Blue Mango Cottages - Reader Reports & Opinion
Blue Mango Cottages In Castara 07 Feb 2005
Chris Runciman from Surrey UK
Anyone wanting information on Blue Mango Cottages please feel free to get in touch! I have not seen it reviewed on this site so it continues to be a 'best kept secret' destination. We have had the best 2 holidays there that we as a couple have had in our 20+ years together. It will not suit everyone but those it does will want to go back!
Chris & Yvonne Runciman
Blue Mango, Castara
We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in Tobago. We stayed at various places one of which was the Sea Steps Cottage in the village of Castara. The cottage costs US$ 275 per night ( we were there in early feb) which is extremely expensive for Tobago - the price being on a par with the Coco Reef Hotel the most luxurious hotel in Tobago.
The owner Colin is extremely rude, surly and generally bad mannered. He does no work himself, leaving everything to one manager who is not often about. Guests are left to fend for themselves as Colin does not return calls left on his answer machine. For this money one really expects some service.
We arrived at Sea Steps at 10am and the previous guests were just moving out. This was fine, we left our bags and were told by Colin that the room would be cleaned by the time we returned. We returned at 3pm to enjoy the "very expensive" Sea Steps Cottage only to find it a complete mess. Nonone had been in to clean up, there were dirty pans and old food left in the kitchen from the previous guests and the bed and towels had not been changed. We tried to raise Colin or anyone - to no avail, so we left it and went out again. Finally at 5pm we returned and someone had just started cleaning the room. Still no sign of Colin and certainly no apology.
The next day when we complained to Colin about this lack of service he became extremely aggressive and threatening and said "if you feel like that you can go" so we did.
The one night we stayed there we didn't sleep a wink as the cottage is virtually "in" the sea and the noise of the sea crashing against the rocks below is just too loud and infact terrifying. Also the so-called "private beach" is no more than the sea crashing against the rocks below with no possibility of sitting or lying on a beach.
The whole cottage is extremely run down and in need to some repair, but the main problem is the extortionate price and extremely rude owner Colin. He acts as if his guests are there to please him and not the other way round.
I would strongly suggest you amend any listings of Sea Steps Cottage and all the cottages owned by Blue Mango Cottages that you might have to reflect our very bad experience. Incidentally the guests who were moving out before us also seemed to think that it was a complete rip off.
The Blue Mango In Castara
I'm just putting the finishing touches on a Tobago vacation in May. I haven't seen any posts regarding the Blue Mango and specifically the "Cliffhanger" cottage so I thought I would inquire. We are almost certain this is where we will stay. Looks like a nice rustic cottage on the edge of the rainforest with a beach just a short stroll away...and the town itself comes highly recommended. Does anyone have any experience with this place? I've read many reviews, almost all good, and they have been very nice and helpful via email so far. Any insights or comments would be appreciated.
Blue Mango Vs. Castara Retreats
Hi, I'm planning a romantic vacation for my boyfriend, and I want to go somewhere other than Crown Point area. I had decided on Castara Retreats, and then I saw the Blue Mango Cottages website. The Sweet Point cottage, either level is actually cheaper per night than the Osprey or Pelican at Castara Retreats. But they don't have any really good pictures of the cottage. Can someone give me a comparison? I like the idea of having a separate bedroom, as opposed to a studio and that is what would sell Blue Mango for me over Osprey, which is what I was going to go with.
Blue Mango Or Beach House??
Hi. In July 2006, 'Natalie' posted a question about 'Blue Mango vs Castara Retreats'. Your replies said that it was in a terrible state of disrepair and that it was to be sold. Does anyone know if this is still the case or has it been refurbished? We would have loved to stay at Castara Retreats, but it is booked up, so we were looking at Sea Steps at Blue Mango. We were also looking at the Coconut Heights apartment at the Beach House - is this still managed by the infamous Porridge (he crops up everywhere!) and the newer 'Sea Scape' studio. We are first timers to Tobago and looking for a secluded, quiet, beachside holiday that will recharge our batteries! Thanks.