Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Mrs Hilde Schoenberg from Norway visited in May 2005 and awarded
A very nice, calm place to stay. Clean, cozy and a nice Castara atmosphere.. It is ON the beach with mango threes as closest neighbour, and the local fish market few steps away.. Nothing to do, just reading books and magazines from the hotel's library.
Definitive a good choice, whether you are a couple, or staying with small children. We stayed in the blue marlin room: This main "suite" is very cosy, but not big. So to stay for a few days for us with two small children, it was nice, but we couldn.t have been any longer than a week...
Naturalist Beach Resort 24 Dec 2003
Paul Tallet from Yorkshire
Hi myTobago punters.
My name is Paul, the leader of the Tallets.
The Tallets have frequented the beautiful island of Tobago for the last 3 years and are about to do another frequent in February 2004 !! In other words we are HOOKED.
We are a family of 5 including 3 kids aged from 10 to 16 ... a 'hardy' family that likes basic accomodation, no frills, a bit of fun, snorkelling, hot sun and lots of food and, erm, RUM.
Anyway, why waste money on luxury accomodation when in Tobago?
The Naturalist Beach Resort is where we have stayed for the last 2 years and we are going back again in Feb 2004 ... we rent out two rooms ... very basic (Sea View Room recommended if available) but adequate and my dear friend, Ancle, is cool and looks after you well.
Plus ... you just walk out of the door and you are ON THE BEACH !!!
What more could you need?
Naturalist 9th October... 25 Oct 2004
Paul Williams from Hamble,Southampton,England
From the moment Ancle George the owner of Naturalist Beach Resort in Castara picked us up from the airport I knew I had met someone who fully understood my requirements for a weeks valued holiday and relaxation.
We travelled during the evening via Pennysavers where we bought the basics to keep us going for the week, we arrived at about 9.00 and after a couple of cold beers went to bed early.
We awoke at first light to look around and could not believe what a beautiful place we had found ourselves in, we were staying in a room called Kingfish which was basic but very comfortable and had a lovely covered terrace with 2 sunbeds and a table and chairs and was a great place to sit and watch the world go by.
It was only about 25 paces from our front door to the stunning beach which was good for my wife Leita as it meant she did not have far to walk with a cold beer while I was fishing.
Ancle has just finished his new building which is right on the edge of the beach and has a coffee shop on the lower level (serves great cappucino so Steve will be happy when he visits Castara next year) and a new apartment called Blue Marlin upstairs which is extremely well appointed and must have one of the best views in Tobago from its balcony.
We ate there on 2 evenings when the staff arranged barbecues which were extremely good with a choice of lamb, chicken, pork and different types of fish and were good value for money.
All of the staff were very helpful during the week and helped to make our stay so enjoyable but I must say that the rapport is set by Ancle who is a great guy to sit with and have a few beers with and discuss many world issues, he really understands what is required in Castara both by the residents and also the visitors.
Overall I believe that if you are looking for comfortable accomodation at good cost in a beautiful location you will have to go a long way to beat the Naturalist.
Naturalist - Where's Mr.ancle??!!
First time I sent an email to Naturalist Beach Resort, at Castara, Mr.Ancle gave me a prompt answer, on the some day! On the other day, I wrote some note, and once again, he replied very quickly!
Now, since I decided the final dates to stay at his appartments, I wrote him an email... no answer yet, since 20th December!!
Does any one knows if he spend Christmas an New years vacations out of Castara?!
I'm trying to phone him, but have no sinal!! is the Tobago indicative +868, isn't it?
Naturalist Beach Resort 02 Mar 2005
Joanne Green from Ohio, USA
We just returned from an 8 night stay & it was everything that Paul Tallet said it would be! We had booked early, so got Kingfish. It was a large room with a double bed with very good mattress, a fold-out divan, a kitchenette, shower room and covered sea-view porch. The porch has 2 chaise lounges, 2 padded chairs and a table and chairs. The shower worked, as did the toilet and fridge and the air conditioner. All this incl. tax for $US55/night. Incredible!!! Our friend rented Jacks, which was smaller, with no porch, but had A/C for only about $US43/nt. The rooms were kept very clean and the staff was very responsive to any request we made. The owner, Ancle George, has obviously trained them well. The grounds were cleaned daily and there are nice plantings all around. The low price is even more incredible when you consider that the property is right on one of the prettiest beaches on Tobago. Needless to say, we'll be back!