People say that February is a good time of year to get away from England, but we've learnt this week that it's also an awful time of year to return!! I don't know if this is always the case, or simply because we loved Castara & Castara Retreats as much as we did (since being back I've bought three new pairs of shorts in anticipation of our next trip!).
Castara Retreats is everything the reviews say – it sits on a hill on the edge of the village with stunning views looking over & out to sea and surrounded by rainforest. The place is low-key in the best way, as is the village & hopefully it will stay that way. It took us 3 or 4 days to de-shy & wind down to the local pace – at which point we started to get a real feel for the place.
The locals could not have been sweeter, leaving us to mix in with village life as much or as little as we liked. Porridge, Jeanell, and all associated with Retreats were great and helped to make our time stress free & easy.
We swam, snorkeled, fished, walked, explored, ate, drank, danced, and generally limed around - quietly at the Retreats or with the locals in the village.
Not a place for people who can't do without mod-cons. Expect chickens, insects, birds, bats, and all that comes with simple village life - can't wait to go back.
Ally & Fleur Hummingbird 2
- 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