Birdie's Nest - Reader Reports & Opinion
Rob & Belinda from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded
Well what can we say, a fantastic place we found in the Birdies Nest, a right jewell in the crown, perfect position on the beach even though it was somewhat rural "so to speak". But safe.......
You do need a car to get around (no doubt Prince will sort that out for you). We stayed in the upper floor so glad we paid that bit extra as the sundeck was brilliant having the sun from from 8.00am until it went down in the evening, fantastic, also the BBQ came in handy as we enjoy cooking, it was great..
Many a day you wouldn't see a soul on the beach...You could almost imagine it was your own private beach....Tranquillity!!!!
We must mention Prince...What a guy, he will do absolutely anything if he thought it would make your stay that much better, he truly is a special guy. So very kind and thoughtful, he did such a lot for us whilst we was there (even running us into Scarborough to meet some friends from england which came in for the day on a cruise ship, then he came back for us). He showed us all around the island, nothing was too much trouble to him, what a gem...This guy has got what it takes to run a succesful business.... Not forgetting his mum (Princess) lovely lady always has a big smile on her face..
There is a cracking little place called "The Fish Pot" we had a great meal there, we only wish we had tried it sooner in our stay. It's about a 5 minute drive well worth the trip, they are so friendly & helpful, the foods great!! Very personal feel to it.
Also there's a little (Locals) bar just up the hill from Birdies Nest called "Michaels". From the outside it looks a little rough around the edges, but truly is worth a visit or two. Michael's a great guy, he made us feel so welcome, those rum and cokes have a lot to answer for....The locals love to chat with you as well.
There aren't many places in the world of which we would go back to visit, but Birdies Nest and Tobago is one of those places...
Take it from us you'll have a great time....
Joanne Morrow from Canada visited in January 2009 and awarded
We had a wonderful time at Birdies Nest. Prince Robinson could not have been a better host. The apartment was large and very clean.If ever there was something that we needed Prince was right there to help (even though he was busy running for office).We walked on lovely Courland beach every morning and one morning we were fortunate enough to be there when the fishermen were bringing in their nets. After standing watching for a short time one of the men let us know that they could use some help. We pulled the ropes for over an hour, along with others that happened by.We got our workout,a new life experience, and a great appreciation of the hard work that these men do for a living.Tobago is a very beautiful island and Birdies Nest a great place to stay, away from the tourist area. As you have said on this site a car is necessary. One drive that we would strongly recommend is the road from Castara across to Roxborough. We were blown away by the beauty. There is no point in trying to describe it,just go to Tobago and see for yourself
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!
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 .
Lana Cheng from U.S.A. visited in November 2008 and awarded
My boyfriend and I stayed at Birdie's Nest for 4 nights and enjoyed our time there. The location is great though you really need a car to get there; it's at the bottom of a steep hill. Prince, the owner, was very helpful with everything and was the most gracious host. He actually offered to upgrade our accommodation to the larger aparment on the top floor but we declined because there was no A/C in the living room. The room we took downstairs was very nice; we had no complaints. Everything was in working order and very clean. I do have to stress that though this place is right on the beach, the water there is quite rough, not really good for swimming. The nearest restaurant is a 15 minute walk without a car. Overall, we recommend this very comfortable apartment house for the price and the superior ocean views. If peace and quiet is what you desire, this location is great.