Lillibets - Reader Reports & Opinion
Sarah And Richard Wall from U.K. visited in March 2008 and awarded
Other reviewers have done a good job of describing the appartments at Lillibets and we would agree with them so will keep this short and to the point.
What we liked about Lillibets:
The amazing view across the bay
Lots of time spent sitting on the spacious balcony watching birds and bats on the bird feeder (sugar or bananas proved popular)
Wandering out to one of the local restaurants for dinner (The Boathouse is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Vera's does a good roti for lunch or the Tobagonian standard fish, chicken or shrimp with veg and rice/fries for dinner and if you want to eat in but can't be bothered to cook the pizzas at Big Fish are to be recommended)
It's really close to the beach where there is amazing snorkelling within a few feet
Suggestions for improvement:
The apartment was generally clean but more care needs to be taken with the cleaning in the bathroom as we had to wipe someone else's hair trimmings off the shelf and having flooded the bathroom had to clear the plug hole of hair.
We enjoyed our stay at Lillibets, it's in a great place, well maintained and makes a good base for exploring Castara.
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.
Mary Galliers from U.K. visited in March 2007 and awarded
The best thing about Lillibets is undoubtedly the vast view over Castara Bay - it really is magical. The appartments are some of the highest in the village and so command the best views and the large balcony is perfect to enjoy them.
The appartment is a good size for two adults and is well equipped with a full size oven and fridge freezer. The bed is comfortable and there is a good size wardrobe and chest of drawers. The bamboo armchairs aren't that comfortable - I have a bad back and had to use the pillows as extra cushions! The appartment was clean with linen changed halfway through our week's stay (although the pillows were a bit old and could have done with an extra pillowcase on them).
The appartments are within a few paces of the beach at Little Bay and are therefore very near the Boathouse restaurant for drinks and snacks during the day. Guests of Lillibets can also use the pool at the Angel Appartments. However, this pool is very small with limited seating and did not seem to get much sun. It is ideal for children though as it is fairly shallow. Lillibets is very near Alibaba's accommodation and, as it is fairly new, you may stand a chance of getting into Lillibets if Alibabs is fully booked - in fact, Steph from Alibabas suggested we try Lillibets as they were full during the week we wanted.
The worst things about Lillibets were the cold shower (no hot water anywhere in the appartment) and the huge number of stairs - especially on arrival day when you are hot and tired and have to carry your luggage and shopping..... The other aspect which could be a downside is that the balconies are shared between the two appartments on each floor. Our neighbours were lovely but the lack of privacy may not be right for everyone. Finally, I should mention the noisy neighbours at a nearby property who insisted on playing reggae loudly throughout much of our stay. When they hit the off button, we enjoyed the sound of the waves crashing on the beach and the wildlife.
I can't end my review without mentioning Bruce, the local man who looks after the appartments and the guests. He arranged everything we needed - transport from the airport, hire car and transport to Sunday School at Buccoo. All this was done with charm and a really friendly attitude - in fact, the "Bruce factor" encouraged me to rate Lillibets as 4 rather than 3.