Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
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!
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 it´s 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.
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
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.
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.