Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion
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
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
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.
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.