Shirma's Apartment - Reader Reports & Opinion
Asti & Sacha Grard from New Zealand visited in January 2015 and awarded
We had a wonderful stay at Shirma and her families home in Tobago in Jan and Feb 2015. We were lucky to enjoy the adventure of Carnival which was unlike any other experience and such a treat!
Shirma was hospitable and made the hospital so accessible during my medical elective. Shirma and her family are friendly and warm and was part of the Tobago experience. We made great friend with the driver Donny who is a sweetie and very fun.
I miss her beautifu, lush, colourful garden and enjoying meals outside in the warm air.
Everything you need was at the apartment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We hope to have a visit form Shirma and her family one day in New Zealand to return her hospitality. Looking forward to our return.
If you are looking for a accessible, safe, welcoming stay with a local Tobago family then we highly recommend this apartment.
Thank you for the wonderful memorable experience.
Rachel from Australia visited in September 2014 and awarded
Stayed for 4 weeks as a medical elective.
Shirma was very easy to contact, and she responded very quickly to my emails. She even gave me her details to list as a reference on my visa application!
Shirma welcomed me at the airport and brought me to the supermarket & vegie market to ensure I had what I needed for the first few days. She is very kind and very happy to accommodate your needs.
Her apartments are located in Bacolet, a quiet neighbourhood next to Scarborough (15min walk). There are 2 neighbouring beaches :)
You can walk to Scarborough (if you can stand the heat), but Shirma can help recommend a driver.
Shirma drove us Medical Elective students into the hospital each day and to the supermarket weekly.
Everything you could possibly think of is provided!
- Air con, fans
- Washing machine
- Iron + ironing board
- Plenty of storage space
- Fridge + freezer
- Gas stove
- Well equipped kitchen - tea pots, cutting boards, colanders etc..
Shirma + Family:
It was a pleasure to stay with and get to know Shirma and her family. She would cook us traditional food (so good!) and introduce us to other traditional meals - I highly recommend Patsy's doubles! Shirma ensured I ate my weight in doubles since I enjoyed them so much.
I highly recommend staying here if especially if you are an elective student - Shirma is well acquainted with our requirements and the hospital!
Lalesia from U.K. visited in September 2014 and awarded
I booked to stay at Shirma's Apartments for 5 weeks while on a Medical Elective at Scarborough General Hospital. I was so happy that she arranged for me to be picked up and taken to the airport for my arrival and departure, and also arranged transport for Elective students staying with her to the hospital each morning- one less thing to worry about!
Shirma and her family are lovely, warm welcoming and hospitable people. The Apartments are beautiful and well taken care of, with full kitchen, ensuite bathroom, laundry, AC, wifi and TV facilities. Shirma takes you on a tour of your apartment once settled in, so you know how to use the facilities, enabling you to relax and feel at home. Shirma welcomed requests if anything more was needed i.e. kitchen facilities. Any problems were readily taken care of and if there was a delay, Shirma would keep me up to date on the progress.
Shirma is such a lovely person- she goes out of her way to make her guests feel welcome and comfortable, serving myself and other guests surprise local delicacies- a genuine mark of a caring person.
The Apartments are in a peaceful residential location where the neighbours are friendly and welcoming; one even kindly gave me and other guests a lift to the Independence ceremony at the nearby Dwight Yorke stadium, saving a walk in the high morning sun. Bacolet Beach is 5 mins away- beautiful and scenic. Blue Havana hotel is a 20 min walk away, where I had a great massage for 300tt. Nicely situated 1 min up the road is a convenience store. If you fancy a walk to the town area of Scarborough, it's 30-40 mins along a main road with nice scenery, which makes getting there easy. Shirma and her family are always on hand to give advice on directions, transport options, locations, and local know-how that you can't find on a website- very valuable. I had a great time at Shirma's Apartments and would recommend it to visitors to Tobago.
Emmanuel from U.K. visited in August 2014 and awarded
I stayed at Shirma's apartment from mid-August 2014 until September 2014, and I have nothing but good things to say about my stay with her and her family in Tobago. I was picked up from the airport and was made to feel right at home as soon as I arrived. It's located in a pleasant and quiet neighbourhood which was exactly what I was after. There was also a beach club a short walk from Shirma's that had an outdoor pool that was free to use, and a lovely strip of beach which I visited most days.
The rooms at Shirma's were spacious and clean, had their own ensuite bathroom facilities and air conditioning units which was an absolute God-send after spending many a sticky night whilst on elective in Trinidad, in an A/Cless student apartment for a month! Myself and other guests where encouraged to try local delicacies that were lovingly made by Shirma, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
Absolutely no complaints!
Thank you Shirma!
Yasmin from U.K. visited in August 2014 and awarded
SHIRMA'S!! From being picked up at the airport,to the warm welcome I received upon arrival,I have nothing but great things to say about Shirma and her lovely home.
I stayed at Shirmas apartment for about 4 weeks during my Medical elective at Scarborough General hospital. Initially I was anxious,as a young woman travelling alone however once I arrived at her apartment,and saw her beautiful garden, how clean and homely it was,well equipped and with working internet,all my worries went away!
Shirma and her family are lovely,warm people and stop at nothing but to make you feel comfortable during your stay. As an elective student transport to the hospital was important to me and Shirma made sure my colleagues and I were taken to the hospital every morning and arranged a local taxi man to pick us up daily.
Definitely worth every penny and I would recommend anyone staying in tobago to stay there! I genuinely felt like I was at home with my own family! It was a lovely experience and I would definitely visit again. 10/10!
Thank you Shirma and Clifford!