Castara Retreats is rather unusual in that it offers service and facilities of a high class yet blends with and supports the local community.
Castara is a beautiful small village on the north-west coast of Tobago away from the more built up area around the capital Scarborough and the airport yet within a relatively easy one hour drive.
Both the village/beach area and the surrounding countryside are outstandingly beautiful and the apartments exploit this to the full with wonderful views across the coast.
The accommodation is set on a hill above the beach requiring a short walk down a well surfaced path. Though steep in places it could be viewed as a bonus as the beach is close but the elevated position provides the great views, a cooling breeze and another environment (it's like having two holiday locations)
The standard of the rooms is top notch - comfortable chairs, beautiful tables from local wood, plenty of space to relax in and all presented spotlessly clean - with no rough edges and everything working.
The service is exemplary - with some rental apartments/villas you feel you are on your own following a short introduction but a Castara there is always someone on hand or a phone call away to sort out problems yet the service is not intrusive so big tick.
For those who like to cook there are proper facilities to prepare a sophisticated meal - a visit to the supermarkets in the south might be wise to stock-up, and for those who want to be cooked for Castara provides a number of well priced restaurants, including one on-site and meals can be cooked to order by arrangement with Castara Retreats.
A look at previous reviews underlies the popularity of Castara Retreats and it is well deserved. If you're looking for air conditioned luxury in a resort setting then this may not be for you but if you looking for a bit of Caribbean magic then here it is.
PS There is occasional loud music drifting up from the village into the early hours - hence the average rating for sleep quality - otherwise gently breezes, a comfortable bed and a magnificent view to wake up to would bank the full 5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castara Retreats is a small Tobago eco resort superbly located overlooking the Bay of Castara, with stunning views of the Caribbean and mountains. For those seeking holidays in Tobago the seven tropical hardwood accommodations are built to the highest standards and are set right above Castara beach in lush tropical gardens. Backed by the deep green of the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere and framed by mango trees and bamboo, Castara Retreats offers Caribbean vacations in a lush tropical paradise where guests can relax and live in the landscape around them. The lodge accommodation offers 15 separately available areas, each with wonderful privacy and exclusive terraces, which can be rented individually by couples, or together for larger groups and families. The accommodation is specially designed to create open, spacious living areas that allow uninterrupted views of the beach and rainforest, cool sea breezes and the natural sights and sounds of the ocean, rainforest and village. Each lodge or apartment is constructed of red cedar, a local hardwood, and is from sustainable sources. The bedrooms, each with en suite showers and either queen size or twin beds all have full size mosquito nets on suspended wooden frames. The spacious living areas have panoramic views of the two beaches looking north-west and also to the coastline looking south-west, and stunning sunsets over the Caribbean. Each accommodation has the advantage of free Wi-Fi internet access. There is comfortable and stylish seating with both indoor and outdoor dining and all three areas are equipped to a very high standard for self-catering. We have recently completed open-decked Pavilion Bar and Restaurant - already receiving excellent ratings - perfect for a romantic dinner for two or for family groups and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castara Retreats Hotel Tobago
- Castara Retreats Tobago