|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Perched on a hill in the centre of Parlatuvier, self-catering Tamarind House villa provides breathtaking, uninterrupted views of both the oldest protected rain forest in the Western hemisphere and one of the most attractive beaches along Tobago’s Caribbean coastline. Completed in April 2007 the rental villa with separate apartment is a thoughtfully designed and constructed log house. It is a perfect holiday retreat. From the verandas, pool, terrace and garden, guests can relax and watch the day go by - fishing boats leaving early and arriving with the catch mid afternoon, the daily migration of orange winged parrots, cocricos, egrets and corn birds to and from their favourite roosts, and much more besides. With the beach an easy stroll of 4 or 5 minutes away there is ample opportunity to swim and snorkel amongst coral reefs fringing the beach.
Here we are on the veranda of Tamarind House with 1 hour to go before we set off for the airport. The last 3 weeks in your beautiful villa have been one of our most memorable holidays ever. Everything has gone very well without any problems or hitches. We don't want to leave. This end of the island is unspoilt and the best. Just perfect. Lets hope it stays that way.
Have I missed anything? A decent pint of beer. And my marmalade. And -- er, well nothing else really.
Thank you very much.
The villa is spacious and its location overlooking Parlatuvier Bay allows guests to check out the local fishing boat activity and observe the rich birdlife in the garden. It’s an easy walk down to the beach and jetty where we bought some lovely fresh tuna or to the small shops where we could chat with the friendly locals.
The sharp gradient into the sea means that snorkelling in the Bay is more a less a no no as swimmers are pounded back into the sand. Bloody Bay, Englishman’s Bay and Little Bay. Conditions are similar. A 3-hour rainforest walk with Fitzroy Quamina in the nearby Tobago Forest Reserve is a must. The fisherman’s coop at Charlottesville and Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen at Speyside (for a wonderful fresh lobster lunch) are musts also plus the excellent 3-course home-made lunch at Cuffie River Nature Retreat. Nearby Castara is a pleasant resort town with a nice beach.
We had a really enjoyable holiday–but it would have been better without some significant design and maintenance problems:
• The house’s stylish design ignores some basic Caribbean ventilation principles. The dark cedar wood attracts heat, which sometimes makes internal conditions oppressive, particularly at night when the heavy external doors to the bedrooms must be closed for security reasons and to keep the bugs out. (The somewhat flimsy inner louvered doors do not have screens, nor do they provide adequate security). So, to enjoy a comfortably cool night’s sleep in any of the three bedrooms it's either the ghastly AC or compromise your security.
After 8 years, there are signs of wear and tear and inadequate maintenance :
• The spacious kitchen is generally well equipped with large working surfaces but: one of the stainless steel frying pans has a distorted base; none of the kitchen knives would cut; several plastic handles of the poor quality cutlery have separated from the metal inviting embedded dirt; the broken teapot lid is a health hazard.
• The BBQ is a small gas grill, which is not fit for purpose. First, the gas bottle was empty. Then, the valve was faulty so could not deliver adequate gas pressure. So, no BBQ.
• Difficult to regulate the water temperature and pressure from the showerheads. A more modern shower rose might solve the problems.
• No maid service but in the Tropics you need a midweek linen change
• Cleaning could be better: 2 long-dead roaches on the floor; kitchen cupboards a tad grubby.
Not being a cheap rental, we did not expect these probs.
If you are looking to relax this place is awesome. Buying fresh fish on the pier is a fun and delicious experience. The beach is very deep so it is important you are a good swimmer. No real grocery store around the rental. I suggest stopping at one in Pigeon point.
Four days well spent in the peaceful yet adventurous part of Tobago. The villa is absolutely wonderful, overlooking parletuvier bay with gorgeous views and being greeted by the sweet songs of birds whilst having morning coffee was the best part. Will definitely recommend this villa and I look forward to staying here again.
Tamarind House gave us comfort, beautiful views and an ideal base to explore and appreciate Tobago.
The 3 bedroom, three bathroom lay-out allowed privacy for our 5 adult party, while the open plan living area was great for dining and entertaining ourselves. Air-con in the bedrooms was much appreciated too!
Sharon gave very helpful advice and kept the house and pool clean. All was well-maintained and we enjoyed time in and around the house and garden. Birds, bats and lizards were daily visitors, sometimes inviting themselves in!
The villagers of Parlatuvier and people of Tobago made us very welcome, and although it was coming into the rainy season we had warmth and sunshine for the majority of most days. We enjoyed the waterfalls, beaches, walks in the forest and boat trips.
We came to Tobago to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday and retirement and the island and Tamarind House will always be a wonderful memory.
This holiday villa is a perfect for the family looking for a peaceful getaway. It is not for those craving nightlife. If you are looking for breathtaking scenery, sea-bathing, fishing, mild hiking then this place is for you. Highly recommended.
Hi Lesley, we arrived home this morning from beautiful Tobago and stunning Tamarind House - we loved it! Fabulous holiday. Seb, our two year old, loved the pool, the cows, hens, helping fishermen pull the fishing net onto the beach in Castara, exploring for "creatures" in the rainforest and the nearby waterfall - he made new friends with the local school children. We travelled the length of the island - Pigeon Point, King Peter's Bay (and everything in between), Englishman's was our favourite "wild" beach, Pirate's Bay and lovely Castara, and then the road from Scarborough to Speyside and the bays we saw en route, truly beautiful. We've been lucky to travel to over 9 islands in the Caribbean - your villa is my favourite, the views, location and very elegant - love the floors and the chic décor. Sweet village life, bliss. Anyway, we had a wonderful holiday and were sad to leave. Thanks for letting us stay. Jo, Sacha & Seb
The spectacular fishing village of Parlatuvier is just a 40 km drive from Crown Point Airport, up along the picturesque North Coast road. This working village has a perfect crescent shaped beach curving away towards pretty pastel beach houses, a small elementary school, a few tiny shops, a rum parlour and breathtaking views. Set against a backdrop of stunning tropical rain forest Parlatuvier is Caribbean village life at its simplest.
On either side of Parlatuvier are the villages of Castara, Englishman’s Bay and Bloody Bay, each with their own beautiful beaches and a variety of restaurants and small shops. Fresh fish can be bought most days from the jetty in Parlatuvier and at the fishermen’s cooperative in Castara. Bird watching, rain forest walks, boat trips, fishing trips, snorkeling and scuba diving are just a few of activities that can be found within the village or just a short drive away. In Parlatuvier, a unique and memorable tropical island experience is awaiting you.
Other Activities: swimming, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing, rain forest tours within 15 mins. Diving, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Wind Surfing, Surfing, Golf, Horse riding 20-30 mins
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 15 - November 16
Dec 1 2015 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$218|