SeaScape - Reader Reports & Opinion
Daisy from U.S.A. visited in December 2012 and awarded
Seascape is a wonderful getaway for those who want to experience life in a small village in Tobago. We had a couple of days of rain but what better place to weather Mother Nature than hanging out in Seascape.
There are other tourists there to be sure, and Heavenly Bay is both a working fishing bay and a place where other tourists are. It can get noisy (I recommend ear plugs if you're a light sleeper like me), but the villa gives you the great advantage of being high above it all with the most amazing view. Rollins was excellent and a good recommendation to have him pick us up and take us back to
the airport. We actually didn't end up driving at all because we hired a local guide, Roachee, for 3 days who took us snorkeling, fishing, and in the rain forest. (I highly recommend Roachee!)
We some issues with ants, but as long as you put everything in the fridge and freeze your leftovers, it wasn't a problem. So all in all, a great honeymoon for us. I can see that the villa wouldn't be for everyone - if you're looking for a resort with lots of glitz and polish, that wouldn't be the place. For us, we were looking for rustic, a quiet village, little tourism, some island life, and so it was perfect!
Cadie Albertini from U.K. visited in October 2012 and awarded
We went to Tobago to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday,without the kids, so we wanted somewhere relaxing that wasn't surrounded by big Hotels. Castara was perfect and our accommodation did not disappoint. You can walk to the crystal clear bay in 30 seconds and then be relaxing in the hammock having a Carib watching the most amazing sunset. The kitchen is really well equipped, bathroom really clean and the bed is super comfy. The manager Rolling is super helpful and will pop by if you need help with anything. If you want to eat out Sharon runs the best restaurant in town which is on the beach, she does the most delicious mains and veg. We ate there alot. But if you really want to venture in to town it's a very short walk over the hill where there are more places to eat, shops and bars. The bay there is a working fisherman's bay so it's great to sit and watch the men bring in their catch. We hired a car for a few days and explored the bays further up and they were stunning, often we had them to ourselves. We had a truly wonderful time and will definitely return!
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 doesnt 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 couldnt 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.