Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Julie Bourne from Australia visited in February 2017 and awarded
A little hike up the hill is definitely worth it. Carpe Diem is virtually mosquito free with cool breezes and a beautiful view of the bay. A short walk down the hill brings you to the centre of the village where you can dine at a different restaurant every night.of the week. Alternatively the kitchen is well kitted out if you want to cook. The beaches are just another short walk away, and even closer is Mr Wallace's bottle shop so there's a ready supply of beers to drink while watching the beautiful sunsets from the bay on your verandah. Yvonne and Chris put sugar syrup in a dish on the upper verandah which attracts humming birds by day and bats by night. The bedrooms are cool and comfortable with mosquito nets and fans which ensure a comfortable nights sleep with the doors to the verandah open. We took our fifteen year old son along and he was very content in the Green room. Yvonne set up a study for him in the Garden room where he was able to do his half term homework in the afternoons (excellent wifi).
Yvonne and Chris are very knowledgeable about Castara. They are on good terms with the local restaurants and if you say that you are staying in the "Professor's House" you can be sure of a warm welcome. It is worth taking their advice on when and where to go for supper etc.
We enjoyed Breakfasts of locally baked bread on the verandah. Then would head down to the little beach for a swim and lunch at the Boathouse bar. Later we watched the sun go down on the verandah before heading out for supper. We didn't venture out of Castara because everything we could wish for was just there. It's a difficult place to leave and we will be back soon!
Gwynne Dyer from U.K. visited in January 2017 and awarded
Three of us stayed at Carpe Diem in Castara for a week at New Yearís, and enjoyed it immensely. The rooms were big and clean, the view from the balcony was a delight, and at night the bats would do a sky ballet for us if we remembered to put sugar water in the feeder. Chris and Yvonne werenít there, but their friend Adrian took care of anything we couldnít manage for ourselves Ė which was very little, because Castara is sort of a self-service town. Itís very laid-back, used to having lots of foreigners around but still very friendly and with all the services.
We were mostly diving and there is some diving available at Castara, but the best diving is on the another side of the island at the north end. However, thereís a fast road across the mountains and itís less than an hour door-to-door for the dive ops at Speyside, a bit more to Charlotteville. (We went with Blue Waters Dive'n in Speyside, and were very happy with them.) Despite the driving, we were happy to be staying in Castara, which is just a nicer place. But do remember that there is no petrol available within a half-hourís drive of Castara, so fill up elsewhere.
Would we go there again? Yes, certainly.
Mariangela from Canada visited in January 2017 and awarded
We absolutely loved our time and stay at Carpe Diem. We will be back!!!! Lots of privacy, very close by to the beach and very beautiful. It is a gorgeous property.
Ad And Lia from Netherlands visited in January 2017 and awarded
This was our third stay in Castara and again it was great to be with Christopher and Yvonne in Carpe Diem. The village and the people are always very welcoming and again we had great fun on the beach at Little Bay with the Boathouse as a perfect place to watch the sunset with one of their cocktails or a beer. Carpe Diem gives you the most beautiful view on the ocean, a very complete acommodation and (when they are on the island) the nicest hosts you may wish.
Julia Forbes-Leith from U.K. visited in November 2016 and awarded
What a wonderful place. The apartment was just as described and Chris and Yvonne were exceptionally helpful with local knowledge and tips, both before and during our stay. The village is quiet and friendly with a number of small shops and restaurants and great snorkelling off the relatively empty beaches. We'd definitely return.