Top River Pearl - Reader Reports & Opinion
Elke Und Robbe from Germany visited in January 2010 and awarded
Three weeks in paradise at Top river pearl in Charlotteville!
Das Haus mit Blick auf die schöne Bucht fügt sich wunderbar in den Ort ein. Von dem Balkon kann man stundenlang das Wetter, die Vögel, Hunde und Menschen beobachten. Me dua nuttn but limeing. Wer ein Schälchen mit Zuckerwasser aufstellt, bekommt ganz sicher am dritten Tag Besuch von Banana quites. Das Zimmer hat wunderschöne Hibiskusvorhänge in orange grün. In der ersten Nacht „schliefen“ wir ohne Ventilator; so konnten wir dem einmaligen Nachtkonzert des Ortes beiwohnen.
Rainers Kaffee, den er sackweise und bar cash von Trinidat bekommt, ist ein Gedicht! Martha ebenso; beautifull and nice like suggar and spice. Ihre Kochkunst ist einmalig lecker. Wir haben einfach an diesem Haus nichts zu meckern.
Selbst, wenn die Waschmaschiene ihren Geist aufgibt oder der Strom mal ausfällt- that's life! Glühwürmchen und Fledermäuse zeigen sich am Besten in stockfinsterer Nacht.
Special thanks to tax- and rastaman Kenneth and his wonderfull music.
Lucky to be soon back at 2011.
Elke & Robbe from Hamburg
Diana from Lithuania visited in May 2009 and awarded
We have stayed here already for four days and are staying for longer! The village is very cosey, the appartment is all you really ever need. But the top of our stay at Top River Pearl has been the dinners that Maria has cooked for us. Exellent! Best in Tobago and probably far beyond. We have now discovered who the real pearl is at Top River Pearl - it's Maria and her homely, deliciuous meals. Most recommended!!!! Don't look anywhere else to have your dinners in Charloteville ... Thanks Maria!
Diana and Tomas
Christine Dum from Austria visited in April 2009 and awarded
We stayed at Top River Pearl for 1 night in the course of our Tobago vacation in April 2009.
First of all Charlotteville is a lovely place with quiet people – definitely worth seeing. The bay is wonderful but even nicer is the adjacent Pirates' bay which can be reached by a 15min walk.
At Top River Pearl we got a warm welcome by a girl named Mary taking care of the guests. The house is beautiful and the rooms a very nice and comfortable. It's very good value for money. Mary offered to prepare dinner for us. She prepared a wonderfully soft filet of Mahi-Mahi with vegi und beans in coconut milk. It was delicious and knowing that it was especially made for us it felt a bit like home. Top River doesn't serve alcohol (they told us that they would get a license soon), but they did not bother for us to bring our own beer. Everything was really uncomplicated and we had a very relaxed stay there.
If you are not the biggest fan of country life than probably you should not go there. The house is built in a way that during the night it attracts bats. Also in Charlotteville obviously every family has a rooster and they are collectivly in concert the whole night long. Ad some barking dogs and the perfect soundscape is ready. We were surprised in the beginning but got used to it very quickly and in the end it contributed to make our stay in Charlotteville special.
Breakfast at Top River is good, lovingly made again by the "Chef" Mary and some other helping hands.
We would definitely go to Charlotteville and Top River Pearl again!
Anne Fischer from Denmark visited in April 2009 and awarded
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Top River Pearl for two weeks. We actually only booked the first week in advance, and figured that we wanted to check it out, and also see if there were any other places that looked nice before deciding about the second week. We ended up staying at Top River for the entire vacantion. I must say, that Charlotteville is by far the loveliest, friendliest and most beautiful place ti stay in the entire Island, we are so happy that we didnt choose Castara (though nice to), cause this was heaven!
Top River was nice. Clean, good spacious rooms, and felt very new. The highlights were the very nice and friendly staff, the balcony, and the capuccino bar. We had breakfast there a couple of times, and the coffée was great (just regular coffee, from a trinidadian coffeefarmer) and the girls were so nice. Oh yes, I must not forget to mention the man cleaning the place everymorning; he brought us bananas once a week, and they were so lovely. Small onces, so sweet. The only thing that was a bit disopointing was that becides the first morning, for almost a week there was no one else at Top River except the two of us, and the man cleaning in the morning. The cappucino bar was closed, with a phone number on the door if we needed to contact the staff for anything. It would have been nice to be able to have a coffée, or at least know when to expect them to open again. We felt a bit lonely the first couple of days before figuring out where to go for this and that, 'cause there was no one to ask. And one last thing: I dont think of myself as someone very sencitive to sounds when sleeping, but I had a hard time sleeping most of the nights. There are many houses in the area around Top River, with many roosters and dogs. They make sound...all night long!So, bring earplugs!
All in all a very nice place, with very nice staff.
Henrik Schneider from Hungary visited in March 2009 and awarded
We stayed for 6 nights and our expectation were exceeded by both by Top River and also Charlotteville. The staff is very helpful and friendly and the location is also very nice, we enjoyed every minute. And Mary, the house chef, is one of the unique treasures of the place, do not miss to try her dinners :)
Thank you for great experiences Top River Pearl!
Henrik and Diana