Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Dietmar Schenk from Switzerland visited in May 2010 and awarded
Staying at the Naturalist Beach Resort was very relaxing. It is great to have the beach of Castara so close and the best beach in the world (at least for me :-) ), the Englishman's Bay, close. Ancle was a great host, very unburocratic (I am sure the spelling is wrong...but I am too lazy to look it up now...you sure understand it anyway) and relaxed.
It was great that the apartment was cleaned on a regular basis.
The only points of improvement I can mention are:
*) The room anchovy could be lighter...it is kinda dark.
*) the internet connection is sometimes extremely slow
Another good thing about staying at the Naturalist was that I found it pretty safe.
Altogether you get very good value for your money.
Castara is a very relaxed village. If you are scared off by tons of tourists and look for a place where you are recognized as an individual then this is maybe the best place for you to go on the island.
If you are looking for a lot of action then you might get bored in Castara.
For me it was great as I belong to the first category. :-)
Kimberly Digiacomo from Canada visited in April 2010 and awarded
I had the distinct pleasure of staying at "The Naturalist" for the first the first three weeks of April...not knowing what to expect before or after arriving I can say that my stay in Castara was more than expectations can put in to words.My stay at the Naturalist was relaxing and glorious, with Ancle (the Owner/Manager) and his very accommodating staff can be given 5 stars for their treatment of their guests. The people who live in the Village of Castara could not have been more friendly and charming, if you are planning a trip to Tobago and you want a bit of everything, quietness, swimming,great food,great company, Turtle watching boat tours, waterfalls excursions and of course Sunday School you must make Tobago your next trip and stay at The Naturalist. A special thanks to Ancle and his staff, Loady and Soca Boat Tours, Catherine @ the Bake & Shark Shack on the beach (by the local hangout :) Marvin @ D'Lime Bar, Stella at the little place where I got my souvenirs and so many more wonderful local people that I had the great pleasure of meeting and hanging with while I spent my time in Castara. Oh and the Boat house at Little beach next to Castara Bay and Rebecca at the Blue Mango Restaurant, so many special people whom I'll never forget...When in Castara do as much as you can, Wednesday & Sat the local woman bake bread and rolls in clay ovens (yummy) ... try the Bake & Shark, Roti, Dolphin, Tuna, Kingfish, Crab & dumplings, baked chicken and special rice...Oh and you must book a boat trip with Loady out to the Nylon Pool and No-Man's Land it's a day you won't forget... BBQ fish & chicken and the most delicious potato salad :) ... try the mangoes, papaya, breadfruit and guava it's simply exquisite.
I plan to come back to Castara very soon and visit ... but this time I will plan to stay longer there is so much to do in Tobago a timeless, unchartered, unspoiled, charming Island that is so easy to fall in love with ... you won't want to leave. <3<3<3
Sharareh from U.K. visited in February 2010 and awarded
3 words I LOVED IT.
you are 10 steps away from the beach rooms are nice and clean with mini cooking facility in room air con. just a nice place to be. can buy fresh fish everyday.
BUT buy stuff from a super market before you go! be ready to cook for your self not muchin the area or options of where to eat.
LOVE IT would love to go back and stay there again.
Garry And Shirley Wray from Canada visited in January 2010 and awarded
WE stayed at the Naturalist Beach Resort for a month from jan. 18, and enjoyed every day of it.
Cartara is beautiful! and we were able to get any groceries we wanted and there was a good bus service to Scarbough and then we could buy fish up the beach everyday at 4pm, the best fish ever.
Angle George was very good to us,WE liked our accommodation and had privacy if we wanted it.
Angle George got up 4am in the morning to drive us to the airpot as the carnival was starting and he thought it might be slow to get through town. WE will always remember our time there with fond memories and the lovely sunset. Thank you Garry and shirley
Linda Levy from U.S.A. visited in December 2009 and awarded
Even though things did not work out as planned with my stay at the Naturalist, I wanted to post this report, particularly since there is a negative report about Ancle on the site.
When my family of four arrived at the Naturalist, there was major confusion. Ancle was surprised to see I had two kids with me, because the room we had reserved was not big enough. In addition, it did not have a sea view as I had requested. This had all the makings of a very tense and unhappy situation, not helped by the fact that Ancle had to rush off to the airport almost immediately -- we arrived rather late in the day.
Now, I am not the sort of person to usually do this, but for some reason I had printed out all the email correspondence I'd had regarding this and other bookings I'd made for this trip. In the emails it is clear that I have 2 kids and I wanted a sea view room.
Here's how Ancle handled the situation: He gave us a second room for our children and did not charge us for either room for the one night we stayed -- even though he doesn't normally accept one night stays. Furthermore, he was extremely gracious to us throughout our stay in Castara not only when we ate at his cafe but simply when we ran into him as we went about our days.
Ancle told me that he didn't charge us because it was his mistake and he had to honor his word. I don't think anyone could ask for more than that.
I hope a large, sea view room will be available at the Naturalist the next time we visit, but if not, I will still look forward to seeing Ancle in Castara!