Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
David Matthews from U.K. visited in January 2016 and awarded
Our stay at Carpe Diem was fantastic. The villa is perfectly located to get the best of the island experience in Tobago. Castara is a real gem and has a great community feel. The villa is a typical Caribbean build and makes the best of the outside space and views whilst ensuring all the conveniences of a self catering holiday. Sitting on the balcony enjoying the fantastic views and feeding the birds was great. Castara has lots to offer and is situated on the best part of the island to explore. The owners were helpful and on the island the housekeeper and her husband friendly and efficient. We will be back!
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.