Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 43 votes = 4.5 (max 5)
Viktor Blum from Netherlands visited in February 2016 and awarded
Tamarind has a nice room with a double bed and a small room with two bunk beds from which you can hear the voices and old fridge of the adjacent Saffron appartment.
Arriving with a day flight from Holland, we wanted to check our email and sleep early. Sleeping was impossible because of the very near Alsatian of the neighbours, who kept barking at regular intervals of 10 minutes. Unfortunately, our host Ann has a bad relationship with these neighbors, so there was no hope for a change in the short future. We limited our stay to one night instead of the intended fortnight and took the financial loss involved. We were happy that at least, we could report on this to the home front, after installing the non-functioning WiFi ourselves. Maybe Ann will be wise enough to buy new fridges from our money. The dog will probably not die soon, it looks rather young.
Amy Sherman from U.S.A. visited in September 2015 and awarded
I couldn't have asked for a better stay in Castara! The photos don't do this cute tree house justice at all- the Saffron is exactly as pictured and more. This was exactly the way I wanted to spend the past few days of my holiday and wish I had more time! As a woman travelling alone, one worries about safety, but I felt totally at ease here. The tree house is tucked back in the hill just off the main road, so very private. You hear a little road noise, but everyone is in bed by 10pm and it's very quiet after that. The sun rises and sets on the 6's, so be ready to live like the locals and get up with the sun, or enjoy lazy mornings relaxing in the four poster bed - the mosquito net was key! I spent a lot of time on the balcony with my morning coffee, watching the sugar birds enjoy my offerings and the evenings enjoying a home cooked fish dinner from fish caught that day! As I love to cook, I found myself right at home making my own meals in the well appointed kitchen- there was even a blender, so I made papaya daiquiris one evening. :) If you don't want to cook, there are a few places in town to eat, though during low season their hours are fewer, but there are still plenty of options. The guidebook provided was very helpful and explained in great detail things to do in the area, contact numbers, etc. They will also arrange airport or ferry transportation for you, which is a huge bonus and Joey greeted me at the airport with a smile, as did his wife Rachael who manages the property. Joey also arranged a snorkeling trip for me and Rachael was able to join us- they are lovely people and new friends! The place really is an easy walk from two beaches and I saw a stingray bigger than me at the snorkeling beach! After a day in the sun and sand, take a short walk to the 1st waterfall to rinse off. If you're feeling adventurous, take a hike through the rain forest and visit the other waterfalls- just follow the river! Joey can also take you on a hike up the waterfalls, but there are also other tour companies in the area, as well as a car rental company. There's really no need to go anywhere else! I can't wait to go back and am already planning my next trip!
Katie Holme from U.K. visited in December 2014 and awarded
A basic but charming cottage. A fantastic location and close to two beautiful beaches. The apartments are looked after by Keisha, a wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable lady.
We hired a jeep and drove all around the island and thought Castara was the best area to be. Some great restaurants and bars nearby. If Keisha offers to cook for you make sure you take her up on it, she's an amazing cook (her mother in laws BBQ plates are great too).
Kristin And Sindre from Norway visited in December 2014 and awarded
We stayed at Castara Cottage for 2 weeks during Christmas in the Cinnamon cottage. Castara Cottage has everything you need. It has a relaxing atmosphere both outside and inside of the cottage. It is also close to the two beaches in Castara, which is nice if you need a quick cooloff during the warmest time of the day. We also would like to thank Keisha and Kareem for their great kindness and hospitality. Keisha even made us a lovely Christmas turkey during Christmas eve. We recommed Castara Cottage to everyone who want to stay in Tobago during their vacation.
Tim And Trisha from Canada visited in April 2014 and awarded
We stayed at Castara's Cottages from April 26th-May 3rd in the Saffron cottage. It was a quaint little, "open-air" concept, spot with a nice balcony facing towards the beach. The accommodations were simple but nice. The manager, Anne, was very professional and very helpful with the booking, making it quite painless. The local restaurants are simple and reasonably priced, ranging from 15-22CAN per person per meal. The cottage manager/housekeeper, Keisha, awaited our arrival and provided us important information for our stay. Seeing as the Scarborough supermarket was closed on a Saturday we were also short on supplies and she was nice enough to head in to town a few days later to pick up some needed supplies, which we were very thankful for.
Overall, beautiful beaches, fairly friendly people and a variety of wildlife.