Still mentally in the Castara zone after a week! Castara Retreats was amazing. They handled our transport from the airport, our changes of date and rooms when we extended our stay, and the staff (heads up Porridge and Judah (massage)) were amazing. On arrival our rooms,with comfortable bedrooms, balcony with an amazing view of Castara bay and the soothing sounds of crashing waves, was perfect. Note not suitable for persons who have difficulty with stairs since the rooms are perched on a steep hill. Have never seen so many birds flittering around. Really felt like an eco resort! And Castara itself was perfect, still a village, but with all the amenities that you would want. A perfect holiday destination!
Peaceful, rejuvenating, welcoming, grounding, refreshing. True escapism. Friendly villagers and fresh off the boat seafood ready at the fish market on the beach. Clean spring water , rainforest showers and fresh air. Dashes of John Lewis kitchen and home combined with caribbean style skillfully and lovingly crafted villas. Missing it already after the most peaceful week with my misses and toddler. Great WiFi, epic yoga studio and a lovely cat we called Lulu. Grateful. Namaste.
I stayed in Hideaway, because the more balconies the better! It's a bit of a hilly drive from either the port or the airport but very manageable even in my (very old) car. I was met at reception by a very welcoming and fully vaccinated lady who helped me carry my things to the room. This was a 5 minute brisk, hilly walk from where I parked, but with beautiful views every step of the way. As you step into the front balcony/open air kitchen and turn around, the view of Castara bay hits you and you can hear the waves. It does not disappoint. The surrounding trees add to the atmosphere. The kitchen is well equipped with stove, fridge, freezer, teapot, French press, toaster, plus all the basics. There was even a pitcher, in which I mixed my drinks flavoured by the fresh limes from the tree just outside. At the time I went, the restaurant wasn't open, but dinner could still be ordered and brought to your room by another lovely lady. The food was plentiful, but average. The room and bathroom were very clean, with fans, air conditioning and hot water. The bed was comfortable and there were large windows if you preferred breezes. There weren't many mosquitoes at the time I was there, but I kept the doors shut after dusk just in case and there were mosquito nets on the bed. The second balcony was everything. Blazing sun in the mornings if that's something you want, but cool and shady from the afternoons, which I spent drunk in the hammock. From here you can see the mountains, the stars and hummingbirds. They have a few books, a Bluetooth speaker and WiFi that well supports streaming. There is a little waterfall with a pool 15 minutes' walk behind the savannah next to the property that is definitely worth it, and more stunning views to be had driving east. I also had a massage from Judha, which was another perfect way to relax. Overall, this was the stress relief I wanted and needed, the five days felt too short, and I don't think I'll ever be able to stay anywhere else in Tobago!…
My wife and I needed a good getaway just to relax. Castara Retreats was it. It is beautifully nestled in the mountainside overlooking the ocean with lots of lush vegetation around including fruit trees. The fruits attract all sorts of birds and little furry creatures. We enjoyed just watching nature at it's absolute best. Due to COVID the restaurant was only open for take-out but the restaurant seemed so cozy overlooking the ocean. The people in this fishing village were very warm ann inviting. Our second day into the village we were offered fresh caught fish by a fisherman. His welcome to us into his village. We also enjoyed our morning walks which seemed to end in town with a local breakfast. This is the perfect getaway.
This trip was definitely just what I needed. The room met and surpassed all expectations. The staff was extremely hospitable and checked in ever so often to see if there was a need. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an escape from the hustle of life and looking to make a scenic escape. You will not regret it.