Lillibets - Reader Reports & Opinion
Catherine & Ryan from Canada visited in March 2010 and awarded
We stayed at Lillibets for a week in March and it was everything we expected and more. Bruce (who was very helpful) picked us up at the airport after an overnight flight from Canada and drove us along the coast to Castara. We stopped at the PennySaver where we picked up a few things, but as we were over tired we regretted later that we hadn't picked up more. While you can get the fruit, vegetables, fish and basic items at the little shops in Castara you really need to go to the Penny Saver in town for groceries.
Castara itself is a beautiful fishing village split between two beaches and Lillibets is set up on a hill above the smaller beach with a fantastic view. The climb up to Lillibets is steep so would not be good for anyone with mobility issues, but once you get up there it is well worth the effort. We stayed on the top floor and while those apartments don't have air conditioning we didn't really feel it was necessary. In the top apartments you also get the benefit of the high cathedral ceilings and I think perhaps more of a feeling of privacy.
The accommodation is rustic, but clean with plenty of room for two people and privacy. In the front is a living/kitchen area and at the back a bathroom with shower on one side and bedroom on the other. The bed has a mosquito net, but we didn't find the bugs that bothersome anyway. At night we would sit out on the balcony and eat dinner of fresh caught fish we had purchased from the fishermen on the beach in the late afternoon. In the morning we'd sit there and eat breakfast and watch the birds come to eat the fruit we'd left out for them.
Some days we would relax on the beach at Castara and go snorkelling and some days we rented a car to explore a bit more of the island. Our favourite beach was Englishman's Bay, just a few minutes drive up the coast from Castara and often almost entirely empty.
We found our holiday at Lillibets extremely relaxing and somewhat off the beaten path, but still with enough amenities around that we had our choice of several restaurants to eat at and things to do. I would recommend Lillibets as an ideal location for a couple or a group of friends. The village is quiet in the evening so would not be a good destination for someone looking for nightlife. We definitely plan to go back and will stay at Lillibets again.
Zegula from Germany visited in October 2009 and awarded
Wie beschrieben, hat man einen sehr schönen Blick über die Bucht und es ist unerheblich, ob man im 1. oder 2. Stock wohnt. Allerdings würden wir die Appts. rechts bevorzugen, weil auf der linken Seite ein etwas dichterer Bambus wächst. Die AC in der unteren Etage haben wir nur 1 mal gebraucht. Falls jemand sehr geräuschempfindlich sein sollte, ist er in der oberen Etage besser aufgehoben. Man hört unten buchstäblich jedes Wort und selbst das Schnarchen von oben.
Die Appts. sind einfach aber zweckmäßig eingerichtet und sauber, allerdings neigt die Dusche zu Überschwemmungen. Und eine WC-Bürste fehlt auch. Leider hatten wir im Schlafzimmer einen leicht muffigen Geruch, der offenbar vom Kleiderschrank ausging. Vielleicht zu Anfang mal den Raum mit Deo aussprühen! Der Balkon hat eine schöne Größe und da wir beide Appts. angemietet hatten, konnten wir je nach Sonne auf die entsprechende Sitzecke ausweichen.
Als Strand bevorzugten wir eher die Englishmans Bay, zu der man auch ohne Auto mit einem der privaten Taxen fahren kann, obwohl in diesem Teil der Insel die Autos nicht sehr häufig vorbei kommen. Auf den Bus würden wir uns hier nicht verlassen.
Der Vermieter Bruce, der gleichzeitig auch Taylor`s Auto-Rental betreibt, ist sehr nett, obwohl man ihn selten zu Gesicht bekam. Außerdem ist er sehr kulant, falls an einem der Fahrzeuge ein Mangel ist. Bei ihm kann man die Fahrzeuge tageweise so mieten, wie man sie z. B. für den Transport von Unterkunft A nach B braucht, oder von Unterkunft B zum Airport. Das kostet nichts extra.
Fazit: Wir würden diese Apps. auf jeden Fall empfehlen, wobei es sicher bessere, allerdings auch erheblich teurere gibt. Vorteil: Man ist sofort am Strand, ruhige Gegend, Appts. ordentlich, große Betten mit vernünftigem Moskitonetz!!! Nachteil: Viele Stufen, alles muss hoch geschleppt werden.
M.D.Hager from Luxembourg visited in August 2009 and awarded
We stayed 2 weeks at Lillibets and we were extremely satisfied. The appartments are very spacious and nice furnitured, they are just a few meters away from one of the nicest beaches of the whole island (yes - we checked out nearly all!) and Castara is just wonderfull. I spent in total around 40 hours of investigations before I decided to book Lillibets. When we were there, I was curious and visited a lot of the other "alternatives". But I haven't found one, that I liked more than Lillibets. Castara is really a very nice and quite place, the people are all very kind and after a while you know most of them.
We are definitely planning to go there again. Thanks again to Tom and Liz, Bruce, Dexter, Wade, Binghi -the fruit king and all the others!
Karen Lewis from U.K. visited in August 2009 and awarded
I only stayed at Lillibets for one night but it was lovely. The views are stunning and the small beach was gorgeous. You can access the pool at the Angel Apartments, less than a minute down the hill if you don't want to stay on the beach. The apartment itself was very clean and had everything you could need, including air-conditioning.
The best part of my stay was the 'Steel Band and African Drumming Night' at the Boat House Restaurant; right on the beach. The eveninig was fantastic and the locals were incredibly friendly, which made the night even better.
Lillibets has everything you could possibly need while on holiday. Not only is the accommodation and location great but Taylor's Car Rentals, Alibaba's Tours and The Boat House Restaurant are all on site for your convenience.
I rented a car from Taylor's while on the island. Their prices were very good compared to other agencies and they were very prompt replying to my emails. Best of all they were extremely friendly and helpful and would go out of their way to help.
Nicky from U.K. visited in August 2009 and awarded
Beautiful location,castara lovely, traditional fishing village.Accomodation clean and welcoming regular change of towels and sheets appreciated.Fantastic views from balcony both beaches lovely.Bruce was very helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly excellent car hire from him too.1 downside its steep getting to and from the apartment so as long as you have no mobility problems its just fine!