Boatview - Reader Reports & Opinion
Michael P. from U.S.A. visited in January 2010 and awarded
Thank you to all involved with our stay. This was an amazing adventure. In regards to accommodations at the BoatView, just be prepared with what you want to have. Stopping at the grocery store on the way in is a must. Take advantage of the kitchen which is provided. Had I thought it out a little more, I would have brought more cooking supplies from home - but essentials are provided. Need to bring: spices beyond S & P, and cooking oil. Buy fresh fish from the locals on the beach.
However, eating at the BoatView restaurant is also a gift from above. The food here is authentic and obviously prepared with love. All at a fair price too. Add the beachfront location, and, well... let me just say I wouldn't like to meet the person who isn't amazed and fully satisfied.
Also, this is not an all-inclusive type resort. Far from it. This is for individuals who like to LIVE while away from home, and not sit in their AC hotel room and watch the same BS TV that they can watch anywhere else on the plant.
The sea is amazing, with some of the most incredible coral growth I have every seen. There was some weather during our stay, and I was told the water was not as clear as normal, but it was still amazing for snorkel type activity.
Again, many, many thanks - all the staff is wonderful! I do hope to return to Castara, and will certainly stay at the Boatview.
Sabine Hollaender from Germany visited in July 2009 and awarded
We stayed at Boarview in July 2009 and it was a really nice stay. We stayed there with our daughter ( 8 years old), she slept on the sofa which was no problem. But we had to bring an own mosquito net for her. The room had a perfectly equipped kitchen, even an oven was there. Shopping in the village was also easy, fresh fish was available in the evenings always aswell as fresh baked bread from Shirma´s cafe At 6 pm. The bay is very good for swimming aswell as for snorkelling, we saw many sting rays and turtles. The beach was just down the house which is perfect with kids. The way to the village was a little steep but also O.K. You could easily swim there also.
Sharon the owner is a nice lady and helpful with any question you have.
Linda Whitehead from U.K. visited in May 2009 and awarded
Since May 2009 we have stayed at Boatview 3 times and are due to return in April 2010.
Sharon and Brenton are the most amazing hosts and the apartments are spacious, clean and extremely comfortable.
The food at the Boathouse restaurant - attached to Boatview - is freshly cooked and excellent - when we told a local in Parlatuvier where we were staying he replied "oh, with the english lady who is such a good cook"!! Praise indeed and rightly so.
Castara and its residents are friendly and welcoming - nothing is too much trouble.
Gill Macnamee from U.K. visited in April 2009 and awarded
Myself and a friend stayed at these lovely apartments for only 4 days in late April.
We are frequent visitors to Castara and have previously stayed in other very nice accomodation with the only downside being that it was not on the beach. Hence the reason for us trying a beachside location this time. Wow was it worth it!
The view from the balcony is just heaven-the beautiful, quiet beach, villagers going about their daily chores and chatting to you on the way past, the fishing boats coming and going and lazy hours just sitting there with a stupid smile on my face. The owners Brenton and Sharon live below and are lovely, lovely people.
Inside the apartments are indeed spacious, clean and simply furnished as befits such a location where you spend most of your time outside. The beds are huge and definitely the most comfortable I have ever slept in in Tobago, a huge plus. The apts are well equipped and despite being a little worried about the lack of air conditioning, it was definitely not necessary due to the height of the property, the fans(if needed) and the breeze from the sea. I even got used to the lack of hot water shower and after using it once, never thought anything of it.
These reasonably priced apartments are most definitely value for money and the fact that we have rebooked for later this year is testament to that.
We can't wait...
Jack And Linda from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
We stayed at Boatview for 14 nights begining of March.
Well, what can one say? Very roomy, basic self catering apartments, with the largest, most comfortable bed we've ever had abroad. The apartments are fully equiped with full size gas cooker, and large two door fridge/freezer and are supplied with pretty well everything you need.
Bags of ventilation, a ceiling fan, and floor fan make A/C not needed.
Boatview is about 30 yards from Castara's Little Bay, as the crow flyes. Maybe 20 yards further walking. The views from the spacious balcony are fantastic, looking through the trees across to Big Bay.
Lots of birds and bats will visit for a supply of sugar water, and bananas.
Sharon and Brenton are very attentive and friendly hosts,and react very quickly to solve any problem. For example, when the mains water supply failed and their own six large tanks ran dry, they very quickly supplied lots of bottled water for drinking, cooking, and washing. And buckets of river water for flushing loos. A large road tanker of water delivered the same afternoon. Within three days three more large storage tanks were delivered and installed, to add to the six they already had. (fantastic speed for Tobago).
Little Bay has a lovely beach, and good snorkeling over the reef to the right of the beach.
The beech was never crowded during our two week stay. In fact on only one day were there more than ten people on the beech, and usually less.
We've been trying to think of something to criticize, and the best we can come up with is a lack of a salt and pepper set!
Sharon and Brenton are obviously well suited to the task they have set themselves (not forgetting Joey). We wish them well.
We are returning in January. I think that sayes it all.
Jack and Linda.