Coasting Villa - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Andrew from Canada visited in December 2013 and awarded
We stayed in the villa whith our kids (11 and 13) for one week during the end of November. You are not going to believe that this kind of place exist in the world until you see it for yourself. From one side there is a rainforest and from the other side there is the Caribbean Sea and you are on top of a hill. We travel to a lot of places , but this is our first time to Tobago and it was an excellent experience. Cindy and Fred (owners) provide amazing service for their guests. They meet you at the airport, take you shopping, and provide food for the first day. We went grocery shopping at ďPennyís MartĒ for our main groceries, and after that we bought our fruits and vegetables at stands. The house is big enough for 1 or 2 families and also very convenient. They also have two very friendly dogs who keep you company when you go to the beautiful beach. We rented a car and travelled the whole week in Tobago. We went snorkeling to Pigeon Point, Rainforest tour, and Castara Beach. The local people are very helpful and very friendly. We even tried a couple of times their local street food. It was tasty! Thank Cindy and Fred for a spectacular week. Tobago Island itself is a wonderful place, Coasting property is truly special
Steve Henry Herman from U.S.A. visited in January 2012 and awarded
Coastings is a small house, but very well designed, so it feels roomy. You will spend most of your time on the two decks outside. It is on a stunning site overlooking Bloody Bay, with attractive, well-kept grounds. The kitchen is adequately equipped for cooking (which you will be doing a lot of in this isolated location). Bedrooms are small, but well ventilated and have comfy beds. The sounds of surf, weather and wildlife fill the rooms all night.
The beach at Bloody Bay is a 10 minute walk down the road, and has rocky and sandy sections--good for swimming. If you're into snorkeling, be aware that the area of the bay with coral and reef fish is across the bay and must be accessed by car and a short but moderately steep walk down to the secluded beach area. Prior to and during our stay the seas were rough and underwater visibility was poor. The beach area, with a fresh-water river outlet, is an excellent place to watch a wide variety of wading birds and raptors. Local fishermen regularly set and haul seine nets in the Bay.
The only other house nearby is that of the owners (who were very gracious and helpful in every respect), but Coastings sits fairly close to the main road, so you will hear the occasional car or bus pass by. There is an always-locked security gate separating the property from the road. The need for this was unnerving, but its presence was reassuring.
The well-maintained "pool" is tiny but serves well its function as a cool-down spot.
During your stay you can expect regular visits from the owners two adopted dogs, who are well mannered and fun to be with. Take a walk anywhere and they will be at your side.
Overall, a unique and memorable place to hang out in the Boonies of beautiful Tobago.
Marisian from U.K. visited in August 2011 and awarded
Just back from two weeks staying at Coasting and it has been one of our best family holidays ever. The villa is excellent and the ground and location beautiful. I can not recommend it too highly to anybody looking for a holiday away from it all.
A slight word of caution if you are looking for any kind of night life the only sort around the villa are the night creatures not the party animals and you will need a car to get about. Having said that the North of the island has a real get back to nature feel usually not found whist staying in a villa providing such a high standard of accommodation.
My only regret is that we didn't book for three weeks not just two.
Dave Park from U.S.A. visited in March 2010 and awarded
Debby and I just enjoyed our best vacation ever. That was in very large part because of Coasting. There are many reasons.
We have stayed at Tobago villas that were more elegant or more secluded, but Coasting, in its entirety, is a very special place. If your vision of a Tobago villa is hanging perched 100 feet or so above a lazy, mostly deserted beach where the mountains and rain forest meet the sea, then Coasting is for you.
The walk down the road to the beach is easy and takes all of about 5 minutes. The west (Coasting) end of the Bloody Bay beach is all sand and gently sloped, plus the surf is fairly mild. At low tide you can still touch the sandy bottom perhaps 60 to 80 feet offshore. The beach is actually used more by the local Bloody Bay fishermen than by bathers, which is strange because it has the most beautiful beach facilities (designed in splendid Caribbean style) I have ever seen. Why they were built on such a remote beach is a mystery. The three buildings are new and not yet open. They are apparently to be a gift shop/restaurant, a bath house and a lifeguard/maintenance building respectfully.
From Coasting there are no other villas visible. In fact the only dwellings visible in any direction from Coasting are Cindy and Fredís cottage 95 steps below and mostly out of sight, and one run-down, typical unfinished Tobago house off in the distance, partially visible through the trees directly behind and above the beach beside an enormous Mango tree.
