Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Laurie Harmon from U.S.A. visited in June 2013 and awarded
If you are looking for a place to stay that is reasonably priced, comfortable, and want to leave the world behind - this is the place for you! My four siblings, their spouses, my son and I stayed there for a weeklong family reunion. The area is just beautiful, the people are friendly and very welcoming, and we were very well taken care of by the people at the Naturalist. This hospitality followed us just about everywhere else we went in Castara, as well.
The rooms are clean, issues are taken care of immediately, and it is right on the beach! If I am ever lucky enough to visit Tobago again, I will stay at the Naturalist.
Cynthia W from U.S.A. visited in May 2013 and awarded
The Naturalist Beach Resort was a fine place to stay in Castara. It was shockingly close to the shore. The village itself is quite lovely with lively soccer games and plenty of fishermen. Two things the Naturalist could do a little better are serve a better continental breakfast (for example the milk was about 2 weeks expired) and provide a more stable wireless internet signal. On the whole, though, for the price, location, and relative cleanliness, the Naturalist was a good value.
Gerrit Faust from Germany visited in March 2013 and awarded
We've been already to a lot of places in the Caribbeans, and Castara is one of our favorites. Nice place, nice people, good food, and a very relaxed atmosphere. Plus the Naturalist Beach Resort - directly on the beach and a good place to be. We stayed in the original building. Don't expect a luxury hotel, but the rooms are spacious, clean and very ok. On top, there is Ancle, who is a wonderful, helpful host. One evening (we stayed four nights) we had a amazing barbecue with Ancle and other guest from all over the world, and it was the nicest evening of our week in Tobago. Next time we come to Tobago, we will definitely stay there.
Joanne Cassidy from Canada visited in February 2013 and awarded
This property has probably the best location in Castara directly on the beach within easy walking distance of everything the village has to offer. The rooms are simple, well maintained and obviously designed with the guests comfort in mind. These are modest, clean accommodations and offer great value for the amount paid. Everything you need for a simple beach holiday is there. I don't return to places I've already been but if I was to return to Castara, I would definitely choose this property for my next stay. In my experience, there are few places that make you feel as welcome as the charming host Ancle does.
If I had to provide a downside, the breakfast has room for improvement as does the friendliness of the girls at the front desk/breakfast counter, but this was a minor detail and easily overcome by stocking up in the village.
The hero of this wonderful place is Ancle. He takes the time to meet each and every guest and goes out of his way to ensure you enjoy your stay. He genuinely cares about your happiness and with his easy going way creates a perfect atmosphere to enjoy a relaxed and easy beach holiday. Our stay at Ancles was one of the highlights of our entire trip.
Emily Carville from U.S.A. visited in February 2013 and awarded
The Naturalist is the best spot going, not just in Castara, but I'd venture a guess, anywhere on Tobago. The vibe here is easygoing, friendly, and accommodating, at once. You will feel instantly relaxed upon arrival and recharged upon departure.
My husband and I spent five nights here with his mom, in the 2-bedroom Snapper unit, on the upper floor of the newest building of the three owner and lifetime resident Ancle George has built (this one was completed in December 2012). The view from the balcony is second to none, and the unit itself was downright luxurious - much more than we needed, and yet all that we wanted!
Ancle and his excellent and friendly team have thought of it all. With fresh linens every other day and free laundry service plus daily cleaning, these are the most well serviced self-catering units around! The a/c and water pressure for showers were more than adequate, and yet we didn't even use the a/c given the consistent breeze and ceiling fans in all rooms. The kitchen had everything we needed, and we did cook a couple meals despite the fantastic local options in abundance in Castara.
Breakfast was set out each morning in the communal area below our unit, with delicious watermelon, cereal, toast, and more, plus bottomless brewed coffee, cold or hot water, and juice. Guests tended to use the free wifi down in the cafe area before venturing out for a morning swim or a read on the lounge chairs provided on the beach, and all were friendly and relaxed.
There are plenty of places to stock up on staples en route from the ferry or airport, as well as right in Castara - plus a local ATM in the village. Ancle can arrange high speed ferry tickets and airport transfers, as well as tours. He made everything incredibly easy for us, and he was proactive and highly responsive via email before our arrival as we firmed up our travel plans. Ancle is simply a pleasure to deal with, as well as a very interesting, intelligent, and spirited individual.
Castara is centrally located on the island, with wonderful areas to explore in every direction. Alibaba tours, and several others, offer incredibly beautiful and fun boat trips right off Castara beach, and any number of friendly, highly knowledgeable, and excellent tour guides will pick up guests for island tours by car. We loved exploring the reserve forest with Darlington Chance, through LB Tours, and Brian and Duck from Alibaba were excellent hosts and guides.
We all plan to return to the Naturalist, several times. Book early to secure your spot, and don't miss the great videos of every unit on the website. Ancle also has a Facebook page for the Naturalist, where you can ask questions as needed, too. Enjoy Castara!