SeaScape - Reader Reports & Opinion
Sarah Turner from U.K. visited in July 2012 and awarded
We spent 2 weeks in Tobago, based in Seascape for the whole time. The location is fantastic - the views are second to none and it was fab waking up to the view of the beach each day and hearing the sounds of the sea.
The facilities in the apartment catered to all the needs of our family of 4, including 2 young girls of 5 and 8. Our girls loved being so close to the beach, which was excellent for swimming, snorkelling and generally messing about in!
They also loved a number of visitors we had in the apartment - birds, lizards and even a bat in the day (Mr Batty, as named by my 5 year old!). We even saw fireflies right outside the window!
Rollin and his wife were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. The transfers to and from the airport were well managed.
The snorkelling was great - we even saw a turtle and stingrays amongst a large variety of colourful fish.
Buying fresh tuna from the fishermen is a must, as is a swim in the waterfalls.
We travelled around to other parts of the island, but Castara was, in our opinion, one of the nicest parts and we were glad we chose to spend the whole time there.
Castara itself was lovely, although the cafes opening times were irregular. We had read some reports that locals weren't friendly, however, we found everyone to be very friendly.
We spent a day with Alibaba on a boat tour, which was great and would highly recommend a trip with him.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Castara and especially Seascape - we loved every minute of our stay.
Suzie from U.K. visited in April 2012 and awarded
Seascape is a fantastic apartment in an unbeatable location. Great views , lovely bedrooms and bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen. With a 5 year-old and a baby learning to crawl we were well-provided with a cot and high chair and had no worries over containing the kids safely from balconies etc. A toddler or child prone to climbing would be more of a challenge as the stairs to the top floor are easily accessible and open at the side. Steep steps up to the apartment from the road are worth the climb to stay at such a vantage point. Not pram-friendly - take a sling.
David the owner and Rolling the local contact were very friendly and helpful throughout. Wish we could have stayed longer and definitely plan to return.
Anita Rosato from U.K. visited in April 2012 and awarded
Our stay in Castara was really wonderful and we had the opportunity to stay in four different places with in Castara. I am loathed to make any criticisms what so ever as the owners were very professional with our booking and Rollin and his wife were kind and helpful on our arrival – dropping off fruit on the evening of our arrival and providing our son with a boogie board to mess around in the sea with.
Generally, however these are comments with my critical eye switched on, as with every thing in this wonderful little village, one has to be prepared and go with the flow in order to fully enjoy the sleepy ways and this we undoubtedly did.
I had very high hopes for Seascape but found it a very slight let down for the following reasons – some of which I think could be easily addressed and would make all the difference:
The approach, from the rear of the building is like a building site – clearly at some point in the future one would assume another apartment will be constructed as the approach is a mess, with the mind that is full of paradise type expectations it is such a shame that the opportunity of a welcoming path beautifully lit with lovely planting (such as with the neighbouring Beach House) was not instead considered with the view the area beneath the apartments cleaned up and/or screened off.
We took the big apartment – unfortunately it had the small veranda only just about squeezes 2 chairs – (the apartment is big enough for 4) we were a little envious of our neighbours who were only two sitting out each evening on their ample veranda below. On the lower level the shutters will open up but still not quite making up for the lack of veranda.
Another slight let down for us was the mosquito nets – we had been spoilt by the four poster type nets where the net doesn’t touch the bed or the body – by far the better of the two types.
Upstairs shower had little power with intermittent flow, whereas downstairs the power of the water was so strong that the water hit the body like needles!
The docking station for the i-pod I fear may have suffered the worst from the salty air – we couldn’t get it to work.
The location is brilliant – easy access for able bodied to the Little bay and Boat house (although even our neighbour with a broken hip slowly made the stairs and the path back!)
In this location the Wednesday night drumming, dinner and limbo at the Boat House is an absolute must, although if like us you are so tired the first week – you wont care – for us all the noises – cockrels, dogs, wild sea, birds, music – these were part of the very magic that contributed to a place we would not hesitate to recommend for those who are inclined to want a rustic tree-house type experience. Castara is not a resort type location but that is what makes it special.
Peter Walker from U.K. visited in April 2012 and awarded
We stayed in the Seascape apartments at Castara and can highly recommend both. Castara is a beautiful place with a friendly relaxed feel. The drive there is a little slow and windy but well worth the effort as every contour yields a fantastic view. You are also close to untrammeled beaches and beautiful rainforest. The Seascape apartments are very comfortable with a spectacular view over the beach and facing the sunset. You can walk to all amenities so a car is not strictly necessary for the village but handy if you want to explore further afield. You can hire a car for a day or so from Castara if you don’t get one from the airport/port on arrival. There is also a local bus service. There is good snorkeling off the point in front of the apartments and well-marked rain forest trails about 30 mins drive away at Gilpin Trace. If you are planning to self cater then stock up before you arrive as there is limited grocery shopping available in Castara - although you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables in the village. Makes sure you pre order bread from the ladies at the local outdoor oven on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Ian Tosh from U.K. visited in April 2012 and awarded
Stayed for 5 weeks between 21st March and 4th May. Wave Song is an excellent, well-equipped 1 bed appartment. it is well maintained and thoroughly serviced by Rolling and Lavorne. The view of the bay is second to none. I would advise against booking this as I want it to be available for our return :-)