Birdie's Nest - Reader Reports & Opinion
Caroline V from U.K. visited in May 2007 and awarded
We spent two weeks in May at Birdies Nest. We were in the upstairs apartment which has loads of space, is well equipped and has the most wonderful balcony overlooking the beach. Prince and his Mum, Princess, keep the apartments spotlessly clean and are happy to help whatever you ask. The night we arrived Prince took us to the supermarket at Carnbee to get some essentials and the next day he arranged for someone to collect us so we could go to get a rental car.
The apartments are in the perfect place for a peaceful holiday. If you want to eat out there are restaurents not too far away. The beach stretches for a couple of miles and is ideal for an early morning walk - we sometimes saw turtle tracks where they had been out of the water to lay eggs. The sea is probably better for fairly good swimmers but there is a pool which is almost enclosed by rocks and is ideal for lazing around in.
Anton Balfour from Trinidad visited in April 2007 and awarded
This is an excellent beach front hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the Town "as if Tobago is a buzzy place". this schenic hideout is stragecially located close to a naturally forming oceanic pool which provides a wonderful night spot for swimming.
this I must say has been the best Guest house I have stayed at and my Fiance loves ambiance of the rooms.
Thanks for the hospatility and the wonderful weekend.
Anton M. Balfour.
Shawn Scott from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
My wife and I and our two children spent a memorable week at Birdie's Nest in April 2007. We took a one-bed apartment downstairs as the wonderful two-bed apartment upstairs had been booked. The accommodation was pleasant and comfortable - air condition was a delightful benefit, given the temperature at this time of year. The house is in an idyllic beach front location - it was great to hear the waves crashing and be able to stroll on the beach so close to the house. The sea at Black Rock can be wild and is risky to swim in. However, a rock formation has created a pool which provides a safe area for children to play in and to explore the rock pools for small fish and crabs.
The beach was a short walk from Turtle Beach, and we spent a couple of nights doing turtle watches to help the local environmentalist in his work to protect leatherbacks from being killed by poachers. Princess and Prince Robinson were very helpful. I was astounded that Prince was only 22 yet displayed such good customer care, busines skills, and hospitality. Any issue he knew of he went out of his way to provide the solution, such as providing me with a mobile phone until I sorted my phone out. On my son's birthday, Prince insisted on providing ice cream - being a bank holiday most shops were closed and he drove nearly across the island just to get the ice cream. He brought over his young cousins to join my son for his birthday cake and celebration. It is difficult to think what Prince would not do to make guests happy.
Birdie's Nest is an excellent choice for a beach front holiday location away from the main tourist traps.
Goetz Hoefken from Germany visited in April 2007 and awarded
My wife and I spent two fantastic weeks at birdies nest in April 2007. Our apartment (downstairs, beachfront) was spacious, well equipped and absolutely clean. The house is in a perfect beachfront location, so that you can always hear the waves crashing. A few turtles layed their eggs at the beach in the nights during our vaccation (one directly in front of birdies nest!). We found their tracks in the sand when we walked along the bay. Sometimes the sea at "our" beach was too rough to swimm, but Crafton beach is within walking distance and there was swimming and playing in the waves every day possible. The last days we were the only guests at Birdies Nest and allowed to use the recently built patio, which belongs to the absolutely gorgeous upper apartment. This is really the perfect place to chill and relax.
But the best of birdies nest is undoubtedly the host Prince Robinson. He and his mother are very amiable people and always helpful. Prince picked us up at the Airport (and carried us back two weeks later), gave us some good advice where to go and what to view and tooked us more than one time to the supermarket. In addition, he is not only a excellent host but also a very good tour guide. He took us one day to a wonderful tour all around the island. We saw all the famous beaches, villages and waterfalls. Even a snorkeling and a boot tour was included.
So, altogether we highly recommend it to everyone planning a tobago vaccation beside the mass tourism.
Thank you again for everything Prince!!!
Gavin Nicol from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
I stayed with my wife and three children in the upstairs apartment at Birdie's nest.
Prince came and collected us free of charge from where we were staying before (Castara) which was very helpful. Once we had settled in he also took me to the supermarket and during our week at Birdie's also took us around on a couple of other occasions.
The apartment was clean, spacious and well equipped. The a/c in the two bedrooms was lovely and cool and kept the mosquitos away - but these were not really an issue at Black Rock (unlike Castara!). The balconies (especially the greenheart one) are lovely for taking the breeze and views during the cooler times of day.
The fantastic location means that you walk straight out and onto the beach, which we had to ourselves most of the time. Just in front of the house a flat ridge of reef a few metres out in the sea forms a lovely shallow pool right on the shore. This is ideal for the kids - fantastic as a place to try out snorkelling, as there are many fish in there (even a baby octopus!). We also snorkelled immediately behind the this reef (2 - 4m deep), where we were treated to a huge array of good sized fish which kept us interested for days. The beach as a whole shelves quite steeply, and there are rocks in places, so care should be taken if the waves get up.
We saw turtles laying on 3 of the 7 evenings we were there - one huge one right in front of Birdie's at around 11pm. This was a really special experience for all the family.
Some nice - reasonably priced - handicraft / drums/ souvenirs (and essential groceries!) can be bought from a small shop reached by walking along the beach for 75m towards the black rock itself, then going up the steps by the fort. The shop is visible up the road, 50m on the left. Recommended.
All in all, Birdie's is a great place to stay and good value too. Another bonus is that it is one of the few locally owned guesthouses we came across, so the money you pay does not go straight out of the country to Germany or the UK etc. Also this means that you have a bit more of a "local experience" by staying there.
Thank for everything, Prince - hope to see you again one day!