Castara Bay Eco-Villa - Reader Reports & Opinion
Kemraj from Trinidad visited in February 2013 and awarded
Let me state frankly i was very pleased to read all the wonderful reports about 'Castara Eco-Villa', however i am very disappointed & extremely dissatified from Mr. Sebro lack of professionalism. I had made arrangements with him via telephone & he confirmed that his villa for available for the time period that I requested, however when I paid via Western Union( i was charged a fee of $114 tt to send the money to him)in Trinidad for the two nights that I requested, he later told me via telephone that he rented out the villa to someone previously. I will not book this place gain in the future nor will I recommend anyone else to book this place. Also I booked my boat tickets already & when I heard what he said i had to send over a dozen emails to get another place at short notice!!!
Michael from Austria visited in July 2012 and awarded
The Castara Eco Villa is a beautiful house located in Castara, three minutes walk to the beach. The kitchen is very well equiped, microwave, toaster, electric cooker and oven, fridge with freezing compartment. The bedrooms have aircondition and mosquitonets. The bathroom with shower and toilett includes a big space for your personal belongings. The house was refurnished in 2011, so most of the things are brand new. The house is surrounded by a big garden with banana trees, mango trees and flowers. When you are sitting outside in the morning you can see a lot of different birds coming very close to the house.
The hosts, Finbar and Joan and their family are very very nice and courteous, they did everything to make us feel happy and comfortable, gave us help in organising excursions, guides etc.!
Because the house is located on a small hill, you have to climb several steps, it is not suitable for mobile restricted persons.
The only thing that disturbed us was the very loud music from the little shop down the steet every night. Finbar will talk to the people not to play loud music when guest stay at Eco Villa, so maybe it will be more quiet in the future.
Castara is a small village with some little shops, were you can buy bread, milk, water and fruits. If you want to shop in a supermarket with a bigger choise you have to drive 30 to 45 minutes by car.
Overall the house is a very nice place to spent your holidays in Castara, we can highly recommend it!
Sharon May from U.K. visited in March 2012 and awarded
Our stay at CASTARA BAY ECO VILLA was wonderful, starting with Mr and Mrs Sebro meeting us at the Airport.
They took us under their wings and looked after us ,even taking us on tours ,and letting us see the real Tobago, from the magnificent Rainforest to a trip to Little Tobago ,Also Harvest to celebrate and give thanks for their food harvest this was an honour to see and if anyone is out next Marsh do try and go along.Our thanks go out to Finar and Joan for being such great Hosts our holiday was all the more enjoyable because of them. Mr Sebro knows alot about the island its Flora forna and also its wildlife i especially enjoyed taking pictures of the many varied species of Birds,my favourite probably being the Mot-Mot a beautiful bird ,look out for him when your over there.
Not forgetting to mention the Beautiful Villa set high up you can see a lovely sunset, we liked nothing better than sit on the patio in the evening .
10 out of 10 a perfect villa and perfect hosts
Andy Byers and Sharon May
Matthew Harrup from U.K. visited in January 2012 and awarded
This is a brand new cottage, renovated late 2011 after being the old family home. So it's all new inside. It's a 5 min walk to the beach up a fairly steep hill and then 20 steps up the driveway to the front door.
One thing that's not quite clear from the pictures is that the gazebo is on the front porch and you can just about see the sea, and the "captain's" loft is really a bench 10m up the hill in the garden, where you really have a good view of the entire bay.
The rooms are middle sized, it's a decent queensize double, the air con is in the bedrooms and the lounge has a ceiling fan. You are practically in the rainforest (Castara is built on a hill into the rainforest) so it is humid with insects (they have bug spray and zappers). The internet connection is surprisingly fast for 3g, it's wireless b/g afaics.
The only downside we found were the 2 next door neighbours who played loud calypso music most of the daytime.
The hosts are exceptionally hospitable and very helpful. Castara really is as nice as everyone says, although I'd recommend hiring a car (not from Whatty - you'll get a piece of junk) as taxis were hard to arrange (the bus is every "3" hours but it doesn't say which 3 hours they are)
Overall this is really good, it can easily host a family of 2 adults and 1-2 kids