Lillibets - Reader Reports & Opinion
Jahmai I. from Germany visited in March 2008 and awarded
Heavenly Bay....what else must I say?
we stayed for a week at lillibets and were absolutely astonished about the appartments. The rooms were perfect and the 2 appartments above are amazing. we woke up from hearing the sweet melody of the sea! after slowing down our west european pace, we soon adopted to the tobagonian speed of life.
there is a post office, a bakery, a laundry, a few small shops and 3-4 restaurants. we hardly had to leave castara, because we had everything in our range.
walking down the 40 steps to the beach, i could hardly believe, that the beach wasn`t filled to capacity although it was spring break!
it seems like a private beach for yourself, since only 5-10 people were lying on the beach.
the beach restaurant serves food and drinks and you can put it on the bill of your room. grand.
the bay is perfect for snorkeling along with king fish and sting rays!!
The mighty three, Tom, Liz and Bruce, realy do anything possible to make your day a perfect stay!
thanks a million!
Chris Oborn from U.K. visited in March 2008 and awarded
We stayed at Lillibets for a week at the beginning of March this year, a group of 8 of us taking over all four apartments.
After ages spent researching Tobago and accomodation we were not disappointed with our choice of Lillibets in any way. The apartments are not luxurious but perfectly comfortable with splendid views across Castara Bay (the best views from the upper apartments). The bay itself is fantastic - not crowded at all with snorkelling just off shore.
Castara itself is possibly the most beautiful part of Tobago's coastline - certainly of the parts we visted which was most of the island except the northern part.
The people on Tobago are far friendlier than elsewhere in the Caribbean, there being no better example than Bruce to whom our thanks go for looking after us so well. Nothing was too much trouble and he is permanantly smiling and laughing. We hope to return before too long to hear the rest of his story and to listen to him and his friend Simon playing their guitars.
To sum up - a wonderful holiday in a beautiful place, thoroughly recommended.
Susan Greco from U.S.A. visited in February 2008 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at Lillibet's for 12 days in February. The location is perfect - up on a hill so we always had a breeze and the view was absolutely stunning.
The accommodations are perfect for two. The bedroom has a queen bed which was quite comfortable along with plenty of storage and a lockbox for your valuables. The sheets and towels were changed about every three or four days.
The living space included a futon, several chairs and a tv with satellite viewing (which made my husband happy that he could keep up on the election news from the US).
The kitchen was adequately equipped for 2 but any more than that would be without silverware, as there was only 2 of each. There was no coffeemaker which meant that by the time we returned to the states, I found that my morning cup of coffee gave me quite a buzz! In general, we cooked a good number of our meals without any problems.
We spent most of our time on the lovely balcony at the dining table overlooking the little bay - reading, eating our meals or just enjoying a drink or two. Just stunning! And it was so quiet that we fell asleep each night to the sound of waves (with the random dog bark to boot).
Bruce Taylor, the local representative, was absolutely fantastic. He helped us with our luggage and groceries upon arrival (which, until you see the stairs, you don't realize what a huge help that is!) and arranged for anything we asked for (like extra towels). We spent quite a few evenings enjoying interesting conversation with him while partaking of a rum or two.
The location is perfect if you don't mind that there is not much to in the small bar (of course, there isn't much to do in Castara period so you aren't missing out on much:-). The Boathouse is just at the bottom of the stairs but apparently no longer serves alcohol so if you want to have a drink, you must go to the other bay. That requires a climb up a steep hill and then a walk through town - we were lazy and used the car each time but the walk isn't that long.
As others have noted, be aware that the climb to the apartments is a long one - up several flights of stairs. It was fine for us and worth it since it meant that there was always a breeze and a fabulous view but it is something to be aware of if you are extremely out of shape, older or just not up for the challenge! By the end of our trip, we found the climb was considerably easier than the first time.
Prior to arrival, the owners answered each of our questions in a timely and adequate manner. All in all, a lovely place to stay!
Alan Willms from Canada visited in January 2008 and awarded
Lillibets was designed and built by the friendly and helpful manager Bruce Taylor and he went out of his way to satisfy all our requests. Like most of the accommodations at Heavenly Bay, Lillibets is fairly new, built only a couple of years ago and like any new guest house it is still maturing as the customer's needs become known.
There are only 2 large units on each floor of Lillibets with HUGE balconies that look out over the valley and the village. We stayed on the upper floor and the bright and cheerful one bedroom apartment had natural wood floors and an amazing wood cathedral ceiling created by the architectural roof, reminiscent of ancient China.
Lillibets is the highest of the guest houses at Heavenly Bay situated on the hill above Angel Apartments. About 50 steps lead to the upper level. Each one bedroom apartment is equipped with a medium sized fridge, gas stove and the basic cooking utensils. A bit more kitchen equipment and more dishes would be nice. The all tile bathroom is large and well ventilated with plenty of hot water.
Wicker furniture can be moved to the balcony where you will likely want to spend most of your time. There is a queen bed in the bedroom and a futon in the living room. One area for improvement is the mattress and the bedding. Our apartment had a securely installed strong box which helped make the holiday much more relaxed. Overall Lillibets was good value for the money and we would definitely go there again.
We hope that all the apartment owners at Heavenly Bay and Castara cooperate to protect the amazing beach and coral reef that Castara is blessed with. Although regulations for septic treatment in Tobago are nothing like we are used to in the northern countries, we hope that the owners of all the guest houses in Castara join together cooperatively to protect this most wonder place, not only for themselves and their guests, but for future generations as well. Castara is truly a special place.
Michael & Svenja from Germany visited in April 2007 and awarded
We stayed for two weeks in april 2007 in the Lillibets and we were really sad when we had to leave.
The Lillibets is on the eastern part of castara bay located.
The walking distance to the smaller one of the two castara beaches (heavenly beach) is about 3 minutes.
The house is build uphill so we had an outstanding view of castara, the beach and the rainforest from our balcony.
Every morning it was a great feeling to be woken up by the sound of the sea and the crying birds. The birds were permanent guests when we took our breakfast on the balcony and in the evening we observed bats.
The appartment was well equipped with everything we need. A coffee maker was not there but I think that will change in future.
There was only cold water for a shower available, which is normal for tobago, but never-theless you don`t need warm water because of the climate.
So over all everything was as we expected.
The owners Tom and Liz responded every question we had before immediately.
By chance they stayed there at the same time as we did. They are very friendly and uncomlicated.
One evening they arranged a BBQ for the guests and some locals and we had a wonderful time. The sundowners mixed by Tom were outstanding.
The local manager Bruce is a very funny guy who fulfilled us every wish.
Finally we had a wonderful time in a familiar house located in a beautiful surrounding with friendly people.
Thank you Tom and Liz.