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Alpharetta, Georgia
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Spent four nights in Castara atCarpe Diem. We stayed in the green room. Owners were in neighboring unit with shared porch area. It was great! Yvonne and the Professor were gracious hosts. They provided us valuable local information as well as other interesting discussions. The room was perfect for us. The view was spectacular of the whole town and Bay...

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

And you guys were really good guests ! I cannot disagree with you about the view ! That was why we built the house where it is, sometimes i sit there and just stare out to see or watch the sunset and suddenly an hour has gone by. Perfect place to relax.............!

Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 14 May 2016

We just returned from a stay at Carpe Diem Villa. Yvonne and Chris were great hosts and not only looked after arranging rides to and from the airport for us, but suggested things we might like to do. We arrived at night so didn't see the view until we woke in the morning. It was truly amazing and took your...

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

We always end up arriving from England late on BA so it is always a joy to wake up to the view ! The first cup of tea on the veranda and fill the bird feeders then usually go down to Chenos for breakfast ( saltfish with coconut bak and scrambled eggs !) followed by a swim. Am I addicted...

Buckingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 March 2016

It was a pleasure to stay at Carpe Diem Villa because of its location you experience the sunsets,and the fantastic views of Castara Bay ,and only minutes away from the rainforest, English Man Bay and Bloody Bay. Chris and Yvonne the owners of the Villa make you feel very welcome and is very knowledgeable of the area . Chris is...

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

So glad that you & your friends enjoyed staying up here " in the bush " -we know that its so different from the busy south of the island where you usually stay. We really hope to see you again when you next fly over Was that your predictive texting that made a slip up--I thought that my village name...

Cambridge UK
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Just back from our third visit to this little piece of paradise, this time as it was my 60th birthday, I treated my grown up family to ten days at Carpe Diem. My daughter had one of the Studios, my son and his wife had the other and my husband and I had the Green Room for the first time....

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

This trip the whole Bailey family came and they all really enjoyed themselves! Sorry about Sprang, one of our neighbours had a new stereo............! Yvonne has bought him a set of headphones as he did not realise we did not like 80's disco at 6am.? A lot quieter now and peace regained.................! Thankyou for the Gordons, you can come back...

Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Fantastic villa in perfect location for getting the best and most authentic experience of Tobago. Castara is a welcoming place with a community feel. The villa is perfectly equipped to have a great stay abs the views from the balcony are truly wonderful

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Yvonne and I enjoyed your company as well! We do seem to get such nice people staying with us, what a bonus and it makes it all worthwhile!

Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 March 2016

What a pleasure to stay at Carpe Diem. It's in a great position in Castara, private location with fantastic views over the bay but only minutes to the beach and hub of the village. Yvonne and Chris are lovely hosts, friendly, very popular members of the local community and they've achieved an atmosphere of friendly relaxation. They were very helpful...

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Having read your review even I want ot return ! Glad to see you had such a memorable experience and we look forward to seeing you back. I'll see what i can do about getting you some more storage space..................!

Derby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Castara is a lovely village and Carpe Diem a good place to stay. Set up the hill is has easy access to both beaches.Yvonne and Chris are always there to offer help and advise but never intrude. Castara is best enjoyed by getting into the flow of village life and is not a place for those wanting to rush around...

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Maggie and Phil were great guests and we enjoyed their company immensely . They really got the best out of their stay in Castara and with us and understood what attracted us and so many people to the "Island of Castara ". Sorry we did not do enough to get a better rating so I guess we will have to...

Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 January 2016

We stayed at Carpe Diem for two weeks for our honeymoon and we had an amazing time! We arrived at night and when we woke in the morning we opened the shutters and were greeted by the most incredible view, framed by the palm trees we could see out to the bay. The locals in Castara are all incredibly friendly...

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

We are really pleased that you had such a great time and were able to experience the real Tobago that is found in Castara ! Some locals refer to it as the 'island' of Castara ! Every time I read reviews like this it just endorses why we chose to live here and why so many people return, not necessarily...

Reviewed 4 November 2015

I have just returned from my first visit to Carpe Diem, and it certainty will not be my last! Castara is a 45 minute journey from the airport and is a traditional fishing village, Yvonne & Christopher who are the perfect hosts and are so knowledgeable and encourage visitors to intereact with the locals and experience the real Caribbean, from...

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GinandtonicSurrey, Owner at Carpe Diem Villa, responded to this review

Viv was a great guest ! She joined in with life in the village and really came to understand what Castara is all about! We look forward to welcoming her back............P.S. and for teaching me how to bake bread ! Thankyou Viv !

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 4 October 2015

My wife and I just returned from an 8 day visit to TT, with 4 nights accommodations in a lovely studio at Carpe Diem in Castara. Chris and Yvonne were excellent hosts and the studio was simple yet comfortable. We cooked for ourselves in the studio several times and the kitchen was well equipped. Our hosts provided anything else we...

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We really like guests to come and cook like these guys ! Good conversation over really well cooked local produce, all our guests contributed something! We just sat back and enjoyed...............Carpe Diem and Castara worked it's spell again. Even though some may be put off by the fact that it is ( apparently,hmm? ) the wet season , the days...

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In the top 5 Speciality Accommodation on TripAdvisor with 129 reviews for last 6 years. All suites have queen size beds and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water. Fully equipped kitchen areas with larger than usual refrigerator, real stove/grill, toaster, juicer, water filter etc. Personal safe deposit box. All the rooms have great views of the ocean, without even getting out of bed, and great sunsets as it faces almost due West! ( Banana & Cocoa trees may obscure the studio view a little depending on how they are fruiting!!(House faces 240Degrees). We have just built the "Garden Room" an annex to Studio 2 to accommodate a child/adult so as to give the parents a little more privacy. The 2 safe beaches are 100 yards away and all village amenities are within walking distance. Wi-fi hotspot/5GB broadband! Check with your partner if you are allowed to use it though! A recent couple ended up arguing because he stayed in daily contact with his office...... Ideal for birdwatchers as you can see most of the island's birds from the balcony. We can arrange diving, car hire, rainforest walks etc. Smoking allowed outside on the balcony,( well it is a wooden house! ) A lot of couples seem to get engaged while staying with us so yes we can sort out wedding arrangements as well........................!! We have been awarded the Trip Advisor "Certificate of Excellence" for the last 6 years for which we have to thank our guests for their reviews and trust it means we are getting it right! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Carpe Diem Villa

Address: Northside Road | Castara Tobago, Castara, Tobago
Region: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Castara
Price Range: $98 - $259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Carpe Diem Villa Hotel Castara
Carpe Diem Villa Tobago/Castara
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“all have superb views”
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“2 ground floor studios have views over village and sea. A first floor room is on a shared level with the owners but with better views.”
 of 5 bubbles DevonCreatures, 27 May 2016 | Read review
“There are only two rooms, and both have amazing views.”
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“Downstairs suites are larger and more private”
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“Apartment 2 is a little more private but both have a lovely aspect”
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