Kariwak Village Holistic Haven - Reader Reports & Opinion
Paul & Darlene from Trinidad visited in January 2010 and awarded
After extremely careful selection, kariwak Village was selected for our honeymoon stay. We were so sceptical and even a little fearful of being disappointed since our package was a bit pricey... after all, you only have one honeymoon! But our fears were soon calmed mere minutes after we arrived at the airport. We called the hotel for transportation (which was part of our package) and Frank arrived very shortly after. The two minute drive to Kariwak was quite pleasant as Frank ensured our comfort and even engaged in friendly chit chat. When we were checked in and taken to our room, we were amazed (and still are) at the layout of the village. It truly is a village in every sense of the word and the housekeeping and maintenance further elevates their already high standards. However, the birds, garden, pool, jacuzzi, restaurant and every part of the hotel for that matter were not as advertised... It was even better!!! Even the best advertisements cannot capture the uniqueness and serenity and originality that Kariwak offers. Sharon was the person who we dealt with most of the time and she was indeed a blessing. She was very kind, patient and accommodating and these qualities were very much appreciated. Kariwak definitely has a gem on their hands... This is not to say that the other staff were lacking though... All staff at Kaiwak that we came into contact with were pleasant, helpful and genuinely friendly and willing to help in whatever way they could! The food was also impecable! Being picky eaters, the food at the restaurant was probably the best we ever had (after my mom's of course)... The dishes were unique and deliciously nutritious and were therefore thoroughly enjoyed, so again, compliments to the chef!!! Generally, our stay was close to perfection and so, was well worth the price. We will be back as often as we can since there is no sense in looking around when you find something that good! To the management and staff at Kariwak Village, thank you for a wonderful stay and please, keep up the excellent work!!!!!
Porridge & Jeanell from Tobago visited in November 2009 and awarded
My husband and i stayed at the Kariwak Hotel for the first night of our Honeymoon , November 1st ,
what a loverly place ,Really quiet and peaceful its the perfect place to be .
we loved our secret hideaway we will be back ! Thank you for a Memorable one
Porridge &jeanell Lopez
Ronald from Trinidad visited in April 2009 and awarded
So having read all the previous reviews about the hotel, my wife and I decided to try it ourselves. Though our stay was short, only for the days of the Easter Weekend, we were thoroughly satisfied. The hotel brought us to a different world, away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. The food was delectable, especially the homemade bread and the mahi mahi for dinner.
Whilst our reception could have been a little better, the staff general were very friendly and helpful.
We also met a family who were returning for the 3rd time from England and who simply reinforced the value of the hotel.
Keep it up guys, we would certainly be back to share in the serenity and beauty of the place in the future.
Mr P Bond from U.K. visited in November 2007 and awarded
My wife and I stayed there for our honeymoon and it was great. We were looking for something different, something local and cozy, rather than a big typical hotel. We stayed in one of the very clean and tidy huts and it was excellent with the pool and restuarant like the surroundings beautiful.
The staff were also very friendly and helpful and would strongly reccommend to anyone.
Rama Cathan from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
Having recently returned from the Kariwak for the second time I feel compelled to leave a review as a way of thanks.
We often stop in Tobago for a few days after visiting family in Trinidad to unwind and sample the Tobago slant on life which we have come to love so much.
Our stays have recently been so enjoyable thanks to the staff and owners of the Kariwak hotel.
In a nutshell
Location, near the Airport and Store Bay with easy access to everything. Aircraft noise is minimal and hardly noticed due to the Lush well maintained gardens in the complex.
Accomodation, despite not being updated since our previous visit 3 years ago the rooms are immaculately maintained with careful attention to detail by all staff. The rooms are in cabins spread out within the grounds blending effortlessly with the surrounding vegitation, and are spacious and simply, but very comfortably furnished.
This visit was our first with our daughter aged 2, who was very welcomed (mind you she's very cute & funny to boot!). I personally woundn't say that this was a family resort, mainly adults and families with one or two small well behaved children. The area around the pool was quiet, and the general ambience, serene and relaxing. That said, my daughter was exceptionally well looked after, with milk available for evenings and mornings and proper meals cooked for her in the restaurant.
We certainly were not made to feel unwelcome when she became tired and cranky (and noisy!), which can be quite often the case in other adult orientated hotels.
Our afternoons were spent relaxing by the small but well maintained pool, listening to the resident Jazz funk band rehearse, with a cool Carib in hand. watching the wide variety of birds attracted to the forna and rather large but beautiful caterpillers on one particular tree. Perfect!
We had one meal in the restaurant and several breakfasts which were very good with friendly attentive personal service.
Staff were attentive and very friendly yet unobtrusive.
The hotel allowed us to use a courtesy room as we had a late flight and supplied towels for us to use.
Both our visits to the Kariwak had followed hectic schedules in Trinidad, and we were instantly relaxed on arrival.
So if you are looking for a good quiet base to relax, not overun with guests, excellent gardens and good food, then the Kariwak is a must.