Castara Retreats - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Lesley-Ann James from Trinidad visited in August 2015 and awarded
Our stay at the Castara Retreats' Studio apartment was better than expected. From start to finish we were treated extremely well and we loved the open plan design and view from the apartment. The selections at the restaurant were positively delish and the locals are extremely helpful and friendly. We even hopped a ride a few times. Many thanks to Lorna, Porridge, Jeanell, Milk, Kenny and the rest of the team for making our stay enjoyable. Alex & Lesley
Much love from the USA & Trinidad.
Hugo And Claudia Meier from Switzerland visited in April 2014 and awarded
Our stay at Castara Retreats was simply perfect, as always. The view, the garden, lots of birds... what else could you ask for? The views and the sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks are just spectacular. We can't recommend this accommodation highly enough! Porridge, Jeanell as well as all other staff are wonderful hosts. They are happy to answer any questions you may have and they make sure you love this paradise as much as possible.
We enjoyed chatting with the other guests at the bar of the restaurant which is part of Castara Retreats. Kenny, Patricia and team serve Italian style food with a stunning sea view included. Don’t forget to try the fabulous selection of rum sitting at the bar!
Go down to the village and get in touch with the locals who always give you a nice smile. It is also a good opportunity to talk with other visitors.
This was our ninth trip to Castara and we are already trying to figure out when we can return. Can't wait!
Cathy Sneddon from Canada visited in March 2014 and awarded
We stayed at the studio apartment and had a great vacation. The apartment was clean and comfortable. The setting was beautiful. The staff were amazing. Going back again in March 2015.
Julian from U.K. visited in January 2014 and awarded
This was a return visit to Castara Retreats and so good was the first visit that we brought our two sons and partners to enjoy Castara staying in both Fisherman’s and Rainforest.
The accommodations and surrounding areas have been well covered in previous reviews so just a few observations from this visit.
The “youth” side of our party had a great time and found Castara a delight to spend time in both in the apartment and on the verandas plus down on the beach. My eldest son was in heaven when on his first day he was able to watch his team, Liverpool, live from the local bar with beer at 70p/bottle and they won!).
The management team are top notch, laundry change and clean every 3 days, both apartments presented and kept in immaculate condition. Porridge, Castara Retreats’ manager, does deserve special note – a daily visit when any problems are immediately resolved – a wealth a local knowledge – a friend more than a manager – the jewel in Retreats’ crown. Also of note was our welcome and interaction with all the staff at Castara was full of smiles – not always a given on Tobago.
The restaurant, a relatively new addition, is a welcome facility – excellent cooking, reasonable prices.
Just a note on the “steep path” to the beach; we have never found this difficult or much of an exertion even in midday heat – however there is an alternative route using the main drive that is more gentle for those who might be worried about steep inclines.
Downsides? Well on a couple of occasions we had extended bouts of noisy strimming (one day commencing at 6 o’clock in the morning) and our final meal in the restaurant was enjoyed with the rather strong whiff of diesel! – this had been sprayed around the property to keep sand flies at bay. I guess this is all part of maintaining the gardens and protecting the guests.
Also since we were last there the restaurant has been extended further (now on 3 levels) somewhat restricting the wonderful views from Fisherman’s and there was on-going construction of a large new apartment along with mention of further plans for development of further accommodation. There is a possibility that with all the new building the hillside is becoming over developed and by virtue loosing some of it’s magic but the owners do have a respect for nature and the environment so hopefully this will be managed carefully.
So to sum up a top recommendation.
Aviance & Steffen from Trinidad visited in December 2013 and awarded
My boyfriend and I visited Tobago for the 1st time and we decided to go out to dinner on the Saturday night. The owner of the place where we stayed recommended us to dine at Castara Retreats restaurant owned by a guy named Kenny.
Upon phoning Kenny, I enquired on the cuisine served as well as shuttle services to and from his restaurant. He told me that he does not "normally" offer a shuttle service but instead tries to accommodate newcomers to the island who don't have transport of their own. This was music to my ears as my boyfriend and I didn't have to worry about getting to the restaurant or returning to the apartment in Parlatuvier.
When we got to the restaurant, my boyfriend and I were the only couple to dine at the time and we were greeted by Will who was our waiter for that evening. The ambience of Castara Retreats restaurant was relaxing, wonderfully poetic and the lighting was just right for a romantic dinner with my sweetheart!
We decided to order the steak and potatoes and that meal was divine!! The steak was cooked to perfection and the potatoes were well seasoned and literally melted in your mouth. For dessert, my boyfriend ordered the one-of-a-kind Chocolate Mousse made from the richest chocolate, and I ordered a Rich Chocolate Torte with a side of vanilla ice cream.
Any one who dines at Castara Retreats restaurant would agree that the meals and desserts are prepared with a tantamount of love and care and prepared to perfection.
I would definitely recommend dining at Castara Retreats restaurant wherever you're staying in Tobago!
Thank you Kenny for your grand hospitality, and a special Thank you to our waiter, Will, who made our dining experience exquisite.