Kariwak Village Holistic Haven - Reader Reports & Opinion
Ambika Bowles from U.K. visited in January 2007 and awarded
We stayed in January 2008, but I couldn't change the date on the website.
The hotel is lovely, it's a 5 minute walk from the airport and there was a complimentary car to take us to the airport when we left.
We were staying for 3 days before visiting my family in trindad and this was the perfect place to stay, close to the beach, lovely gardens and a great pool. We returned to Tobago for a couple of days before flying to London and decided to stay at the Kariwak again, happily they had a room available. This time I had the chance to have a kariwak massage with paula which is definitely the best massage I've had in a very long time. I felt completely relaxed and it was perfect before sitting on the plane back to London.
The Kariwak provides a basic but clean room in a really nice setting and within walking distance of the various amenities of crown point, I highly recommend a stay.
Rhea & Rechard from Trinidad visited in December 2006 and awarded
my husband and i choase our sister-isle tobago for our honeymoon because he had to basically steal vacation time. we chose Kariwak Village - the Honeymoon package and one word -PERFECT!!! We also had breakfast and dinner every day and the food was spectaacluar! the staff....well we were treated like family. we took the boat from trinidad, so we used our own car. we ate breakfast and visited the island for the day and returned to "home" for dinner. we had one of the larger rooms that was secluded in the gardens. the hammock area was incredibly romantic especially during the night. the room was always clean and persons who want to visit please don't pay to use the hotel's beach towels....at kariwak it's free! they packed a cute and really filling picnic for us and as usual everything was homemade including the cookies....YUMM :-)
Everything was great hope to go there for our 2nd anniversary!
Rhea & Rechard Khan from Trinidad visited in December 2006 and awarded
Stayed there for our honeymoon. We took the honeymoon package which was by far the best & most economical on the island - 1 hour massages per person, breakfast and a four course dinner which were both FANTASTIC!! we didn't even get time to use the pool, we were busy touring the island. The hotel boasts their own water-filtration system, which saved us from having to purchase bottled water regularly. Staff were extremely helpful & friendly. The room was large, clean and cosy with our own little private garden area. I believe our room was one of the cabana rooms to the back, closer to the hammocks. Everything overall was great, we went back a few times for breakfast & dinner when we made short visits to the island. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone, couple or a small family.
Review Of Kariwak
I had the pleasure of staying here in June of 2004:
Location:Although not on the beach, it is easy walking distance to Store Bay and to the main road which takes you into town or to Pigeon Point. Airport noise was very mininmal, I only noticed one small plane while at the pool one day. I also like what they have done with a small space, you certainly feel as if you are in a secluded location, especially when you venture to other side of the property where the Ajoupa's, hammocks, and jaccuzi are. A winding garden path leads you to tranquilty and peace , even pass a nice herb garden.
Rooms:We had a poolside room which shared half of the rondavel; the huts are quite cute and well insulated. The room was very clean, well maintained though I did not care for the wooden slats on the wall behind the bed, but I did like the chinese lantern light fixture. The bathroom is compact with shower and enclosed toilet. The room is somewhat small overall, but nice; I had two complaints though; the a/c which had no remote and had to be adjusted manually and the room did not have enough lighting.
On a side note, if you want very private rooms ask for a Garden Room which is on the other side of the restaurant; they are very secluded, bigger than the poolside room and newer in my opinion as we had a look at one of the rooms.
Restaurant:The meals here were great, I enjoyed both breakfast and dinner , and the holistic theme of the hotel extend itself to the menu as well with local menu items that were a treat. The rosemary bread at dinner was divine, and with breakfast the "main course" changes daily which was a treat as well. The tables under the thatched ajoups are very romantic at night and I like the special local touches in the decor. There is live entertainment on weekends which was low key and many people came for dinner from outside the hotel.
Staff:Great, very pleasant and accomodating they went all out to grant our requests such as a shuttle to the airport and separating our "king" bed into two double beds.
Overall Impression:Good place to relax and let go, they offer complimentary holistic treatments to guests such as tai chi and yoga. My friend joined in on tai chi and came back very very relaxed. I felt like resting the whole time I was there, no need to do anything really and with great food and pleasant surroundings it was easy to let the stress go. I highly recommend it to people who need stress relief or a romantic get away. If you are looking for activities and nightlife this is not the place. One thing to note as well, the jaccuzi is a cold water jaccuzi, it would be SO perfect if it was hot ..as it is lovely, waterfall and all.
Did I Make The Right Choice?
hi everyone. This site is brilliant and made me decide to choose tobago as the place to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in november/december.I have chosen the karriwak village as i suffer from CFS(chronic fatigue syndrome)and i think the yoga and tai chi would benifit me. the only thing that i have since noticed is that it is in a busy area and hope that it is still quiet around there as this is definately a r and r holday for both of us (even if it will take me a few days to get over the flight!),as my husband will have just spent 6 months in the falklands with temps in the day of 2 degrees! my only experience of the carribean is on our honeymoon 10 years ogo when we went to dominican republic which i wasn't that keen on as i got food poisoning and also we were told not to go out at night.Is it safe to go out at night there it sounds like it is just wanting some reasurance i suppose as this choice was down to me and i don't want to get it wrong i'll never hear the end of it!!!Thanks