Kapinjala - Reader Reports & Opinion
George Shaw from U.K. visited in January 2014 and awarded
Stunningly beautiful villa, set the hills above Arnos Vale Bay. The view from the pool terrace is fantastic.
It's only short drive to several nearby beaches and the main attractions of Crown and Pigeon Point aren't that far away.
The bed in the fourth bedroom, in the annexe, is quite small and not really suitable for larger couples who aren't on speaking terms.
A car is essential unless you plan on booking lots of taxis, as there's nothing of note within easy walking distance and it's not a location for those with mobility issues.
The only disappointment was the fact that Arnos Vale Hotel is now defunct. We were warned against venturing down because a couple of squatters living there - but we found them friendly.
The walk down hasn't been maintained - but we managed it on several occasions. Beautiful bay and the best snorkeling on the island.
The kitchen is starting to look a bit tired now and the crockery and cutlery are quite up to the standards of the property - but they're only minor gripes and shouldn't put you off staying.
A cleaner comes in every other day and there's a security guard on duty between 6pm and 6am.
Can't wait to go back.
Runicles from U.K. visited in August 2013 and awarded
A beautiful villa will a beautiful setting, five star accommodation, everything you need to relax, have already started to look at dates again for next year to go back.
Debra Howard from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded
Kapinjala is a truly wonderful place to stay. The villa is beautifully positioned with glorious views across Arnos Bay to Plymouth and beyond. The pool is spectacular and great for cooling off in after a days sightseeing or sunbathing. The beds are very comfortable and there is every facility you could wish. The service provided is first class. From being meet at the airport and the meal provided on the first night to coming to say farewell at the end of your stay Helen, the villa manager, and Stacey, the housekeeper, cannot do enough for you. Even after a two island wide power cut Helen made a point of coming to the villa and checking that everything was OK. Kapinjala provides a lovely place to de-stress and enjoy a wonderful Caribbean holiday.
Sophie Simms from U.K. visited in November 2012 and awarded
It is almost impossible to put into words how incredible kapinjala actually is. It's also hard not to repeat what has been said over and over again: that it is amazing!
So, down to the details. For starters the setting couldn't be more idyllic. Built into a cliff side with an infinity pool looking over Arnos Vale Bay, it is the perfect place for relaxation, recuperation and a fantastic tan!
Of course there is an option to make your holiday a wild one but you simply won't want to. The urge to just stay lying by the pool with a book in one hand and a rum punch in the other far out ways any other.
That said, a trip to Sunday School is a must if only to see the brilliant pan band, but by far the best day out on the island is a trip on Cocomotion. It's the only thing I'd leave the villa to do!
I had an utterly brilliant time at Kapinjala the only problem was I only went for a week! I will definitely be returning :)
Kaye & Dave Johnson from U.K. visited in November 2012 and awarded
We stayed at Kapinjala in 2010 and vowed we would return. This year we did just that and were not disappointed. The villa has been maintained to a very high standard and the gardens have matured beautifully. We spent many an hour at the edge of the infinity pool overlooking the garden and out to Arnos Vale Bay. The view is simply stunning and you can walk down to the bay from Kapinjala's garden, steep walk but well worth the effort!
We had a day on Cocomotion with Marlon, snorkelling in the bays and BBQ on No Mans Land (still my favourite day out in Tobago) and Dave did his PADI training with Marlon too.
There are many restaurants to try but our favourites are The Seahorse, The Fishpot and The Steak and Lobster Grill which is a bit quirky but great food in a lovely setting. If you decide to eat in, the kitchen at Kapinjala is very well equipped and there is also a BBQ on which we cooked the most delicious lobster, washed down with a few rum punches! Shirls Chicken is great for a takeaway too.
The weather was beautiful, 31 most days so we spent much of our time laying round the pool or chilling on the sofas on the verandah watching the humming birds.
The villa is secluded, in a beautiful setting and furnished to a high standard which made for a really relaxing holiday. Stacey the housemaid looked after us very well and we had a lovely meal waiting on our arrival.
If you are hoildaying in Tobago, Kapinjala is the place to stay - stunning villa, stunning pool and stunning views!
We will most definitely return!