Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Jenn Ifer from U.S.A. visited in December 2008 and awarded
The facilities at the Naturalist are well-appointed and comfortable and the location is quite nice.
Otherwise, we had a very unpleasant experience at the Naturalist.
Prior to arrival I had contacted Ancle via email (on this site) and been quoted a rate of $55 a night. When we arrived in Castara, the office girls (who were neither friendly nor unfriendly) informed us the rate was $60 -- regardless of what we'd been told. We took a room -- (the Salmon) still a little unsure of what the price would ultimately be.
As we prepared to go into town -- (and after the girls had left for the day) Ancle returned. We chatted briefly and more or less pleasantly, but several minutes later as we were walking down the driveway, Ancle stopped us (accosted us really.) And began deriding us as one would expect an unkind boss to do to do to an employee -- in other words, in a way that was completely unacceptable between an owner and a guest... He wanted to clarify what the girls had written about the cost earlier in the day -- and, again his tone was that of an unpleasant supervisor talking down to someone -- Once he was comfortable with our answers... My bf asked him why he had quoted $55 in the email if that wasn't in fact the price -- Ancle snapped back "Did you confirm that price with me?"
At that point we realized that we weren't going to get anywhere rationally and $5 is only $5. We left and enjoyed our evening in Castara -- HOWEVER, knowing that Ancle was back at the premises made us rethink our initial plan to cook dinner in the room and we ate in town instead. I don't think that anyone should be made to feel uncomfortable in a place they are paying to stay. Perhaps he was having a bad day -- but taking it out on your customers is a sure way to ensure bad worth of mouth among former guests. While we wouldn't hesitate to recommend other places we stayed in T and T... Ancle's gets a huge thumbs down! Oh -- and I should add that we aren't 4 star travelers accustomed to fine service -- but we've both felt much, much more at home in divey hostels the world over than at this "resort."
Ken Greene from U.K. visited in August 2008 and awarded
Very clean and tidy apartments. Very friendly and helpfull people.
We stayed in both the King Fish and Blue Marlin Suites, with the Blue Marlin having the fantastic view, especially the sunsets.
The water pressure was very low on some ocassions, but that did not spoil a very enjoyable holiday.