Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
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
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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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!
Marc Jones from U.K. visited in July 2007 and awarded
To truly get the most out of Tobago, in my experience, you need a base to travel out from whilst discovering the island.
What then for the traveller that has been before and to a certain extent "been there done that?". The only thing to try was something away from hotels and all inclusive isolation - a true taste of Tobago if you will.
Castara had been visited but not experienced. Ali Baba's Sea Breeze to the rescue.
The location is perfection. All the money in the world couldn't buy a better site to spend two idyllic weeks. The view is stunning, rain or shine, day or night. It might not be in the most convenient of places if you are coming and going a lot unless you are driving and even then nerves of steel are required for the turning road that winds into Heavenly Bay.
The rooms are clean, comfy and homely. Fans do their best to keep the heat away but the only thing I really missed was the escape of air conditioning. I know that'll have many recoiling in horror that I couldn't take the heat but it is something an honest review should mention to those considering paying Steph and Brian a visit.
Speaking of the hosts, just when you think things can't get better you bump into cheery, helpful and friendly owners of the enviable 'top floor'. Both were more than accommodating - even going as far as inviting me and the family upstairs for a beer and a chill. I think if I win the lottery I'll try and make them an offer they can't refuse and take over their stunning property!
Before booking Steph was extremely helpful and patient when I was bothering her to bits by email and so it's fair to say that the friendly welcome extends even before you book the room!
Sadly the cost of four long haul flights will keep me in Europe this summer but it's fair to say that every day since staying at Ali Baba's Sea Breeze I cast my mind back to a great location just steps from a perfect beach and what was a holiday of a lifetime - in no small measure to the owners and their massively affordable and comfy accommodation.
I know one day I'll be back to Tobago and can't think much farther than Castara and the Sea Breeze as the perfect destination!
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