Birdie's Nest - Reader Reports & Opinion
Chris Sowerbutts from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
As my sister and I used this great website so extensively to help plan our recent trip i was determined to get a report added on here when i (sadly) got back home, which is now (very sadly) the case...
We stayed at Birdie's Nest 26th Mar-1st April, as the reviews all seem to say, my sister and i both totally 100% agree that Birdie's Nest is an absolutely top place and Prince is an absolute legend!
Firstly Prince agreed to collect us from the airport and on the drive over to the apartment already started to give us great practical info, including going out of his way to take us to the supermarket and to drive down all the little routes where it would be possible for to walk to the various places near the apartment. He'd arranged for us stay in the larger upstairs apartment as the others (we'd booked a smaller apt downstairs) were empty, and at no extra cost (although the 2nd bedroom was understandibly locked off and this was an exception so don't go trying to do Price out of any hard earned income!), this made it extra special as the upstairs is so spacious and has direct use/access on to the wicked terrace out front.
As we were cheapskates and hadn't booked a car for the time here (we were diving and they did free pick-up's/drop offs!) on our first night Price drove us to a nice place to eat and then picked us up later, he also did the same for the 'Sunday School' thingy and as other guests have also experienced he checked on us every day to ensure we were ok, didn't need anything and just to have a good old chat. I'm sure if you'd have asked for anything he would have sorted it out for you, he's just a genuine top lad!
I won't go into details but although the the apt is quite old-fashioned in decor and compared to some places may seem a tad basic, it is well kitted out for a easy life if your doing DIY catering, it has A/C in the bedroom, our room had 2 big double beds, cable TV if you really can't leave it alone for 2 weeks, a great shower, probably the most comfortable sun lounger and chairs i've ever used on a holiday for the terrace, plus a seperate covered, yet still outside with a great view dining area. He's thought of little practical touches like providing candles and bits n bobs like that. If you want serious luxary then you should look elsewhere, but for the money this place comes up trumps big time.
Black Rock is not too far from all the main stuff in the South, but far enough so you feel like your really getting a better, less touristy vantage of the place, plus then your closer still for trips out to the more rural, hilly and rainforesty north. It has a good cash point and eating/drinking out options nearby, the next beach along (Grafton) is pretty stunning for a 'beach day' and when we were there usually empty. It's so close to where most of the leatherback turtles come to nest (Birdie's Nest is on "Turtle Beach" but there's a bit in middle of the beach which blocks a walk totally along to where the turtles seem to come), but you can literally 'pop round' to that bit of the beach esp if you have a car and don't fancy a walk in the dark, i'd advise to hook up with the local SOS (Save our Seas) volunteers and experience the pretty amazing thing of the big turtles coming up to do their thing, plus if you do it that way it doesn't cost a penny and you're not in a big organised group of tourists.
The highlight for us was staying in this lovely location where you do feel like you are actually seeing "real Tobago", each day watching amazing sunsets from the raised terrace (which had an incredible, if not best view and vantage on the beach by the way) and of course scoffing brekkie while also watching the same lovely view, but a bit brighter and with all the cheeky little birds around you - instead of bats! It gave us access to everything we needed in the South end of the Island and was an all round really good experience.
The only negatives i can think of are you are so close to the sea it can keep you awake a bit until you get used to it, and the damn cockrills crowing in the morning, but then these little blighters are literally kept by homeowners in every part of Tobago (yes even in "built-up" Crown Point according to some fellow sleep sufferes!) Take some sturdy ear plugs and you'll be fine!
I seriously wouldn't hesitate in recommending this place and area on the Island, we had another week+ staying in other areas of Tobago further up North, but this i recokon had a bit of everything and was my overall fave, taking all things into account (inc. cost!). I would do as most people advise though and get a car, esp if this location is your only base on your holiday, there are plenty of nice things walkable, but a car would give you so many more options, esp for buying fresh fish & veg which only seems possible at random little stalls dotted along the main roads - the dive centre staff had to become our personal cheuffer's just so we could eat at night, so if you book with 'Extra Divers' they now definately know where this place is to collect you!
Avril Peters from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
My husband & I have just returned from our first visit to Tobago. We chose Birdie's Nest because of all the wonderful reviews we read and we now know why! We stayed in the upstairs apartment and it was perfect. It is very spacious and was spotlessly clean. Everything we needed was there, Fridge/freezer, toaster, microwave, gas cooker - even an electric can opener! - and to top it all we also had a gas BBQ. The most impressive thing about it though is the location. The beach is right outside the front gate and it is so quiet that it felt like our very own. The only sounds to be heard are the waves and the birds. We truly had our own little paradise for 2 weeks. The deck outside the kitchen door is wonderful as the sun is there from morning 'til night and the view is amazing, perfect for watching the sun rising and setting ( and every time in between!)If you are not a total sun worshipper, as we are, then it's not a problem as there is another balcony outside the front door which is in the shade. There are table and chairs there and it is perfect for having lunch and dinner at as it is cool. In fact we didn't sit inside much at all. There is air conditioning in the bedroom and large fans in the sitting room, which are more than enough as you can open the windows and get the lovely breeze from the sea too. Prince and Princess are wonderful hosts. Prince checks regularly to see everything is alright and he goes out of his way to please. He is also a mine of information regarding the Island and the many places to visit. We hired Prince's car which is also spotless and kept in very good condition. It meant we had no hassles from the minute we arrived. Prince picked us up from the airport, took us to do some essential shopping and then straight to the apartment, and he took us back to the airport when it was time to go home. He is a gem. The gardens of the house are spacious and Prince and Princess keep them very tidy, with the help ( while we were there ) of the delightful Alexander, Prince's young cousin.
