Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Ian Williamson from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded
It was my second trip to Tobago & this time had the pleasure of spending 5 nights in Saffron apartment at Castara Cottage.
It’s a large studio with a high ceiling & doors/windows that take up most of the outside wall – giving a real sense of spacious, airy freedom.
The apartment is simple, but very clean & well equipped (better than average for a Caribbean apartment).
Although the view is not spectacular, the unique design was really appealing. Not just a simple box-like room as found in many other places.
There is a private balcony where I spent most days, just watching, looking & listening to the local comings & goings of village life & the amazing birds (if you feed them).
I’ve read previous reviews about the noise of dogs barking, cockerels crowing, cars driving by, etc etc...... but, Castara would not be the natural, unspoilt Castara if those sounds were eliminated !
Castara is a lovely village – but the beaches could do with a little more attention with regard to litter & roaming, neglected dogs.
It’s a great base for touring the West & North of the island – and has a magnetic appeal. Glad to be ‘home’ at the end of an exciting/exhausting day touring the island.
Almost every bar & restaurant is good – but my choice has to be the Boathouse – really delicious food & an excellent atmosphere.
Nothing to complain about & would be happy to recommend/return myself.
Mark Mahoney from Canada visited in March 2013 and awarded
Great location, nice beaches. Noisy during the night and early in the morning; Dogs and rosters from the village having a ball.
Lots of birds, the cottage is hidden in that small village's jungle.
People are very very friendly.
Caterina from Germany visited in March 2013 and awarded
We (family, two girls 8 and 11 years) had a fantastic stay in Castara Cottage. We felt really at home - it couldn´t be better. Everything was well prepared and we were welcomed very warmly by Adam, the manager, who took care about us the whole time.
Castara is a nice little village and we loved it with all its smells, colours and sounds. For Castara Cottage is a wooden building with no window-glasses, you probably will hear some of the typical sounds of a small village like the cock in the morning. And you will hear and smell the sea! The Cottage has got very good beds, so we were sleeping like babies. Every afternoon we were buying fresh fish directly on the beach which is really nearby just down the hill. We had great fish-dinners on "our" terrace, which offers a maximum of privacy. There are wonderful plants around it and we enjoyed watching the birds in the morning and the bats at night.
Castara Cottage is nothing for people who need luxurious amenities in a pampered environment, but if you are looking for a place, were you can feel a piece of real caribbean life - just go there. You will find everything you need in a peaceful shabby-chic atmosphere.
Sven Akermark from Sweden visited in February 2013 and awarded
We felt that the Cinnamon appartment was very exposed to traffic noise and odors comming from outside. Its built under the other appartments which gave a sense of staying in a cellar.
Alan Gale from U.K. visited in December 2012 and awarded
Castara is an escapist location, as mentioned in numerous locations. Although it can occasionally be invaded by a tourist bus for a few hours, these visitors do not stay long - there is simply not enough to keep them occupied. Primarily Castara is a location for independent travellers, and everyone seems happy to keep it that way. As independent tourists, you should expect the same level of minimalism you would encounter in other escapist locations. If this is not your thing, do yourself a favour and chose a different resort.
We stayed in Tamarind over Christmas and New Year 2012-2013. It is a fabulous, open-air apartment which can best be described as 'rustic'. Whilst it has all of the items and utensils you could possibly need, it is a wooden structure, which creaks slightly - noise travels! It's like staying in a giant tree house, but without any swaying. We found it a pure thrill.
The decking at Tamarind deserves a special mention. Large, spacious, almost constantly in the sun, and regularly visited by a host of beautiful birds, it also has a sea view. You can hear the waves from the nearby beaches as you soak up the sun or relax after a day of strolling along the sand.
We found that there were actually more supplies available in the shops than we had expected. At no point did we have to go to the bigger towns just to get anything we required (though our tastes are fairly simple). Cereal, milk, pasta, rice, meat (frozen), beer, rum, bottled water (if you don't want to drink the safe tap water) - all can be easily obtained from the several shops. Cheno in the coffee shop usually has ice cream (though the choice may be limited), and Sharon at the Boathouse can do you pizza and/or iced coffee.
We were very glad we chose Castara, and Tamarind in particular. Adam takes care of guests staying at all three of the Castara Cottages, and will regularly swing by to check you have everything you need. It's not a holiday suitable for everyone - that simply doesn't exist anyway. It's for quiet tourists with few requirements. If this is you, I can utterly recommend that you give this a go! Five stars for us!