Wake from U.K. visited in August 2012 and awarded
Location, location,location! The apartments at alibaba's sea breeze overlook the small bay at Castara known as Heavenly Bay. The beach is a few steps away and this is a perfect spot for relaxing and taking time to enjoy the beautiful view. The apartment itself was basic but more than adequate, the bed was comfortable and sheets and towels were changed regularly during our 12 night stay. If you expect luxury and all mod cons this is not the place for you, however there was everything we needed and it was clean. I would strongly recommend stocking up very well at the supermarkets in Scarborough before you arrive as supplies are limited locally, although there are a few small stalls and shops. There is a small freezer and large fridge.
If you want to buy bread or cakes from the clay oven you need to go down early and pre order as demand is high. When we were there they were baking on Wednesday and Saturday. The bars and restaurants in the village, including the Boathouse seem to have erratic opening hours, although we were there in August so this may be why. ( another reason to make sure the fridge is full!) Alibaba was a great host and our day out in his boat, snorkelling the reefs and BBQ on a deserted beach is one I will always remember. Tobago is a beautiful island and it's people were friendly and helpful. If mornings on the balcony sharing breakfast with the birds and watching the fishermen and evenings enjoying the spark of fireflies and watching the sun go down with a cool drink are your thing then this is the place to do it. Don't miss the beautiful reef just around the bay, my first ever snorkelling expedition was an experience I will never forget.
Anders Hede + Family from Denmark visited in July 2012 and awarded
And outstanding view from the patio plus a lot of birds. As amateur armchair birders we counted at least 25 different speices from frigate birds to humming birds. The rooms are clean, are big, the sheets changed every to-three days. The beds and the nets are very good quality. The rates are very reasonable. Ali Baba is a great host. PLUS you get to stay in Castara which is a really nice village to spent a holiday.
Rabia Ramcharan from Trinidad visited in June 2012 and awarded
The drive to Alibaba tours was breath taking, the apartment was beautiful and well equipped, very comfy and romanic. The view was very scenic,relaxing and not what u wud c in d city area...
I would definitely visit Alibaba's again without a doubt.