Shirma's Apartment - Reader Reports & Opinion
Julia from Germany visited in September 2015 and awarded
Two friends and I have stayed for three weeks at Shirma’s apartment while we were working as medical electives at the Scarborough General Hospital.
We absolutely loved our stay because Shirma and her great family are very welcoming and helpful at any time. They tried to involve us in their lives so we could get to know Tobago and its people even better. They were always happy to answer all our questions and tried their best to help when we had any problems. They offered us great tips for traveling and knew the reasonable and reasonably priced driver Jackson who would drive us anywhere, even to Charlotteville, which is quite far away from Bacolet.
The spacious apartment itself is located in a safe area not far from the capital city. Bacolet beach is reachable by foot as well as two little shops. The apartments are equipped with everything you could wish for, they even have their own washing machine which is important especially if you are planning on staying for a few weeks. The nicely kept garden has a wonderful gazebo in its centre, where we could enjoy our dinners in the evening.
All in all we would totally recommend staying at Shirma's!
Michael from Germany visited in August 2015 and awarded
I stayed at Shirma's in August/September together with my girlfriend for a 4 week elective term at Scarborough General and we had a great time! Shirma and her whole family were absolutely amazing and almost felt like family!
The apartment is located in Bacolet just outside Scarborough (20min walk) and the closest beach is the Bacolet Beach right around the corner, which is small but very nice and most of the time you will have it to yourselves. The hospital is also just a 15min drive away.
We stayed in the apartment with two bedrooms just because the other two apartments were already full. We were very satisfied! The bedrooms are both equipped with ACs, which was badly needed with those outside temperatures. Both have queensize beds and more than enough storage room for your clothes. The kitchen had everything you need: stove, toaster, waterheater and an enormous fridge! There is also a washing room, which goes off of the bedroom in the back with a washing machine and space to hang your clothes to dry (you can also do that in the garden).
The garden is very beautiful with lots of flowers and birds, even colibris and a very nice pavilion where we had our breakfast, some diners and the occasional rum&coke at night;)
As an elective at the hospital you cannot get a better deal than to stay at Shirma's. She takes you to the hospital in the mornings and to do the weekly shopping on mondays. Also Shirma cooked for us a few times, which was always really tasty!! The whole Wilson family is eager to help you in whichever way they can and are happy to give you advise on Tobagos sights, restaurants, beaches, car rentals etc.
We really enjoyed our stay and can definetly recommend it to anyone who plans to come to Tobago. Enjoy!
Simon L from U.K. visited in July 2015 and awarded
The apartment I stayed in was very spacious with a large kitchen, lounge with TV, double bedroom, bathroom and washroom. A/C in the bedroom as well as a fan. Washroom has a large washing machine and lines to hang clothes to dry. The front garden has a pretty gazebo with table and chairs for eating outdoors when the weather is good.
Shirma and her family, who all live above the 3 apartments, are all fantastic hosts. They are all very hospitable and inclusive. The location is very peaceful and about a 10 minute walk from Bacolet beach. However, it is around a 30 minute walk from Scarborough town and does require transport to most places.
The apartments are also very reasonably priced and so if you are looking to stay in Tobago for a week or more I would highly recommend these apartments.
Nader H from U.K. visited in July 2015 and awarded
I had an incredible time staying in Tobago largely due to the welcoming nature of Shirma and her family. From day 1 we were met in the airport by Shirma who gave us a lift to the apartment while stopping off at the supermarket on the way.
We arrived at a beautiful apartment! We were lucky to be staying in the largest apartment which was absolutely lovely! The bedroom was very large and the bed was huge and very comfortable! The kitchen was well equipped and the living room complete with TV was perfect! The place was very clean and to top things off the a/c was just what was needed on those hot Caribbean days! The apartment also has a lovely outdoor seating area where we would sit for drinks in the evenings or for dinner on some days. The garden is also lovely with a regular supply of delicious mangos!!
Shirma was also able to take us to the supermarket once a week and daily to the hospital where we were working for our medical elective. We also had a few trips out to try tasty doubles (a delicious Tobagan fast food wrap)!! Shirma also cooked for us a sunday lunch every weekend which was both plentiful and delicious!
We had a fabulous time in Tobago with much thanks to Shirma and her family for being so welcoming and helpful!
I would love to visit again some time in the future!!
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!