Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
Linda Coombes from U.K. visited in December 2007 and awarded
Location/View fantastic. BUT... This did not feel like value for money...I'm easy going and by no means a cleaning freak I have stayed in many places in Tobago but these apartments are in desperate need of a good clean. The kitchen and bathroom felt unhygenic and downright dirty... the bedroom thick with cobwebs... No good vibes from the owners got the impression they've grown tired of the business!... Another point if you're looking for privacy , look elsewhere! the neighbours will hear you & you them.
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Dianne K from U.S.A. visited in December 2007 and awarded
We were quite pleased with our stay at Ali Baba Sea Breeze. Brian and Steph made us feel welcomed and well cared for. Our accommodations were comfortable and clean. We will definitely return to the Sea Breeze. Dianne and Tim Kelley
Anne Householder from U.S.A. visited in September 2007 and awarded
First of all, my previous puny review does not do this place justice so I am going to try again. Imagine waking each morning in a suite called the MotMot and not even wondering once what a MotMot is.... then one day, whilst eating breakfast that had been cooked in a kitchen where one can enjoy the Caribbean's Heavenly bay, I see a beautiful bird near the balcony. We soon discovered from pictures in the suite and birdwatching books from Brian and Stephanie's extensive book collection, that this vibrantly feathered gem was indeed a Mot Mot.
Brian, though busy on his boat (as most have noted) was indeed a truely fabulous host, giving us 4 eggs one day when we found ourselves low on provisions.
Stephanie has a great wealth of knowledge about the island, restaurants, where to go, what to do, and let us borrow her cell phone to extend our car rental.
The restaurants serve local interesting fare. Though we always made breakfast in the room, we particularly enjoyed ALL of the restaurants at least twice, with the exception of Sandcastles.
We took a Nature Boys boat tour one day from Castara to the southern tip of Tobago but our favorite times were probably the ones spent eating breakfast on the balcony of the MotMot watching the village awake from slumber, watching the sun rise and set.
Castara is, quite simply, an unspoiled paradise and I hope to return as soon as I can!
Doug Brown from U.S.A. visited in July 2007 and awarded
Loved this place - Steph is a great host (Brian was working on his boat so saw little of him) and the location can't be beat - the apartments are basic but comfortable, clean and well laid out - we spent the entire time out on the balcony - you are up off the ground and feel safe (we did anyway) leaving the door open - kitchen is just off the balcony so could fix dinner and never lose sight of the wonderfull view - there is a net on the bed to keep the flying insects away - in our 5 weeks on the island this was one of our top 2 places to stay
will be back here next year
Filip Naruniec from U.K. visited in July 2007 and awarded
We stayed for two weeks and everything was just mind blowing. castara is a gem and I do have to admit that if it wasn't for brian and steph i would never put this review here. i simply want people to stay away from this place :)
we flew direct from LGW with Virgin, 3 movies, 4 meals and we were there. Mendeles (works for Alibaba) picked us from the airport, we stopped for a roti (a must!) and he drove us to castara. we were given the sting ray apartmenet straight away and after 5-10 minutes we were in the sea :D
the sea breeze has everything you need: fully equipped kitchen with ustensils(although we only cooked once), comfy bed with a mosquito net, toilet with shower and most important a balcony with a view over the little beach. every morning we were having breakfast with birds(we were leaving them breadcrumbs, banana, watermelon and even sugar in a bowl), some of them became regulars and during the evening the smell of fruits was attracting even small bats.
as we were there in low season you could litteraly just be by yourself on the beach or share it with few people (englisman's bay during the week at 11:00 about 10 at 16:00 ZERO!!!). castara has wonderfull people (hello to everyone we've met: mendeles, cheno, spanish, bobo, marvin, jackson, shaman, orlando, the lady from cascreole, all the ladies from d'almond tree and everyone we met) and the best thing to do is just to lime with them. the food is supreme, the weather was perfect and we will definitely be back.
as for brian and steph, you can ask them anything you want. brian was often busy but his knowledge is very impressive (ask him anything and you will get an answer; btw first important thing to ask about are sandflies, it will help, believe me) but steph is always there to help you with everything. we did the off road tour, a boat trip and the sunday school with them and everything was really nice and proffesional. we also did a donkey ride tour and we were the first tourist to do that with the nature boys (spanish and bobo) and it was great fun!
i could probably go on and on for ages but as I said...do not go to castara...leave it to me, please