Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
David And Yvonne Crisell from U.K. visited in May 2008 and awarded
We stayed in King Fish for the first 2 weeks of May and what a delight it was.We are aware that not everybody would want this type of holiday, so far from all modern conviences and night life but for us it was perfect.Nature was all around us the whole time, in the sea ,in the nearby forest and even on our patio.
Castara had all we required small shops, a few bars, fish direct from the sea and the most enchanting bunch of local people you could wish for.
The Naturalist Resort is perfect for such a village as Castara, you could be no closer to the sea without getting wet it is right on the beach.All the staff are friendly, humorous and helpful while Ancle, the unassuming boss, is a star.
Liz Leaper from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded
Stayed in Castara in one of smaller appartments for a few days and then Blue Marlin for rest of 2 week stay. My idea of a perfect carribean beach holiday - a real fishing village feel, not touristy at all. Sat on the alcony each morning listening to the waves below, watching the fish being landed and helping sometimes. Best bits were a trip with King David to the rain forest - he brought his binoculars for close view of humming birds. Also trip to turtle bay to see egg laying, although quite bizaar at first landing in the concrete fish market and settling down for a bbq and boogie! Don't miss the fresh bread baked in the outdoor oven, waterfall, snorkling and dinner listening to pans and local drummers in the next bay. Would love to visit again! liz
Paul Wise from U.S.A. visited in April 2008 and awarded
The location was excellent and the room was clean, however the staff appeared unfriendly and seemed bothered when we approached them. They had overbooked reservations, and several people we met had to stay in other accommodations. We were surprised that even guests had to pay for lounge chairs on the beach. Somewhat overrated.
Kelli Hyatt from U.S.A. visited in March 2008 and awarded
We stayed in the Blue Marlin suite, and it was sweet!
The views were unbelievable, the room was nice (no hot water), we had a lot of privacy and felt the room was perfect for our trip with an infant ( he napped while we ate the included breakfast below the room with the stairway within arms reach and sight heading up to the room)
Additionally we enjoyed snorkeling in the bay with one person basking on the deck while the baby napped.
The staff is friendly and helpful.
A tip: the arranged pick-up didn't go so smooth and we ended up hiring a cab for half the price both times.
Car rental is worth it, especially to go into the rain forest and over to pirates bay.
Castara is a gorgeous little fishing village, we bought tuna from a fisherman as fresh as it gets.
The room was clean and pretty, with an electronic safe. Panoramic views.
well worth the extra money.
Avian De Gannes from Trinidad visited in March 2008 and awarded
For the two nights I stayed at the Naturalist I had to switch rooms, and so I got a taste of two of the rooms instead of just one. I spent the second night of my stay in Salmon, a cozy, fully self- contained room just a few footsteps away from the sea. I didn't much mind the switch from the Blue Marlin Suite on the first night because I gave short notice and was "squeezed" into the schedule..... Thank you Ancle.
My one night stay at the Blue Marlin Suite was more than I expected. The view of the sun setting over the beautiful Caribbean Sea is absolutely breathtaking. This short get away gave to me exactly what I needed (stress relief), and proved to be much more than I bargained for. The true surprise however, came later in the evening. On Sundays, there is a buffet style Bar- B- Que Dinner done at the Naturalist, which features some form of local entertainment everytime. It was fantastic! I had no intentions of leaving that place to return to my normal routine and my job!!!
I definitely plan on returning soon!