Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
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.