• The guardian, March 2016

    “Castara Retreats’ treehouse-style lodges melt seamlessly into the landscape… Built of cypress and cedar wood with vast terraces angled to soak up those views, it’s the ultimate in rustic chic.”

    “Some views you can never tire of and the one from my veranda overlooking Castara Bay, on Tobago’s west coast, is among them…At sunrise, giant frigatebirds swoop over the azure calm of the Caribbean Sea, while yellow-breasted bananaquits hustle for space on the hanging bamboo birdtable; in the hazy afternoon heat, fishermen reel nets onto the pretty curve of golden sand, selling their catch straight from the boats; by night, fireflies glow, distant lights twinkle, the moon sparkles on the water. And all around the cloak of rainforest tumbles down the hillside to the coast, hugging the village, buzzing with the sounds of nature.”

    “Castara Retreats’ 15 treehouse-style, self-catering lodges melt seamlessly into the landscape… Built of cypress and cedar wood with vast terraces angled to soak up those views, it’s the ultimate in rustic chic. The gardens are alive with birds (74 species have been spotted), guinea-pig like agouti scuttle by, and the sound of the sea lulls you to sleep.”


  • The Times – September 2022

    “Run by local couple Porridge and Jeanelle, this gorgeous set of treehouse-style cottages is very much part of the local community on dinky, easygoing Tobago.”

  • BA High Life, April 2022

    “While it's environmentally sustainable to the core, thanks to the natural and low-impact design of its 17 tree-house style lodges, Castara's local mindset is what makes it standout. ”

  • The Times – 50 Best Holidays in the Caribbean – December 2019

    “It’s a relaxed, honesty bar sort of place, where the gap between tourist and local seems to narrow the longer you stay”

  • Condé Nast Traveller – December 2019

    “There’s a huge difference between properties that have sustainability woven into their operational fabric, such as Castara Retreats in Tobago…and those that just think of them as people-pleasing add-ons.”

  • Wanderlust, April 2019

    Castara Retreats is the best place to stay – shells tinkle and hammocks sway at these six beautiful wooden stilt houses perched high on the bay. Plump for Fisherman’s Lodge, the original building on which the rest were modelled, and you’ll enjoy ocean views from your bed. Gregarious ‘Porridge’ and his wife Jeanette look after the guests, while able seaman ‘Duck’ and captain Michael operate light-hearted fishing trips with plenty of rum and a beach barbecue.