Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
Ruth And Edward from U.K. visited in February 2015 and awarded
We were lucky enough on our first trip to Tobago to stay at Carpe Diem after a recommendation from a family member.
An idyllic location with incredible views and only a short walk to heavenly bay (a beautiful carribean treasure). Our favourite part of our apartment was the balcony from which...in true tobago style... a relaxed morning was spent admiring the views and island birds!
The professor and Yvonne were fantastic hosts and me and my fiancé feel Carpe Diem and Castara is a home away from home. So much so we are now looking to have our wedding in this incredible to Tobagan village
Mike Lloyd from U.K. visited in February 2015 and awarded
Our 4th visit to Tobago and 3rd to Carpe Diem, Castara (which probably says it all really). Once again we were not disappointed notwithstanding the somewhat unseasonal rain showers. Chris and Yvonne are exceptional hosts and on this occasion we were privileged to have the green room and share more of our time with them. We were joined on this occasion by our Son and his fiancé who also had an apartment themselves, so hired a car for a week so we could show them the sights and sounds of Tobago (Englishman’s Bay, Pirate Bay up in Charlottesville, the East Coast including Argyle Waterfall, Sunday School at Bucco, the Nylon Pool and surfing at Mount Irvine). The reality on which we later all agreed was that Castara actually provided everything we wanted. Castara has beautiful clean beaches and great snorkelling off Little Bay over the coral reef, which is such a short walk from the apartment. Although the sea was a little rough and the snorkelling not as good as we have previously experienced, we came home with great pictures of turtles and sting rays which let us swim with them. We find Castara gives us everything we want within a short walk from the accommodation including Coddrington’s off-licence, Bingy’s for fruit and veg, the Boat House down on the beach for meals, Sunday Pizza and drummers and stilt dancer on a Wednesday. Chinos’ for a lovely breakfast, Shirma’s for a wonderful Friday night takeaway and de Lime (although recently changed its name) for an evening cool one.
Above all we love the overall ambience that Carpe Diem, Chris and Yvonne allow us to enjoy. Yes the wild village cockerels start to crow early in the morning. Yes the village dogs usually join them. Yes, the music can occasionally be loud and not necessarily to our taste, but this is far and away offset by all the positives, all of which I have included in earlier reviews and are simply the prolific wildlife, birdlife, snorkelling, friendly hospitality everywhere and the enjoyment of observing life in a traditional fishing village. Tobagans call it ‘liming’ and in Castara, you can do it very well.
Chris does an excellent job of keeping the mosquito numbers down with simple good housekeeping. Previous reviews mention the sand flies which you will find on all the beaches. We find usual insect repellent does not deter them, although if you understand they bury themselves in the day to avoid the heat, then by staying off the beach at night, early morning, or just after a downpour, then they can be avoided.,
Thanks again Chris and Yvonne for allowing us to share your space for a memorable 2 ½ weeks and we would love to come back for a 4th visit sometime, if indeed you would have us back.
Helen Jackson from U.K. visited in February 2015 and awarded
Our second stay at Carpe Diem continued to delight. You’ve seen other excellent reviews about the place, so this is in addition to that information. You will easily guess, that we are interested in the birdlife.
Our most welcome visitors to our balcony included close up views of mot-mots, a cocoa creeper, rufous breasted wren, blue-black grassquits, tanagers: blue-grey, white lined and palm, hummingbirds: ruby-topaz, rufous breasted, and copper-rumped, banaquits, red-vented chacalacas, white tailed doves, spectacled thrush, barred antshrikes. Plus an interesting range of other creatures; the cricket being just as entertaining as the World Cup in New Zealand! There are also good views of the birds across the sea but you will need binoculars for these.
Our hosts, Chris and Yvonne also continued to delight with nothing being too much trouble. Excellent value, stunning views; a place to truly unwind.
Ad Van Elsacker from Netherlands visited in January 2015 and awarded
The place to be if you want to have a brilliant relaxing holliday!
We were there for the first time and it asks for more!
Chris & Yvonne (the owners) are friendly and helpful to getting you started to explore the area.
It is a super location with a beautiful uphill view to the small village of
Castara and the Castara Bay.
A variety of colourful birds came each morning on the deck, even the Blue-crowned Mot mot was regularly seen on the breakfast deck.
Castara is centrally located on the Caribbean side of the island, with a beautiful beach (See the boathouse) and friendly locals!
We are going to do some savings for the next visit!
Ad van Elsacker
Deirdre Moffatt from U.K. visited in September 2014 and awarded
We stayed at Carpe Diem for 2 weeks in September, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in our studio which was ideally located in the village, we were able to access all amenities with ease.
The studio met our needs, we received clean bedding etc every 3-4 days which was great,mtge view from the veranda was splendid and we could while away hours admiring the view and observing the wildlife and birds that lived in the garden.
Chris and Yvonne were really good hosts, they were able to advise us of various information that helped us during our stay.
In all we would recommend this accomodation.