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“A Great Two Week Stay!”
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Lillibets
Moncton, Canada
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“A Great Two Week Stay!”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

Just arrived back home after spending two weeks at Lillibets. I can attest the reviews here are accurate. The place has four apartments, two on the top level and two on the bottom. All four have a huge front deck overlooking Castara Bay. The views are awesome!

The highlight of our whole two weeks was spending hours and hours relaxing on the deck looking out into the bay.

The second level apartment we stayed in had DirecTV satellite TV, which was a pleasant surprise. The two apartments on the bottom have air conditioning in the bedrooms. We stayed on the top floor as I think it had a better view. The Wi-Fi internet worked flawlessly and allowed us to periodically check in with family. No need to bring your buns of steel DVD with you as you will get great exercise walking up the 50 or so inclined steps from the parking to the apartments.

Lillibets has most of the basic cooking items that one might need. A small microwave would be a nice addition. The fridge and freezer kept everything cold and frozen. The furniture while basic was clean and functional. We placed the wicker love seat with cushions onto the deck as that's where we spent the majority of the time.

The only area that would need some work is the bathrooms. For the shower, there is only a drain in the corner of the room. The floor did not drain fully, but water largely pooled around the toilet. A squeegee was provided to move the water, but was largely ineffective. After a shower, we covered the drain with a plastic bag as it would emanate a sewer smell if left open.

We regularly shopped at Bingy's at the top of the driveway to the main road. His lovely wife Hazel makes bread and Roti to order all very good!

The beach bar is great. We rented loungers most days for $20TT per day (about $3 USD). Try the rum punch, it's great. On the beach there are 2-3 dogs who hung-out on the beach. They were very friendly and loved pats and ear rubs! One of the smaller dogs (like a jack russell cross) almost adopted us and would hangout and walk back to the apartment with us. Some days we would not see much of her and suddenly she would arrive on our deck at 10 PM to say hello. If you see a jack russell cross, give her a pat and a hug and tell her we miss her. We asked the folks at the beach bar about the dogs thinking they were homeless. Generally, this was not the case as most had owners and homes a short distance away and were well cared for.

Overall, a great holiday at Lillibets and the people of Castara were warm and friendly. I'm still in awe of the view from the deck.

Room Tip: We liked the ssecond floor as I believe it had a bit better view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Ashland, Oregon
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

The previous reviews pretty much cover everything about Lillibets, co-owners Tom and Liz, the roosters that crow 24/7, the steep walk up and down the access road to the main road, the modest furnishings, the many steps to the apartments and the fabulous views! We were in a top floor apartment (these do not have A/C), but January weather is moderate, I'm guessing, compared to summer time. The netting is a must, since there was a mosquitoe or two buzzing around at night. After a week on a Trade Winds Cruise Club catamaran, we spent 4 quiet days hanging out on the deck, walking into the main part of the village of Castara and enjoying this very non touristy part of Tobago. I couldn't even find a T-shirt for a child's gift! Liz was kind enough to loan us a couple of beach towels during our stay, which would be a nice addition to the apartment "amenities".

Even though they have satelite TV, the TV itself was worthless (and the remotes to use both). Picture, but sound was pretty non existent. (49er's were in the NFL playoffs!) Our comment about the issue was just laughed off. We are readers, but it would have been a nice distraction once in a while (especially if we had had the rain that was mentioned by another reviewer.) The WiFi is great if you have an e-book that you need to replenish or to brag about your stay to friends and family. Unlike many vacation rentals, we didn't see any books for guests to read in the apartment.

There are 4 apartments, two on each level. A bit more privacy between the apartment's, since they share the same deck, would be a nice improvement. Ours had a bed spread hung with clothes pins to a line that sagged and did not fully cover the opening.

Liz and Tom live at Lillitbets during the winter months, which is a plus for anyone visiting during their stay, since they are most helpful. Another plus is that they don't require a 7 night stay, something we ran into with many of the other vacation rentals in Castara. Making reservations was very easy...Liz and Tom responded quickly to our request for availability. A minimun stay is common among the many other vacation rentals in the area.

Reading the previous reviews was the first that we heard that we could have used the pool at a neighboring lodging. The beach was beautiful, but a quick dip in the pool would have been a nice cool off.

Room Tip: Top floor has amazing views! If you need A/C, the first floor apartments would be better.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

The facility was good value for money and the balcony offers fantastic views over the village and the beautiful bay (needless to say, if you want a good view, you must expect there to be steps involved so its not recommended for those with significant mobility issues). The lower floor apartment is fairly basic but has everything you need, including a very good air con unit in the bedroom and nets around the bed. The bathroom is a wet room with a good shower, no shortage of hot water. The cooking facilities lack only a microwave, but this isn't a problem as it has a gas oven and 4 rings, a toaster and generally everything you need (including a kettle and coffee maker). If the sea looks a bit rough to swim in at any point, you are able to use the pool at Angel Apartments below. There is also car parking available behind those apartments.

