Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
Nicola Hart from U.K. visited in December 2011 and awarded
The setting for Carpe Diem is fantastic, the view from the bed and tarrace is stunning. The birds visit regularly incuding the Mott Mott. We missed the Humming Birds but the Fruit Bats visited every evening. Our first night was during a bad storm which took out the power so we sat on the terrace in pitch black drinking beer and watching an amazing display by the fireflies, a first for us and to begin with we thought it was villagers with torches in the woods (they were that bright) but finally realised there were far too many for that!
Unusually for self-contained accommodation the bed was fantastic, not too hard or too soft and a great size which was appreciated in the heat - we could avoid sticky contact easily!
The kitchen equipment is basic but there is all you need, although the smell of bottled gas was quite strong.
The shower was ok although the temperature of the water was not very hot.
Denzil and Doris (the guardians)are a major advantage as they know the local customs and where to go better than any review!
The main attraction of Carpe Diem is undoubtedly the terrace and the view both of which are wonderful.
Ian Anderson & Nicola Hart
Ron Skene from U.K. visited in September 2011 and awarded
This is the second time i have been to Carpe Diem and was lucky to have Yvonne and Chris there as hosts this time. They are a great couple, good company and provided lots of information about Tobago where to go and what to see.
The accomodation as last time was first class and has everything you need, large comfy bed, big fridge frezzer and good cooking facilities if you are not eating out.
The apartments are set up the hill and give great morning views of Castaras beach and the colourfull evening sunsets.
The two great beachs are only a 5 min walk from the appartment where you can swim in the in the lovely clear warm waters a mask and snorlel are a must as there is a plenty of tropical fish to see.
Castara is a working fishing village so there is fresh fish to be had every day.There is enough shops selling fresh bread any any amount of fruit and vegatables.
Eating out is no problem whether its breakfast after an early morning swim or in the evening after a few cold beers/rum punches at Marvins bar. The local inhabitants are very friendly and everyone will say hello as you pass by.
If you want to do more other than just laze on the beach there is car hire,boat trips for fishing and diving available in the village
All in all a great holiday thats why ive been twice and hope to go again
Edna Corr from U.K. visited in September 2011 and awarded
Carpe Diem is a wonderful place to stay. The apartment was clean and spacious and very well equipped for all our catering requirements. The liquidizer for making mango smoothies was very much appreciated. The view from the balcony must be the best in Castara, whether in the early morning looking out over the bay or the evening watching the spectacular sunsets. An added bonus is watching the many species of birds from the rain forest behind the apartment, including parrots and humming birds. A short walk down the hill leads to a choice of Little Bay (great for snorkelling – we saw lots of different types of fish) or Big Bay which has the advantage of being able to call in at the D’Lime bar for a ‘beastly’ cold beer (as described by the owner Marvin) on the way back up or the Coffee Shop for breakfast depending on the time of day. Castara is a lovely village with really good beaches, enough little shops to meet our needs plus fresh fish daily from the fishermen – combined with Carpe Diem, the best place to stay in Tobago.
Judith Poulteney from U.K. visited in March 2011 and awarded
We spent a week at Carpe Diem in March 2011. We had one of the two studios. This is a great place to experience 'real' Tobago. The lovely wooden house with the two integral studios is beautifully constructed on the side of a hill in Castara, a small fishing village, overlooking Big and Little Bay. The tropical rain forest comes down to the shore in parts of Castara and Carpe Diem, along with its neighbours, nestles on the edge of the forest. When you stay at Carpe Diem you are surrounded by all the wonderful colour, noise and activity that the rain forest produces - back to nature!
In the mornings you are rewarded with bird song as brightly-coloured birds come to the house to eat from the feeders where you can put fruit and bread. Banana, papaya and cocoa plants surround the house and you will see butterflies and lizards. The view of the bay is fantastic from the terrace and in the evenings there will be some of the most dramatic sunsets you have ever seen.
The studio has high ceilings and is airy. There is a large and very comfortable queen size bed with full mosquito net. The kitchen area is very well-equipped with a large fridge with freezer, full oven, grill and stove, kettle, toaster, juicer, etc, and all the utensils, crockery and cutlery you need - so you will have everything necessary if you fancy cooking for yourselves (we can recommend the fresh fish - caught daily). There is plenty of hot water, a great shower - and the water tastes good and is safe to drink.
The path to the beach is steep but it is not far at all - about 200m - and both bays are great for swimming. Local shops provide good basic provisions. It's a really friendly place where visitors are welcome to join in with village activities. We can recommend Chinos for breakfast - don't miss the salt fish and coconut bake - and the fresh pumpkin and wholewheat bread baked by the ladies of Castara in a traditional clay oven (Wednesdays and Saturdays). We had a great boat trip with Ali Baba Tours - and would also suggest you walk into the forest to bathe in Castara's pool at the base of the waterfall ...
Chris and Yvonne Runciman, the owners of Carpe Diem, were staying while we were there. They should be congratulated on the thought that has gone into their beautiful home and the care and attention they pay to looking after their guests. They play an active part in village life and encourage their guests to support local restaurants, stores and businesses - as they do themselves.
If you are looking for an all-inclusive 'clinical' package, then this is not for you. Carpe Diem is the ideal location for the independent traveller who wants to see and experience for themselves (in comfort!) what Tobago really has to offer.
Melvyn Watson from U.K. visited in January 2011 and awarded
My wife and I stayed from 12-1-2011 to 26-1-2011 at the Carpe Diem, this was our first visit to Tobago, even though we have visited other carribean islands before.
The studio apartment we had was fantastic, with everything we required for a great self catering holiday, the views were breath taking,if it is peace and quite in an enviable position over looking the bay, then Carpe Diem is the place to choose, it is less than 5 minutes to both bays in Castara,(going down) it is a steep walk back up, but when you get back there, the peace and quite and the views are well worth it. The owners Chris (the professor) & Yvonne are so helpful and knowledgeable regarding where to visit, eat out and where to hire a car ect.
We were so impressed with everything at Carpe Diem, that we are booking for another 2 weeks next year.
Can't wait to meet all the friendly people again in Castara and also to chill out on the beautiful Carpe Diem balcony.
Thank you Tobago for being the friendlist place we have visited.
Mel & Chris Watson