Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
K.Armstrong from Ireland visited in June 2007 and awarded
My husband and I stayed in the Naturalist for 4 nights in mid June. It was our first time in Tobago, and having done our research on accommodation we were pleased to find that we had definately made the right choice.
We stayed in the Kingfish room which is at the front of the building and has a little porch with beach views. The room was basic but spotlessly clean (in fact it was cleaned every day!), and with the seabreeze we found no need for aircon. It was great to walk 10m from our room, straight onto the beach, and have a swim - it is one of the few properties in Castara which is right on rhe beach.
Ancle (owner/manager) lives 'on site' and was most helpful during our stay without being overbearing. He was always on hand, and we hired a jeep from him for one day to go to Charlottesville.
Because we were only in Castara for 4 days we chose not to do too much self catering - cafe delight (under the blue marlin suite) served breakfast, and we were able to get lunch or dinner at the almond tree or marguerites - other restaurants were closed as it was low season. We found dinner prices to be a little higher than expected but the food was always tasty. We also enjoyed meeting some of the locals at the recently opened 'D Lime' bar.
In summary, would highly recommend the Naturalist -friendly staff, clean well priced rooms, and a great beachfront location in one of the nicest villages on Tobago.
Duncan Wells from U.K. visited in June 2007 and awarded
I found the accomodation at the Naturalist Beach Resort simple and clean with all the facilties for self contained accomodation including en-suite shower/toilet, double bed, kitchen and Air conditioner for $40/night per room. Excellent price.
Ancil George, the owner is ready to sort out any problems you have and also has cars for hire.
Its location was right on the beach with access to a Cafe, as well as three resturants and bar within 5 mintues walking distance. I recommend the Almond Tree.
Castara is a quiet "working" fishing village in the central part of Tobago. Is within 30 minutes from the airport and no more 30/40 minutes to the north of the island and Central Ridge for birdwatchers. It is definitely a place to relax and chill.
But you can get access to a variety of tours/activities in Castara including trips to Trinidad.
It would be adviseable to change some travellers cheques/dollars at the airport. Although, you can usually change dollars at the beach resort and/or one of the resturants at a fair rate. My advice is to take US dollars as opposed to TC's.
Crime in Tobago is little or non-existent. I felt safe walking both around Castara and beyond loaded with camera equipment.
And the people are extremely friendly and usually ready for a good chat.
Tony Tarleton from U.K. visited in March 2007 and awarded
Our stay at the naturalist resort was superb. Notably this was thanks to the generous hospitality afforded by Ancle and the easy going approach to life there. We stayed in the "jacks", a simple double room with bathroom and included aircon and fridge, all that was required when only using it as a base. Having the fridge was extremely handy as was the 10 second walk to the beach!
The room was cleaned everyday, and was basic but more than suitable if your reason to visit Tobago is to explore and get to know the local way of life rather than have a 5* facilities. What the Naturalist did provide was 5* hospitality and that was worth its weight in gold, highly recommended.
Patrick Rennison from U.K. visited in February 2007 and awarded
The standard rooms were fairly basic and some of the furniture was looking fairly worn. However, the manager and family were freindly and helpful and the setting, right in the village and on the beach, couldn't be bettered. My In-laws, who are used to somewhat posher accomodation, insisted in moving to the Hilton! Well away from 'real Tobago'. We stayed put and had a lovely time. It is also worth noting that it wasn't too far to the Island's Nature Reserve plus there was a nice walk to a waterfall with pool below to swim in near the village.
All in all, if you don't need sophistication and if you do want Genuine Tobago, then I would heartily recommend it!
Paul Williams from U.K. visited in April 2006 and awarded
I have given the Naturalist 5 stars on my rating as from a personal point of view stars are not only about facilities but in my opinion how you are treated and also the attitude of staff.
We spent a 2 centre holiday which meant we had 9 days in the Kingfish room and 5 days in the Blue Marlin suite.
King fish is the room we stayed in last year as well and suits us ideally in that you have a double and single bed and a small kitchenette which allows you to make basic meals and very efficient air con if required although we only used it to cool the room and then used the fan.
The room has a lovely little porch and terrace where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Blue Marlin suite is located on the beach edge above the Cafe Delight (which is closed most evenings) and is a wonderful place to relax and look at the ocean views either from the large terrace or even whilst laying in bed.
The kitchen area is very well appointed and an efficient fridge keeps the beer and wine cool.
All of the staff at the Naturalist are very helpful and ensure that the rooms are kept very clean.
We will be back again as soon as possible