Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Sharon from Trinidad visited in March 2012 and awarded
Although my stay was short it was totally enjoyable. The accommodation was very comfortable; it felt like home and afforded me the kind of relaxation I needed with my usually hectic schedule. I went to bed and woke up with the refreshing sea breeze and sounds of waves. The staff was very friendly and organized a Friday night lime for patrons...I definitely will return for an escape!!
Nick Quesnel from U.S.A. visited in March 2012 and awarded
Fantastic quiet setting right on the beach front in Castara. Close to local amenities; bars, restaurants, stalls and fish market for fresh fish everyday. Clean and user friendly rooms with all the appliances of home.
Very friendly and helpful host, always happy to provide recommendations and answer questions.
Alexander Dawson from U.K. visited in February 2012 and awarded
This was our second visit to The Naturalist, and we hope it won't be our last.
For the majority of our two weeks we stayed in "Dolphin" after upgrading from one of the smaller, older units. (Dolphin is new since our previous visit in 2008.)
The apartment is fully equipped for self-catering with modern cooking appliances throughout, and air-conditioning and ceiling fan. The balcony with sun-beds is the perfect place to relax at the end of a busy day spent relaxing.
The location, right next to the end of the beach, is perfect.
Ancle is a caring host and will go out of his way to try and meet every request.
James Davis from U.S.A. visited in January 2012 and awarded
Castara is not a place that you should go if you’re looking for glitzy shops and exciting nightlife. But if you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere where life takes a step back in time and the simple things are what matter, then this is definitely the place for you. This was one of the best vacations we have ever had, made even more special by the location of the accommodations and the wonderful friends we made in Castara. We had the pleasure of spending a full month in the Grouper. The Grouper is 3 steps from the beach and the view from the living area is second to none! There is a great little sitting area just outside the back door with a couple benches that give you the best view of the sunset on the entire beach. It has a great kitchen, and a small private patio in the back as well. Mr. George and his staff did a great job taking care of everything around the resort. We enjoyed attending Mr. George’s birthday party where we met some of the wonderful people from the village and other guests staying at the resort. We are planning on returning to Tobago and to Castara and when we do, the Naturalist Beach Resort will be at the top of our list of places to stay. Thank you, Mr. Ancel George and staff, for making our stay a memorable one; we will be looking forward to seeing you all again.
Thomas&kirstin from Germany visited in August 2011 and awarded
We stayed at three places in Tobago and the Naturalist was the best place we found (by far). We had the Blue Merlin apartment. You can watch on the sea directly from your bed! From the large balcony you have the full overview over Castara beach and the whole bay. We could watch the fishermen who start or end their fishing tours from the beach or bring out there nets directly at the beach in the morning or evening time. The beach is nice for swimming and snorkelling. In the afternoon you have even the opportunity to see stingrays, which come close to the shore.
The apartment kitchen was well equipped compared to the other places we visited, e.g. a microwave, grill and wider range of pans. The apartment was daily cleaned and the linen was changed every two days. So we felt very comfortable.
We enjoyed the village of Castara, too. It is quite remote, but there are quite a number of tourists staying in different little places. So you find some restaurants which have very good meals for fair prices (go for the lobster). And if you prefer cooking yourself, get very fresh fish directly from the fishermen.