Castara Retreats Lodges - Summary Description
3 Cottages. Reader Satisfaction Rating
The lodges at Castara Retreats consist of two well-designed, high quality detached wooden buildings (one 2-bedrooms and one 1-bedroom), plus a unique and thoughtfully renovated fisherman’s cabin (1 bedroom). All have en suite shower rooms. In addition, Castara Retreats also offers a large and distinctive house divided into three self-contained apartments (one with two bedrooms and two with one bedroom) and a one-bedroom apartment located under Birdsong Lodge (from December 2012). The property is set in lush grounds on the hillside above the village with outstanding views out over beautiful Castara Bay.
The property attracts regular and highly positive comment in our forum and offers a truly unique experience.
This listing provides information about the three detached lodges at Castara Retreats – Coasthanger Lodge, Birdsong Lodge and Fisherman’s Lodge. Details of the three apartments in the main house are listed in our ‘Apartment’ section and can be seen by clicking here
In December 2012, the property opened a licenced restaurant on the premises. Housed in a spacious covered pavillion that offers breathtaking views over the bay, beach, village and nightly sunsets, the restaurant offers a Trini-Italian fusion cuisine 6 evening per week, and a traditional local barbeque on the 7th evening (Fridays).
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Haiku Lodges and Fisherman's Lodge
The accommodation consists of two haiku lodges and a renovated fisherman's shack. The one and two bedroom lodges are constructed from hardwoods harvested from local sustainable sources and are specially designed to create open, spacious living areas that enjoy unhindered views and the natural sights and sounds of the ocean, bay, garden, rainforest and village. Also available is Fisherman's Lodge, a one bedroom beautifully renovated shack that offers similar spacious accommodation within a romantic Caribbean structure. All three have free WiFi broadband internet access.
These three lodges are furnished and equipped to a very good standard. The general style of the interiors is open and spacious and this is further enhanced by windows that can be pulled up and out of the way, thus offering panoramic views of the bay and ocean. There are polished hardwood floors, wicker furniture, discreet lighting, and well equipped kitchens. Also good quality mattresses, mosquito nets, white bed linen, hammocks and security safes. The total floor area is 800 square feet in the one bedroom lodges and 950 square feet in the two bedroom lodge.
In addition to the lodges there are three apartments and these form the main house with a penthouse apartment (Rainforest) spanning the whole of the upper floor and two one bedroom apartments (Hummingbird 1 and 2) below. These accommodations also enjoy spectacular views of the bay and ocean and are all equipped to a high standard.
Outside is an acre of gardens with sun terraces and shady spots where you can relax and listen to the birdsong, the sound of the ocean, and to the daily rhythms of the village. Purpose designed deck areas in each accommodation are as perfect for bird watching as they are for viewing the manta rays in the bay below or the spectacular Caribbean sunsets. There is a new wooden Pavilion on the hillside below Fisherman's Lodge which offers wonderful views to the west and is available to guests as a place to meet, to relax, or to shelter from the sun or the rain whilst enjoying the gardens. The Pavilion is a very spacious 18ft x 15ft with comfortable seating, atmospheric lighting and an adjoining deck and is perfect for special events like weddings or family reunions as well as our Friday night BBQs. These are put on by our manager, Porridge, and our boat captain, Sherwin, and offer a great opportunity to meet other guests and enjoy some delicious food. Mango trees fringe the gardens with bananas and bamboo below and orchards of citrus, avocado, paw paw, and plantain above. Shrubs and flowers blossom everywhere and attract constant visits from humming birds.
The basic principle is looking after yourselves in well resourced self catering accommodation with good local back-up and support and free from the constraints and protocols of hotels.
If you are looking for informal, relaxing accommodation surrounded by nature then Castara Retreats is an excellent option for your holiday destination.
We would point out to readers that the accommodations are located on a hillside overlooking the beach and hence access on a daily basis involves a 75 yard walk up a scenic concrete path. Consequently Castara Retreats may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or who get easily out of breath. New access has recently been completed in the form of a driveway up to the two haiku lodges so this has eased the problem for those staying in the lodges.
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