Having read the reviews of the man o war cottages i wanted to stand up for the place i loved so much. I am not the kind of person to revisit somewhere but we had such an amazing Honeymoon in the 'Sugar Shack' that we ended up returning for another 2 weeks.
Sure, this isn't the Hilton. There are no flash swimming pools, there are no 'added extras' as you would see in the sandles brochures, but this is such a beautiful place that the 'added extras' are on your doorsteps. the cottages are simple, they have adequate cooking and bedding facilities but the beach is a second from your door. there are sone really interesting little basic restaurants adn the people are fascinating.
Life in Charlottesville is very laid back. It sits on its own at the tip of the Island, a world away from the big touristy areas of the Island. and Manowar has a few cottages to chose from. We stayed in 2 different cottages and yes, there are a few insects, yes there is no air conditioning but you are sat on the edge of the jungle in a tropical island. If you want somewhere to relax, sip carib and eat tasty locally caught fish, this is the place for you. If you like all life's luxuries then head for the other end of the ISland.
There are a few things you should be aware of. The UK govt has reported an increase in crime on the island so make sure you take care in remote spots. We saw an increase in hassle from some of the locals, but they are just trying to make ends meet. At the end of the day this is a 3rd world country and so long as you approach with care and be polite we didn't encounter any problems. Watch out for the Fruit King - whatever he tells you - he wasn't a friend of David Attenborough and the fruit he sells is rubbish!
There are some lovely people in the village and the staff at the cottages were excellent. they are very laid back, but thats the beauty. They cleaned the cottage every other day and were massively helpfiul in getting us information when we were stranded because of all the Sept 11th air traffic issues.
Our only criticism, and this may have changed....is that the food in the village can get a bit samey after a few days. Its well worth having car and getting over to the other end of the island to a, see the sights, b, stock up on some supplies, c, go to a few of the good restaurants at the other end of the island. Indigo blue and the waterfall were excellent when we went (the lady at indigo blue kindley emailed me after i left to give me a recipe for her banana ketchup!). But there are so many good reasons to go to man o war and charlotteville that this was just a slight inconvienience caused by our desire to keep trying new food.
If you are looking for a more commercial place close by try the hotel just over the ridge on the edge of speyside. its a lot more organised and probably more to the tastes of classic hotel lovers but it is very westernised, but thats not a bad thing if thats what you are after. If you are after a very relaxed, simple, stressfree time to soak up the sun, carib and atmosphere then this is a wonderful place!
- Also Known As:
- Man-O-War Bay Cottages Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago