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.
Annamaria from Sweden visited in March 2012 and awarded
We had a fantastic stay at Boatview, Sharon and the others looked after us with best care and Castara was a great place.
The room was all we needed; big balcony with fantastic wiev over the oceand and beach, all the things you need for the kitchen and a small, but functional bathroom.
We didn't miss hot water, although, if you want perfekt wi-fi-access, choose another place.
We would go back any second!
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.
C.de Freitas from Tobago visited in September 2011 and awarded
We spent a wonderful couple of days at Boatview apts. again this year. This is our second time staying at Boatview which we discovered on a sailing excursion for a friend's birthday 2 years ago.
The apartments overlook Heavenly Bay and it does seem "heavenly" indeed. It is for those who do not need luxury and for whom a good vacation is about simple pleasures, good local cooking, exquisite scenery, peaceful surroundings and nice people.
The apartments are fully equipped for cooking but we ate at the Boatview restaurant and had delicious meals with copious servings of everything. I highly recommend Boatview as a place to spend a simple tropical vacation in an exquisite environment with unpretentious people.
My only suggestion for improvement: it's time to repair or replace the beach chairs!
We'll definitely be back again.