Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
Colin Jones from U.K. visited in August 2010 and awarded
What a fantastic place. If you want an island retreat, you couldn't choose a more perfect spot. It is secluded and an ideal beach holiday away from the crowds. I loved the view from the open veranda, the great local bars and restaurants and the incredible variety of wildlife around and about - make sure you do the forest walks with a guide. Snorkelling is great. Fruit man delivering fruit on demand adds to the pleasure of breakfast and the fresh fish on sale on the beach each day is great for dinner. Go and try it - you won't regret it. Remember to order your bread from the local bakery.
Eddie Wozniakowski from U.K. visited in February 2010 and awarded
Thoroughly enjoyable stay. The apartments are very well appointed, with very comfortable beds. I have to agree with Chris & Yvonne (the owners) that they have the best view in Castara. Our hosts couldn't have been more friendly, welcoming and helpful. Also, the apartments are excellent value for money. I have stayed elsewhere in Castara, but would recommend Carpe Diem to anyone.
Jenny And Colin Campbell from Spain visited in February 2010 and awarded
We have just returned from a very relaxing and enjoyable week at Carpe Diem, our only regret being that we did not book 2 weeks! It's a great place to stay if you are looking for a laid back, easy going holiday. The views from the terrace across the village to the sea and hills beyond are wonderful, with the extra benefit of the sunsets each evening. At the end of the terrace is a bird table where we put bread and fruit and we were rewarded with visits by many varied and colourful birds. The local chickens clean up any crumbs dropped by the birds!
The studio where we stayed is well equipped, with hot showers and safe drinking water. If you want to cook, there is everything necessary in the kitchen, but there are several places to eat in Castara too. We recommend the BBQ at the Naturalist and the pizzas at Marguarite's (need to book for these the day before).
The owners Chris and Yvonne made us very welcome, they are helpful and concerned to make your stay successful.
Castara is a safe place to visit, the sandy beach is very pretty, backed by palm trees and always busy with fishermen.
We had a great meal at the King's Bay Cafe, high up in a dramatic spot overlooking the bay, south of Charlotville. Fresh fish with a tasty home made sauce, home made bread and brownies to die for! Very reasonable prices too.
Amanda Laib from U.S.A. visited in November 2009 and awarded
This was a very affordable and accommodating apartment. Simple but comfortable, with a perfect view and a short walk to the beach. The neighbor, Troy, who I believe is also the caretaker, was very pleasant and mellow. With our reservations, arrangements were made for us to be picked up at the airport. The driver was nice enough to stop at the Penny Savers on the way for us to shop for food, beer and of course punch. We were in our apartment and cooking dinner not long after we landed. It was absolutely perfect. I would certainly recommend Villa Carpe Diem to anyone going to Tobago in search of a non-resort/tourist trap vacation.
Barry McGovern from U.K. visited in October 2009 and awarded
This, my second stay at Carpe Diem carbon copied the fantastic time I had first time round. Troy, Carpe Diems' caretaker, kindly picked us up from the airport in very easily arranged, pre booked taxi. Once we arrived in Castara it didn't take long to settle back in to a relaxing routine that had been well honed the year before. Rum punch on the balcony eased us off on a two week 'don't be stressin' yourself' vacation.
The next morning we woke to the sound of mangoes falling to the ground. Caribbean room service I guess....perfect. These very mangoes became breakfast. Then, an easy walk to the beach, followed by an easy swim and then an easy beer at Marvin's. To be honest it's all easy in Castara. Marvin, one of the very friendly locals remembered us from the year before which was a very pleasant surprise. We had no choice but to catch up over the beastly cold Stag beer on offer.
The fishing village of Castara commands the perfect Caribbean panorama - palm trees, the white sandy beach and turquoise blue water. This can only be trumped by the view of the sunset from Carpe Diem. It's a very strong runner for one of the best I've seen.
Carpe Diem is brilliantly equipped with everything that could be needed, right down to a smoothy maker in every room. Making those mango/banana breakfast smoothies an unavoidable must. If I had one complaint about Carpe Diem, it would have to be that, the comfort it affords you makes it extremely difficult to venture to far from home.
We did however manage to make a few trips. These were easily arranged with one of the locals which gave us invaluable inside knowledge of were to go and what to see. The island of Tobago is beautiful with friendly people and a lot fun to be had......SUNDAY SCHOOL pops to mind. Once again the trip to this awesome party at Buccoo Point was kindly organized by one of the locals, Marvin many thanks for a great night out.
This trip has simply become an annual staple. I have always returned home fully revived with my wheels firmly stuck back on my wagon.
Thank you Castara and hugs and kisses to Carpe Diem.