Top River Pearl - Reader Reports & Opinion
Rebekka And Georg from Switzerland visited in October 2006 and awarded
We stayed 12 nights in the Top River Pearl, just 3min by foot up hill in Charlotteville.
Excellent apartment (bedroom with cooking facility and shower/toilette) including a private balcony. One apartment costs 50-60 US$ per night. We enjoyed the kind service (managed by Lisa; cheers hereby again to Lisa & the Top-River-Pearl staff!).
Top River Pearl has also a Cappuccino Bar, where Italian coffee is served (yeah, made with the typical Italian aluminum steam “volcano” machines!). Also available is freshly prepared fruit juice and breakfast/light lunch (however, the Cappu Bar is not opened on Sundays).
For us as Europeans, it was also spectacular to see fruit bats hanging at the roof of Top River Pearl. We observed the flight behavior of the bats during sunset (they show a perfect ultra-wave echo orientation!). They are not (NOT) aggressive, hence, one mustn’t be afraid of them: we did several digital-photos of them while hanging above us!
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!
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.
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.