In a perfect world, beautiful, tranquil, offbeat, relaxing out of the way places like this would be easy to get to...sorry it's not a perfect world. After you make it out of the gridlock around Port of Spain (traffic is absolutely terrible around the city & airport – and we weren’t there for Carnival – I can’t imagine what it would be like then), it's a still a long bumpy white knuckle roller coaster ride on a narrow 1-1/2 lane mountain road full of steep grades, blind hairpin turns & 1 lane bridges (with appallingly flimsy guard rails). All that said about the traffic & road conditions, we only saw one fender bender while we were on the island, you’d see 4 in one cross town Cleveland commute. Also, observing the number of buses leaving the city at night & the number headed in to town in the morning, I’m sure that you could make the trip v public transportation (somehow the locals make do with it) if you were adventurous enough & you had plenty of time, but hiring a car or having one of the hotel staff pick you up, while expensive (~$120US), is probably worth it in saved aggravation.
I'm surprised by some of the reviews that rated Mt Plaisir Estate as a dirty, bug infested & having an inhospitable staff…look, if you want 5 star luxury all inclusive accommodations on the beach, go to Tobago or Acapulco or Maui – you are welcome to share that nightmare with several thousand strangers if that is what you’re in to – go for it. Don’t go to Mt Plaisir, because I might be back there & you’re bad attitude & foul mood is definitely going to be stepping on my buzz. If you’re looking for Tarzan’s jungle tree house on the beach with indoor hot & cold running water and a private deck, grab Jane and swing on over, this is to paradise. Ask for room number 10, it’s definitely the penthouse suite. Yes, the rooms are very open and well ventilated – there isn’t even glass or screens in the windows, that’s so the cool ocean breeze can find it’s way in (there are wooden shutters that can be closed if necessary, but mostly why bother). That means that some representatives of the local fauna will also find their way into your room, so turn the lights out at night, bring along a bottle of DEET, use the mosquito nets, keep your bags closed & shake out your pants & shoes in the morning before you slip them on. Don’t flip out if there is a big bug in the sink in the morning – it might be an interesting sort of bug that you’ve never seen up close before. There aren’t any phones or TV’s or air conditioners or mini-fridges or hair dryers or coffee makers or video games or a pool, so bring along a couple of great books, a deck of cards, your swim suit, sun block, your hiking boots, water shoes and your boogie board, surfs up. If the waves on the beach are looking a little rough, stroll up the river & find yourself a nice cool clear pool to splash around in…make sure you take your binoculars & field guides with you because you’ll see lots of flowers & trees & birds that you’ve never seen before. If you’ve timed your trip right, there will be giant sea turtles on the beach too. The beach is public, so share it with the locals and your fellow hotel guests. Say hello, I’m sure you’ll meet someone interesting. Have a question, ask one of the staff – they’re brimming with helpful hints ("Try a little baby oil to keep the sand fleas off your ankles and caves.") about where to go & what to see, funny stories, or just to chat for a few minutes.
I loved this place so much, I wish I could say it was cheap too, but it’s not, really. For instance, the hotel restaurant serves a variety of tasty, well prepared local foods (including vegetarian selections), a good percentage of which is organically grown on the estates own plantation…but it’s pretty close to being the only game in town, and the while $15 - $25US per plate might not seem like much at the time, it does add up. To save money & add variety, bring a cooler & check out the local tavern & market in the village for your beer, juice, pop & snacks – it’s literally a 150yd stroll. If you’re feeling adventurous, maybe sample the fare at the local barbeque joint. Above all relax, you came here to get away from it all & you have succeeded, rejoice!
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