Introduction - Tobago holiday accommodation
Castara Retreats offers Tobago holiday accommodation in a quality eco resort superbly located overlooking the Bay of Castara. Backed by the deep green rainforest, framed by mango trees and set in two acres of lush tropical gardens, the ten self-catering lodges and apartments are sensitively designed to sit harmoniously in the landscape, each one angled to make the most of the spectacular views over Castara Bay. Featured in The Guardian’s, “Top 10 hotels, guesthouses and villas in Tobago”, Castara Retreats offers a range of quality accommodations from larger Japanese-style haiku lodges to smaller and beautifully furbished apartments with something on offer across a range of budgets.
The Telegraph Magazine
lead feature by Edmund de Waal (11th February 2012)
“Overlooking Castara Bay, the lodges of Castara Retreats combine simplicity with luxurious touches……each one angled to make the most of the spectacular views. This is as good as it gets……We loved it.”
Castara is a stunningly beautiful place to be enjoyed by those interested in engaging with their natural surroundings from the comfort of stylish quality accommodation. Watch the array of hummingbirds on display, the sting-rays patrolling the ocean, and the fishing boats returning each evening with the daily catch. At night, be awed by magic of fireflies, and wake in the morning to the sunrise and dawn chorus.
With the recent creation of our stunning pavilion restaurant, Castara Retreats now offers a range of quality accommodation together with the choice of both informal and fine dining with freshly made meals, cocktails, and organic juices.
The Sunday Times
Article by Karen Robinson (11th May 2014)
“From the breeze-kissed terraces of Castara Retreats, the view sweeps around the bay, taking in the sparkling cobalt sea, the clean white curve of sandy beach…Castara Retreats is a collection of 10 lodges and apartments cantilevered out from the lush green hillside. Natural wood, slatted blinds, secluded terraces and simple, comfortable furniture – it’s like living in a grown up treehouse, with parrots swooping through the foliage.”
In this intimate, family-run, and friendly eco resort, our philosophy is to offer an alternative to Tobago hotels, with principles of beauty, balance and respect for the local community, and we endeavour to reflect these aspirations in our buildings, the gardens, in the relationships with the people we work with, and with our guests.
Visitors staying in any of the accommodations receive excellent support from our local management team, and services include a daily visit from Porridge, who manages Castara Retreats, and is well-known for his friendly, charismatic personality and attentiveness to detail. At Castara Retreats, we consciously set ourselves apart from some of the services of larger Tobago hotels, such as 24 hour staff in residence or daily room service. To enjoy this idyllic location requires guests to recognize the worth of such unsophistication. At Castara Retreats you may need to be a little more resourceful or patient: Tobago works best when you let go and go with the flow.
The basic principle at Castara Retreats is for guests to look after themselves in well-resourced, self-catering accommodation with good local support from Porridge and Jeanell, and from our restaurant team, all of whom are local to Castara and live close by in the village. Contact with them offers guests the perfect opportunity during their Tobago holidays to be introduced to local Caribbean culture, in a way that is very different from what is possible in larger Tobago hotel environments.
If you are looking for holiday accommodation in Tobago with informal, relaxing, high quality lodges and apartments, with the added opportunity for of fine dining in our restaurant, then Castara Retreats is the Tobago holiday accommodation for you.