Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
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!
Wayne Griffith from U.S.A. visited in May 2007 and awarded
My wife and I stayed at Alibaba's the first week in May of 2007 and found a delightful place and delightful people to go with it. There may be more accomodating people on the planet than Brian and Stephanie, but I haven't encountered them yet. We corresponded with them via e-mail for our reservations after reading about them in this forum and discovered they had a cat. We told them we would stay but only on condition they loan us the cat for our stay, which they did :-). Their place is just magic and the wonderful people we met in the other apartments were fun to hang out with. The five of us hired a car and got one of the Brits to drive as she was accustomed to driving on the "wrong" side of the road. Our group also did a snorkeling expedition together with Alibaba's tours and had a terrific time with Captain Anaconda as the skipper for the voyage. The expedition included a beach picnic with great food and scenic boat riding. <---Highly recommended if you don't do anything else in Castara, do this.
There are numerous restaurants in Castara and the Boathouse Restaurant which is on the beach right next door to Alibaba's is very accomodating also. Sharon will fix you an excellent meal until pretty late at night.
Two words of caution to Americans. If you rise early and expect breakfast at one of the restaurants, you will be sorely disappointed. You need to either stop on the way to Castara and buy coffee, soda, or whatever your eye opener is, or you ain't gonna get any. There ain't any soda machines on the beach either. Nothing opens until 9:00 AM or so and I do mean nothing. This is not a criticism, it is just a fact. Second, you also need to buy some basic food on your way in if you want to cook any meaningful meals in your apartment. Alibaba's is well equipped for cooking your own meals, there just aren't any supermarkets in Castara. Brian will provide transport to Castara from the airport and there are excellent markets on the way.
Castara is a laid back place where children can run around in safety, there is no noise on the beach, no peddlers selling junk, beaches are absolutely immaculate and kept so by the people who live there. I hope they can keep it this way forever.
I will be back there as soon as possible. Planning it now!
Annie Reardon from U.S.A. visited in May 2007 and awarded
My daughter and I spent a week here, ans then a week on the other end of the island. We loved the Sea Breeze- the friendly owners Stephanie and Brian; the amazing view of the beach below; the sound of the water; and the town itself. Castara is one of our favorite places. I would come and stay at Ali Baba's again, and hope to at some point.
Tony Gibson from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
The accommodation was the cleanliest that I have experience in 40 years of travelling abroad, everybody was friendly, and I have would recommend ALIBABAS SEABREEZE to anyone.
We stayed for two weeks to celebrate both my 50th birthday and we got married in Englishman’s bay next door.
We cried when we left, everything was so beautiful it was like a corner of paradise.
You here stories of sand flies and mosquitoes,we were never bitten once,the only visiters to the appartment were two gecos who were welcome.
Tina & Brian Davies from U.K. visited in March 2007 and awarded
We have been back in England now a week and we still hear the waves of Castara Bay hitting the beach just below the apartments and lulling us to sleep.
We spend 2 wonderful weeks in the apartment "motmot" with our 2 grownup sons in the apartment next to us. From the moment we arrived at the airport and were met by the friendly smiling face of Brian "AliBaba" Taylor and one of his drivers who collected us and our luggage in 2 vehicles we were made to feel very welcome.
At the apartments itself it was wonderful to sit on the veranda and soak in the atmosphere and listening to the afore mentioned waves, watching the multitude of birds visiting us and enjoying our hosts's small kitten popping in now and again for a visit.
We thoroughly enjoyed the close proximity of the beach and the reef, and for us snorkelers it was an added bonus that there is a family of stingrays living in the bay who more than once put on a such a wonderful display that we felt as if in a National Geographic documentary. Oh, did I mention that we also saw a turtle, barracudas, loads and loads of angelfish, trunkfish, parrotfish, rock-hopper beauties and all the other "usual suspects" of a caribbean reef, and all that just feet away from our apartment.
Those apartments had really everything we needed; quite spacious, comfortable beds, cleaning service and change of bedlinen and towels every 3rd day, supply even of beachtowels, and the owners Brian "Alibaba" and Stephanie Taylor were always at hand if needed.
Should we ever be fortunate enough to come back to Tobago, we know we will be back at the Seabreeze in Castara.