Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
James And Katie from U.K. visited in December 2015 and awarded
We stayed here on our honeymoon, and it was absolutely perfect! The locals are the friendliest people we've ever met, and the laid back attitude is infectious; you can't help but relax.
The view is beautiful, and the snorkelling is simply amazing. In Heavenly bay we saw a stingray, an eel and a turtle all in the space of 5 minutes!
We ate the freshest fish we've ever had, both in the local restaurants and bought direct from the fish market. Just make sure you don't mix up the 'flavour' peppers with the 'heat' peppers when you cook, because they look the same and the heat peppers are HOT :)
We *might* have got involved in a limbo dancing competition, but we blame that on the rum punch!
Of all the places we've visited this is our favourite, and we can't wait to come back.
Mads Hyhne from Denmark visited in September 2015 and awarded
Carpe Dime is a super fantastic place !
Me and my girlfriend stayed for 2 weeks at Carpe Diem, not because we planned it but because itīs such a lovely place and Chris and Yvonne are such lovely hosts.
The studios are simple, just what you need. Great view over castara bay from the veranda and close to everything yet private. Chris and Yvonne are very helpfull and knowledgeable. Absolutely good value for money. When we come back to Tobago we will know where to stay, thank you chris and Yvonne.
Daniel from U.S.A. visited in September 2015 and awarded
My wife and I just returned from an 8 day visit to TT, with 4 nights accommodations in a lovely studio at Carpe Diem in Castara. Chris and Yvonne were excellent hosts and the studio was simple yet comfortable.
We cooked for ourselves in the studio several times and the kitchen was well equipped. Our hosts provided anything else we needed including fresh herbs from their lovely garden. One night Chris and Yvonne graciously offered their own larger deck for a potluck where we were also joined by the great friends we made whom were staying in the neighboring studios. That was the best grilled fish dinner we've ever made and it was wonderful sharing it with such wonderful folks and with a view of Castara Bay that is unmatched!
Chris and Yvonne take care of anything else you may need including day trips in Tobago should you need help. Yvonne arranged for an all day Nylon Boat cruise that included fishing for our lunch, a beach BBQ of our catch, numerous snorkeling opportunities and a visit to the Nylon Pool. Our guides Davon & Latoya were awesome and an made sure this was the most memorable part of our whole trip. When my wife realized she forgot to pack her sarong, Yvonne kindly loner her one.
Castara is wonderful and, while I hate to let the secret out, this truly is paradise! From the beaches, the food, to the wonderful locals, and Wednesday night drum circle...we had a blast and can't wait to come back and we'll surely stay at Carpe Diem again!
Thanks for a great time Chris and Yvonne!
Paul Dykta from U.K. visited in March 2015 and awarded
We stayed with the professor and his boss , going on reviews and the location on the island.
I must say we were not disappointed with either, from the beer in your hand on arrival to not being pushed out on departure day.
I cooked a few meals in the room (all you need is in the kitchen)the small shops stock most of the basics, plus stuff I've never seen before.
On saying that going out to eat was always a treat, all local food ,from many types of fish to superb curried goat.
even good barbeque from the shop across the road to the local type fish and chips on the beach area.
we did plenty of walking and bird watching (hummingbird nest in the garden)saw quite a few buses so you can get about if need be, but plenty to go at locally.
Now! there was no pool, no television and the birds woke you up at first light. But on the downside you had to walk twenty yards to get a beer (or a crate for the room)ROYAL STOUT NICE.
No it's not a top hotel, but hey you stay where you get the most enjoyment, at least three people asked us about it whilst we were there
Thank you Chris and Yvonne