Kapinjala - Reader Reports & Opinion
Ralph & Rachel from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded
Kapinjala has been finished to a very high standard and is blessed by the most fantastic views out to the Caribbean sea. We found it an incredibly relaxing and peaceful place with everything you could possibly want from a villa.
We were greeted by Marlon at the airport who took us to the villa, he introduced us to Sonja who had prepared the most amazing meal and had a few Carib beers and some rum punch ready, it was a perfect way to celebrate our arrival in what was a truly unique setting.
We found everything in Kapinjala that made our stay, one to be remembered! There was a handbook of recommendations on the best restaurants, expeditions throughout the Island and loads of water sport activities to choose from. It was really useful throughout our two-week stay.
One of the most attractive points about Kapinjala we found was having so many different areas to sit, read, eat or sunbathe! The private balconies of the villa were breathtaking and were such a treat in the early mornings when the sun was rising to the background chorus of the tropical birds that lived within the grounds.
Kapinjala is complete paradise and we feel very privileged to have stayed there! What a wonderful place Tobago is. WE WILL BE BACK!
Angela And Kevin Woodley from U.K. visited in December 2008 and awarded
We knew from the website that the villa would be something special but to eventually arrive up the steep drive to this wonderful exotic hilltop villa was spectacular.
The wonderful 180 degree panoramic view looks over the very inviting infinity pool, down through the lush valley and beyond to Arnos Vale Bay (ideal for snorkelling) and in the distance Buccoo Reef. The pool plus the extensive split level patio allows the choice of shade and sun making it a perfect place to relax or entertain at all hours of the day.
The villa is spacious and the open plan living space is well appointed with all 4 bedrooms en suite with air conditioning and ceiling fans. The kitchen has everything you need and an oven large enough to easily roast TWO turkeys, if you are lucky enough to be there for Christmas, as we were together. There is a large fridge/freezer and most importantly another fridge to keep the drinks cold!
A short walk takes you down to the beach via the winding path through the villa garden, and grounds of the quiet Arnos Vale Bay Hotel and onto the secluded beach. Sharing the beach at the height of the season (Christmas) with at least six other people canít be bad!
The hotel has a patio festooned with bird feeders giving you an opportunity early morning and afternoon to see a huge variety of birds including the blue crested mot mot, tanagers, banaquits and chacalacas Ėand best of all colourful humming birds are within touching distance.
Tobago is not a large island but we found plenty to do and see. If you want to get around a car is essential and the roads are good though windy, so please donít be in a hurry. The drive up the west coast gives splendid views leading down to almost deserted beaches.
It is an unspoilt paradise and we look forward to returning one day. Highly recommended!
George Thaw from U.K. visited in December 2008 and awarded
You can look at the photo's on the site but nothing prepares you for when you arrive and see this villa set in it's stunning surroundings. We travel extensively and generaly have high expectation which were not only surpassed but blown away by our holiday at Kapinjala over Chistmas and New Year 2008.
When you open the shutters in the morning and see just how beautiful the setting is with the views across the caribean sea to the Nylon pool you can not help but relax and know that the time will vanish all to fast before you have to leave this heavnley place and head back to work.
We are already planning our return and look forward to lazing in the pool and watching the sun slowly slip under the horizon at the end of another perfect day!
Teovils Stengrevics from Latvia visited in December 2008 and awarded
We are frequent travellers with quite a lot experience to stay at villas all over the world. Kapinjala gets in our top 10. We all agreed this kind of villas are not for rent usually, as everything was build and furnished to serve the proprietor first. Beautifully located, wonderfully planed, high quality built, well maintained. We enjoyed remote location, the view, the layout, furnishing. I can say only the best about the property, and canít stop wondering how someone managed to build something so beautiful in a country you can hardly find a builder to trust. At least this is my impression after visiting Tobago. Kapinjala can host 3 couples with kids comfortably, and there was no feeling not a single time others disturb you somehow. There is space more than enough for even double size company, and you can hide from others any time you want.
Irrespective of marvellous beach 5 min walk downhill this was first time for our family spending so much time at the pool instead of going down to the sea shore. There was such a mood at the infinity pool with garden surrounding and all the view around and down to the sea that you find yourself no wish to leave for anything else. And this kind of feeling wasnít just for me alone. We were seven adults, and all agreed this was something unprecedented. Actually, we found the sea quite rough especially at a new moon just after we arrived, definitely too rough for children. Therefore the pool was essential, and it served as a central meeting point or a living artery to say. We had some four days of rather heavy rain, and I couldnít imagine what we would do without the pool, considering we had kids.
I found a proprietor of Kapinjala very friendly man, truly concerned about us to give delight. I would like to thank him very much for all assistance he gave us when we get in trouble with XL Airways bankruptcy. Ask him for right rent a car company, as car is essential during your stay, and I highly recommend to go for 4WD. When you see the general road condition and the steep hill you have to drive up, especially when itís rainy and therefore slippery because of fallen leaves, you will not regret extra expenses paid.
If you are looking for a Caribbean island with no bustle of tourists then Tobago is for you, and if you want even more Ė get rid of any neighbouring by settling down uphill with a rainforest at your feet, memorable view down to the sea, and the caws of parrots as the only hustle and bustle to disturb your serenity, and at the same time savour all the modern household can offer Ė then Kapinjala is just the right choice.
Amy-Jo Forsyth from U.K. visited in October 2008 and awarded
Kapinjala is an extremely relaxing hideaway for peace and rejuvanation, but with plenty of beautiful beaches and traditional eateries nearby.
I found the views breath taking. Kapinjala is surrounded by rainforest, beaches, an abundance of wildlife and trinidad visible in the background - rather alot to take in and I spent much time appreciating this from every balcony, every corner of the villa.
The enveloping natural habitat created its own music; bird song, crickets, noise of the ocean. I didnt play music once whilst at the villa, as these melodies were more than sufficient to wile away the day to.
Of an evening the fireflies lit up the darkness, and we spent much time floating by the edge of the infinity pool (drink in hand!) taking in this wonderful spectacle.
The facilities, furnishings and finish of Kapinjala were just fantastic. A great place for a couple or groups - clean, cosy, comfortable but modern.
Everything I hoped it would be. Everything it states it is.