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Carpe Diem Villa

Northside Road | Castara Tobago, Castara, Tobago
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Carpe Diem Villa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Castara is a proper fishing village, not a resort town. Its charm is totally unmanufactured. If you desire an authentic cultural experience coupled with extraordinary natural beauty, then you've found the right place. Carpe Diem is really the perfect location; a 4 minute, uphill walk from the beach, just off the main road. You can still hear the waves crashing,... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words.....we did not set out to have rental property on a tropical island it just seemed to happen! It was the best dcision we have ever made and to be able to share the house and the village with our guests is a great bonus! Sharing it all is a bonus! More

St Austell, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Villa Carpe Diem in Castara is located just above the main road which runs through the village it is perfectly situated for access to either little bay or big bay. Little bay has a small beach and very good beach bar/restaurant. Big bay has a larger beach, more restaurants and some shops for everyday items The Villa itself has two... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

You guys seemed to enjoy yourselves here at Carpe Diem It was good to meet you! We look forward to visiting you in Cornwall ..... look out for us dropping in on you this summer !! More

Derby
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
35 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Within five minutes of arrival we had a beer placed in our hands, watched the sun disappear and counted at least seven different species of birds (all bar the brown pelican were 'firsts' for us)... a perfect start to our first trip to Tobago. Believe the other reports about the stunning view, safe swimming and snorkelling plus a good community... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Well maybe tell a few of your friends about us...........! It is always a pleasure to have great guests who enjoy staying with us and seeing why we made the choice to live here. We look forward to spending time with you again. More

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

What an experience! Phenomenal! The hospitality is 100%. If any business wants to be successful, meet Yvonne and Chris and try to bottle the formula! Although you might find it difficult to bottle that secret ingredient! The veranda...open those shutters in the morning and drink in the view, put food in the bird feeders and watch them flock to the... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

It is hard to imagine a couple having more fun than these two guys! Great guests, now friends, as seems to happen here! More

Quebec City, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We spent 10 days at Carpe Diem. It was absolutely amazing. The owners of Carpe Diem, Yvonne and Chris are very pleasant, welcoming and helpful. Castara is a very nice place to stay. We were only 2 minutes walk of the beach. The water is warm and blue. There's good snorkeling to do there. We had seen a lots of... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

It is really good to see so many Canadians coming to the island! Steph and Phil were good company and we will welcome them back anytime! TA really should have a system where the owners can give guests reviews.............these guys would get 5* as would just about all our guests. we are lucky to be able to meet so many... More

London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Just been back to Carpe Diem for a second visit and yet again had the most wonerful time! The apartment was just as lovely as we remembered and again provided everything we needed for out stay. The balcony gave us a perfect breakfast location for watching the birds and a fantastic sundowner venue to watch the sunset. The two beaches... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Seamus and Edna have been coming to Castara for some years now and are well known here! Always a pleasure to have such good company when we are there as well. P.S. Marvyn ( D'Lime ) looking forward to his next guitar lesson Seamus!! More

Bristol, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Our stay at Castara began by being picked up at the airport by a friendly local driver sent by Chris and Yvonne. The view as the car wound down into Castara bay was breathtaking. Our room (the "green room") was airy and comfortable, with a big luxurious bed and a proper mosquito net that fully enclosed the bed. We slept... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Sorry I should have replied earlier..... We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Castara. Unfortunately the need for recycling is an uphill struggle. Elsewhere we are all accustomed to recycling , alas not here........ In this climate fresh milk is a luxury the cow has to work hard to supply enough for her calf! Goat milk is... More

london
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

First of all let me start by saying we are well seasoned travellers and have stayed in many types of accommodation worldwide.Secondly we were very excited about going to Carpe Diem and had received good customer service from Chris and Yvonne before we arrived. We came from Pigeon Point after having a great first week in Tobago and were picked... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

The island was experiencing an unusual heat wave whilst you were there, unfortunately we can not change the outside temperature but do offer 2 free standing fans per studio. You can alter their position and speed to suit. It must have been quite a contrast coming from a 4star air conditioned resort to us in Castara. We are really sorry... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We spent two weeks in Tobago, of which the first week was spent in Carpe Diem in Castara. Chris and Yvonne made us very welcome and were very helpful when we were making our booking and throughout our stay. The accommodation has everything you need and the gardens are lovely. Castara is a fantastic village in which to stay and... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

We always say that Castara should carry a health warning in as much as it is addictive and you can never get enough of it ...............Just look what happened to us, we ended up building a house here ..........................! More

Collingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Well, when we left 6 months earlier we said we would be back. Little did we know it would be so soon. But that's the draw for us of Castara. Simply beautiful! Once again the accommodation provided everything we required. Great location for a quick walk to a heavenly beach, great snorkelling, and when you are done in the sea,... More

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Thank you Mike and Tracy for being such great guests! The worst part of our 'job' owning and running Carpe Diem is having to say goodbye........................................... More

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Address: Northside Road | Castara Tobago, Castara, Tobago
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Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Castara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Carpe Diem Villa Hotel Castara
Carpe Diem Villa Tobago/Castara

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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
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In the top 3 Specialty Accommodation on TripAdvisor with 102 reviews for last 4 years. All suites have queen size beds and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water. Fully equipped kitchen areas with larger than usual refrigerator, real stove/grill, toaster, juicer, water filter etc. All the rooms have great views of the ocean, without even getting out of bed, and great sunsets as it faces almost due West! ( Banana & Cocoa trees may obscure the studio view a little depending on how they are fruiting!!(240Degrees). The 2 safe beaches are 100 yards away and all village amenities are within walking distance. Wi-fi hotspot/1GB broadband! Check with your partner if you are allowed to use it though! A recent couple ended up arguing because he stayed in daily contact with his office...... Ideal for birdwatchers as you can see most of the island's birds from the balcony. We can arrange diving, car hire, rainforest walks etc.A lot of couples seem to get engaged while staying with us so yes we can sort out wedding arrangements as well........................We have been awarded the Trip Advisor "Certificate of Excellence" for the last 3 years for which we have to thank our guests for their reviews and trust it means we are getting it right! ... more   less 
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