Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
Aimee And Mike from U.S.A. visited in June 2008 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at Alibaba's Sea Breeze in mid-June for a solid week. We loved the location in Castara and the proximity to the beach, which is a literal stone's throw away. The balcony overlooking the ocean is wonderful, and it is also surrounded by leafy trees which allows for some great bird watching. Daily visits by mot mots and tanagers were amazing, as well as seeing the sea birds flying over the ocean and swooping down to catch fish.
FYI, there are no closed walls in the place (i.e there are open areas in the uppermost parts of the walls adjoining the balcony and the hallway). This allows for many bugs in the apartment at times, which sometimes felt like a literal invasion of creatures into the apartment (beware the times between 6-9pm when they stream in). Hearing the crashing waves at night also takes some getting used to. It was difficult to sleep the first couple of nights because of the noise, but we quickly got used to it.
The apartment itself is basic and while the equipment supplied in the kitchen is quite extensive and meets all your need, much of it needs to be updated, especially the pots and pans. It could also get quite hot inside and an air conditioner would have been nice. Cleanliness was okay, not the best. There is a mosquito net around the bed which we used because of all the bugs, but it gets quite stuffy inside. A helpful tip is that we placed the fan inside the net at the opening and tucked the net around it, which made it quite cool inside. We joked that we were camping. Although the quality of the apartment does not exactly seem to merit the price, the amazing balcony with its two chairs and little table does generally make up for it (it is definitely the best feature of the place). Snorkelling at Little Bay was the best we did on the island (beating coral gardens and the angel reef) and amazingly convenient, as many other areas on the island require boat access. We had a nice stay and loved quiet Castara, although you will need your own car if you stay here and beware the winding narrow roads around Castara. Tobago is wonderful and we did so many amazing things there! We might have been more comfortable somewhere else, but the location and view can't be beat.
Chris Morris from U.K. visited in May 2008 and awarded
Alibaba's Sea Breeze is in amazing location and everyone was very friendly and helpful. A really great place to stay if you want to go away to relax, snorkle, slow down and enjoy the view. There is quite a bit of development in Castara, hopefully this wont impact negatively on the area's charm.
Allison&Tony from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded
5 nights at Alibaba's was the perfect end to a great 3 week holiday for my family in Tobago and Trinidad. We stayed in the MotMot apartment - the one with the double bunk bed - and had everything we needed for comfort and relaxation. The apartment is not very big for 4, but the children loved the funny bed, and the place was very well arranged to accommodate all of our stuff. Cleanliness was fine, and we appreciated the 'mid-stay' clean and the beach towels. The view from the balcony is gorgeous - its a truly lovely place to sit and watch the bird and bat life. In about one minute you can be on the beach from the apartment - having an early morning snorkel before breakfast has to be one of the most thrilling ways to start the day ever.
Brian and Stephanie were as friendly and helpful as I can imagine any hosts being. They lent us books and snorkelling gear and gave us good advice whenever we had questions. Brian' s snorkelling tour was a highlight of our stay. The price of the tour and 2 airport transfers seemed incredibly good value.
Castara is such a great location (as long as you are not hotel people) - we liked walking to the waterfall, and buying our fish on the big beach. We loved how green and lush things seemed - it was looking a bit dryer further south in Tobago in April.
With many thanks and good wishes to Brian and Stephanie,
Allison, Tony, Tom and Matilda Ashford
Shirly And Eran from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded
We stayed in Alibaba's Sea Breeze for 5 nights, and enjoyed every minute! The location is perfect - you go to sleep with the lullaby of the waves, and wake up to the sound of the rooster. And nothing can compete a morning swim in beautiful Castara bay, and breakfast on the balcony together with the colorful Mot-Mot birds...
Stephanie and Brian ('Alibaba') were very helpful and hospitable, and we will definitely come back one day!
Jeanne Van Orman from U.S.A. visited in March 2008 and awarded
I found Alibaba's Sea Breeze excellent for safety, snorkeling, management, quiet, wild and bird life under my now and all the things that I had hoped for. As a dividend, most of my fellow guests whom I met on the beach were from Europe which for me as an American was a plus.
As a single traveler, I may chose to hang out in my active places in the future but I suspect I'll return to Alibaba's.