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“Lovely hideaway tucked in the trees of the...”
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First view of Carpe Diem villa with steps up to Sunset 2 at the far end of the house
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24 reviews
First view of Carpe Diem villa with steps up to Sunset 2 at the far end of the house
Steps leading up to Sunset 2 and its veranda
Well equipped kitchen Crockery/cutlery for 4,toaster, kettle, stove with grill, large fridge freezer
Wet room style bathroom
Carpe Diem-seize the day! 
Glass of Pinot Grigio anyone !
Eat Al fresco on the veranda outside Sunset 2 and watch the birds and sunsets
Each studio has its own entrance Sunset 1 and 2 share the 45ft balcony. Perfect for Alfresco dining!
View of Castara main bay from the house
The balcony is perfect for Al fresco dining, sunsets and bird watching
Internal shot
View along the 45ft veranda
Main beach Castara. Just a 2 minute stroll?
Little or Heavenly Bay as it is know locally. Great for snorkeling
View of house in between the palms from the sea
Swimming in the pool at Castara waterfall
Picking and eating mangoes on Castara main beach
View from Little bay towards the main beach
Swimming at sunset
Castara bay first view from the Lookout point
Kitchen and door into the wet room styled bathroom
Castara is a perfect place to be married on the beach and/or honeymoon
Gone fishing
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Castara, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

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Very good - based on 24 reviews
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Sue F
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lovely hideaway tucked in the trees of the rainforest”
Reviewed 9 September 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Let me begin by saying the only reason I gave 4 stars (I wouldve given 4.5 if it was an option) instead of 5 is because of the pillows. I like fat, fluffy bed pillows and because these were on the flatter side, I had a few sleep deprived nights. So if you prefer to be propped up in bed, bring your own pillows. Otherwise, I think this must be the best lodging in all of Castara. The cottage is owned by a British couple who spent years traveling to Castara before settling there. They know the area and activities/events inside and out--and everyone knows (and likes) them, which made our stay that much more pleasant. They live upstairs and we stayed in one of the two studio-like apartments below. It was quite nice, with a little kitchette, big bathroom and very comfortable bed. There is a wraparound deck which affords gorgeous sea views, as the house is perched on a hillside in the rainforest. It was so peaceful and we were able to see so much wildlife from the deck. Getting to the house from the road could be a challenge for some as the walkway is a tad long and somewhat steep. The location is great, a quick walk to the town's two beaches and in close proximity to eateries and food stands. I cant wait to go back!

Date of stay: March 2015
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Liked best: The views from the property could not be better.
Liked least: the bed pillows
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Sep 2015
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us & may return in the future- Castara is addictive..but we do wish that you had mentioned the problem with the pillows to us at the time-as we have a whole store of them & could have easily swapped or given you extra ones! Some guests prefer different types & so the beds are usually supplied with a selection of 4 to choose from + 2 smaller cushion to prop yourself up on..
We have recently improved the path up to the house & have also added a new metal handrail which we hope will make the short walk easier.
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pridswww
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A great village deserves great accommodation”
Reviewed 6 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015

A great vacation can only happen if the location, accommodation and people are great too. Although I had not spoken or met Yvonne or Chris the information and helpfulness was fantastic, especially when my airline decided to change the date of my flight. I know when I first thought about rental, I thought "what if this" and "what if that" well please rest assured you have found the right village and certainly reading the reviews for one of the best (if not the best) places to rent here in Castara.
I had the pleasure of staying 19 nights in one of the two studios available at Carpe Diem. The accommodation has everything you need, plus a view across the bay that should cost millions.
My day started with me making a nice pot of coffee and sitting on the balcony eating some locally baked bread, whilst feeding the exotic birds that land just a few feet from my table...great fun. Then a short downhill walk (do speak with Yvonne about access as its fairly steep to Heavenly Bay) It ends with my top tip for wildlife at Carpe Diem and all the friends I met couldn't match this where they stayed: Before retiring to bed for the night place a peeled banana on the bird feeding areas on your balcony of the accommodation: make yourself a nice ice cold rum punch and watch the fruit bats come into feed, its such good fun.
Carpe Diem is in such a lovely location, having got options to choose which beach to visit and the outlook is stunning: I hope you enjoy Castara and more importantly Carpe Diem as much as I did.

Date of stay: May 2015
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Liked best: Property location within Castara village
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Jul 2015
So glad that you really enjoyed your holiday & stay with us.
Only sorry that we were not able to be there to meet you -maybe next time? Chris & Yvonne
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Dick W
Windham, Maine
2 reviews
“We thought we were in heaven.”
Reviewed 15 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We were graced to have found the owners and our pad. There were times in our stay when, even though we are constant explorers, that we did not want to leave the front deck. Birds and lizards all over the place....as well as lovely owners and other guests. This is truly one of the places we have visited that feels as though there is a convergence of great spirit. Thank you for "finding" us.

Date of stay: March 2015
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Liked best: Unable to identify best as it was all the best.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 May 2016
It was really lovely to have you both stay....hope to see you both in the future
Chris & Yvonne
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David and...
Fletching, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent accommodation with great views”
Reviewed 18 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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We had a lovely stay at Carpe Diem. The accommodation was very good and the views were stunning. Chris and Yvonne were most helpful and made us feel very welcome.

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Mar 2015
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us & hope to see you both next year!
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Eliska G
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed 17 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My husband and I chose to stay in Castara for an 8-day vacation in February 2015 and found the Carpe Diem Villa on tripadvisor. We shared Chris & Yvonne's place upstairs and wondered if staying in someone's space would be OK - all of the wonderful reviews suggested it'd be OK, so we gave it a whirl. We are so HAPPY we did! Yvonne and Professor are absolutely amazing people, who made our first trip to the Caribbean unforgettable and provided us with great advice, stories and help when we needed. We loved everything about their house, garden, and the room itself. All we can say is THANK YOU!

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: The Owners
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
28 May 2016
Its great that you felt at home with us & look forward to seeing you both again in the future
Prof & Yvonne
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