Tobago holiday accommodation
Castara Retreats is a family-run eco resort superbly located overlooking the Bay of Castara in Tobago with its two sandy beaches and the deep green of the rainforest as its backdrop. Featured in The Guardian’s “Top 10 in Tobago” and rated Number 1 on Trip Advisor for Speciality Lodgings on Tobago, our 14 self-catering accommodations are sensitively designed to sit harmoniously within the natural landscape.
The Telegraph Magazine
“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.” (Edmund de Waal, lead feature, February 2012).
Located on the edge of a traditional Caribbean fishing village, and set within two acres of lush tropical gardens, Castara Retreats offers the opportunity to engage with both nature and culture; from birdwatching on the balcony, to limin’ with locals, from rambling in the rainforest, to relaxing on the beach… there is something for everyone.
With choices from Japanese-style wooden haiku lodges to beautifully furnished, air-conditioned apartments, there is something to suit a range of tastes and budgets. For those not wishing to self-cater, our Pavilion Restaurant has fabulous views and offers freshly prepared dishes using the best available ingredients. The village is just a three-minute walk away with its choice of local eateries and bars.
The Sunday Times
“From the breeze-kissed terraces of Castara Retreats [is] a collection of 14 lodges and apartments cantilevered out from the lush green hillside – it’s like living in a grown up treehouse, with parrots swooping through the foliage.” (Karen Robinson, May 2014)
Putting the values of friendship, sharing and respect for the natural environment at the heart of all that we do, our aim is to offer guests a unique holiday experience in a haven of rustic luxury and wellbeing, where the simple attraction of rainforest, beach and ocean is enhanced by engagement with an authentic Caribbean fishing village and its people, culture and services.
Our internationally recognised model of rustic luxury, offers a different form of sophistication to your typical five star Tobago hotel or villa, which are predisposed to look inward, and where ‘luxury’ is calibrated by the degree of pampering and personal service. At Castara Retreats, our comfortable and stylish interiors are fuss-free and oriented to look outwards, towards the stunning natural environment. At night, be awed by the magic of fireflies, and wake in the morning to dawn chorus. Over 70 species of birds can be spotted from the lodges’ balconies, from hummingbirds to tanagers, banana quits to mot mots.
Visitors staying at Castara Retreats receive friendly support from our local management team, and services include daily contact with our managers Porridge and his wife Jeanell. They are repositories of local knowledge, and are well-known for their attentiveness and charm.
National Geographic Magazine
“Relaxation comes, kicking it back at the tiny rum shops or beachfront dining shacks […] in Castara. Village guesthouses and small hotels are integrated into community life, like the eco-sensitive Castara Retreats, overlooking village and sea, and backed by the island's most precious resource: the Tobago Rainforest Reserve.”