Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Karla And Jose Morey from Venezuela visited in July 2011 and awarded
This was our second trip to Tobago and our second stay at the Naturalist. Ancle is above and beyond accommodating and made us feel like family. My fiance and I loved it so much on our first trip that we decided to get married there! The Naturalist is the only hotel in Castara that is truly right on the beach, no matter what other hotels claim.
Ancle made all the arrangements for us and went out of his way to make our wedding special and beautiful. All of our family loved their accommodations and Ancle is constantly working on upgrades and improvements.
Castara is a small village, but they have all the basics so you can get what you need to make your own meals or you can opt to eat out. If you're thinking of visiting Tobago for a relaxing time, stay at the Naturalist in Castara Bay. You will not be disappointed!!
Anita from U.S.A. visited in July 2011 and awarded
We stayed at The Naturalist for 6 days and were not ready to leave. Ancle and his staff are wonderful. Our family had the entire resort booked for a wedding. It was the perfect place for a wedding. Ancle made everything so enjoyable and took care of all of us with ease. The rooms are all very nice and comfortable. We were in Dolphin and had a beautiful view of the beach. The rooms have well equipped kitchens and the local stores have basic food items. The rooms were cleaned each day by a very friendly and helpful staff. If you are looking for a relaxing place to vacation this is it. The beach is great, sunsets beautiful and snorkeling right out from the resort was fantastic. A waterfall you can swim in is just a short walk away along with several restaurants.