Sandcastles - Reader Reports & Opinion
Barrett And Keith from U.S.A. visited in January 2006 and awarded
Just getting over sleep depravation from the travel from castara to the states.
I do not have alot of time at the moment, but i wanted to go ahead and give my overzealous reccomendation for sandcastles. Adam and Ria are amazing hosts and we left the island knowing they will be life-long friends.
The warmth and generousity they showed started at the very beg. of our trip where after several plane delays.....adam ended up at the tiny tobago airport, waiting for 3+ hrs until we landed near 12AM!!!!! (needless to say, i would expect he might not do personal pick-ups after us!!!!).
He took us to our home for the week, which turned into a week 1/2....which would have turned into three if our money hadn't run thin!!!!! and promptly set out a bowl of shrimp.....a serving bowl of shrimp! crusty bread and red wine. We were brought back to life, enough to have a sound, delicious sleep.
We stayed upstairs and waking, the views were incredible....the sounds from the island were rythmic, and the small walk to the beach was no inconvience....
evry day was like this, and the nites when we didn't eat with adam(highly reccomended even if you don't stay there)...we would usually meet up at the local street-side bar for some rum, and the some more rum!!!
sandcastles is in the perfect location- just close enough to town so as not to be in 'the thick of it' and just far enough away so if you are desiring a quiet night, you won't be lured out by the beat of a local party.
Castara and Sandcastles will stay close to my heart.
tahnks adam and ria!!!!
and of course, alex!
we miss you guys
Nicola And Ralf from Germany visited in December 2005 and awarded
If you are staying in sandcastle, you have wonderful holidays. We haven`t seen a place like this before in real, only on television. The appartments are so nice, you feel if you are in paradise. When you are laying in bed, you can see the sea and the rainforest. There is also a wonderful terrace, where you can take your breakfast while looking over the sea. If you want to go to the beach you only need a few minutes. The beach in castara and englishmans bay right next are the most beautiful beaches of the island.
It`s also very clean and it`s quiet,so it`s a perfect place to relax.
Ria and Adam are wonderful people and they always do the best to make your holidays very comfortable. One time, Adam was cooking for us on boxing day and it was the best dinner we have had the whole holidays.
We are shure, that we are coming back to enjoy this nice place!
Ralf and Nicola from Germany
Honey Hope from U.K. visited in November 2005 and awarded
I really enjoyed my stay at Sandcastles, Castara. The apartment was clean and airly with an amazing view.
Adam and Ria were great hosts and introduced us to local life in Tobago.
We ate fresh fish everyday cooked by Adam.
A five minutes walk to the beach ensured a morning dip in the sea.
Adam and Ria also told us about the local nightlife. Shade is the place as well as the Hilton on a Saturday night.
If you are looking for a taste of the real Tobago with stunning views and a friendly welocme then I would say Sandcastles is for you.
You have a hot shower inside but also a cold outside shower which is perfect for cooling down. We also watched some great DVD's from the DVD libary available at Sandcastles on the nights we wanted to chill out. They also have a book libarty if you want to sit on the terrace and read a good book.
Adam introduced us to local artists, fishermen and showed us the best places to but fresh organic veg so we could make ourselves lunch.
The cooking facilities ensured I could make fresh coffee every morning.
I would stay at Sandcastles again.
Sandcastles In Castara
Just wondering if anyone has stayed at Sandcastles and your impressions. Also, any problems with lack of a/c in this area in February? Any insect issues? Thank you in advance.
We'd like to add an appreciative review of Sandcastles, standing on the hillside to the west of Castara. It was a lucky choice in a last-minute decision to take an 8-day "let's relax before the next job" break in Trinidad and Tobago in turn. And our first time on either island.
On our 4 day visit to Tobago we wanted somewhere on the north coast and we were searching internet during Carnival week, so not many people replied to our e-mails. Adam Hanlon did, even if through the haze of a post-carnival hangover. The guesthouse is run by Adam and his wife Ria, and we found it is only the first phase in an ambitious plan that may see first a restaurant terrace and then other guest villas further up the steep hillside. Maybe they will even reveal the Spanish fort that was once at the top of the hill.
There are several good places to eat in Castara village, but we had a special treat on two evenings with Ria cooking Caribbean for us as we sat on the balcony, stars and moon above, and the distant wash of the sea. It's a great place for a restful week - the village keeps a lot of its fishing village charm, the two beaches are unspoiled and shaded by trees along the edge. The ocean rollers give you a chance for some invigorating exercise while cooling down, and there are some interesting rocks for snorkelling.
Chris and Jana