Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
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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.
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!