Blue Mango Cottages - Reader Reports & Opinion
Kristin Scott from U.S.A. visited in May 2009 and awarded
Staying at the Blue Mango in Castara Bay, Tobago is an absolute dream. The past two years my husband, son and I have spent time in the Sweet Point cottages. They are wonderful "off the beaten path" gems. The Blue Mango is for travelers who are looking to loose themselves in tranquility. If you are looking for a place jam packed with tourists the Blue Mango and Castara Bay are not for you. We find it to be both romantic and family friendly at the same time. The peace and quiet of the lovely surroundings are just my idea of a vacation. Whether it is the hummingbirds and butterflies that visit or just the sounds of the ocean. Both my husband and I are artists and found our stay to be truly inspiring. This year we had planned to further explore Tobago and were so happy in Castara Bay we didn't start the car once.
The Blue Mango offers private balconies and the bay views are just wonderful from sunrise to sunset. Some nights we even took our dinners to go so we could spend more time relaxing under the stars on ours. My husband even counted 13 shooting stars in two nights this year. Breezes through the rooms are delightful. The cottages are comfortable and nicely decorated so that they have a wonderful island feel. They are rustic, but cleanly and well appointed with linens. Having a kitchen in our room is ideal traveling with a child. It offered everything I needed to prepare meals and keep us well equipped with cold rum drinks. Visits from "the fruit king" put fresh mangoes bananas, watermelons and oranges right at our finger tips and the local grocery offered any items we needed. Having hot water in our shower was a nice surprise. Those in the know will tell you this not always an "off the beaten path" luxury. Much to our liking there are not phones to ring and interrupt unwinding or televisions to remind of the outside world. There is however wireless internet to use on which we sent messages home bragging of how much fun we were having.
The beach in Castara Bay is lovely. White sand, clear water and calm waves. It is quite satisfying to see tour boats show off the bay and know you get to just stay there. Watching the fishermen pull in the daily catch is even an event. They do sell to local restaurants and eating the king fish, dolphin or mahi mahi straight out of the ocean is just divine. Not to mention the yummy curry delights. Snorkleing off the beach to the right side of the bay is also nice. We saw parrot, angel, puffer needle fish and more. Having lots of schools of fish swimming all around was so peaceful. We were able to float on top of the ocean with absolute ease. There is even another small beach around the curve of rocks that is easily accessed.
Colin, Rebecca and Trinity have made the Blue Mango a home away from home for us. In every way they helped us to be comfortable and enjoy our stay. They became more than owners of the place we stayed. More like friends. If a small hike to a waterfall interests you, simply inquire and they will explain how to get there. This was the case with most anything we asked for. Rebecca even shared some of her plans for the Clay Kitchen restaurant they are renovating and I cannot wait to return and enjoy the ambiance and tasty local treats we discussed. My only complaint would have been that we would have loved to stay longer. My family is already day dreaming of our next stay at the Blue Mango.
Brad Matheson from U.S.A. visited in May 2009 and awarded
As the president of an international travel agency, I travel the world looking for just the right place for not only my clients but my family. Without doubt the Blue Mango is one of my favorite places in the world to come, relax and enjoy the "real" feel of island life. No water Skies, no McDonalds, no Starbucks...which is a real plus to getting away. The accommodations are Eco-style, simple and with great views..our favorite is the Sea Steps. The little village of Castara is a REAL fishing village, small with warm and inviting folks...you must try the homemade ice cream. The small family owned restaurants in Castara always have great options for lunch and dinner. Collin, the owner of the Blue Mango, is always inviting, helpful and ready to do what is needed to make your stay the best it can be. We look forward to coming back soon!
Lesley Whitby from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
I stayed at Sea Steps at the end of March 09 and fell in love with it. The sea was unusually rough at the beginning of our stay so the noise of the surf was loud but any drawbacks were overwhelmingly compensated by the sheer joy of the location with its wonderful view, secluded beach, the tropical birds coming daily for food, the spectacular sunsets over the water... Although the restaurants and shops are close by, Sea Steps remains very private and special. There are now two sets of steps down to the accommodation: one steep and one more gradual for the faint-hearted - we always took the steep flight and two of us are in our sixties. We found Colin and Rebecca helpful and interesting to talk to.
Sybille from Canada visited in March 2009 and awarded
We enjoyed a delightful week at the Blue Mango cottages to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The charming "Sea Steps" was a dream cottage - open air kitchen, verandah view of the sea and the sunset, complete privacy, relaxed and informal atmosphere, helpful and accomodating hosts e.g. enabling facebook contact with our daughters, and an ambience of "Swiss Family Robinson goes south". Overall, a very satisfying experience. My only caveat is that I felt it was just a tad overpriced for the level of accomodation (e.g. no pool, no TV/entertainment, no bar or restaurant or food included - all fine with us, but the price tag was a bit steep, given those considerations. Nonetheless, I would recommend the Blue Mango without hesitation to people who like to travel to out-of-the-way destinations, and to stay in unique accomodations. It was definitely out of the ordinary, in the best possible way.
Suzelle Lazure from Canada visited in February 2007 and awarded
Blue Mango Cottages :
Depuis que j' ai découvert cet endroit, je ne pense qu' à y retourner. Amoureuse du soleil et de la plage l' endroit est garanti, C' est une expérience hors des sentiers battus, parce que j' en avais assez des forfaits voyage dans de gros hôtels
impersonnels,chaque petit cottage du Blue Mango offre une intimité parfaite avec vue splendide de la baie de Castara, vous pouvez observer l' activité sur la plage, vous vivez dans
la nature parmi les fleurs et les oiseaux.
Sans être le super luxe, il ne manque de rien, c' est chaleureux, calme et paisible.
Les gens de la place sont accueillants et beaucoup de petits restaurants avec cuisine locale sont disponibles.
Les hôtes sont charmants et très ouverts pour rendre votre passage des plus agréables, Colin le propriétaire se débrouille très bien en français.
A ajouter à vos adresses pour une expérience unique.
Suzelle Lazure, Montreal, Quebec