Lillibets - Reader Reports & Opinion
Martin Cockroft from U.K. visited in December 2011 and awarded
We were very pleased with the overall standard of the apartments which were spacious and clean. The views from the top apartments were spectacular and could not be better. The height of the apartments enable a cooling breeze during the day which helps to reduce the heat. The aircon in the lower apartment was well liked by my wife. The owners were exceptional hosts, friendly and helpful but not intrusive. We would definitely recommend Lillibets to anyone wanting to stay in the beautiful laid back village of Castara.
Camilla B And Michael H from Denmark visited in October 2011 and awarded
What can we say - we will be back. Gorgeous view, lovely apartment and new found friends in the birds, amongst others the photogenic MutMut, the bundle of Bananaquits and even a stray Hummingbird and the all the other interesting wildlife that passed by during our three weeks stay...
To visit Lilibets during the Rain season is no problem at all since when it actually rained (surprisingly not that much) the rain never gets near the table on the porch. And who cares if it is raining when it still 30 degrees Celsius and lots of stuff is going on down at the beach and the bay to look at :)
We would give a 5 on the rating, but lack of kitchen ware and slow running water hold us down to a 4. However - apart form that it was a total 5 and we most deffinately will be back as soon as we can.
Also thank you Sharon at the Boathouse, you are the best!!
Lesley from U.K. visited in March 2011 and awarded
The steep treck up the steps are well worth it. The views are amazing and so are the birds that come and join you for breakfast on your terrace. The apartment is basic, but who cares, you are not in there all day. Cooking facilities are fine, plenty of hot water in the shower. Do take your own beach towells. Thoroughly recommend this place. Totally unoverlooked position.
Roger & Gail from U.K. visited in February 2011 and awarded
Having spent a week on Tobago, we decided to spend the last 2 nights in Castara. We arrived there without having booked any accommodation and, by chance, were offered one of the Lillibets apartments. The owners, Liz and Tom, were in residence and were very welcoming and helpful, making us tea and giving plenty of advice on Castara and the surrounding area.
The apartments are built on the hillside on two levels and accessed via some steep stairs. Tom kindly helped us move our luggage up to the apartment as he was far more used to the stairs than us. Not recommended if you have mobility problems but you would certainly get fit going up and down the stairs for a week.
We had a first floor apartment which was very clean, simply but adequately furnished, with aircon in the bedroom. The kitchen was well equipped for self catering but, as we were only there for 2 nights, our catering was limited to making tea and rum punches! We bought fruit locally for breakfast, which we took sitting on the balcony watching the varied and colourful bird life. It was like sitting in the trees and we enjoyed feeding the birds on fruit and sugar.
Because we were in Castara for such a short time, apart from breakfast we ate all our meals at the Boathouse down on the beach. A very friendly, welcoming place with a nice laid back attitude.
Castara was a great place to end our trip and Lillibets was a good place to stay. We would go back if visiting Tobago again.
David from Canada visited in February 2011 and awarded
Lillibets was by far the the nicest place we stayed at during our trip to Tobago. In addition to Castara, we also stayed in Buccoo and Charlotteville at similarly priced accommodations. Knowing what I do now of the island, I would've changed our 8 day itinerary to only include two locations - a short stay by Pigeon Point and a longer one at Lillibets.
Our drive to Castara was a little bit scary, and that final driveway down to Little Bay is a sharp left and a steep slope. I'd recommend hiring someone local to bring you to Lillibets if you're not comfortable driving on winding, hilly roads. Parking is behind Angel Apartments, and from there it's a well maintained stair pathway to Lillibets. It's well worth the walk, as the view is gorgeous and the greenery outside the balconies are also home to local birds who like to stop to grab a bite on the bird feeders. (They seemed to really enjoy my jalapeno Pringles!)
Our group had both an upstairs and a downstairs apartment. Personally I chose the air conditioned downstairs apartment, but the breeze that Lillibets gets thanks to its location on the hillside kept it nice and cool even when it was off. Mosquitoes didn't seem to be as much of an issue for us up on the hill as it did for some friends we made in the village who were staying closer to the beach. Nevertheless, use the mosquito nets provided, and bring a few laundry clips to ensure good seals if you're as paranoid about bugs as I am.
Try to book dinner at The Boat House if you're in Castara on Wednesday. The set meal includes a main, dessert, unlimited rum punch, steel pans, drumming, and limbo! A fantastic deal and only down the steps from Lillibets.
Thank you Tom and Liz for sharing Castara with the rest of us!