This is the most complex review I've ever written. We were a group of 2 couples who who rented Rainbow Villa for 2 weeks.
The 2 men thought this place was heaven on earth. Set in a rainforest location that was simply stunning.
The drive up to his place, from the airport is long and difficult, particularly the steep and rough road to the house. I would not want to do this in anything but a 4x4 but others did in regular cars.
The truly open-air construction allowed birds, bats and bugs to fly around all living spaces. The latter could be rather annoying when the wind was down. The night was filled with bat visits, obviously attracted by the bugs, who were attracted by the lights. I thought this was way cool, my wife- not so much.
The house is totally rustic with plywood counters, wood plank floors and few electric outlets. There is satellite TV (never used it) and rudimentary wifi. The bathrooms and kitchen do have hot water. There are 2 bedrooms with ensuit bathrooms - but be warned that the walls only go part way up to the ceiling and give visual but no sound privacy.
This is not the place to rent if you're looking for a sterile suburban house in a rainforest.
The area around the house is stunning, with lush vegetation, gorgeous flowers and enough spectacular birds to keep Audubon happy for years. The waterfall is also an amazing sight.
Trevor is a very nice guy who wants you to love his setting as much as he does.
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The owner did a beautiful job planning his property and arranging the cabins. He certainly has an eye for unfussy, yet charming décor and providing modern amenities (electricity, flush toilets, TV, WiFi) without negatively affecting the deep-in-the-forest vibe. There are birds all over, lush foliage and surreal views.
This dreamy little get away is about an hour to an hour and a half from the Tobago airport. If you can drive patiently and cautiously, definitely rent a car. There are some tight spots on the road and many blind turns, but worth the mobility. The drive to Parlatuvier is an important part of the experience - so much to see! A taxi is about $60 one way and more for late at night.
Multiple cabins (close enough to visit but far enough for privacy) provide a great setting for an active group of friends or small families. I used it as a personal retreat and still made friends with the other guests. Great also for a chill out weekend or romantic holiday. Not appropriate for young kids or those mobility impaired.
Hike to the waterfall or down, down, down to the quiet, clean beach. You must have healthy legs as the hills are very steep. No restaurants within walking distance, but a full kitchen in each cabin solves that issue. Castara is a short drive away with several restaurants and a great coffee shop with breakfast. You likely won't find anything open really late.
I'm already planning a return trip soon!
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Rainbow Lodge is akin to staying in a simplistic tree house in the middle of a beautiful forest with wonderful views and the most stunning birdlife (parrots, chachalacas, hummingbirds & many many more).
The dawn chorus is like no other & is guaranteed to make a lasting impression. By day, you can chill by the refreshing, deep pool admiring the view of the island & sea, the forest and the birds surrounding, & occasionally, in the house (if only for a brief visit!). At night, you can sit on the deck and watch the garden come alight with fireflies (wear plenty of mosquito repellent though to avoid being munched!).
The photos shown on the website are a mix of the 2 larger houses on the plot. The owner, Trevor, lives behind Rainbow Lodge and is v helpful and happy to recommend good restaurants and arrange rainforest tours if required.
Rainbow Lodge is a perfect retreat for nature lovers. We were so pleased to have stayed here and experienced the true Tobago.
We can't say enough about this wonderful "tree house" and our congenial host, Trevor. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary here and we could not have found a more romantic location. The view was spectacular, the pool sparkling, the top of the hill private, and we had everything we needed to make our 10 day stay comfortable and convenient. We like to cook and ate most of our meals in (including the delicious papaya and bananas straight off the tree) and the kitchen was more than sufficient. Trevor has done a beautiful job building Xanadu to make the most of the magnificent surroundings and he is a wonderful host. He was a wealth of information and was always available to answer our questions but never intrusive. You will enjoy his company as much as this beautiful setting. We can’t wait to return!
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Beautiful place with amazing views and with friendly service from Trevor and Ranger. We felt well taken care of. Beaches were close by although you need a car to access them and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Pool was lovely and perfect for kids. Lots of outdoor living space for eating and relaxing. It felt like a tree house!