Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Hummingbird 1 is one of six unique accommodations at the small eco resort of Castara Retreats and has astonishing views across the broad sweep of Castara Bay. It also looks east across the tropical gardens to the village beyond and to the rainforest ridge in the distance, where the sun rises.
Hummingbird 1 is a one bedroom apartment of 700 sq ft, with separate kitchen, living/dining and both covered and open terraces. It is comfortable and very well equipped.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castara Beach 100 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Crown Point 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Each accommodation has free WiFi access - a welcome new addition this year. Hummingbird 1 apartment has one bedroom with a queen size bed with good quality mattress, pillows, white cotton sheets and bed cover. The bed is covered by a very large mosquito net suspended from a rectangular wooden frame that allows lots of space underneath. The kitchen is well equipped with quality utensils, pans, coffee and teapots, glasses and china plates and bowls. There is also a hair-drier, a portable ventilation fan and a small full-height table with two upright chairs for dining as well as comfortable chairs for relaxing on the deck. As with all the accommodation, there is a small security safe for keeping cash, documents and other valuable items.
The shower and toilet room is located at the doorway and is convenient for showering off sand and salt before entering the bedroom area.
The original covered terrace has been extended to create an even larger space for relaxing and dining and to provide additional shelter during rainstorms. The extended terrace is now 20ft by 7ft with fabulous views across the beach and bay and also onto the tropical gardens.
The covered terrace has two comfortable chairs, a large hardwood coffee table and a hammock. Most clients spend a lot of time on this terrace for dining and hanging out, and absorbing the constantly changing natural environment of birds, ocean, beach, sky and weather.
|Further details outdoors|
Adjoining the covered terrace is a private open terrace with outside furniture for eating or relaxing and this area then leads into the gardens on the east side of this apartment. This is an ideal place to sit and look at the views, or to lounge in the sun. There is a spacious new pavilion a few steps away where we offer Friday night BBQs for all our guests. It is beautifully set in our 1.5 acres of tropical gardens with wondrous views out over the Caribbean Sea facing west for those special sunset moments.
The whole area, including the terrace, is illuminated by spotlights with dimmer controls, which are perfect for creating soft low lighting for a romantic atmosphere, with the added benefit of avoiding the tropical insects that are attracted by bright light.
A few steps away is a magnificent new pagoda (completed in December 2010) where we offer Friday night BBQs for our guests. This is a great way to sample local dishes as well as meeting other guests.
As part of our fee, we arrange for fresh towels, a change of sheets and a light clean up every 3-4 days.
There is additional back up and support available such as laundry and cooking. This can be arranged on your behalf by Porridge who, with his wife Jeanell, looks after our accommodation. Such additional services are charged for. These costs are reasonable and should be discussed with Porridge after your arrival.
The Tobago region
There is no place in world quite like this tiny island of ethnically diverse people. Bursting with spirit and a heady mix of cultural activities, beautiful people, eco adventure and culinary delights, Tobago is is a tropical paradise and boasts the oldest protected rainforest in the world.
A drive along the North Coast Road, shaded by the lush forested canopy of the Northern mountain range, will yield breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Just two hours away from Port-of-Spain by fast ferry, or 15 minutes by air travel, Tobago offers the weary traveler a change of pace. It is blessed with warm azure blue seas that lap against the pale golden sands of secluded beaches,
Tobago is the perfect place to relax in the embrace of lingering, golden sunsets. For the nature lover, Tobago's 14,000 acres of protected rainforest is a revelation and, for those with an adventurous spirit, the waters surrounding the island host stunning coral reefs teeming with marine life. Bird watchers will be astonished by the variety of regular visitors to the gardens many of whom will sit on your balcony railings if you leave fruit out for them. A birdwatching trip into the rainforest never fails to delight and there are few more inspiring sights than the Magnificent Frigate Birds cruising above the bay - sometimes up to a dozen at a time.
If location is everything in creating a perfect holiday, then Castara Retreats is close to perfection.
Castara is a small fishing village of 500 inhabitants on the Caribbean coast of the island, just 50 minutes drive from the airport at Crown Point. Backed by protected rainforest, the village residents support themselves with a combination of fishing, tourism and environmental work.
The beach is only a few minutes walk down a winding footpath. It is ideal for swimming, body surfing, sunbathing, wandering along the sand to buy a drink, choosing freshly caught fish for dinner, or a friendly chat with the locals. The sea in the bay offers excellent bathing and snorkelling, and is much less susceptible to the currents that can cause problems on the Atlantic coast.
The village is a four minute walk down the road. Pick up home made bread from the village bakery, reserve a table for the evening at Marguarite’s excellent restaurant, or order a take away, or collect provisions from the stores. The shops are simple, the people are delightful, and the mangoes are plentiful.
Take a longer stroll to Little Bay (10 minutes) to snorkel over the world class coral reef that begins a few feet away from the shore; parrot fish, angel fish and sting rays are a few of the everyday sights on the reef among the fan and brain coral. Then have a drink or eat at Vera's restaurant on the beach.
Or turn inland just before the village by the side of the stream and head into the rainforest and spot tree frogs and cocrico birds hiding in the foliage, before reaching the waterfall that cascades into a rock pool surrounded by hanging lianas.
Fishing is practised by the boats in the bay, and pulling in the nets onto the shore is an activity for all the community, and whoever on the beach wishes to lend a hand.