Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
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
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!
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.
Marva A Lovelace from Trinidad visited in November 2007 and awarded
I was an extremely satisfied customer. Ancil ensured that our needs were meet. I have and will continue to recommend the Resort to my friends and family. The location is safe, clean and relaxing.
Gavin Parsons from Canada visited in November 2007 and awarded
We loved our stay at the Naturalist. We had stayed a couple of days up the road at the Sea Level and it was like moving to the Hilton after that experience.
Ancil, the owner, was very accomadating and informative.
The room, although small, was very clean and well maintained. The staff looked after the room every day and we were very pleased with their service
The best part is the location, right on the beach.
The village is a very friendly place to be, although it can seem small after a few days. We bought all our food and bread from the local venders. Also it is great to get the fresh seafood in the afternoon when the fisherman come in from their day on the ocean.
The two beaches are great for sunbathing and swimming and there are some nice walks, especially up to the waterfall.
We rented a car from Ancil, which was in good condition and well priced. It is almost essential to rent a car if you want to see any of the country. Other transport is just to unreliable. We reccomended the Naturalist to our honeymooning son & daughter-in-law. They stayed in the Kingfish room and agree with our synopsis.
I would highly reccomend "The Naturalist" to anyone going to Castara.