Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
John Woodward from U.K. visited in February 2014 and awarded
My wife and I spent 2 delightful and relaxed weeks at The Naturalist. All the apartments are a little different in their layout, but facilities and standards of accommodation are all attractive and consistently good. Ancle and his team have the knack of making you feel so welcome and look after everything you could wish for without it ever seeming to be a chore. The complex is ideally placed right on the beach in Castara, so if you are looking for a relaxed environment, go for it. A bonus for us was at the end of our holiday, we had spent considerably less than we would normally spend on a Caribbean package holiday. We will be back.
Joanne Green from U.S.A. visited in February 2014 and awarded
This is our 5th. stay at the Naturalist & things just keep getting better! Ancle George continually works to develop his property to its fullest. The staff is excellent; they work hard to serve the guests. Our apartment (Grouper) was kept spotless and beds are changed every other day. The location, right on the water's edge can't be beat and the village of Castara is so fun to be in. To be able to stay in a working fishing village is a unique experience. No sterile resort feel here! Needless to say, we'll be back!
John Tuckwell from Canada visited in February 2014 and awarded
I highly recommend on of the apartments right on the beach. I stayed in the Blue Marlin suite, and loved it. The louvred windows open fully on three sides so you can enjoy a view of the whole bay, and its glorious white sand beach. Great snorkelling is steps from your room, and the pounding surf is your lullaby at night. The staff at the resort are very helpful and friendly
Jud, Really from Canada visited in October 2013 and awarded
We have stayed at the Naturalist several times. the rooms are comfortable and well equipped and you can't be any closer to the beach. Ancle and his daughter are great hosts and will ensure you have an enjoyable stay. We highly recommend it.
Shako from U.S.A. visited in September 2013 and awarded
Initially, we were off to a rocky start with The Naturalist Resort. I'll describe this as "two strikes" but luckily, they didn't reach the "three strikes and you're out" point.
We arrived on 31 Aug 2013, unbeknownst to us that this was Trinidad & Tobago's National Independence Day. This didn't really pose a problem for us...luckily. One month prior to our arrival at The Naturalist, I emailed our itinerary complete with arrival/departure times to Ancle George (Hotel Manager). I received a confirmation email from him, stating "Hi
While at The Naturalist, be sure to visit Ms. Hazel's shop (up the Hill from Naturalist, maybe 100 ft). She and her husband are very lovely people and have great fresh fruits. Visit their sister-in-law just in front of the Naturalist for some cold Carib and great convo. We ended up talking with her for about an hour one evening, learning all about her excursions in Brooklyn and other NY parts.
Hans Philips is HANDS DOWN the best Tour Guide. He has several but we attended the "Little Tobago" tour w/lunch at Jemma's Treehouse. Hans is super energetic and knowledgeable, very down to earth. Having lunch with him (one on one b/c our group was rather small) provided for some excellent conversation and history of the island. Learned lots from him! And yes, we jumped off the boat during our snorkeling session with him :-)
Two other TIPS: check out Shore Thing Cafe located closer to Scarborough for some nice local lunch. The menu kinda caters to tourists (pizza and flatbreads and such) but they have a lovely kingfish "local" lunch offered as well. Their coconut cream pie is to DIE FOR! We went to lunch there with another new friend, Brian, also a taxi driver. He's very shy but once you get to know him, he's full of so much wisdom. Upon getting a ride with him, we were a bit tired, as was he. So the convo was nonexistent. We soon realized that he thought we were upset or something, and vice versa. So much for 1st impressions b/c we soon invited him to lunch and got to know him quite a bit. He's a lovely soul.
Finally, go for yoga with Ginny at her Moonlight Mountain yoga house (also may be called yogacrypt). She's a lovely European woman, possibly 60 + years young but offers a great yoga session, for opening up the body, mind, and spirit!
All in all, Tobago started off a bit rocky but ended up being a great experience and a perfect get away. WE'LL DEFINITELY BE BACK!!