Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Sarah B from U.S.A. visited in March 2011 and awarded
Truly the best place we stayed in Tobago. Our stay was so fantastic, we are returning again this year, and we have never in our travels to any country stayed in the same place twice. If you want a relaxed trip without the distractions of a large (overpopulated!) resort, then the Naturalist is a perfect fit. Ancle provides great hospitality, the views are spectacular, and don't worry about planning your side trips prior to the stay... you can book them with the folks right on the beach. Watch fishermen pull up their nets, get a visit from the ice cream man, and even have an impromptu steel drum lesson. We highly recommend the Naturalist.
Roslyn Woodcock from Canada visited in January 2011 and awarded
We stayed at the Naturalist for the better part of 5 weeks in December and January. The property is wonderfully situated and the rooms are good for the price but the real beauty is in the owner, Ancle who works hard to create a great business and be an asset to his community.
Over the course of the visit we ended up staying in most of the rooms available. All are livable but the second story rooms are worth the money if you are there for any length of time. The balcony overlooking the beach is really great, especially if you want a bit of privacy but don't want to be stuck in your room.
Kitchenettes are a must in Castara if you are there for any length of time as the food choices are pretty minimal.
Kathleen McTigue from U.S.A. visited in January 2011 and awarded
I stayed in the least expensive of the apartments, Bonito; it's on the ground floor and the decking above makes it a little dark, but I was mostly there just to sleep so it wasn't a problem. The room was clean and neat and had everything I needed; Ancle and the staff were friendly and responsive when I had questions. I arranged with Peter Cox for two different days out birding, which was BRILLIANT -- highly recommended!
Sada Creese from Trinidad visited in December 2010 and awarded
I based my decision to stay here due to two factors- this website with its reviews and secondly my need for a different Tobago experience. Typically, we would stay in the Bon Accord area but opted for a countryside experience. Castara is a beautiful countryside fishing village in which the Naturalist is appropriately nestled on the beach.
We stayed in the bonito room which was sufficient for my travel buddy and I for the two night stay. We only needed to walk with our clothes and a few grocery supplies. In the fridge there were complimentary beer and watermelon on arrival. There were sufficient towels, sheets, utensils, appliances and cookware for the both of us. The towels and sheets were clean as well as the room. If you are looking for the Hyatt's updated decor, then this is not for you. The decor was simple and appropriate for us. The beds were comfortable as we overslept on our first night and woke up feeling refreshed. The rooms were cleaned plus towels were replaced daily. They even provided liquid and bar soap. For the price we were thoroughly impressed. We would recommend it for someone on a budget that wants a very mellow Tobago experience.
Notable mentions include the Coffee Shop which served us delicious pumpkin ice cream, Maguerite's restaurant which served us great food(loved the fried plantain) and the Blue Mango restaurant which served us a free wild meat meal to ring in 2011 with them(yummy!!!). If you can, rent a car to reach up there. We decided to take the bus which was unreliable(hours late) and as a result I reached back from Scarborough too late and I did not have enough time to go on the hike to the waterfall. Thankfully Ancle was very accommodating and offered us a ride to Scarborough. He also dropped us on New Year's morning to the port with no fuss :)
I would return and recommend the Naturalist to family and friends.
Vijai Ramsawak from Trinidad visited in September 2010 and awarded
From check in to check out was warm & friendly. Place was very clean & comfortable. Room - salmon - was just d right size. It had aircondition,ceiling fan, stove and small fridge.
Its location was d best as we heard the waves crashing while we slept - this was soo relaxing.
property located on beach gave immediate access to Castara's main beach called Big bay by d locals. A short walk down Depot Road is Little Bay...jus heavenly...
There's food available right on the hotel's beachfront property & there's a Roti restaurant located on d Big Bay jus a few mins away as well. There's a supermarket located at the far end of the main beach ...about 7 mins walk...
I would definitely return to the Naturalist next time I'm in Tobago...as its location being jus 35 mins drive from Scarborough and being right on the beach makes it so relaxing.
Its a very good place to get away from the crowds.
Cons: The fridge is small - and made a noise at night...if this was larger then it was all that you would need.
Heard about freshly baked bread from the clay oven located on the beach...didnt see any of that...the fishermen come in around midday with fresh fish...so u have to be around to get fresh fish to purchase.
Highly recommended however. Just a wonderful place to unwind and relax...
I plan on making this a yearly visit.