My best friend, son and I stayed for two fabulous restful weeks at Cholson Chalets. It was delightful. We arrived at 10:00p.m at the airport and were able to contact the manager by phone to give the airport taxi the directions. Courteous, friendly and helpful all the way describes our experience from then on. We were lulled to sleep by the waves breaking gently on the beach across the street. Next morning and every morning after that we awoke opened the door and were greeted with the most spectacular scene. This is what beachfront is all about... My three year old son and I would begin each morning by crossing the street and jumping unto the sand to feed the birds the remains of breakfast and then a swim in the bay.
My best friend would open the front door and sit looking at us, while taking in the locals slow and easy gait. It relaxed us to see people so relaxed and unhurried going about daily life in a fishing village. We highly recommend the "Tobago Eskimo"- a flavoured ice cool costing TT$1.00 at the grocery two doors down. At midday you'll love it after a cooling swim...
Fresh fish comes literally to your door as the jetty is on the right of the property and fishing boats can be seen coming home. Fresh vegetables and fruit are sold next to the grocery by Keino at his stall. The visitor's/ tourist information centre is chucked full of information on tours ; birdwatching, scuba diving, turtle watching etc. Public transport is available at the bus stop a two minute walk away every two hours. Taxi service available upon request from the office or outside the visitor's/tourist information centre.
The level of service was very good, the ladies provided clean sheets, they washed dishes, swept floors, made beds and cleaned bathrooms. There is also an inexpensive laundry service onsite. When you leave a mess you return to a pristine place. The ladies do not remain all day, but in their hours onsite they do good work...and then some. If you venture into the back yard; mangoes, bananas, guavas and seasonings are yours for the taking. We had several ripe fruits during our stay. Go to the fish depot or wait for the fishermen to arrive on the beach so you can buy out of the boat...either way you'll be happy with the freshness of the catch and the size of your portions. The depot provides cleaning and cutting with purchase.
There is cable t.v. and free fruit on the beach front trees higher up the street. There are several local characters; Fussy was our favourite. We encountered several nationalities while at Cholson Chalets; French, English, Scottish, American and Germans in the first week.
Charlotteville is a real gem of a village where people look out for each other. Where shrimp and fries with a beer can be had around the corner from the gas station. Where the businesses are run by the owners, therefore pride in service and product is always present.
Do go there it is not as bustling and busy as Scarborough but that's what makes it special and unique.
- Also Known As:
- Cholson Chalets Hotel Charlotteville
- Cholson Chalets Ltd. Tobago/Charlotteville