The owners, Tom and Liz, go out of their way to make you feel welcome and sort everything out really quickly. They are very knowledgeable about the island and know everybody in Castara so are very good local guides. Castara is the friendliest place in Tobago, with a strong community spirit between the locals and the ex-pats who live out there. We found the nicest bar to be The Boat House, just below Lillibets - fabulous pizzas on a Sunday, and very good rum punch! A couple of tips if you plan to stay in Castara - take some earplugs as there is an abundance of cockerels around the village trying to out-do each other in the volume stakes, and take a torch for late-night trips back from the bars.

A big thanks to Tom & Liz for a fabulous stay! We hope to return in the not-too-distant future.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ware, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Tobago is a beautiful island with paradise bays and if you've chosen Castara as your base you've certainly chosen the best village in our eyes. It is a charming, quaint, cultural village and fulfils all your needs for the perfect 'get away from it all' holiday - restaurants, bars, two beautiful, clean sandy beaches, the friendliest and most helpful of people, a bit of cultural nightlife if you want it with themed evenings of drums, barbecues, limbo dancing and steel band playing, grocery shops, two small souvenir shops, cheap buses to and from Scarborough, car rentals and island tours. The village has a laid back ambience to it and lies on a beautiful bay with the backdrop of the rainforest. You see how the locals live as they pull in their fishing nets (seine nets) and later you can join in their 'Liming' (chatting with a Carib beer or another drink).

We chose 'Lillibets' as our base for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year 2012/13 and were so glad we did - a beautiful, rustic building with vaulted ceilings on the top floor. Tom and Liz, the owners, are the most perfect, friendly hosts and were always there if we needed anything at all. We were welcomed with a cup of tea after our flight and hour taxi journey from the airport to the apartment which was really appreciated. They both have a great sense of humour and were so patient and helpful with our keep asking if we could borrow the phone (as we hadn't set ours up properly for international calling), sorting out taxis and car rentals for us or unlocking the door again after we'd left the key in the apartment and locked ourselves out for the umpteenth time! They will give you any advice you need and will recommend places or people to see if you have any questions at all. There are clean towels, tea towels and sheets changed every two or three days at Lillibets and they even left a bottle of wine on the patio table for us to wake up to on Christmas morning with a christmas decoration as if from Santa - the little things all add to our choosing Lillibets again if we were fortunate enough to go back to Tobago.

Lillibets has a fabulous view of the bay, especially from the top floor and is approached via a very steep downhill road which goes lower than the property to the beach. You then walk uphill past Angel Apartments (with a pool you can use if you're staying at Lillibets) to the foot of the steps to Lillibets. We took my 77 year old Mother in Law with us to Tobago who has had two knee replacements in the last two years and she managed the steps one at a time slowly but then she is very determined - so I would say it's not ideal, but it can be done if you have a mobility problem - take it very slow and at your own pace stopping every few steps. I must say, it did give her good exercise! The road that goes from the main road down to the beach lower than Lillibets is very very steep, especially at one part so, again take it very slow and stop every few paces if you're walking up it. Also, it is advisable to take a torch out with you in the evening (Lillibets supplies a torch for you). Most places are lit but some go into darkness for a few yards and it was me who found a pothole in the dark bit and ended up with cut knees and bruises - very attractive to add to the mozzie bites on my legs! hahaha!

Every morning we fed the birds on the balcony with crumbs from our toast or some pineapple skins if we'd had fresh pineapple that day. If we had a banana, we would put it in the bamboo bird feeder and watch the Mot Mot (a beautiful tropical bird) eat it.

The Boathouse restaurant on the beach just below Angel Apartments and the Coffee House on the main road were the main places we ate at. Sharon and Brenton from the Boathouse are just great - a wonderful friendly, helpful husband and wife team and Wednesday nights are 'drum' nights with barbecue - not to be missed - especially with 'stilt' man who is an entertainer. A spooky 'witch doctor' character who dances to the drums with a suit and long trousers over stilts. Sunday lunchtime pizzas are fabulous there! Try the chill beef one it's delicious!

Chino at the Coffee House on the main road is very friendly too - as are all of his brothers. Saturday night there is BBQ night with a steel drum one man band which is another night not to be missed. Chino, Carl and their brother Joshua were especially helpful in lifts in their cars too if we didn't fancy the walk back to Lillibets or needed a taxi somewhere.

Oh - and another night is Friday BBQ night at Shirma's half way up the main road. For $40TTD (£4) a head it is really recommended!

