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“Great views from the balcony of well priced holiday self catering”

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Alibaba's Sea Breeze Apartments
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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great views from the balcony of well priced holiday self catering”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Positives :

- Fantastic views of Castara's beaches and bay from the balcony
- Great position by the excellent boat house restaurant / bar
- Well designed rooms. For example, dedicated space under the bed for luggage; good size bathroom including good size shower (and always plenty of hot water)
- Decently equipped kitchen including microwave
- Helpful owner who responded to any queries we raised promptly. Particularly kind was that she allowed us to shower in her private premises on the day we checked out (after the check out time). This meant that we could enjoy the beach fully on our last day before going back to the airport

Negatives :
- Bit noisy. While obviously some noise from the sea is naturally to be expected, this was considerably louder than the gentle lapping of waves. We stayed for 11 nights. While we got used to it by the end, the noise of crashing waves meant we did not sleep well for the first nights (I've lived in cities most of my life and under flight paths, so am not unused to noise). If sleep quality is very important to you, don't stay at Alibaba's sea breeze
- Toilet a bit smellly and with a dodgy flush
- While not the owners fault at all, sea / wave conditions meant that snorkelling was only possible on 2 of the 11 days we were there. Don't assume that you will be able to gain the benefit of snorkelling every day at the reef / beach in front of the accommodation.

Overall, for the price charged, Sea Breeze is very good. We paid $USD 80 a night

Room Tip: Stingray, the room we had, was the best
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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AlibabaSeabreeze, Inhaber at Alibaba's Sea Breeze Apartments, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
hello there....
good to hear you still had a good time and thank you for your review.
just need to clarify 2 tiny points that you made:
the sea is usually not that loud, we had a very unusual swell (that unfortunately kept people from snorkeling along the whole coastline at that time) and we have many guests every year that have no problem getting a good night sleep.... maybe persons who have a light sleep should consider earplugs throughout whole tobago though.... we have a waves, others have traffic, dogs barking, music, crowing cocks and other noises ;-)
secondly I wish you would have told us if something was less than perfect with your toilet. we always take criticism very seriously and try to fix and better problems as soon as they arise! the rooms get a light clean every 2-3 days and if that was not enough for you we could have done a more thorough one easily! so to all our future guests: please let us know if anything is the matter while there is chance to react on our part!
again, thank you for your input and we hope you still went home relaxed and had chance to enjoy your time here with us!
sunny greetings from the beach
stephanie & alibaba
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Had a good apartment here and the views of the bay were brilliant. Although the apartment fixtures and fittings were basic, everything you needed was there. The place was clean and clean linen provided wvery 2 days. Brian (Alibaba) and Stephanie were great hosts and nothing was beyond them. Excellent.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

A fanastic location from which to relax and watch the waves roll in, the tropical birds feed, iguana's lope around the trees. Very comfortable appartments, good size bed, basic but every thing you need. Very good value for money. Brian and Stephanie were very helpful and hospitable, and were full of useful information and tips about the local area. Brian runs excellent boat tours and is a very proficient seamen so we felt in good hands. They accomodated all our needs.

Room Tip: The rooms are all good and have the same view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Just back from a week at Alibaba's Sea Breeze. The location of the apartment is excellent, about a minute or two walk to the beach.The balcony overlooks the beach with some trees close by which bring in quite a varied selection of birds. There is a good family restaurant on the beach and several more close by in the village. Brian met us at the airport and Stephanie was always on hand if we had questions. We found a week was about the right length of stay without a car. We rented a car for the remaining two weeks of our vacation, 1 week in Charlottesville and another near Grafton. All in all Alibaba's is an excellent place at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Simply perfect, just have a look at the homepage and book. Stephanie, Alibaba and their staff are really serviceminded. Clean rooms, quiet, a wonderful beach 10 meters from the balcony. We also went to Carnival and a rainforrest tour with them, just perfect. ML

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We had a wonderful holiday staying at Alibaba's Sea Breeze Apartments. We loved Castara and Little Bay. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the world go by, taking a dip into the warm clear blue sea and being gently sent to sleep by the sound of the waves at night. We found the reviews left by other people here about what to see and do in Castara very useful especially about buying fish from the fishermen in Big Bay, restaurant recommendations and taking a walk Castara's waterfall. It was a unforgettable Christmas and New Year holiday and thank you to Stephanie and Alibaba for making us feel so welcome. We will be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Forget the hustle and bustle of city life, sit back, and watch the life of Castara bay from your balcony or the beach located steps away. Alibaba's offers all that you could need for a relaxing retreat, a comfortable king size bed, well-equipped kitchen, hot water shower and local family sized eateries and enough small shops for fruits, veggies, bread, fish and beer. For a main grocery stock be sure to stop at the supermarket in Bon Accord (nearby the airport). Brian and Stephanie have ensured that if you are looking for a great value holiday apartment accommodation this is the place to be.
Whether you want to sit back and watch the birds or put on your snorkel and fins and check out the reef and sea life all is available right in front of your balcony. For more adventure take a waterfall hike to local Castara falls or take a drive and find some of the local attractions around the island. The hike to Highland falls was a particular favourite of ours.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alibaba's Sea Breeze Apartments
Address: Depot Road, Castara, Tobago
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Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Castara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Castara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alibabas Sea Breeze is located in Castara at the Caribbean Coast of the island. About an hour from the airport with stunning views from the balconies, a few steps distance to the beach, hot water showers, fully equipped kitchens, back support king size beds with mosquito nets, big fridges to always enjoy a cold drink or do some cooking with the fresh produce and fish you can buy in the village and also a restaurant close by. ... more   less 
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Alibaba's Sea Breeze Apartments Tobago/Castara

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