I can't say enough about this place. Suffice to say, when we return to Tobago, which I sincerely hope we will, we will not be looking for any other accommodation other than Birdie's Nest.
Nancy Davis from U.S.A. visited in March 2009 and awarded
Four of us (forty-fifty somethings)from the Boston area just returned from staying a week in the spotless 2 ground-floor units at Birdies Nest. The adjoining door made it a perfect space for us to share or enjoy privacy when desired.
We stayed at Birdies because of all the glowing reports we read about manager Prince Robinson. (& the price is right!)
Now I can report that Prince is THE BEST. He checks with guests daily to answer questions or accommodate requests. For a person in his mid-twenties, he is mature beyond his years--- extremely conscientious & most concerned that guests feel secure & comfortable, & enjoy what the island has to offer.
Prince hooked us up with a terrific rainforest guide, Fitzroy, for a most enjoyable morning walk enjoying the sights & sounds. Afterwards, we enjoyed chicken roti cooked by Fitzroy's sister!
Prince loves his island; trust his recommendations!
C Whalen from Canada visited in January 2009 and awarded
Hi my husband and i and my daughter stayed here and we really liked it. it was very clean and well kept.we rented one of the smaller apt.and would go back.the owner Prince is his name made us feel really welcomed.he visited everyday to see how we were getting along or if we needed anything.both rooms had very good air conditioning .the only negative thing i could say would be the location is very hard to find.we spent a long time lookig for it.we rented this apt for 1 week costing us about a little less than six hundred $US and we thought that was an excellent price compared to other accomodations on the island.The property surrounding this apt.was enclosed with wire fence but no real security but we never had any thing stolen or anything else happen.we felt secure.we hung out our scuba gear and never lost anything.we had worried about security because of all the news stories about theft on tobago. Prince assured us we would have no trouble leaveing our gear out to dry and he was right .
Keith & Jacqui Egglestone from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded
Birdies Nest has everything you could possibly need and if there is something missing then Prince will do everything in his power to obtain it for you. Jacqui enjoyed the beach within a couple of yards from our door which seemed to exist solely for her use. My favourite was the larger beach nearer Plymouth where I could watch the fishermen hauling in their net and video the Pelicans. Enjoyed watching and listening to the local steel band practicing in the evenings.
The most memorable thing about our stay was the hospitality of our hosts, Prince and his mum Princess. We were made to feel as though we were the only visitors who had ever been to Tobago, nothing seemed too much trouble and their good humoured willingness to please really made an impact on us. We definately aim to visit again, even if it is just to visit our friends Prince & Princess.
I have to second that. Prince is the best host you could possibly have, we have now renamed him "The King!". Absolutely nothing is too much trouble for him. One morning he asked if he had disturbed us, during the night? We hadn't stirred at all, but he had been busy finishing off the bench for the garden which had been partly built before we arrived, so he finished it at 3am! His aim throughout was to ensure we enjoyed our visit to Tobago, and Black Rock "his village" where it is only too apparent that everyone holds him in the highest regard ~ not bad for a guy who is only in his early twenties!
The apartment was spotlessly clean and had everything that you could possibly need. I am sure that by the time we return next time (bird feeders and the garden were next on the agenda) even more will be done to accomodate guests.
The beach was vast, and unlike other islands, virtually empty! Immediately in front of Birdies Nest I swam for the first couple of days, although the waves were quite strong. I'm not sure whether it was influenced by the full moon or not but after that the waves were too strong for swimming, but the exhilaration of running in and out of the sea, and even dancing on the beach to the sounds of the crashing waves and the music from my ipod was magic. I had the beach to myself and it was an experience of pure freedom that I will never forget. When we called in on our way back to the airpot (we spent our second week in the north of the island) the sea was much calmer, so it varies quite a lot here, but the sea breeze was always very refreshing.
Being in the south of the island, it is much easier to shop for food (Prince will tell you all the best places to go).We did get a pizza in one night, and went to "Sunday School " at Bocco one night for a bbq, but other than that we were happy to eat in and sit on the patio, with a drink or two, (or three). We had happy evenings chatting to either Prince, Princess or our neighbours, there was definitely a very relaxed, friendly feel to our stay. We would love to return, and hopefully be able to book the apartment upstairs next time, but whatever, I can't imagine returning to Tobago without returning to Birdies Nest!