Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
Chris And Sarah from U.K. visited in August 2014 and awarded
For the second year running we have stayed at Carpe Diem in Castara and are intending to go back again and again! The villa and location are everything you could want when you're ready to escape from your hectic daily lives and relax, the locals are friendly and welcoming and can't recommend it highly enough
Jaime Reich from U.S.A. visited in March 2014 and awarded
The accommodations were stellar: clean, well appointed, and inviting. Yvonne was instrumental in helping us to make connections in the area for daily outings, tours, activities, transport. Carpe Diem was the perfect "home base" from which to explore Castara and the island. I could not imagine having been more fortunate in our lodging for this beautiful time away from home. I would love to go back and I would absolutely stay here again and again and again.
Pascal from Germany visited in March 2014 and awarded
My wife an myself spent 9 nights at Carpe Diem Villa. It was the perfect place to relax after those busy Carnival days in Trinidad. We stayed in one of the Studio Apartments which was absolutely clean and fully equipped for self-catering. The bed is big and very comfortable. The balcony has a lovely view over Castara Bay and is surrounded by lots of pretty plants and birds. Everything is well organised, fresh linen and towels are provided every 3-4 days. Within short walking distance you can find little shops for your basic needs. The few restaurants in the village offer excellent fresh and cheap dishes. The locals are very friendly and entertaining. Just have a "lime" at the little rum shop across the road on a friday evening and find out by yourself. PS: Beware the Puncheon!
Imtiaz And Corinne from U.K. visited in September 2013 and awarded
What an experience! Phenomenal!
The hospitality is 100%. If any business wants to be successful, meet Yvonne and Chris and try to bottle the formula! Although you might find it difficult to bottle that secret ingredient!
The veranda...open those shutters in the morning and drink in the view, put food in the bird feeders and watch them flock to the breakfast table, walk to the beach, nothing better than a swim in water which is warm and a different colour depending on how the night has been. Do nothing but spend your day walking through the village saying "hey maan" to the locals or relax on the beach. Perfect. Fish fresh off the boats that doesn't smell of fish, sweet potato, yam and pumpkin will do for your meals! Snorkel off the beach...sensational. Spoilt, with 2 beaches 2 minutes walk from Carpe Diem Villa.
Please be warned:
The Rum Punch carries a "punch", the sunsets are unbelievable, different everyday, the locals are very friendly, fish you buy from the local fish co-op on the main beach (in the afternoon) or from little bay in the morning is too fresh, time just stands still every so often, limes fall off the trees on the path up to your room for you to make fresh lime drinks with, Bingi the Fruit King will bend over backwards to give you the "best price" (be nice to him his wife Hazel makes some good pizza and roti to order), the ATM is erratic, giving you reason the go into Scarborough, brilliant day out, Alibaba does the best all day boat trip ever, Wild Turtle Scuba's Ritchie is the best guy to take you diving and Newton George is the King of the Rainforest and knows a thing or two about attracting the birds, the beaches are deserted and beautiful and that couple Yvonne and Chris, words can't describe these 2!!!
Don't say I didn't warn you!!!
Best holiday in the Caribbean!Carpe Diem Villas Castara Rocks
Eva & Andre from Germany visited in March 2013 and awarded
Carpe Diem is a nice, cosy, clean and quiet apartment in the small village
Castara. The property owner Chris and Yvonne where very helpful and give as
a lot of information about the local environment. This hideaway, surrounded
by an authentic fishing village atmosphere and pure nature, is the ride
place to enjoy tranquility and the local way of living.
We will definitely come back next year to Carpe Diem!
- Trinidad is nice but Tobago is paradise -