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 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 Telegraph Magazine (11th February 2012)
Edmund de Waal's lead feature on Tobago and Castara Retreats
“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.”
Our lovely Caribbean resort consists of two all-wood lodges, Birdsong and Coasthanger, plus a renovated Fisherman's shack and three stylish and quality apartments, all of which can be rented by couples or for family holidays and groups.
The lodges and apartments are 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. The lodges and apartments are designed in classic Haiku style to "allow man and nature to live in mutual respect". The renovated shack, Fisherman's Lodge, offers similar high standards whilst retaining its unique Caribbean character.
These accommodations sit gently on the land, are reliant on natural airflows for cooling, and reflect grace, simplicity and restraint. Haiku means 'what I feel' and was coined as a form of poetry to communicate awe and wonder at the abundance and harmony of nature. Our philosophy for Castara Retreats is to offer vacations in Tobago in a small Caribbean eco resort that reflect principles of beauty, balance and respect and we endeavour to reflect these aspirations in our buildings, the gardens, in the relationships with the people we work with, and with our clients.
Castara Retreats offers Tobago holiday accommodations that are set in two acres of tropical gardens with sun terraces, a sheltered pagoda and shady spots where you can relax under the mango trees and listen to the mot-mots calling. Purpose-designed deck areas are as perfect for birders as they are for watching the stingrays in the bay below or the spectacular Caribbean sunsets. Our support team, led by Porridge and Jeanell, is local to Castara and are either neighbours or living close by in the village. Contact with them offers guests the perfect opportunity to be introduced to local Caribbean culture, and many of them have enjoyed a special Caribbean holiday in their company.
The basic principle at Castara Retreats is for guests to look after themselves in well resourced self-catering accommodation with good local support that is free from the constraints and protocols of Caribbean hotels.
If you are looking for a vacation in Tobago with informal, relaxing, high quality accommodation, then Castara Retreats is the Caribbean holiday rental for you.