Hibiscus Heights - Reader Reports & Opinion
Beth Henderson from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded
If you are looking for a vacation that allows you to escape to a paradise Hibiscus Heights will do that. We visited many Caribbean Islands and this by far presents the most beautiful vegetation, flowers, sea scapes, and people yet. This location allows you to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, the most friendly people who appreciate you, and refreshes you beyond words. It hasn't been overtaken by tourism...it is a pure example of a typical rural village in Tobago. Gillian and Paul are the perfect hostess and host who treat you like special guests. Paul greeted us at the airport, stopped at a supermarket allowing us to purchase the initial order and helped take our suitcases to our home away from home. The studio is fully self contained allowing totally independent living while there. We cooked some meals including fresh fish that we traced from the boat, the fishermen's on site market to the frying pan all within an hour. Flying fish, tuna and dolphin were prepared by myself during our two week stay but wasn't nearly as delicious as at the many places to eat located nearby. They can COOK! Whatever combination of spices used during preparation is the most delicious I have ever eaten and so reasonably priced. Where can you eat for $5 - $8 per meal? That includes chicken, fish, or steak with rice, pasta or salad. Harleqin's provides that in a open restaurant nearby. Joanne prepares all her own food which allows you to taste delicious local fare. Cecilia makes you so welcome at her newly opened business featuring fresh fruit, cake and ice cream, breakfast as well as main meals. She is so friendly that she gave US a parting gift when we left. The only cash machine on the Caribbean coast is located there as well as a small market, several restaurants, and internet. We felt so welcomed in that little settlement.
While there we walked down every street and road to appreciate the area. Roosters, hens and chicks, parrots in cages, unique flowers, sheep, gorgeous birds, as well as neighbourly residents made each outing an adventure. The beach is perfect for good walks, rock formation make a perfect background for excellent photos, water is clear with several choices of calm to lots of wave action. The heat of the sun was surprisingly not intense but the temperatures in the mid 80s made for what we call our nicest summer day back home.
The bus stop is nearby and for $2 TT ($6 TT equals $1 US) you can travel to Scarborough, the capital, and spend the day. Don't be in a hurry to return as they often travel using Tobago time. We always make everything an adventure so while we awaited the return trip we enjoyed observing the school children dressed in their uniforms. They were courteous, respectful and typical youth except they each wore the uniform of their school.
We had a private tour of the island which featured poui trees dotting the deep green hills, Charlotteville tucked away at the bottom of the hillside with postcard beauty and finished the day with a fantastic meal at the famous Tree House restaurant. Our guide even stopped along the twisting road to pick a ripe papaya for all of us to share. You can't imagine the intense flavour. One small example of the genuine friendliness of the people of that area.
If you want every day to seem like two, drop into a comfort zone, read books, go to the beach, walk ,enjoy nature and warm caring people, visit Hisbiscus Heights.
Valerie Wye from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded
My husband and I LOVED Sweet Nest. It was the best value we experienced during our month-long stay on Tobago. It is so cute and well equipped. There are lots of birds, including a mot-mot. The owners were very friendly and helpful. Stonehaven Bay (Grafton Beach) is a short walk, and it was a fabulous beach--large and beautiful with crashing waves that were so much fun to play in. The cafe on the beach served the best rum punches that we had during our holiday.
The only downside was the litter. On the walk from the beautiful cottage to the gorgeous beach, the roads were strewn with litter.
Elizabeth Brash from Trinidad visited in November 2007 and awarded
I spent three nights and four days at the Villa Warm Breezes, which is part of Hibiscus Heights in Pleasant Prospect, Tobago. The Villa is extremely spacious and open with a wonderful ambiance. High ceilings and gorgeous four poster beds lend to the quaint charm of the Villa, so when you are there, you feel like you are in another world. Yet, Grafton Beach is minutes away and there is a bar and a newly opened restaurant (Fishpot) within walking distance. The living and dining areas are equipped with every amenity that is necessary to make your holiday a great one. There is also a wonderful view of the ocean from the balcony, as well as the garden with its arrray of tropical plants. There is a pool which is always inviting on a hot day.
The owners Gill and Paul Connelly are wonderful and accommodating hosts who ensure that everything is perfect for your holiday. I would highly recommend the Villa Warm Breezes.
Trinidad, West Indies
Steve & Sheila Lauder from Canada visited in October 2007 and awarded
We had a blast in Tobago. The cottage was such a wonderful place to retire after a busy day of sight seeing - and so close to the beach. I was tempted to check out the bar down the street I think that was best left to another life time. I felt most at home evenings on the deck with a cigar and cold Carib (or two). The highlight of our trip was a hike, on our last day, in the rain forest to Argyle Falls with eco expert Mark Putty - he really knows his stuff. We got his number from an article he wrote in a newsprint left in the cottage.
I can't say enough about our gracious host. Super. And there support staff very efficient. You will not be disappointed.
We do hope to return to beautiful Tobago one day. And I hope that we can again enjoy your lovely cottage.
Wyn Emanuel from U.K. visited in July 2007 and awarded
We booked the Sweet Nest at Hibiscus Heights for three nights - but liked it so much we stayed for three more. The accommodation is a single bedroom apartment in what looks as though it started out as a garage. But don't let that put you off. It feels spacious, is very clean, very white and has all the facilities you'll need. A new wicker chaise longue was just the thing for laying back and watching the late night movie.
The Sweet Nest has an excellent patio/ decking area which is spacious, with a table and chairs, sun umbrella, loungers and even a barbecue. But there isn't a much of a view, as it is surrounded by plaintains which provide the privacy. It was a real bonus to have this facility. All the greenness around you means you'll need plenty of anti-mozzie repellent, of course.
We were delighted with the location, as it is just a short distance to Stonehaven Bay (which we like) and also appreciated the value. The owners, Gill and Paul, were very charming and couldn't have been more helpful.
We visited the other apartments at Hibiscus Heights and they are very spacious, with excellent views - particularly the three-beds one on the top floor.
As Hibiscus Heights is just above the hamlet of Pleasant Prospect, it is quite a busy meeting place for local people. You may hear music from the nearby bar most evenings, but it wasn't too loud and usually ended fairly early. However, did wish violence on one person who blasted the whole area with deafening music one at about six o clock one morning. Fortunately, this happened only once.
There is a new restaurant at the bottom of the hill (the Fish Pot), which we liked. And as the fish market is a short distance away, we enjoyed buying our own and cooking at Sweet Nest.
Having stayed in various locations around the island, this was a favourite. We like trying new places, but would definitely consider coming back here.