Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion

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James McGhie from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded  Four out of Five

My wife and I stayed for 3 nights at the end of January 2009 at the start of our annual holiday. Even although the weather wasn't at its best we had great time.

The accommodation was "as it said on the tin" with just about everything catered for, including umbrella. View was superb, even in the rain - a couple of rum punches combined with the lapping of the sea and the singing of the birds can just about redefine heaven!

The bed was extremely comfortable with no need for a/c. It was magic having a swim off Little Castara then just wondering up to our room to dry off and have breakfast.

If you want it simple and quiet then this is the place for you.

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John Ker from Canada visited in December 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

Alibaba's is located in an unbelievably picturesque village in a bay at the base of very steep rainforest hills which my wife compares to the scenery in the movie 'Jurassic Park'. Enough said . The setting is georgous.

We stayed in late November and early December. The weather was quite warm when we arrived but became easier for us from the north as time went on. We acclimatised and it became less humid.

Our trip with Brian from the airport was exciting. The roads run along cirques and what is a 15 K by the crow trip takes around 40 minutes but very scenic. The village of Castara is at the base of a big incline where the beach was originally a landing place before decent roads. Because of the trade winds blowing by, there is big surf so no docks. The Castarans are excellant surf boatmen and the fisherman have to bring most things in by carrying them through the surf. We witnessed them unloading tuna through the surf one day which we had for dinner that night. Inexpensive and delicious!

We suppose you want to know about Ali Baba's. All great. To complain about the surf waking you up at night is something, isn't it? We live in an area of great natural beauty but this is more than the tropical equivalent. Your balcony is right above the beach (10 metres). From the balcony we noted 22 birds of the 41 birds that are listed in the Tobago guide. Down at the beach, if you are slow, two minutes away, the surf may be a little daunting. Once through the surf, the snorkelling begins maybe 100 feet out . If the surf is high it will be a little cloudy and you will have to go further out. We saw all the basic reef fish that one usually sees as well as turtles and a moray eel.GO TO BUCOO REEF WITH ALI BABA (BRIAN) I am using up too much space but this trip is a social history lesson as well as visiting the reef (some of the best snorkelling I've done in the Caribbean). Great hosts, good food, good beer and punch! I could go on forever.

Brian and Steph were wonderful hosts. We felt welcomed while enjoying our privacy. The kitchen was well equipped and there was lots of hot water which certain people need. At our time of year, you will appreciate the overhead fans. It is a must to go on the rain forest tour through Brian. Our guide was so informative and showed an obvious love and respect for the forest. When we go back, I'm taking another hike up there to find out more of the history of the area.

In conclusion, this is not an all inclusive type setting BUT, if you have the smallest adventurous bone in your body, you will enjoy the hospitality of your hosts and the Castarans. Have an ice cold Carib at Rev Codrington Wallace's bar at the top of the hill. My wife, yes, she's the one, got to dance with Santa at the outdoor Christmas pageant. Get involved when you can in the community activities. What fun ! Great holiday ! Did I mention the outdoor clay oven bakery and the local music (exciting) !

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Andreas Boeckh from Germany visited in November 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

The location is priceless. One lives directly above the sea, the beach (very clean) being just a few steps away. It is very quiet. The only noise which could bother you are the waves and the birds (there is a bird paradise right next to your balcony).

One should not expect the Ritz (the owners certainly do not try to sell it as such), but you find everything in the appartment you need. The kitchen is well equipped. The owners are very friendly people willing to help whenever a problem should arise. Those three weeks were very restful.

Andreas Boeckh

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Margy Cockburn from U.K. visited in July 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

Couldn't find a better location for a holiday home - you are in the sea and amongst a really great coral reef with loads of floral and fauna to explore, within seconds.

The sunsets from the balcony are great as well and the hosts very congenial (though had just had a new baby so were not around, perhaps as much as they usually are!0.

Accommodation pretty basic but all clean except for a slightly smelly bathroom.

Enjoy!

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Aimee And Mike from U.S.A. visited in June 2008 and awarded  Two out of Five

My husband and I stayed at Alibaba's Sea Breeze in mid-June for a solid week. We loved the location in Castara and the proximity to the beach, which is a literal stone's throw away. The balcony overlooking the ocean is wonderful, and it is also surrounded by leafy trees which allows for some great bird watching. Daily visits by mot mots and tanagers were amazing, as well as seeing the sea birds flying over the ocean and swooping down to catch fish.

FYI, there are no closed walls in the place (i.e there are open areas in the uppermost parts of the walls adjoining the balcony and the hallway). This allows for many bugs in the apartment at times, which sometimes felt like a literal invasion of creatures into the apartment (beware the times between 6-9pm when they stream in). Hearing the crashing waves at night also takes some getting used to. It was difficult to sleep the first couple of nights because of the noise, but we quickly got used to it.

The apartment itself is basic and while the equipment supplied in the kitchen is quite extensive and meets all your need, much of it needs to be updated, especially the pots and pans. It could also get quite hot inside and an air conditioner would have been nice. Cleanliness was okay, not the best. There is a mosquito net around the bed which we used because of all the bugs, but it gets quite stuffy inside. A helpful tip is that we placed the fan inside the net at the opening and tucked the net around it, which made it quite cool inside. We joked that we were camping. Although the quality of the apartment does not exactly seem to merit the price, the amazing balcony with its two chairs and little table does generally make up for it (it is definitely the best feature of the place). Snorkelling at Little Bay was the best we did on the island (beating coral gardens and the angel reef) and amazingly convenient, as many other areas on the island require boat access. We had a nice stay and loved quiet Castara, although you will need your own car if you stay here and beware the winding narrow roads around Castara. Tobago is wonderful and we did so many amazing things there! We might have been more comfortable somewhere else, but the location and view can't be beat.

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