Returning for a second visit to a place where everything was perfect the first time, is always a bit of a dangerous thing to do, so it was with some trepidation that I returned to Castara Retreats.
Not only was I returning but, on my recommendation, nine of my friends were coming with me! Great potential for great disaster. However, I need not have worried as all the people, the location, the sights and smells that went to make this place so magical last year, remain in place. There are, of course, one or two changes, as no business can stand still, in the shape of a couple of new accommodations and the restaurant, but they don't impinge on the overall feel of the place in any negative way.
I think, for me, the best innovation in the past year has been the grab handle on the Sunarise. This means that entry to the boat is much easier than the previous year, when it was very much harder to climb aboard without complete, absolute loss of dignity, giving a passable impression of a beached seal!
Castara Retreats remains a small oasis of calm in an increasingly mad, frantic world. My shoulders drop about 6 inches as soon as I enter the property and it manages to mend my soul for another year.
- 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