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Vienna, Austria
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“Best place :-))”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

Dear traveller!

I have to tell you, that this is one of the nicest spots in Tobago.
The apartments are clean and homely well furnished.
You find everything for daily life, even a one day per week laundry possibility.
The pool is perfect and nicely situated, so you get the feeling of swimming right into the Caribbean Sea.
You will love it on days when the ocean in front is a little rougher than usual.
The best of all is the owner and his mother.
He is full of helpfulness and hints for his guests, and I hope he will keep his very friendly hospitality for all his life.
He even organises Christmas and New Years parties for his guests to have them comfortable.
The price for all this is moderate and you get, what you pay for, and often much more!
But, and now take good care, please, do not go there too often and too many of you.
Because I still would like to have a place for me to come again, and again, and again….
With my best regards,

Gerhard from Austria, visiting this place from December 2011 to January 2012

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

I entered a Weight Loss Challenge at the gym in attend in New York and the prize was 5 nights in Tobago donated by the owner Prince Robinson. In November 2011 my niece and I spent the 5 days there. It was awesome and restful. Prince is a wonderful, courteous, attentive and respectful young man. The property is located “literally” on the beach. You go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the waves, awesome. There is also an Eco Smarte swimming pool on the property. The apartment was like a home away from home. The neighborhood is quiet, idea for a vacation. Prince introduced me to a young lady in the village who makes the local snacks named Carolita. Her products were off the chain. He also offers pick up either at the airport or the ferry, tour info. and car rentals. I’m looking forward to going back there with my sisters sometime soon. Thanks again Prince! God Bless all the best for 2012.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

As group of five young adults looking for private, reasonably priced and well located accommodation, Birdie`s Nest proved to be an excellent choice to explore Tobago. We stayed in the top floor apartment for 5 days in August/September 2011. The apartment was spotless and well equipped with all the necessary amenities to cook and bake (microwave, barbecue, dishes, cutlery etc.). Moreover, we also appreciated the wireless Internet, the sun deck, and the very picturesque outdoor shower nested in a banana tree! The apartment provided direct access to the beach. Birdie`s Nest is also conveniently located to access the island`s attractions, yet is somewhat removed from the highly touristy area of Crown Point. The owner, Prince Robinson, was exceptionally friendly, helpful and available to answer our questions as well as provide tips on things to do and see in Tobago. We really enjoyed Birdie`s Nest and would stay there again!

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Arvada, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

We've stayed at Birdie's Nest twice in the past 12 months. The house is right on the beach. It is managed and maintained by a truly warm, attentive and reliable young man whose name is Prince Robinson. Our daughter lives in Port of Spain and Birdie's has become our favorite place to stay in all of Trinidad and Tobago. Everything is spotless and well maintained and the accomodations are truly spacious. The house is divided into 3 units. The top unit accomodates at least 5 persons, and the bottom ones accomodate either 2 or 3. The rates have been extremely reasonable, and the view and location is simply fantastic. But what makes this a really special place is Prince himself. He will make sure everything is to your liking during your stay and welcomes the opportunity to be his guests' personal tour guide of Tobago. He also has a car that he wil rent to you for a vey reasonable price. We would give this place a 6 if I could. We understand Prince is planning on building a pool that would overlook the beach and ocean. We are really looking forward to seeing that on our next visit. We live in Colorado so don't think this glowing review is because we are somehow related. But the place is such a gem and Prince is someone who really deserves all the success in the world.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birdiesnesttobago, Manager at Birdie's Nest, responded to this review, May 2, 2012
Thank you so much for the tips and information you provided to other guest here on Trip Advisor, I also thankful for the discussion we had on discussion of building the swimming pool, I have build one and it's a success. Hopefully you come again.
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

If your idea of a great holiday involves 5* European style hotels, restaurants, top class International facilities and shopping, then Tobago is not the place for you. If, however, you seek a little adventure on what is in many ways still a third world tropical island, then Tobago is the ideal destination. Others have said that they find the locals surly and unfriendly but that is very far from the truth. They are reserved sure, right up to the point when you greet them with a respectful “Good morning”, then they return the greeting enthusiastically and are a delight. Avoid all the tourist trap areas around the airport – you’ll certainly find better elsewhere – but hire a car, and head north where you will be enchanted as vista after vista of pure beauty opens up before you. The Caribbean coast is the most picturesque. The constant hairpins and steep angles of the road as it winds round the mountains like a tangled serpent are challenging, but once you’ve accepted that the national speed limit of 30mph is actually unachievable for the most part; you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular drives possible. From on high you will gaze down at the beauty that is Parlatuvier, the popular village of Castara, the lonely splendour of Englishman’s Bay and finally, after a switchback ride through the north western mountains, the picture postcard vista of Charlotteville where you can enjoy real ‘home cooked’ local fare for a modest sum at eateries such as Sharon & Phebs.

