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“Castara Retreats was lovely, just what we needed!”
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Castara Retreats Lodge above the bay
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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47 reviews
Castara Retreats Lodge above the bay
Sunset over Castara Bay
Romantic bedroom
Spacious bedroom with deck
Long sweep of Castara Beach
Sun filters into sitting area
Living area at dusk
Outside deck for sun bathing
Dining in Castara Retreats Pagoda Restaurant
Well equipped kitchen
Dining on the deck
Castara Retreats Lodge front view
Spacious pagoda above the sea
Kenny welcomes guests to our Pagoda bar and restaurant
Hammock with space for two
View  over Castara Bay
Beach below Castara Retreats Lodge
Comfortable sun beds on Castara Beach
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Castara, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

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Cinnam0n2...
Vancouver Island, Canada
2 reviews
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“Castara Retreats was lovely, just what we needed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013
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We enjoyed our visit with Castara Retreats immensely! Coming from Canada, we chose not to drive while at Castara due to the trickiness of driving on the other side of the road and the very narrow streets, but we were pleased that most everything we needed was in Castara Village.

We even found pancake syrup up the hill at Bingi's the Fruit Kings' shop!

We really liked the openness and comfort of the apartment. My husband hates AC and he was quite pleased that there was little need for it with the breezes flowing through the place. The mosquito netting around the bed was all that was needed.

The views from the living area were really attention grabbing, from quite high up. I appreciated the climb up and down kept us in better shape that we would have been otherwise.

We were able to explore the village and find the places there to have a meal but were very happy to eat often at Castara Retreats in house restaurant with Kenny and Patricia, only steps away from our apartment.

Porridge and Jeanelle were very friendly and helpful, making themselves available whenever we needed them.

Our special interest is snorkeling and we got to do some good trips by boat and just locally off the beach.

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Castara Retreats and would highly recommend it to any visitors.

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Liked best: views, comfort, amenities
Liked least: could have used a microwave oven, but we managed without with no difficulty
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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leeat b
london
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“if you're after a blissful tropical escape, this is it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We absolutely loved the week we spent at Castara Retreat. The villas are amazing - really luxurious and spacious and nestled up in the rainforest surrounded by tropical birds, with excellent views of the beach. The staff are really friendly and helpful, especially with pick ups and drop off to different beaches we did day trips to. Castara itself is a very chilled, low key fishing village that let's you experience what local life is all about. It also have lots of great, authentic cafes/restaurants, or if you're after something a bit more sophisticated, the restaurant at Castara Retreat is very good. Very glad we got to experience this and can't wait to go back one day

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Liked best: The luxury and privacy offered by the villas
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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08kate02
Lichfield, England
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“FABULOUS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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person found this review helpful

Just back from a 9 night stay in the Fisherman's... loved it! So spacious, and views to die for... Just felt immediately at home, thanks to Porridge, what a great guy! So pleased we decided on the north of the island, just spectacular there, beautiful bays and a calm sea, rather than the rolling waves of the Atlantic. My husband was concerned about no air conditioning, but no problem at all, lovely breezes the whole time. Restaurant was the best food we had in Tobago, or Trinidad. We will definitely return. Don't be tempted by the ubiquitous five star hotels, stay in Castara and enjoy the real Tobago!

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Shopping for food very limited
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Alison F
Cobham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Best holiday ever....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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We had an absolutely wonderful 2 week stay here at the end of July into August. I agree with ALL the comments in recent reviews - it really is a superb place to stay. We took a few trips around the island and I think Castara has the prettiest setting and Castara Retreats is the best in the village with regard to beach, accommodation, standard and proximity to simple shops/bars/restaurants. Their website is a true relection of the accommodation and the photos don't lie - the views are that beautiful - better in fact, as you have the full panorama. Take time to read all the pages on the website and look at all the photos so that you choose the lodge that will best suit you. We were given excellent advice and stayed in Fisherman's Lodge but all the lodges are fabulous. The kitchen was very well equipped with the added touch of beers and bread etc in the fridge on arrival. We spent hours on our deck with a cold beer watching the fishermen pull in the nets, all the birdlife and the fireflies at night. It was great having the bar and restaurant on site, so that we had the options of eating in our lodge, The Pagoda or taking a 5 minute walk into the village. We definitely ate the best food at The Pagoda. The staff are exceptional - Porridge and his family went out of their way to make our time comfortable and arrange the trips we wanted. There is such an easy going and relaxed feel to the place but they still give excellent service. The views from our lodge and the restaurant were stunning. Lots of birdlife to watch and excellent snorkelling opportunities. All the lodges are set amongst the hillside overlooking the bay and it is a short walk into the village. No hotels in the village - just other rental properties - so it is really simple and unspoilt. My overiding memory is falling asleep, and waking, to the sound of waves on the beach. It definitely was our best holiday ever...

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Liked best: Easy walk to beach and village with stunning views from our lodge
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Zak T
Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
“Amazing stay at Castara Retreats!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We had a wonderful time at Castara Retreats. The views were amazing, the beach beautiful, and the hospitality above and beyond our expectations. Porridge, Kenny, and everyone else took great care of us. It's a steep hike down to and up from the beach, so it could be tough on some families, but it was small price to pay for such a lovely place. We'll be back!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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al b
port of spain
1 review
“Can't wait to come back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Lush setting and incredibly friendly.
Snorkelling and chilled

I couldn't recommended this place highly enough. And we were with an 8month old kid learning to sleep. Plus Porridge is a legend.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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karin v
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Nature on your doorstep... literally”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

The self-catering apartment has good cooking and showering facilities as well as a very effective mosquito net around the bed. Its open plan terrace allows you to feel connected to the natural surroundings and it was always a joy to wake up to see the magnificent view of Castara Bay. We took full advantage of the catering facilities in the apartment by buying and cooking local produce especially fish from the fishermen on the bay. Talking of food, the short down hill walk to the beach gave us an opportunity to collect our '5-a-day' which soon turned into an 8 or on some occasion '10-a-day' as mangos where so abundant... 'hmmmm mangos'. The staff were very helpful and quickly solved or advised us on any issues we had. I would highly recommend this resort and accommodation.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
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4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: apartment was nestled on the hillside, giving great uninterrupted views.
Liked least: plastic chairs on veranda - very minor but not in keeping with excellent standard.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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