We stayed in Birdsong last July with our 2 children of 14 and 10 years and loved it. we were a little disappointed on arrival to realise we were so close to the car park which had not been lear on th einternet but as soon as we were inside we realised it did not matter in the least. The appartment was beautiful with numerous balconies for all times of day, well provided with all we needed. The views were glorious and I could have spent all day in Castara but my youngest had to explore the whole of Tobago. So we went kayaking, swimming with horses (recommended), mountainbiking (a bit tame for the boys), birdwatching in the rainforest with Newton George (the highlight), snorkelling off Little Tobago (excellent) visiting other beaches and probably much more. Not enough time spent just at Castara and we only discovered the joys of sunset swimming late in the holiday. Due to some bad weather we couldn't go on a boat trip but that didn't really matter. Porridge and Jeanell were extremely helpful and we rented a car as and when we needed to which was really convenient. Many eating places in Castara were closed as it was July but we made use of both Marieta and Veronica to cook for us and their meals often did another day! Sleep quality is only labelled wiht 4 instead of 5 as the cockerels and dogs woke us in the mornings but to me that was the charm and I loved getting up at 6 or earlier and sitting on the balcony watching the birds at the feeders. the others just went back to sleep! If the cockerel didn't wake me I felt I had missed some of the day. The only bad experience of the whole holiday was on the last day at a vilage festival when the 'bread ladies' were so extremely rude and completely ignored me even though I was at the front of the queue. It was the rudest anyone has ever been to me even though she did not actually say anything and was obvious racial discrimination as she served the islanders around me. It sadly completely ruined the end of my holiday and has taken me this long to realise how much I did enjoy the holiday despite it. My advice is expect it to happen and do not make going to buy bread the highlight of your day. Better still send someone else! Everyone else we met was delightful. She was just a very rude old lady and you sometimes meet them in the UK too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castara Retreats is a small Tobago eco resort superbly located overlooking the Bay of Castara, with stunning views of the Caribbean and mountains. For those seeking holidays in Tobago the seven tropical hardwood accommodations are built to the highest standards and are set right above Castara beach in lush tropical gardens. Backed by the deep green of the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere and framed by mango trees and bamboo, Castara Retreats offers Caribbean vacations in a lush tropical paradise where guests can relax and live in the landscape around them. The lodge accommodation offers 15 separately available areas, each with wonderful privacy and exclusive terraces, which can be rented individually by couples, or together for larger groups and families. The accommodation is specially designed to create open, spacious living areas that allow uninterrupted views of the beach and rainforest, cool sea breezes and the natural sights and sounds of the ocean, rainforest and village. Each lodge or apartment is constructed of red cedar, a local hardwood, and is from sustainable sources. The bedrooms, each with en suite showers and either queen size or twin beds all have full size mosquito nets on suspended wooden frames. The spacious living areas have panoramic views of the two beaches looking north-west and also to the coastline looking south-west, and stunning sunsets over the Caribbean. Each accommodation has the advantage of free Wi-Fi internet access. There is comfortable and stylish seating with both indoor and outdoor dining and all three areas are equipped to a very high standard for self-catering. We have recently completed open-decked Pavilion Bar and Restaurant - already receiving excellent ratings - perfect for a romantic dinner for two or for family groups and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castara Retreats Hotel Tobago
- Castara Retreats Tobago