Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
Annie Culleton from U.K. visited in March 2010 and awarded
I can highly recommend these apartments, the location is absolutely fantastic with the most amazing views from the balcony. We were in 'Turtle' which is the 2nd balcony along from the right when looking at the block from the sea.
I loved the fact that you can have the balcony doors open all the time and listen to the waves as you drift off to sleep. It was incredibly relaxing. The apartment is furnished in a cosy style, the kitchen has everything you need and I spent many happy hours reading on the balcony taking in the superb view. It felt a bit like staying in tree house!
Castara beach (especially the little one by the apartments) is lovely and some fantastic snorkelling right on your doorstep! It was also incredible (if not a little disconcerting) that a southern ray comes into the bay most afternoons. I spotted him snorkelling, deciding he seemed far bigger than me in the sea! But the ray is obviously very used to people and even swam inbetween me and another guest whilst we were chatting in the shallows!!
Castara village is very sweet, it is quiet and there are not that many choices for dinner for a 2 week stay, but we found our favourites and just returned to those... The Boathouse is the best for both a bar and for dinner, esp Wed nights when they have live music/drums. A really great atmosphere and tourists seemed to come in from over the island. The name of another favourite for breakfast escapes me, but it's on the other side of Castara and again, holds a live music night once a week. The salt fish breakfast was really tasty.
Overall, it was probably the most chilled holiday I have ever had, was delighted with our choice of accommodation. Stephanie was very friendly and helpful, and we felt most welcome during our stay. The owners have also been incredibly helpful in assisting in an airline claim as our flight was delayed. If you are looking for lively evenings then Castara is not for you (except for Wed nights in the Boathouse!).
Peter And Val Walters from U.K. visited in February 2010 and awarded
We decided to book our stay at 'Alibaba's Sea Breeze' to round off our island hopping adventure in the Caribbean islands. We found it to be the most wonderful, relaxing and friendly part of our holiday and, having travelled widely around the Caribbean on this trip, we can honestly say that 'Alibaba's' accommodation and location came to the very top of our list.
To be able to sit on the balcony and enjoy the fantastic views and watch the comings and goings of the fishermen and locals enjoying the cristal clear waters. The nearby reef, contains a fantastic variety of fish and coral and it was exceptional and so easy to access,literally just a few steps into the water from the beach to snorkle.
The nearby Boat House Beach Bar, with such freindly owner/staff, meant that you could go down a fews steps to enjoy a 'sundowner'or enjoy a delicious meal on the deck with the sea lapping up just a few feet away. Alternatively the apartment is fully kitted out for self catering.
Hosts Ali and Stephanie were very friendly and helpful with local knowledge and able to organise activities, if you wish. We would strongly recommend hiringa vehicle to get the best out of exploring Tobago.
Relaxation is inevitable and wonderful in these surroundings.
Sara Monsonis from U.S.A. visited in January 2010 and awarded
Beautiful in every sense of the word- the room was perfect, bed was comfy, porch had the best view of the water. Castara is paradise, and this is a great place to stay and enjoy it. It's right onthe water, close to everything. I didn't even put on shoes for says- close to the yummy Boathouse for lunch and dinner- you never have to leave the beach!
Perfect island vacation spot!
Wayne Marshall from U.S.A. visited in January 2010 and awarded
My wife and I stayed at Alibaba's for two weeks this Jan. and Feb. Considering the accommodation, access to the beach, friendliness of the owners and a shopping list of other positives, this was one of the best locations we've ever stayed. We've been to quite a few islands in the Caribe and we're definitely going back to Tobago. Castara's a bit laid back, maybe too laid back for some, but we had a great time. Our neighbors at Alibaba's were friendly and a lot of fun. This accommodation just seems to draw nice people. We found the lack of A/C not to be a problem, the fans were just fine. With the exception of the surf, this area of Castara was as quiet as any island we've visited. With the sound of the sea, we slept like baby's. We owe Brian and Steph a big THANKS for a wonderful vacation. Hope Stephs back is feeling better.
Jeff Stanley from U.S.A. visited in November 2009 and awarded
Alibaba's was great value for the money. We did not see much of Stephanie, but had a good boat trip with Alibaba. Wonderful view and clean and nice accomodations, but we did decide we liked air conditioning in the future. Sharon at the Boathouse restaurent was very nice and accomodating and the prawns dinners were very well done and tasty. Would have liked to have had more variety for available dinners.
Tough driving to catch an early flight from Alibaba's so we stayed at a hotel near the airport the last night. The driveway to Alababa's could be improved to avoid the thrill of getting there. We would reccomend Alibaba's to others for a good out of the way place to relax and enjoy a nice beach.