Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
Guest Report 15 Apr 2011
JohnW from Harrow visited in March 2011 and awarded
After much deliberation and considering many options, we decided upon the Sea Breeze for the major part of our recent trip to Trinidad & Tobago.......and what an inspired choice it turned out to be.
The location is idyllic, although anyone with walking difficulties would really need access to a car, and you can be on the beach in less than a minute. On our first full day "Brother" showed us the cut through path over the headland to the main beach and the village.
The appartment was clean, tidy and very well thought out with everything we could have wished for, and a view over both bays to die for. Steph and Brian could not have been more helpful and when the floor mounted fan failed, it was replaced within 20 minutes of us reporting it. Brian also let us run up a tab for various trips we did.
We used their transfer service and the driver, Dean, was brilliant stopping off at the supermarket near the airport to stock up with essentials and giving us a mini-tour on the way back to Castara. Dean also ran us up to Cuffie River and back as well as taking us on a longer tour of the Atlantic Coast and Scarborough and we thoroughly enjoyed his company.
All in all, faultless.
Pam Sontag from U.S.A. visited in December 2010 and awarded
My significant other and I stayed at Alibaba's for 6 nights. The view was INCREDIBLE. We were woken every morning by wonderful birdsong. I would cut up pieces of banana and papaya and would get 25-30 birds coming to feast. One bold bird even came INTO the apartment to help himself to some bananas I had on top of the refrigerator!
We did end up using the mosquito netting, but not because of mosquitoes. If you kept the kitchen or balcony light on, the bugs would come in (very tiny flying bugs). There was only one traumatic bug story - a HUGE black beetle, twice the size of a Junebug, came flying in one night. I didn't see it up close - I was cowering in the bathroom. The net went down that night too :-)
The kitchen had everything you needed and the bathroom was very nice. We had a new mattress on the king-sized bed, which was a little hard for my taste, but might be OK for others. The ceiling fan kept the evenings cool. It was never really uncomfortable, because of the ocean breezes.
Even though the apartments are side-by-side, you couldn't hear voices or noises from the others unless they were out on the balcony or in the hallway - the ocean served as white noise. And it was great falling to sleep with the ocean crashing against the shore. It was wonderful to just put on your suit and be in the water in a matter of minutes.
It's a self-catering apartment, so other than a change of sheets/towels every three days, you're on your own. I much prefer that over having someone come in every day to bother you, and wasting water to change sheets and towels that really don't need washing.
There's also no airconditioning (wasn't needed), internet, tv or telephone (they do offer a top off phone you can rent). But that was great for us - we really needed to get away from it all and relax.
We took a wonderful all day tour of the rainforest/Argyle Waterfall, then had lunch with one of Alibaba's tour guides.
Everything I had read about Alibaba's was true - I had no complaints. We had a WONDERFUL visit and would recommend it to everyone.
from Germany visited in October 2010 and awarded
I stayed for 14 days at Alibaba's Sea Breeze and had a wonderful holiday. The appartments are very clean and spacious.
The citchen is equiped with everything you need. Having breakfast on the balcony with such an amazing view,watching the fisherman,the tropical birds,...amazing and simply beautiful.
The owners are very friendly and always there if you are looking for their assistance.
I will never forget this holiday and for sure I will return to Alibaba!
Sebastian & Nathalie from Germany visited in July 2010 and awarded
As we have never been to Tobago before, we were overwhelmed by the island’s natural beauty. Castara is perfect for people who are looking for the peaceful atmosphere of a little village. Especially in the low season you’ll have the bay (which is directly beneath Alibaba’s apartments) almost for your own.
The apartments are furnished with lots of love and have everything you need. Especially the view from the balcony made our stay unforgettable. If you go there you definitely should make a boat trip with Alibaba Tours to see some of the other lovely bays and snorkeling spots around Castara.
We really want to say thanks to Alibaba and his whole team for making our vacation in Castara as beautiful as it was!
Kevin Lagrone from U.S.A. visited in May 2010 and awarded
We were looking for a place with lots of scenery and lots of peace and quite. We found this and more. Stephanie and Brian treated us like old friends as did everyone we meet in Castara. The apartment was clean and we never felt unsafe with the 2 "guard" dogs outside. The boat tour was great and the lunch the guys cooked was delicious. We are already planning a return trip with a longer stay.