Put an order in for your bread or coconut tarts or drops (like coconut scones) from the women at the clay oven (behind the school playground) on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to pick up later in the day but don't be tempted to take photos without asking and don't take photos of the women - they're not that happy at the best of times - the only people we met that seemed to be unfriendly and miserable - perhaps it may be their signature - to be different from the rest of Tobago!

I would thoroughly recommend Castara and Lillibets apartments for your holiday in Tobago. We would love to go back there again one day in the future and I hope, if you choose it, you will enjoy your stay too as much as we did!

Room Tip: The top floor has the best views as you can see right down to the beach (even though the ground floo...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

We stayed at Lillibets in January and there was unseasonably bad weather (it poured with rain for most of our stay).

In bad weather there is not much to do and because you are living in a working fishing village and not a tourist spot, not unreasonably the local amenities that other's have mentioned in Castara we scant or non existant.

Lilliebets is in a great location, but don't try to find it on your own. The view is to die for; you are right on top of heavenly beach (a steep climb up and down). We are in our 50's, fit and well so had no problems, just a good workout daily!

There is a fantastic snorkling reef within reasonable swimming distance of the beach. We had two days of great snorkling before the rain and wind arrived, making it both unsafe and the visibility very poor. Unfortunately the entire island was struck by this tropical storm so although we hired a car we could not either snorkel or dive anywhere after the rain arrived. I mention this because we feel it is important to let people know the location is remote and part of the experience is that you fit into the local life. Unfortunately when the rain comes the locals, whom you are dependent upon for daily provisions largely shut up shop, and although we hired a car and could get food and supplies further afield, the roads are interesting! I have to say we really enjoyed this in a 4X4 organised by Liz and Tom, but the roads are not for the faint hearted and we have some spectacular photos of our drive around the island.

The boathouse is within easy reach of Lilliebets and this is a real plus. The boathouse is a beach bar that also does evening meals. We ate there maybe half a dozen times and the food and service were excellent. Because of the location choice of food is limited and largely depends on the local catch, but we enjoyed all our meals there and really appreciated that Sharon was a creative and imagianative cook. To eat out locally you have to like to eat what the locals eat (fish, chicken, goat). We love all of these so enjoyed the experience, if you are a vegetarian eating out at night could be difficult, or if you are looking for michellin star food you are in the wrong village.

Lillibets as a place to stay is basic, but we paid for basic accommodation so it met our expectations. Small things however could make a difference to the appearance and welcoming feel; Despite being less than 10 years old it looked tired. Furniture and decor - nothing particlarly matched. Given there were very few places to go at night, cooking at home was a neccessity and although everyting was provided it was not always fit for purpose - i.e no sharp knives, a small box of matches, two tea light candles provided for the many electricity cuts.

The drainage is poor and because of the vaulted ceiling the smell could sometimes be overwhelming. You are in a remote and hard to reach part of the carribean and I really do feel they do their best, you just have to expect it as part of the experience.

Tom and Liz were in residence when we were there and they are lovely, very helpful, and responsive owners. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

We did come home two days early, but that was only because we had 10 days of torential rain with no end in sight. Despite this we could see the potential for both this appartment, Castara and Tobago and we will be back.

Room Tip: If fit and healthy the top floors have the best views
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

We stayed for six nights in Lillibets. It’s a steep walk up to the apartments, but the payoff is the view from the balcony – the rooms on the top level get the best of this. The apartments are large, with a living area, a decently equipped little kitchenette and a comfy bedroom. There’s no air con, but the fan in the bedroom kept things cool enough at night. The balcony is definitely the best bit about the place, though, and it was great to sit out and eat or just look at the view or the many birds in the surrounding trees. Unfortunately, the chairs on the balcony aren’t all that comfy and the addition of a hammock would be brilliant.

We were there at the same time as the owners, Tom and Liz, and they couldn’t have been more helpful. They lent us their computer and internet connection, and even went down the road for us to get some bread when we were out for the day.

For all the undoubted positives about staying at Lillibets, there are a couple of niggling issues that really could be sorted. The biggest problem is definitely the shower; the fixed shower head blasts water pretty much everywhere except on the user, with the result that huge amounts of water fall well outside the drainage area. Having finally managed to get yourself in line with one or two of the streams and washed the soap off, you then have to spend five minutes sweeping the standing water back towards the drain. And the futon in the living area is incredibly uncomfortable – not a problem for us as there is a couch there too, but if you were staying as a family and someone had to use it as a bed it would be a major issue.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lillibets
Address: Depot Road | Heavenly Bay, Castara, Tobago
Region: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Castara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Castara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 4 one bedroomed apartments with kitchen facilities.Balconies for each apartment provide out door living area to view the sea and forests and local amenities.The beach is at the end of our pathway. ... more   less 
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Lillibets Tobago/Castara

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