Shirma's Apartment - Reader Reports & Opinion
Craig A from U.K. visited in June 2015 and awarded
I don't even know where to begin - all I can say is Shirma and her family are fantastic hosts and could not have made my time in Tobago any better!
I stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment which was a good size for 2 people. Both bedrooms were large with AC and each had en-suite. We had a decent sized kitchen/dinning room area and also a washroom with washing machine etc off of the larger bedroom. The garden area outside is beautiful, full of plants and mango trees and there is a gazebo to sit in for food/drinks and also sun loungers. If anything needs done around the apartment while you are there (eg change has canisters) it is done quickly and without any hassle at all.
The location is also good. For elective students like us it is not too far from the hospital and it is within walking distance to Bacolet beach and the Bacolet bars (approx 10mins). It's a little further to walk into Scarborough (30mins) although taxis are very cheap (25-30 TT$ / £3). The main beaches/ bars etc are in the crown point area which is about 20mins drive away, but again taxis are cheap. As a whole Tobago doesn't really have much public transport so we relied heavily on taxis but Shirma provided the numbers of some local drivers she knows to be reliable which was invaluable.
The real strength of Shirma's is the extra things she adds on which really make your stay special. Things like getting picked up from the airport and going to the shops when you arrive, going food shopping once a week, getting a lift into the hospital each morning free of charge just give you less to worry about. The entire Wilson family are extremely friendly and you really are made to feel part of the family while you are there - they could not have been more welcoming to us! We also had Sunday lunch which was fantastic and definitely some of the best local cuisine I had.
If you are going to Tobago I could not recommend Shirma's more - especially if you are going for a longer period of time!
Joanna from U.K. visited in April 2015 and awarded
Fantastic guest house!
Shirma greeted us on arrival, took us to the grocery store and then to our apartment. The apartment is in a secure gated house next door to her family. The whole family were welcoming and gave us tips on staying safe as well as where to go in Tobago and Trinidad.
Shirma's is located in a quiet area called Bacolet and is a short 15 minute walk from a private beach and 30 minute walk to Scarborough (clubs, bars, food market etc).
We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment - each bedroom was en suite and there was a kitchen equipped with everything you need if you want to self-cater. Other useful amenities included washing machine. drying area, TV and WiFi.
Shirma is really great at looking out for you and making sure you're having fun and getting the true Tobago experience! From providing much needed Sunday lunches to forcing us outside on the rare occasions we got lazy.
You will certainly not regret staying here.
Thanks for everything Shirma!
Joanna and Naziya
Rebecca from U.K. visited in April 2015 and awarded
I stayed with Shirma for a month whilst undertaking my medical elective in Tobago. I could not speak higher of any place. I would recommend other medical students or holiday makers stay at her apartments.
The apartment itself was lovely, and equipped with everything you could need. The location is good, a very short walk to the beach and very easy to get around the island.
Shirma and her family are the most wonderful people. I truely had a tobago mother for a month. Shirma cooked for us, introduced us to local delicacy, informed us of events and activites, looked out for us and above all she was just a lovely and fun person to stay with for a month. Her husband would drive us to the hospital every morning which is such a great add in!
To other medical students: if you are looking for accomodation, dont look anywhere else. We had friends (other students) staying in different places and our set up with shirma was by far the best.
I should also mention that I had a difficult time trying to get to tobago from trinidad as the flights were all fully booked. Shirma kindly sorted out our ferrys and pick up from the port. She is super organised and so reliable.
Thank you Shirma, Im sure I'll be staying with you again soon!
Kathrin & Teresa from Germany visited in February 2015 and awarded
The two of us stayed at Shirma“s for 5 weeks during our medical electives at Scarborough General Hospital. Shirma was a lovely and welcoming host and our apartment was really spacious and very clean.
Most medical students are staying in Bacolet, which is a rather quiet neighborhood and a little bit remote. However, Shirma takes you to the hospital in the morning and provides her guests with a driver (Donnie) who picked us up at the hospital or drove us around for a reasonable price.
She also offers to take you to the supermarket once a week if needed.
Shirma and her family are very friendly and caring and we had a great time on Tobago,
Thank you for everything Shirma and especially for the delicious home made food! We enjoyed it a lot.
Richard & Candice from Trinidad visited in February 2015 and awarded
Shirma's apartment is recommended if you're looking for the rest and relaxation required.It is situated in a quiet neighbourhood where you can here the wonderful sounds of birds chirping early in the morning. It has all amendities needed/required to make your stay very comfortable. The apartment together with all its appliances are very clean.
My husband and I especially liked sipping on our coffee on evenings and also early in the morning under the beautifully lit gazebo where we took in the ocean breeze, listened to the waves crash and admired the beauty of her plants surrounding the gazebo.
As for Shirma and her family they were most welcoming and accomodating. The apartment is not far from the main towns such as Scarborough and Crown Point so it is ideally located.
Thanks Shirma for making our stay enjoyable!!
Richard & Candice