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Chessington
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed at Carpe Diem villa with our family and another family (friends) 4 adults and 4 kids. Plenty of space, all four bedrooms have their own bathroom, kitchen adequately equipped with a homely feel and the view from the balcony ……wow! Great stay, hope to go back again.

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

Chris & Sarah cannot stay away and this trip they brought their friends and family ! It is always great when we get guests returning as it means we are getting it right. Having met them before we knew they were the right people to share Carpe Diem . Castara works, it is not a resort and there are no... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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70 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

We stayed 6 nights in the green room, but we had the whole place to ourselves since the owners were in the UK. We enjoyed very much spending our evenings on the terrace, listening to birds, dogs, music played by villagers, etc. (Earplugs at times necessary). After two days diving in Castara, we felt like wanting to discover more of... More 

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

Sorry we missed you ! Really happy that you guys enjoyed staying with us and it is a shame you did not have enough time to get into the village more. We have had guests who felt they needed a car then remembered they were on holiday so just relaxed and stayed the village! More 

Exeter
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

Carpe Diem is an attractive property which sits in an elevated position overlooking the village of Castara and sea beyond. Access is via a steep footpath with handrail which is shared with free range chickens and various lizards and iguanas. The studios are simple, clean, light and airy with big opening windows to maximize the view. Numerous tropical birds and... More 

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

So it was really easy to see why we love the house and the village so much ! Thank you for staying with us you were great guests. More 

Alpharetta, Georgia
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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... More 

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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.............! More 

Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
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... More 

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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... More 

Buckingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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... More 

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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... More 

Cambridge UK
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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.... More 

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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... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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! More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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... More 

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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..................! More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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... More 

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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... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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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: $102 - $268 (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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“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.”
 of 5 bubbles kathrun949, 14 May 2016 | Read review
“Downstairs suites are larger and more private”
 of 5 bubbles pennys968, 11 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Apartment 2 is a little more private but both have a lovely aspect”
 of 5 bubbles MaggieE303, 1 Mar 2016 | Read review
“studios had more privacy”
 of 5 bubbles Z9778MNpauld, 28 Mar 2015 | Read review
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