Sandcastles - Reader Reports & Opinion
Sacha Chander from U.K. visited in March 2008 and awarded
2 Largish rooms with balcony with distant sea view and additional shared terrace and kitchen. Lovely sunsets and chilled evenings. (Other rooms also available in other parts of the property)
Long walk from beach, 10 minutes to closest beach, 20 minutes to Little Bay Beach where most travellers go to sun themselves. It's a steep and tough walk back up so you have to be fit or have a car, and it's a walk along the main road so you have to dodge the occasional car too. And you probably won't do the walk more than once a day. Perhaps this is the price for privacy ?
Quiet at night except for the odd car or barking dog (neighbours).
Kitchen is a good size but sparsely equipped.
Food : the red snapper is London style and London prices, about 150-170TT.
The owners are pretty nice although when I told them I was leaving I was told that 'Well the only other rooms I could find on the island were at the Hilton Crown Point. I thought this was a joke at, as the Hilton is 350USD/night and the most expensive hotel on the island. I called round and found rooms everywhere, Castara, Charlotteville and Crown Point ... so I guess this was a pressurising tactic to stay at Sandcastles which is a bit off. Other than that friendly.
We got bitten a lot whilst at the property (other guests too) by some unknown bugs ... never saw anything and thought we were imagining it but other people across said the same thing. These might have been the no-see-ums mentioned in the Lonely Planet.
Pam Sterling from Canada visited in February 2008 and awarded
We were fortunate to find a place in Castara at the last minute (our previously booked accommodation was even more unsuitable). The owner is very friendly and accommodating, but the room (one bedroom) is in dire need of redecoration. The bed was not very comfortable, the sheets and pillows are of very poor quality. The lighting did not work well and the bed is stuffed in a corner with very little room to manuever. Also, the walls are quite thin, we could hear the activities next door. The location however, is lovely, overlooking the bay. If you are looking for cheap accommodation and you won't be in the room very much, then this place is okay.
Julie Lisk from U.S.A. visited in December 2007 and awarded
We enjoyed our stay here. The views are awesome and there are quite a few birds to be seen and heard on the premises. The owners are very friendly, helpful and attentive. The yummy breakfast omelette will keep you going the entire day!
Isabelle Bruno from Canada visited in August 2007 and awarded
When we decided to go to Tobago, we were looking for a quiet place (village and guesthouse) for our stay. Castara and Sandcastles both met our needs and desire. Ria and Adam, from the Sandcastles, made us feel welcomed right from the start. Both were always there to answer questions or help us out. We had booked the 2 upper apartments sharing the kitchen and balcony which was perfect for our family of four. The Sandcastles is well located with a great view out to the sea, beautiful birds all around, etc... The kitchen on the upper floor is equiped with the strict minimum but still allowed us to prepare ourselves nice little dinners on the deck. Overall, a good place to stay. Isabelle & Bruno
Barry And Cathy Tilby from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
Stayed a couple of nights at Adams place but were the only guests. Place is very much a work in progress and the room furniture was a little basic. No aircon etc and the fans were no use. Very friendly host who tries very hard to make you welcome. Steep walk into the village but location is good and it will improve over time. Great views.