Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
These reports are a combination of questions and comment posted in our Naturalist Beach Resort forum and visitor reports added via the 'Add Report' tab above. The votes awarded are weighted by volume and date to give a truer representation of reader satisfaction [more details].
Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 74 votes = 4.7 (max 5)
Jim & Tricia Black from U.K. visited in April 2015 and awarded
It was our first visit to Tobago and we were certainly pleased with our choice of The Naturalist Beach Resort at Castara. Ancle offers a very good quality of accommodation with a relaxed feel and a location second to none! Tracey organised our stay with the minimum of fuss arranging taxis to and from the airport, excellent value car rental and plenty of good advice to help you enjoy your stay in Tobago. Hope to return soon.
Castara is a great place to see the real Tobago with good restaurants and bars run by friendly locals. We had a memorable day on his boat with AliBaba (and the famous Duck) snorkelling on the beautiful buccoo reef and nylon pool with a fun barbecue at ' no man's land' , oh and the rum punch!
Altogether an unforgettable holiday - recommended!!
Kathy from Canada visited in March 2015 and awarded
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a 1 bedroom suite (Wahoo ) at the Naturalist, in a beautiful bay in quaint Castara, overlooking the beach and ocean. Great features including helpful staff, air conditioned bedroom, large patio with lounge chairs and table, great breakfast, and free use of beach chairs at the beach.
Genevieve from Canada visited in March 2015 and awarded
We stayed in three different areas on the island and this was our favorite! Ancle, the owner, came to pick us up from our previous hotel at Pigeon Point and drove us to our next destination in Black Rock. We were able to chat about the island and he pointed out some landmarks on the way. He was also more than willing to help us book tours if we wanted to. The Naturalist is a great location right on the beach in the small secluded town of Castara. The waves were quite big but fun to swim in and there were very few rocks on the beach and in the water. If the water visibility is good, there are some good snorkling opportunities (including turtle and stingray sightings) at the adjacent Heavenly Bay. Unfortunately, we had poor visibility so we couldn't see either. There's also a trail nearby through the rain forest that leads to a waterfall and a small pond to swim in.
There are a few restaurants in the town but they seem to be on rotating schedules in terms of when they are open. There's also a mini-mart nearby and a fruit and vegetable stand up the street if you want to make your own meal. We also recommend going to the fish market where you can buy the catch of the day fresh off the boat from the fisherman himself! If you get there early enough you can watch him carry the fish from the boat to the shore. Make sure to get there before 4pm to claim your fish because they go fast.
The hotel offers complimentary breakfast (toast, cereal, cheese, bake, tomato, etc). Guests can use the beach chairs free of charge. We stayed in the Dolphin room which had a partial view of the ocean and beach. It has a balcony with a table and lounge chairs which we thoroughly enjoyed. We would cook our dinners in the kitchenette in the room and enjoy eating on the balcony while listening to the waves and then relaxing after dinner on the lounge chairs. The room was very clean, the air conditioning worked well, and the bed was comfortable although the pillows were a little flat. If there's a rain storm though, don't be startled by the sound of downpour on the roof.
We had a great stay at the Naturalist and in Castara. If you are looking for a relaxing place, this is the place to be. The price and value can't be beat!
Karin E. from Switzerland visited in February 2015 and awarded
Very nice and quiet place, directly on the beach. a lot of privacy. life is going very slowly, very good for relaxing, dreaming and observing the pelicans in the bay. Ancle and Tracy do their best to comfort all the guests with a good sense of humor. Cars can be rented, tours organized to see the island, rain forest, birds etc....all you wish.
De-Niece George-Thomas from Trinidad visited in April 2014 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at the Naturalist Beach Resort for our third anniversary/first honeymoon. The facilities lived up to the expectations that we gathered from the pictures on this site. The environment is beautiful and serene and everything one can ask for in a getaway. We were won over immediately as we set foot on the premises.
What was pleasantly surprising and refreshing was the level of camaraderie and hospitality extended to us by the owner and staff at this beautiful getaway. We were treated like family, such was the warmth we experienced there.
The facilities are comfortable, homey and visitors are well provided for with necessary accessories should they desire to cook etc. as we did. The rooms are cleaned daily by very courteous staff.... I don't know what to say anymore: it felt like five star hotel service at a more relaxed accommodation than a hotel. Beautiful!
To Mr. Ancle George and staff, please keep doing what you are! We intend to make the Naturalist Beach Resort our second home!