Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Mike Feeny from U.S.A. visited in October 2012 and awarded
I just got home from a week in Tobago. While there, I stayed at The Naturalist Beach Resort in Castara. I had a wonderful week. I was treated very well by everyone I encountered. My host, Ancle George, put me in touch with very good people for my tour of Tobago, and scuba. He told me what I needed to see, what I could miss, and what I could expect to pay. My only regret is that a week was not enough time. Schedule at least two weeks.
My room, The Dolphin was always spotlessly clean, and very comfortable. Petra, Florid, and Mr George were always pleasant and helpful. They were always ready and willing to help me with any need. The laundry service was a real perk; it gets hot in Castara. The views from my outside my room were spectacular.
The town of Castara, and the Naturalist are a perfect vacation destination for anyone who prefers quiet, unspoiled beaches to those crowded with t-shirt shops and bars. This vacation for me was a wonderful get away that provided me welcome relief from all the hassles of day to day life.
On my ride to the airport, my driver said that he has had passengers cry as they left for the airport. I understand this.
Bob Vanwyk from U.S.A. visited in October 2012 and awarded
My wife and I just returned from two weeks at the Naturalist Resort. It was an amazing, experience.
We make frequent self-catering trips to The Caribbean. We have made several trips each to Guadeloupe, Curacao and Grenada. Our preference is small hotels or bungalows that are not in tourist areas - places like The Naturalist. For us, The Naturalist is ideal.
Tobago is a marvelous island in that it retains its Caribbean essence. It is very well maintained. The roads are on a par with the Dutch and French islands, and generally wider than those on Grenada. Castara is a wonderful little fishing village with an excellent beach. We had fresh caught Mahi all the first week and fresh tuna the second. A ten-minute walk from The Naturalist will put you on the trail to the waterfall. It is peaceful and beautiful.
We stayed in The Grouper. It is directly on the water with a superb view of the beach and bay. The kitchen is large with good appliances. The cookware and dishes supplied were everything we would have wanted. The room is large and the bed and furniture excellent. Waves break on the beach less than twenty feet from the room and you can hear them all night. The room has good privacy. When we return we will stay in the same room again.
The Naturalist is the only lodging directly on Castara Beach. The Grouper is the room closest to the water.
Ancle is a excellent host - an all-around great guy with whom we had some very thoughtful conversations. And Petra is terrific also. The housekeepers always kept our rooms clean and well-stocked. The other guests were interesting cool people.
For those desiring a relaxing break in a beautiful, tranquil, island environment, we give The Naturalist our highest, unqualified recommendation and look forward to our next visit. And we are grateful to Ancle for providing such a wonderful unique experience.
from Germany visited in October 2012 and awarded
My fiancé and I, together with two friends spent one week at the Naturalist Beach Resort. We stayed in the Whale apartment which has a separate room with bathroom, the Crown´s Nest, upstairs. The apartment is spacious enough for four people (even five could sleep there) with a fully equipped kitchen and a veranda all around, from where you can see the sea. We loved to have our breakfast there (although breakfast is provided, we sometimes made our own) and watch the birds or enjoy a glas of rum in the evening.
The room was cleaned every day and the free laundry service was very convenient.
Ancle is a great host and takes good care of his guests. Also his team was really nice and helpful.
We rented one of Ancle´s jeeps which was a great way to experience the island.
The Naturalist is nicely located directly at the Castara beach. We enjoyed several breathtaking sunsets over the bay or watched the fishermen hauling their nets.
Castara has several small nice restaurants, which all served delicious (sea)food. Especially the Almond Tree next to The Naturalist was very good.
During our vacation on Tobago we stayed at different places and all of them were nice, but Castara and the Naturalist was the place we definitely liked the most.
Tobago is nice, but The Naturalist is paradise ;-)
Pauline Mallory from U.K. visited in August 2012 and awarded
We Just got back from a week in Castara. We could have easily spent another week lazing on The beach And snorkelling. The Naturalist was The Perfect Place for me And Two active Sons. Our room was kingfish, on ground level with The beach in front of us!! The only problem was the dogs who roamed outside And slept in our sunbeds.
Ancel was very welcoming And breakfast was a bonus as was The Wi-fi, use of computers And 24hr filter coffee, water And Ice.
Our room was cleaned daily, beds made, clean towels, even our laundry done And hung on The line for us.
The shower was not very Powerful, but there was an outside one which was great for rinsing off sand, And sometimes The water was warm from The Sun!!
The best resterant, The Almond Tree, was next To us with views of The bay.
All in all We were very lucky with our accommodation And being in Castara, by far The best village for a range of activities including fantastic snorkelling especially out To The far side of little bay, brilliant beach for bathing And Sand castles, Beautiful Sunsets, fishing boats, a decent range of bars And resterants, local food shops, ATM, a bus stop, a beautiful waterfall, And a real sense of communite. All this whilst avoiding The steep slopes of Castara!!
If We come again We will not leave Castara - Maybe once for The rainforest!!
Peter Horvath from U.K. visited in July 2012 and awarded
The Naturalist Beach Resort is a fantastic place to stay in Castara. The room we stayed in (Whale) was very spacious, well-equipped and spotlessly clean. The Crow's Nest room where our teenage daughter stayed was fantastic, with its own bathroom, fridge and terrace. This let her enjoy her privacy but kept her close to us too. The rooms were cleaned every day by the friendly, helpful staff, who also provided a clothes laundering service free of charge. Every morning there was a lovely breakfast provided which always included a local speciality eg. stewed pumpkin (yummy!), saltfish or fried plantain. Wifi was reliable and free too.
Ancle, the owner, is a lovely person who went out of his way to help and advise us and to make sure we were comfortable and looked after at all times. He also included 1 day free car rental. The apartments lead straight onto a beautiful beach and the warm water of the Caribbean Sea (in our opinion, the best location in Castara).
All in all, our stay in July 2012 was absolutely fantastic: excellent accommodation; beautiful location; wonderful people; fabulous memories!