Alibaba's Sea Breeze - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Wayne Griffith from U.S.A. visited in May 2007 and awarded  Five out of Five

My wife and I stayed at Alibaba's the first week in May of 2007 and found a delightful place and delightful people to go with it. There may be more accomodating people on the planet than Brian and Stephanie, but I haven't encountered them yet. We corresponded with them via e-mail for our reservations after reading about them in this forum and discovered they had a cat. We told them we would stay but only on condition they loan us the cat for our stay, which they did :-). Their place is just magic and the wonderful people we met in the other apartments were fun to hang out with. The five of us hired a car and got one of the Brits to drive as she was accustomed to driving on the "wrong" side of the road. Our group also did a snorkeling expedition together with Alibaba's tours and had a terrific time with Captain Anaconda as the skipper for the voyage. The expedition included a beach picnic with great food and scenic boat riding. <---Highly recommended if you don't do anything else in Castara, do this.

There are numerous restaurants in Castara and the Boathouse Restaurant which is on the beach right next door to Alibaba's is very accomodating also. Sharon will fix you an excellent meal until pretty late at night.

Two words of caution to Americans. If you rise early and expect breakfast at one of the restaurants, you will be sorely disappointed. You need to either stop on the way to Castara and buy coffee, soda, or whatever your eye opener is, or you ain't gonna get any. There ain't any soda machines on the beach either. Nothing opens until 9:00 AM or so and I do mean nothing. This is not a criticism, it is just a fact. Second, you also need to buy some basic food on your way in if you want to cook any meaningful meals in your apartment. Alibaba's is well equipped for cooking your own meals, there just aren't any supermarkets in Castara. Brian will provide transport to Castara from the airport and there are excellent markets on the way.

Castara is a laid back place where children can run around in safety, there is no noise on the beach, no peddlers selling junk, beaches are absolutely immaculate and kept so by the people who live there. I hope they can keep it this way forever.

I will be back there as soon as possible. Planning it now!

Wayne Griffith

Alabama, USA

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Annie Reardon from U.S.A. visited in May 2007 and awarded  Four out of Five

My daughter and I spent a week here, ans then a week on the other end of the island. We loved the Sea Breeze- the friendly owners Stephanie and Brian; the amazing view of the beach below; the sound of the water; and the town itself. Castara is one of our favorite places. I would come and stay at Ali Baba's again, and hope to at some point.

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Tony Gibson from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded  Five out of Five

The accommodation was the cleanliest that I have experience in 40 years of travelling abroad, everybody was friendly, and I have would recommend ALIBABAS SEABREEZE to anyone.

We stayed for two weeks to celebrate both my 50th birthday and we got married in Englishman’s bay next door.

We cried when we left, everything was so beautiful it was like a corner of paradise.

You here stories of sand flies and mosquitoes,we were never bitten once,the only visiters to the appartment were two gecos who were welcome.

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Tina & Brian Davies from U.K. visited in March 2007 and awarded  Five out of Five

We have been back in England now a week and we still hear the waves of Castara Bay hitting the beach just below the apartments and lulling us to sleep.

We spend 2 wonderful weeks in the apartment "motmot" with our 2 grownup sons in the apartment next to us. From the moment we arrived at the airport and were met by the friendly smiling face of Brian "AliBaba" Taylor and one of his drivers who collected us and our luggage in 2 vehicles we were made to feel very welcome.

At the apartments itself it was wonderful to sit on the veranda and soak in the atmosphere and listening to the afore mentioned waves, watching the multitude of birds visiting us and enjoying our hosts's small kitten popping in now and again for a visit.

We thoroughly enjoyed the close proximity of the beach and the reef, and for us snorkelers it was an added bonus that there is a family of stingrays living in the bay who more than once put on a such a wonderful display that we felt as if in a National Geographic documentary. Oh, did I mention that we also saw a turtle, barracudas, loads and loads of angelfish, trunkfish, parrotfish, rock-hopper beauties and all the other "usual suspects" of a caribbean reef, and all that just feet away from our apartment.

Those apartments had really everything we needed; quite spacious, comfortable beds, cleaning service and change of bedlinen and towels every 3rd day, supply even of beachtowels, and the owners Brian "Alibaba" and Stephanie Taylor were always at hand if needed.

Should we ever be fortunate enough to come back to Tobago, we know we will be back at the Seabreeze in Castara.

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Gill Kopy from Canada visited in March 2007 and awarded  Four out of Five

Sea Breeze certainly lives up to its reputation - the view, the location, the very well equipped apartment. We had the MotMot suite which was comfy for two, but would be a bit tight for more and we would also have enjoyed two comfy chairs for the porch. BUT, swims before breakfast, tours of the rain forest, fabulous snorkelling right on the beach - we loved it.

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