Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
Gill Kopy from Canada visited in March 2007 and awarded
Sea Breeze certainly lives up to its reputation - the view, the location, the very well equipped apartment. We had the MotMot suite which was comfy for two, but would be a bit tight for more and we would also have enjoyed two comfy chairs for the porch. BUT, swims before breakfast, tours of the rain forest, fabulous snorkelling right on the beach - we loved it.
Ryan/gretchen from U.S.A. visited in March 2007 and awarded
I travel alot and throwing darts on a map is my way of adventure. I choose to goto tobago and stay at the alibaba sea breeze since it was close to the water and as close to a beach hut that I could find. It was clean with a bathroom and kitchen and it was great. I will go back there again for sure. Tobago is in my opinion is what hawaii used to be before all the hotels sprang up. I really enjoyed castara,people are nice with good little resturants to eat at.
The snorkeling is second to none and englishman bay was my favorite, but everywhere I went I could snorkel right off the beach and see thousands of fish,turtles,ect.
I give tobago a big thumbs up
Wolfgang K from Germany visited in March 2007 and awarded
I greatly enjoyed the week (March 21-28, 2007) I spent at Alibaba's Seabreeze. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful, relaxed and unconventional stay in lush tropical surroundings. The owners Steph and Brian are really most hospitable and helpful and do whatever the can in order to make their guests feel at home. Pickup service at the airport can be arranged as well as transport to other destinations on the island.
The room I stayed in was the family appartment which consists of a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen/living room and a balcony with a gorgeous view across the bay. There is a very welcome mosquito netting covering the lower double bed, although there were less mosquitoes than I expected; sand flies on the beach are a greater problem or are they called sand fleas?
There was a ceiling fan plus a small fan mounted on a shelf on the bedroom wall which was quite sufficient in terms of cooling.
Since there are no meals provided at Alibaba's Seabreeze it is impotant to do some shopping before you arrive in Castara since the local opportunities are somewhat limited (although I remember lots of fresh fruit in the local shops). Best consider what you might need before you arrive (for example I bought far too much coffee). For dinner the Boathouse is just a few steps away. I had mainly fish there; the tables at the front have a nice view across the bay. The other restaurants (I tried Cascreole and Marguerite's) require a little walk into town which is no great distance but involves quite some uphill and downhill walking (good exercise after a day at the beach).
Rainforest tours or snorkelling excursions can be arranged on request. Be prepared to meet all kinds of bird life (there are feeding places on the balcony which attracts pigeons and bananaquits, you can see hummingbirds in the rainforest). For snorkelling the beach at Little Bay is quite good (I saw some French Angelfish as well as two giant Stingrays) although the water can be a bit murky after rainy periods. A short walk takes you to the Castara waterfall where I met an enormous blue butterfly.
LINDA ALLEN from U.K. visited in February 2007 and awarded
A friend and I have just returned from a week at Sea Breeze - what a superb positon right on the beach. The accomodation was exactly as shown on the website, but the photos do not do justice to the superb view from the balcony. Watching the Pelicans diving and the local men fishing in the bay as we ate our breakfast every morning was magical, and the sunsets are to die for!
Steph and Brian are excellent hosts, the apartment was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. The several restaurants in the village serve good food at reasonable prices, with the Boathouse right next door being very convenient! The local people are so friendly, we loved walking round the village and hearing a friendly "good morning" from everyone we met.
It was our first visit to the island, so we hired a car and explored the many other lovely beaches, but always came back to Castara to watch the sun go down. The many hotels on the island are undoubtedly good, but we much prefered being part of a local community, even if only for a short while.
All in all a perfect place for a relaxing escape from the wintry weather at home.
Brenda Bell from Canada visited in February 2007 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at this multiple-unit beach house for one week. It was very basic and rustic. It had a gas stove and small fridge and a toaster. It did not have a TV or a radio. It had open-air windows overlooking the beach. It had a beautiful deck overlooking the water with a comfy hammock. It had no air conditioning, but it was not really needed because of the breeze from the sea. The shower had warm water which was adequate. The bed had a functional mosquito net which was required if you read at night because the bugs would come into your room as they were attracted to the light. Alibaba and his wife were very gracious and accommodating.
The beach was amazing! It was private. You can snorkle and see many fishes. The beach restaurant had decent food when it was opened. There is an internet cafe nearby, but it does not have regular hours. The fishermen bring in their fresh catch daily - bring your own baggy if you wish to purchase some. The bakery ladies make awesome bread but it must be preordered or you will not get any. These ladies hate to have their picture taken so do not even show them a camera! If coming from Crown Point, I suggest stopping at the local grocery store to purchase your supplies as they are very limited in Castara.
We did not feel particularly safe walking the streets of Castara at night. It was very dark and the town is so small that the locals know you are a tourist. Most locals are very friendly, but you just don't want to take any chances.
There is a waterfall nearby that you can walk to. Just ask the locals how to get there. You can also take a short drive to the rainforest.
We enjoyed our stay at Alibaba's, but we would not go back simply because we found it too boring at night. There was just nothing to do! Some people may like that, but we didn't. Six nights felt like forever!