Top River Pearl - Reader Reports & Opinion
Mark Neil from U.K. visited in August 2006 and awarded
We just got back from a 2 week stay at TRP (August 2006). We stayed in the large 2 bedroom 'cottage' which is incredibly spacious and has the best view from the bacony of any of the apartments. The apartment is designed to make the most of the breeze so contrary to our expectations we did not need the air conditioning. The owner Rainer was there during our stay, and was extremely helpful, even changing some money for us when he went to Scarborough one day. He has done an incredible job getting the place built in this sleepy villiage - Charloteville is a place where it can be hard enough even to organise lunch!
The living accommodation is huge, with a large kitchen and dining table/lounge area. There is also a table on the shared deck just outside the door of the apartment which is a lovely place to enjoy Jane's Rotis!
Without any doubt at all Rainer serves the best coffee on the island, and it's better than most expressos I've had in the UK too. He also does pasta (very good) and sandwiches/burgers/chips for lunch which make a welcome change to the limited menu in the village restaurants, and he organised a pizza (tobago style and excellent) for us for dinner one evening.
Highly recommended - will definitely stay there if we return to Tobago.
Alice Mutasa from U.K. visited in January 2006 and awarded
I have just spent a week at Top River Pearl in Charlotteville, and it was excellent; the whole place is beautifully designed, with lovely rooms, all with balconies looking out over Man O' War bay... what bliss, to sit with my tea in the morning looking out across the bay, or watching the sun going down in the evening.... There is also a pleasant large veranda area with hammock-chairs to chill out in - lovely!
Joshua T. Osborne DMD from U.S.A. visited in December 2005 and awarded
The Top River Pearl is a fantastic place to stay in a fantastic part of the world. I was hesitant to write this review out of a desire to keep the town and the apartments a "secret", but that would not be fair to the exceptional owner/operator, Rainer. You will not find a friendlier man in all the world. The location is a short stroll up the hill from where the other accommodations are so the view was nicer and you really get a residential feel staying there. The apartments are smart and clean and the view from the balcony was gorgeous. We sat for hours and watched the parrots fly and squawk all around the village. The attached capucino bar offers delicious breakfast and only the finest coffees for guests and other visitors to Charlotteville. Rainer was even nice enough to go out of his way and provide us breakfast when the bar was not open. We did not need to take advantage of the accessory services the Top River Pearl offers such as transportation and tours, etc, but if the rest of the experience was any indication, they are top notch as well. When we return to Tobago -- and of course to Charlotteville -- we will again stay at the Top River Pearl. I suppose that's the best thing you can say about an accommodation. If you're in Charlotteville, you can't go wrong staying with Rainer at the Top River Pearl.
Dianne Ogden from U.S.A. visited in December 2005 and awarded
I just returned from a 2 week holiday in Tobago, and spent one week at Top River Pearl in Charlotteville. I must say that it's the nicest place to stay in Charlotteville and the apartments are lovely. I loved all of the mahoghany, and the bathroom was beautifully tiled. My apartment had a wonderful view of Man of War bay. The owner, Ranier, happened to be there while I was there, and he was very helpful and friendly as was his staff. I will definitely return to Top River Pearl.
Caroline Wade from U.K. visited in November 2005 and awarded
Oh dear, I never like to give bad reviews but this wasn’t one of our greatest choices. We did stay here a long time ago (about 4 years ago now) so they may have made some improvements but looking at the photo’s it looks pretty much the same.
We stayed here first on a 2 week holiday for one week, then moved on to a place called Castara retreats where there was no comparison (but then again the price was completely different for both). This could be a really nice place as Charlotteville is a lovely little fishing village.
Well as they say, you get what you pay for. This was a relatively cheap place to stay but we found the rooms a bit too basic and small especially the kitchen area (balcony was also tiny). The room really could do with a bit of a face lift as it just felt very stark and unwelcoming. If staying here you would be better off in the 2 bedroom apartment which has a bigger balcony and more room. We stayed at Top River Pearl for a week and would not really recommend staying here for more than a couple of days without having some sort of transport (we were glad when our hire car arrived after 3 days). We just didn't feel there was enough to do especially when its raining non stop. Bring your own towels (as well as beach towels) and sheets, they really did need renewing! The staff were very friendly and helpful though, especially Lisa (if she is still there). Another good thing was the great coffee they made.
Views when driving to Charlotteville are stunning and the people are very friendly, we said hello to everyone we met. Try Jane's Restaurant right in the middle of the village by the beach, the food was excellent and the best we had in Tobago (lunch and dinner), her Rotti was the best ever (we still haven’t forgotten even after 4 years)!
Pirates Bay is a short walk but up a steep track, then down about 150 steps but is a lovely beach.
As I said earlier we moved on to Castara for the next week and stayed in Castara Retreats (absolutely beautiful) which did not compare to Top River, but then nor did the price!