Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
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!
Evelin + Rainer from Austria visited in October 2009 and awarded
wir waren eine Woche auf Tobago und wollten abseits der üblichen Hotelanlagen eine ruhige Zeit in einem Fischerdorf verbringen.
Im Internet fanden wir das Naturalist Beach Resort, das wir dann auch gebucht haben.
Wir wohnten eine Woche in der wunderschönen Blue Marlin Suite direkt über dem Meer. Die Unterkunft ließ keine Wünsche offen, mit der Küchenzeile waren wir gut vorbereitete Selbstversorgern. Machte man die Türe zur Suite auf, sah man als erstes den Strand und das Meer. Der Vermieter Ancle (ausgesprochen: ANSEL) ist ein lieber, zuvorkommender Mensch, auf den man sich verlassen kann. Er hat uns vom Flughafen abgeholt und uns auf dem Weg in das Fischerdorf Castara noch die Insel gezeigt.
Zusätzlich haben wir uns eine Auto gemietet, was wir nur jedem Tobago-Besucher empfehlen können. Das mit dem Linksverkehr hat man bald raus, außerdem wird auf der Insel recht vorsichtig gefahren.
Wir können das Naturalist Beach Resort jedem Tobagobesucher nur wärmstens empfehlen.
Terry-Ann Roberts from Trinidad visited in September 2009 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at the Blue Marlin Suite for one week and it was amazing. Perfect balcony views, daily beautiful sunsets sigh... nice wind cooling the house during the day and friendly villagers. We loved the open floor plan and how well kept the suite was. Simple no frills but all the basic necessities. Our only complaint was that at night it got a bit hot and we did not want to sleep with the windows open. The ceiling fan was not sufficient to keep the house cool at night. I would suggest that a standing fan is included in the room. Apart from that our stay was heavenly and we would definitely return.
Penelope Duda from U.S.A. visited in April 2009 and awarded
The Naturalist is a lovely Guest House, very comfortable and inviting. The beach in Castara is beautiful, great for swimming and snorkeling, and the Naturalist sits right on its edge. Any closer and you would be swimming to your bed! It is a great place to stay with children, very safe, with plenty to do and explore. The town of Castara is very laid back, but with plenty of restaurants to keep your stomach busy. Ancle George, the owner of The Naturalist, is a great host. He really made us feel welcome and went out of his way to help us in any way possible. Unfortunately we missed the local's breakfast at the Naturalist's Cafe Delight because of the Easter holiday, but that will give us another reason to go back!
Anette And Benny Thorsen from Denmark visited in January 2009 and awarded
We stayed a week at naturalist beach, in the kingfish appartment, and we had a great stay. Clean linnen every day, helpfull staff, shady terrace and lots of birds.
The owner mr. George is helpfull and attentive.
Castara is a very pleasent place. The snorkling is fine and the hole area has a friendly atmosphere, we loved it.
We were in the rainforrest with Harris McDonald and he was a knowing and very charming guide.
The best place to eat, in our oppinion, was the coffeeshop , great dinner and breakfast. and at a very low price - try it!
it is on the main road, to the right, just opposit marguritas restaurant (which also serves nice meals).
Also the wednesdaymusic in the boathouse is a must, dinner, free rumpunch, steelband and drums. very nice.
Naturalist beach has a simular arrangment on sundays. It is also very fine, very tasty bbq and the rumpunches are better, but the band is not that exiting.
We will defenetly be coming back to Naturalist Beach, if we are travelling to Tobago again.