Castara Retreats - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Sonja from Germany visited in March 2013 and awarded
Iam sonja from germany. we stay in castara retreats from 25.03. to 08.04.2013. It is the most beautiful place in the world. It is truly a paradise on earth and we totally relaxed and had the best vacation ever. Castara retreats is a beautiful well-maintained complex with very lovely and beautiful guest houses, very clean and very grateful garden with flowers and trees and birds. Kennys restaurant was a very nice place there you can eat very tasty.
Porridge has several daily loving care of us and always asked if everything is ok.
he organized island tours to the waterfall, speyside, charlotteville or any other place as you like, organized a driver for you when you need . Everything was perfect.
Highly recommended are the snorkling and fishing tours with porridge and seon with his boat "Sun Arise".
Porridge ist the warmest and kindest man i have ever met in holiday. He is always friendly and good humored and we see it was very important for him that the guests feel good.
Honestly, it was my best holiday in my life and i'm going again this year to castara retreats.
Porridge thank you for everything and also thanks for the rest from your very good organized team.
Yasmin Kay from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded
We are a family of five (nearly six, as I am preganant!) and we wanted a holiday that was safe and comfortable but also exotic and exciting. Our children are all under ten and being boys enjoy a feeling of freedom and a lack of constraints.
Castara Retreats provided the perfect setting for this.
Our treehouse apartment was a dream, delightful sea views, immersed and surrounded by wildlife and lulled by the sound of the sea. Plenty of room and thoughtful touches combined with simplicity (but not too basic).
Our host Porrige and his team were super friendly, helpful and very caring. Our whole family felt relaxed and charmed.
The village of Castara was more lovely than we expected. Quiet, peaceful beach, nestled next to and amid rainforest and full of colour and vibrancy. The people were very welcoming too, all those we met made us feel newly touched and inspired by the world we live in... what a wonderful example of simple living and heartfelt human interactions!
Thank you Tobago, a beautiful holiday!
Yasmin, Boz, Seren, Manu and Jago Kay
Paul Mullens from U.K. visited in February 2013 and awarded
Its my 6th visit to castara retreats over the last 8 years.
i have stayed in all the lodges except the new one.
nice surprise on arrival at fishermans lodge , new cooker , super large fridge freezer, and just below at the new pagoda resturant a large chiller cabinet well stocked with beers, lime coolers even nice dry white wine and even proscecco for us to help our selves to on an honesty basis
a great saving in energy rather than walking up the hill laden with heavy bags.
the roofed seating area had been equipped with new chairs ands other enhancements to make our stay very comfortable.
the pagoda resturant, can be deescribed as fitting in perfectly in a completely un obstrusive way, i liked the natural wood exteriors and this blends very well with the modern kitchen facilities.
i have stayed at the other end of the island usually for a couple of nights on arrival each time we have come, usually at the kariwak, they epitomise be3ing in the caribeen and produce meals using their own vegetables herbs etc, that establishment oozes the better things in life and simple good quality food.
the pagoda resturant for the 10 times i eat there provided very tasty nicely prepared, presented and cooked meals, the fish i had most nights was delicious and its taste wasnt
smothered in other flavours just a light sprinking of herbs from the garden.
my wife tried a selection of the other dishes and found the stuffed peppers delicious. she liked the fish as well
to me the service was perfect, kenny is a delightful mine host and his young assistant tending the bar, alocal school master and scout leader ably assisted him, a nice team ,
i hav e had good wines at the kariwak but nowhere else unless we took our own, but in fairness its a place for long drinks and having tobagos stunning scencery more than makes up for the odd glass of wine.
but i have to say my wife loved the lemon & lime cocktails, and having a decent glass or two of red was an unexpected treat
so overall we eat at the pagoda with odd snacks at chinos, he deserves support as well
i would go back to castara, it means something to me that people come out of their houses and greet us upon our return
and after all i wouldnt have done some 50.000 miles getting to and from tobago unless the island , its people and castara wasnt a special place.
and not least i must not forget porridge and jeanelle, they are very special people who co ordinate things to make it all work.
i would say we are very lucky tourists
Michelle Harris from U.K. visited in January 2013 and awarded
What truly wonderfull place. the views are breathtaking (birdsong) the accomadation was great apart from no tin opener. the staff are friendly ( porridge,kenny and wesley in the restarant and the ladies that cleaned) the birds and wildlife around the lodges was amazing.a beautiful country with beautiful people. we got married while there and if you wanted a laid back but lovely day i would recomend it highly.
Sharel Jagroop from U.K. visited in November 2012 and awarded
Castara retreats is home away from home. Extremely peaceful, clean, comfortable and overlooking the amazing view of Castara Bay. It must be the best view in Tobago and the village is still very authentic.
From booking to departure - no problems very efficient staff with excellent communication. We were only staying for 2 nights but stayed an extra night as we loved it so much but was moving on to Trinidad. Porridge was an excellent host and ensured we were looking after. There was a lovely home made pumpkin bread, marmalade and milk/tea for us on arrival. The sugar birds and blue gray tanagers woke us up every mornin and the hummingbirds would appear as we'll! The food was delicious thanks to Renny and his wife.
I would highly recommend Castara Retreats - it is worth the drive as you get to experience the real Tobago and it is a short drive to Speyside, Parlatuvier village and the Beautiful rainforest. We saw 34 birds in one morning on a tour with Newton George recommended by Porridge.