Well, Im used to vacationing in places where I can relax a few days, do a little shopping, eat fancy, eat fast, watch tv, cruise around in a awesome rental I couldnt otherwise afford, not stress.....This place forces you to relax. No phone...No TV...No Internet...No Malls...No Car...No modern day amenities... No Problem! as soon as we got off the plane, I have to admit I was a bit reserved. Im used to vacationing in Orlando, or somewhere nice in FL...So this is what I had in mind. And I admit, I was a bit reserved in judgement with our guides attitude and smile. Just seemed a little too happy. But after the 1 hour drive from Scarborough to Castara, I slowly started to see myself transform. My wife was already relaxed and was excited for what was coming up. I was clueless! But once I saw the view from Hummingbird 2...That was it for me. I really dont think there are any words for the view. I tried remarkable, breathtaking, amazing, but they all fall short.
Porridge, I have to admit, when he picked us up, I was quite reserved. He greeted us with a smile, and was busy on the phone and taking us to where we needed to go....little did I know, this guy is one of Tobagos most loved and cherrished personalities. Whats not to like about this guy. I felt like he was family he was just there, I remember I put out my hand to give him a handshake... he brought it in for a hug...That was it for me Im a fan!
Kenny and Patricia, Ok Kenny has got to be the ideal of how a manager should be. I think he sensed that I was stressed and he erased it all from the moment he came and said hello. This dude made our day end well, even when I wasnt hungry I just went for the company. Patricia, all I have to say about her is....she is awesome!!!!!!! The smile, the welcome feeling, and the food...well, I dont think she can do anything wrong.
Wesley, all I can say about him is I am honored to have met him and I am happy I can call him friend. This guy was The greatest. I just had an awesome time hanging out with him. Im coming back just so I can hang out with him this winter. My wife thought he was like family. He really does care and takes pride in everything. you basically forget that he works there or that its a work environment because he treats you like your his family. The kids he teaches during his day job have an awesome role model
Seon, he was the captain of the snorkel tour. He has a silent exterior and may seem quite reserved, but we did two boat tours mostly to hang out with Seon and Shaq.
Shaq was like that childhood friend that you have had since you can remember.
Richy, If you want to get your SCUBA license, he is the man! Not to mention he is awesome!!!!! Worldly, funny, and makes you forget your in a learning environment.
Newton, Please if you get a chance do a jungle tour with him. he has more enthusiasm about his job than is healthy....makes you second guess your career paths in life.
All in all, there isnt one thing you can say bad about Castara Bay, or the Retreats. The locals are just my kind of people, and believe it or not saying "Thank You" will get you pretty far out there. I didnt feel the slightest bit nervous after my second day there. Nobody harassing you to buy this or that like they did at the other beaches and resorts. And if you really want to make the most of it, get down and help the local fishermen in the morning pull in the nets....I cant wait to be back there.
- 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