There are stunning hikes through the rainforest that cover the central ridge; there are waterfalls with pools that almost audibly call out to you to ‘come on in’. There are tiny shops, sometimes no bigger than garden sheds, that are gaily painted and stocked with local fruit, vegetables, bread and cakes. Fresh fish is in abundance and almost every village reveals a small crowd around the fishermen as they bring in the days catch. Red Snapper, Dorado, King Fish and many others can be bought fresh for no more than a few pence. For the traveller looking for hypermarkets, International restaurants and shopping malls I’d say try elsewhere but to experience the true purity of living on a tropical island, Tobago is heaven on earth.

You will read about security issues and you will doubtless be nervous but provided you don’t wander around dripping in ‘bling’, and flashy gear and you are prepared to treat the villagers with the same respect that you would consider your due if the roles were reversed, then you will find you have a trouble free holiday and will, as we did, find locals calling out your name in greeting after a week or so. My adult son and I stayed in Black Rock at the wonderful beachside trio of apartments known as Birdies Nest. These are run by the brilliant 25 year old Prince Robinson, who also hired us an air conditioned Mazda 323 (“TreeTooTree”) which coped admirably with all the near vertical ascents we asked of it daily. The beach at Black Rock is a mile long and includes the world renowned Turtle Beach where every spring Leatherback turtles visit to lay their eggs. We walked the soft sand every morning to work up an appetite for breakfast, then again every night (yes, by moonlight) to work off the copious Stag beers enjoyed with the dinner we’d just cooked by the beach at Prince’s wonderful apartments. Black Rock village has a reputation for ‘trouble’ but like all places; it’s just the boys ‘Liming’ and a polite “Good Morning” will be rewarded by a friendly wave as you pass by each day.

If you’ve been to Jamaica then you will understand all about the hustlers, higglers, call them what you will, on that particular island they are persistent, unpleasant, often threatening and all pervasive. The Tobagonian ‘hustler’ (as a rule) is a local with a product to sell. He/she tells you what they are selling – fruit, crafts, ‘tours’ etc – and once told politely that at this time you aren’t interested, generally respond with a polite “OK, enjoy your day”. This of course receives no publicity at all but the one rogue who perhaps goes a bit too far generates a wave of bad publicity way out of proportion to the actuality. Sure, we paid over the odds to one particular fruit seller, but so what, we’ve probably all been ‘guilty’ of that in some market place whilst in a relaxed holiday mood. As I said earlier, be sensible, as you would at home, and you will be rewarded one hundredfold and enjoy the best back to nature holiday you will find anywhere. This was our second visit to Tobago and our second stay at Birdies Nest. It won’t be our last.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2010

We stayed at Birdie's Nest a year ago, and after that trip were determined to return. As it turned out, thankfully one year later we made it, and we will be there again. I think it's the best unkept secret around. Prince gets glowing reviews, and rightfully so.

If you want a quiet place, right on the beach, with plenty of birdlife, an outside shower, intenet availability, clean with all the comforts of home, walking distance from other beaches with good snorkelling, walking distance to stores etc. This place has it all.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scarborough, Tobago
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2010

In keeping with Tobago's slogan: "Clean, green, safe and serene," Birdie's Nest offers spotless surroundings, a beautiful multi-coloured flower garden and lush green lawn directly overlooking aquamarine waters, a security system for personal safety, and tranquility. Outside, one can hear the waves of the ocean splashing on the sand. However, once inside, external noises cease :). Additionally, the owner is very friendly, generously sharing the Tobago charm, and always willing to satisfy your need.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Courland Bush Trace, Black Rock, Tobago
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Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Black Rock
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Black Rock
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Birdie's Nest holiday apartments are a gem, tucked away beside the beach on the Caribbean coast of Tobago, at Great Courland Bay. Located at the end of a country lane, our apartment house is quiet and secluded, but not remote. Far away enough away from the village to hear just the sound of the birds and the ocean, yet near enough to enjoy the village steelband, a Carib beer at the local "rum shop", or church on Sunday! This is the real West Indies. The real Tobago. This is Birdie's Nest. Birdie's Nest beach house sits on the shoreline, facing the sea. It is perched on a slight slope and enjoys a clear, cool, elevated view of the beach and the ocean. It is a typical two-storey West Indian house, divided into three beach holiday apartments. A single two-bedroom apartment occupies the entire upper floor of the house. The lower floor is divided into two one-bedroom self-contained apartments with lockable dividing door enabling them to be converted into another spacious two-bedroom accommodation when required. ... more   less 
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Birdie's Nest Tobago/Black Rock

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