Cindy and Fred are simply wonderful people. I lost my glasses is a stupid bit of gleeful body surfing our first day there. They could not have been more helpful. In fact it is a testament to how much we enjoyed Coasting that even though we were highly immobile for our entire first week before my replacement glasses arrived, we could not have had a better time. With binoculars I see perfectly well and I am badly near sighted so luckily I donít need glasses to read. As a result, with their binoculars, I became a watcher of the spectacular variety of birds - mot mots, corn birds, kingbirds, orange winged parrots, chakalakas, frigate birds, pelicans, and others I could not identify using Cindy and Fredís reference Ė as I sat on the porch, the deck or by the pool. Most of them are not great song birds. Their sounds, for the most part, are more raucous than melodic.
Then there are the fishermen on the beach and on the Bay. It is fascinating to watch the fishermen pull seine, which they do several afternoons a week. Usually only 2 or three fishermen in their little open pirogues are able to deploy the incredibly long net. But late in the afternoon, as they pull in more of the two ends of the net, they need more and more manpower. Over several hours, more folks just appear on the beach to help. In the final stages perhaps 10 to 15 folks from Bloody Bay, including some women and children, are all lending a hand to get the seine and the fish to shore. The other fishing method used in the bay is net casting. This is done individually by the fisherman from a standing position in the very bow of his little boat. He holds the folded net in front of him with both hands. Then somehow, without falling overboard, he throws the net in a Frisbee-like motion up and out. As it spins, the net opens and spreads to a diameter of perhaps 10 to 15 feet, before falling onto the waves. Then the rope, which forms the perimeter of the net and is apparently weighted, sinks and the fisherman, if successful, pulls in a net full of fairly small fish, which are apparently used as bait fish for the fisherman who fish outside the Bay in much deeper water.
Even though we did not get to dine out much during our first week, which we both love to do, we found a wonderful way to dine in at the end of the day. We grilled some fresh local fish and veggies and sat and ate on the covered porch, while watching the sun set with a few citronella candles burning. Simply heavenly. And then there is the simple pleasure of taking a dip in the warm pool after sunset, gazing at the stars overhead as you slowly air dry and then slipping into bed to the sound of the surf and the whisper of the ceiling fan.
Cindy is an artist/designer and Fred is a civil engineer and Coasting is the second villa they have designed and built on Tobago. Their talents, skills and experience are evident everywhere at Coasting, from the soothing island color scheme throughout, to the screens on the widows, to the highly effective ultrasonic bat/rodent repellers plugged into the outside outlets, to the clever use of translucent glass blocks and strategic cracks for soft night lighting, to the easy-living layout of kitchen, living/dining area, covered porch and grilling deck upstairs and last, but not least, to the spectacularly indulgent combination of master bedroom, outside shower and lovely plunge pool downstairs. There are an additional 2 bedrooms, a single downstairs and another master bedroom upstairs, which we did not use.
And I canít forget to mention Cleo and Toby. They are both great dogs, with different personalities. They made us feel safe and very much at home. They love to accompany you on walks to the beach or elsewhere and they come to check on you from time to time in their casual, friendly Tobago way.
In short this is the perfect Caribbean lovers retreat. Fred and Cindy are helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, wonderful people who totally respect your privacy. Despite the remoteness of Coasting, because of their presence, this would be an
Peter Engel from U.S.A. visited in December 2009 and awarded
Coasting Villa made a wonderful base for our family vacation over the Christmas holiday. The house was fitted out well for our family of four - parents and two almost-adult kids. There was plenty of room, a fully functional kitchen, two beautiful decks -- one upstairs where we had all our meals -- and one downstairs by the pool. With comfortable temperatures and a breeze, the merging of indoor and outdoor space is very relaxing.
The area is quiet, with easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. It is also a short drive to the rain forest preserve. The nearby towns are small, but provide local fruit and vegetables, and plenty of fish. Larger markets are a bit of a drive, so stock up.
Our hosts, Fred and Cindy, were quite helpful and knowledgeable. They provided food for when we arrived, some of their own freshly ground coffee, and valuable recommendations. Their dogs have the run of the neighborhood and we enjoyed their company as well.
Because of its location, the Villa is not for someone looking for a lot of nightlife. But for a family who wants to see Tobago nature at its best, we would strongly recommend it.