Boatview - Reader Reports & Opinion
Ivan Harrup from U.K. visited in March 2012 and awarded
There are 4 apartments set about 60m from and 25m above the beach at Little Bay. It is managed by Sharon from the restaurant on the beach. She is very informative and helpful. The units have several attractive features. These are : 1. A balcony view across the two bays that is breathtakingly stunning 2. Bird-life that is varied, colourful and plentiful ( we put out bread crumb in sugar water in the morning and banana pieces for the fruit bats in the evening) 3. Unit size is large (think 60-75% bigger than your typical hotel chain room) and very well equipped for self-catering (you are as close to the freshest of fish as you are ever likely to be) 4. The balconies are very large but there are differences. Units 1 & 2 have privacy screens and three large almond trees in front that provide some afternoon shade and lots of birds; 3&4 have an open balcony which would not have suited us but might be more suitable for a family group. The shade aspect would be improved by having roller blinds 5. The kitchen area is a bit rustic but has all the equipment you are likely to need including a fridge-freezer for ice, bread from the Clay Oven and ice-cream. If you intend to self-cater you will need a car as the nearest thing to a shop (in the UK sense – the village shops are woefully under stocked in most things) is 8 miles away between Moriah and Mason Hall. 6. The beach is just amazing and rarely has more than 8 people on it. I do not agree with the MyTobago description as it being overcrowded – it has fewer people on it than any tropical beach I can recall. It also has less surf than the big bay. Unfortunately it was never flat enough to snorkel over the reef. 7. Sharon’s restaurant is the only action in Little Bay and is the only place we found in both Bays that would cook as you wanted it ( as distinct from an often tasty but fundamentally similar Creole platters everywhere else – but tell Sharon you intend to eat as she will have closed the restaurant if no-one has booked). Overall an easy place to chill but there are some things that might have enhanced the experience – a. Hot water – local view seems to be that by lunchtime cold water will be at 30c so why bother. I don’t agree. I need hot water in the morning to shower, shave and do the washing-up b. the lighting of the slope pathways is insufficient and dangerous c. There is no A/C and as far as I can see the building is ill-suited to having it installed. It was not a huge problem for us but if you are coming here adjust your expectations accordingly d. I would have liked sun beds on the balconies ( and on the beach) e. Beach sand flies are a real menace and should be eradicated. e. The village has no night life so a TV with perhaps BBC World and CNN would help.
Kristina+dietrich Huebing from Germany visited in March 2012 and awarded
Wir waren fÃ¼r eine Woche im ersten Appartement vom Treppenaufgang (Lavendel). Es ist eine fantastische Lage. Auf dem riesigen Balkon kann man relaxen oder VÃ¶gel und Echsen beobachten und aus nÃ¤chster NÃ¤he fotografieren. Der Strand liegt direkt vor dem Balkon und man hat einen herrlichen Blick Ã¼ber den gesamten Strand, die KÃ¼ste nach SÃ¼den und die Karibische See. Unser Appartement hÃ¤tten wir uns im KÃ¼chen-und Badbereich etwas besser gereinigt gewÃ¼nscht. Das nur kalte Wasser (ca.27Â°C) aus allen WasserhÃ¤hnen hat uns Ã¼berhaupt nicht gestÃ¶rt. Alle KÃ¼chengerÃ¤te (KÃ¼hlschrank, Toaster, Microwelle, Gasherd) funktionierten einwandfrei. Der Ort Castara war fÃ¼r uns sehr authentisch. Wenn wir in Charlotteville, Speyside oder Scarborough waren - in Castara sind die Leute anders, frÃ¶hlicher. Trotz unserer geringen Englischkenntnisse haben wir rege mit den Einheimischen geplaudert - was der sehr verstÃ¤ndnisvollen Art der Menschen hier geschuldet ist, danke auch hierfÃ¼r. In Sharon`s Restaurant haben wir das beste Essen der Insel genossen. Wein und Bier immer bestens temperiert. Die Lage in unmittelbarer NÃ¤he von Appartement und See ist einmalig. Sharons aufmerksame Art, ihr bemÃ¼hen, uns mit ein wenig deutsch entgegen zu kommen mÃ¶chten wir hier extra loben. Ich denke wer nach Tobago reist, sollte eine Ãœbernachtung in den Boatview Appartements machen. Wir wollen jedenfalls bei unserem nÃ¤chsten Tobagobesuch wieder hier Ã¼bernachten - dann aber 2 - 3 Wochen.
Nochmals - Danke Sharon fÃ¼r alles, du bist ein Schatz.
Kristina & Dietrich
Bill Marion from Canada visited in February 2012 and awarded
My wife and I are seasoned travelers and really enjoyed our stay at the Boatview for a week. Sharon our host was great-even when we discovered upon arrival that our pre-booked room was accidently already taken for the first night-she admitted her error and gave us that night free and we moved into the upstairs corner room (nearest the searview) which was the best room we figured. The overall place was very well situated for the village-walking distance to other places -as we chose to not rent any vehicle.
Castara itself was quiet as we expected and I really enjoyed being able to take a fresh water drip in the nearby trail up the river in addition of course to the beach itself-which although small was good but not the best beach we experienced on the island.
Kamla Best from Trinidad visited in January 2012 and awarded
I made the arrangements by phone and email with the owner, Sharon who was very pleasant yet professional. We arrived around midday and checked in and Sharon welcomed us.
The room was lovely with a spectacular view from the balcony! The mosquito net made the usual pest problems a non-issue and we slept with the balcony doors open more than once.
It was a very relaxing place - the apartment was clean and the kitchen reasonably well equipped so cooking some of our own meals was easy. (One day we bought fish in Charlotteville - TT$10 for a small tuna - ample for 2 people.)
Food in the restaurant downstairs was tasty, original and all made fresh on the spot.
The bay downstairs is clean and stunning in the sunlight. The people of Castara are pleasant, warm and natural.
We had a great time and plan to go back soon.
Chris And Alex from U.K. visited in September 2011 and awarded
This was our first stay in Castara, hopefully the first of many. The surroundings are beautiful, which matches the nature of the people.
Sharon was a welcoming and friendly host. The accommodation was simple, however, far more than adequate. Boatview must have one of the best views of the bay, which provided many lovely evenings.
Sharon also owns the Boatview restaurant which is really reasonably priced and provided many a great meal/night.
If you do decide to stay here and visit their restaurant try the chilli prawns and the delicious coconut bake.
Nearby boat trips (see Michael around and about) are also very memorable even when puncheon rum's involved.
Best holiday weve ever had and will definetly return soon.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.