Sandcastles - Reader Reports & Opinion
Matthias Bauer from Germany visited in July 2006 and awarded
Hola, we´ve been now the second time in tobogo and for sure with adam, ria and little lizzy.
this time we stayed a longer and it was worth every day. more time to check out
adams cuisine, the beaches and the rainforest. i´m vegetarian for half of my life and what he cooked was even suprising me. we made a special event out of every diner!!!!!!!! (also for the carnivores).
lovely, nice, quiet and really relaxing atmosphere at the sandcastle. there´s nothing to add - it´s like paradise. clean nice apartment, hot shower, best view and nice terrasse to lime.
all the good beaches on the northside are reachable within a short ride (10min). the castara beach is also nice and far away from the mass-tourism (5min walk). there are always some view locals playing soccer, preparing fisherboats or to share a drink with. it´s a comfortable beach to swim and chill in the sun.
enjoy the sky are turning red in front of you at the sandcastle sunset - and get prepared for adams food, the nice conversations and safe some space for the desert (almost not possible;-)).
wish you all the best and see you again, your friend MATT BAUER
Helen Weiss from U.K. visited in June 2006 and awarded
We highly recommend Sandcastles & Castara as a perfect place to unwind. Castara is an idyllic village, with almost empty beaches (at this time of year anyway) and such friendly people (but no hassle toward us two women travelling together).
The location of Sandcastles was perfect - up on a hill so with stunning views out to sea, very quiet apart from the birdsong, and a good walk from the beach to give us a bit of exercise. The apartments were clean and comfortable and we enjoyed having the kitchen to self-cater a bit.
Adam, Ria & Elizabeth were great hosts - relaxed, friendly & helpful. They also recommended we take a boat trip with local guide Loady, who was lovely and looked after us very well both during the day's outing and later that night when we went dancing till the early hours on the other side of the island.
Thanks Adam & Ria for a great stay. Am finding it difficult to adapt to being home again!
Deb & John Schuhmacher from U.S.A. visited in March 2006 and awarded
My husband and I stayed at SandCastles recently for vacation away from winter life here. I had a good feeling about SandCastles via the internet but arriving and finding this haven was even more of a surprise. We so enjoyed our stay with Adam and Ria and would greatly recommend anyone to visit and stay at SandCastles. There are so many "extras" which make the stay exceptional; including, great conversation, grand food, breathtaking views of the sea and tropical forest, homelike atomsphere, welcoming and genuine hosts (whom become friends) and restful accommodations! We will definetly return and visit our friends at SandCastles - "Adam's" restaurant will be opening and I can only imagine great success and very happy customers. Tobago and Castara seem to be one of those places one earth yet still present as a reminder of a pleasant and beautiful life.........and SandCastles brings all of this home, to every guest. Thanks to Adam, Ria, Elizabeth, Alex, and the doggies for a wonderful vacation and we miss you a bunch. We will meet again. Kindest Regards, Deb and John
Sarah Jefferies from U.K. visited in March 2006 and awarded
I spent a glorious fortnight at Sandcastles in March 2006. Not having had a vacation in 2005, I was beyond exhausted on arrival but a fortnight there restored me completely. The atmosphere is very welcoming yet totally unobtrusive. Castara itself is a dream - very friendly people, glorious swimming and a rainforest up the road for the energetic!
Diane Hash from Canada visited in February 2006 and awarded
I was in Tobago for 6 days with my husband and several friends and various relations for a wedding. We had not considered Tobago as a vacation destination until the bride and groom picked this beautiful little island as their wedding destination. Their choice was strongly influenced by their love of diving and underwater photography. Their honeymoon was a week aboard a liveaboard dive boat just off the coast of Tobago.
Now having experienced Tobago my husband and I are definitely returning. Part of what made the trip so exquisite was our accomodation at Sandcastles. The owners, Adam and Ria are wonderful hosts and it felt like we were staying with friends. From the beginning as I peppered Adam with questions about location and beaches and transportation he patiently answered my questions. I'm sure he began to rue my name popping up in his email inbox.
When we arrived it was dark and raining and still the place looked lovely. Adam had dinner waiting and a lovely bottle of wine set out. He's an amazing chef and the ambience so relaxing that even if you're staying elsewhere you should experience dinner there. It was just the elixir for three weary travellers.
By next morning we awoke to sun and birdsong and the sound of the sea and I felt like I was in paradise.
Sandcastles is a truly unique accomodation choice. It sits on a hill overlooking Castara Bay, close enough to hear the surf but not so close that you're bothered by the fishing boats or beach parties. To walk to it is 10 minutes tops. Adam and Ria have lived in Tobago for the last 9 years and this is evidenced by how much Adam knows about where to shop, where to go dancing, where to go horseback riding and rent snorkel gear. This is someone is very useful to have as your personal visitor guide.
Not all of our party were staying at Sandcastles however and having seen several other places I realized how lucky we were to have booked in with Adam and Ria. The value for the dollar is incredible. The two bedroom apartment we shared with another friend had a kitchen and living room area. Each bedroom had a bathroom and it's own balcony. Even the father of the groom was amazed with it and he had rented a villa in Englishmans' Bay.
Staying with Adam and Ria just added to a wonderful experience. We got to know their daughter Elizabeth and their dogs, who I'd like to think are missing us, (Big Boy got alot of good belly rubs while we were there).
Our stay in Castara at Sandcastles was just the perfect place. My husband and I will definitely return and will be staying there again.