Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 53 votes = 5 (max 5)
Kathy Locke from Canada visited in May 2016 and awarded
We just returned from a stay at Carpe Diem Villa. Yvonne and Chris were great hosts and not only looked after arranging rides to and from the airport for us, but suggested things we might like to do. We arrived at night so didn't see the view until we woke in the morning. It was truly amazing and took your breath away. The deck had a number of colorful birds that would visit, and you could sit and watch them come and go. The villa is well equipped and had everything in it you would need for your stay. There are lots of things to do in the village and a couple of great beaches to relax on. There are several restaurants and some small stores in the village. It is a great place to relax, enjoy the beautiful villa, the beaches and explore the island from. We hope we can return soon!
Mr Lars from Sweden visited in May 2016 and awarded
I really like the athomsphere where Carpe Diem Villa is located. Its nicely built in a wooden structure right in the garden, that makes it feel like you are staying in the rainforest.
The view is spectacular and its very close to wonderful beaches, nice bars and restaurants.
The service is excellent, very fast and friendly.
On top of this the owners has is working with a ecofriendly attitude for the place.
Penny S from U.K. visited in March 2016 and awarded
What a pleasure to stay at Carpe Diem. It's in a great position in Castara, private location with fantastic views over the bay but only minutes to the beach and hub of the village.
Yvonne and Chris are lovely hosts, friendly, very popular members of the local community and they've achieved an atmosphere of friendly relaxation. They were very helpful in making sure we got the best out of our stay and their local knowledge is very useful in making the most of the place.
The rooms are comfortable (make that very comfortable for the beds). The two rooms downstairs are larger with their own cooking facilities and veranda (which gets a lot of sunshine), whereas the room upstairs utilises a shared kitchen, lounge but a lovely large cooler veranda. If I was being a bit picky it would be helpful if the downstairs bathroom had a bit more storage space.
Although the rooms are equipped for cooking there are more than ample options for eating in the village. You can get most provisions from Bengy's (a very quick walk to the corner) especially for pineapple, papaya and banana for a lovely fruit breakfast and down to the beach for delicious street food. A quick walk (albeit up another hill!) takes you to the ice cream parlour but beware, as with a lot of the places, it doesn't always stick to its advertised opening hours. Also order bread from the ladies in the village, it's very nice and good to know you've made a contribution to the local school.
Castara is a great location for anyone wanting a beach holiday without being overtly tourist. The people are extremely friendly and always ready to a chat; Although important to remember that it is a small Caribbean fishing village which can be a very noisy place (especially in the middle of the night with cockerels, chickens, dogs and music). Also make sure you have enough cash with you as there are limited opportunities to use a credit or debit card and, despite Chris's efforts, the ATM didn't work for foreign cards. Otherwise it's a trip to a bank in Scarborough!
There is plenty to do to keep you amused: yoga by the beach, snorkelling (although the sea can be a bit turbulent especially near a full moon), boat trips, plenty of walks around and about, rain forest. Chris and Yvonne also have a small library of books if you run out of reading material. If all that fails it will have to be a rum punch down at the Boathouse!
But don't worry everything becomes clear when you get here!
Cynthia Hokan from U.K. visited in March 2016 and awarded
Stayed at Carpe Diem while visiting the villages in Tobago.The location is ideal for viewing the beautiful sunsets and beaches and rainforest. The rooms are well laid out and Chris and Yvonne are great host very knowledgeable of the area.Staying at the villa gives you a real feel of the village life . It comes fully recommend and when I return to the island again I will definitely be paying Carpe Diem a visit it's good value for money.
Paul Hopkins from Canada visited in January 2016 and awarded
My wife and I spent 3 weeks in 2016 at Carpe Diem in Castara Village. The accommodation was exactly as it was advertised and having spent 3 weeks in Castara a number of years ago, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect. It was very clean and functional, the larger size fridge/freezer was a bonus to keep plenty of fresh food and beverages chilled. The deck offers a great view over the village and the bay, the queen bed was extremely comfortable, changes of linens were frequent and regular. The hosts Yvonne and Chris were extremely approachable, friendly and helpful yet very respectful of our wish for privacy. It is a bit of a walk up from the village/beaches for a couple of 60 somethings but even my wife with artificial knee joints and me weighing in at 290lb had no problem doing it a few times a day. The bird/bat watching and feeding was quite entertaining as well as the local geckos/iguanas and the shy little agouti that popped out every once in a while. Yes, there is noise from the working village, roosters, chackalakas, vehicles and music but nothing that an 89 cent pair of foam ear plugs won't cure! All in all, a great venue if you want to experience living on the forest fringe surrounded by a garden like environment with an awesome view as opposed to down below on the beach, we'd recommend it to anyone.