ADVERTORIAL • September 2018
Feeling frazzled? Thanks to some sumptuous shorelines, bright personalities and enchanting island experiences, there’s no better place for a holistic holiday than Tobago. If you’re looking to reboot on your next break, here’s how Tobago can re-set the scales
The Kariwak Village - and Tobago’s self-confessed ‘holistic haven’ - first opened in 1998 during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Trinidad and Tobago. Incidentally, the first event hosted here was a reading by the spiritual leader himself. Since its peaceful beginnings, the village has grown as the barefooted venue of choice for thousands of yogis, meditators, poets, writers and musicians from across the world. There are no TVs in any of the rooms, while nutritious meals are served in lush surrounds. The cherry on the holistic cake? A series of gentle Yoga and Tai Chi classes, healing massages and soul-soothing workshops to renew mind, body and soul.
Tucked away amongst the mangroves near Pigeon Point – often hailed as Tobago’s most handsome beach - is a shallow bay that takes on a whole new life come nightfall. We are talking about, of course, Tobago’s ethereal glowing water. As you dip a hand under the surface, you will be amazed to find a stream of bright teal between your fingers; caused by dinoflagellates, a marine plankton that emits a blueish light. This mystical phenomenon becomes even more incredible when you witness its highlighting of the other sea creatures swimming beneath your paddleboard. To book this once-in-a-lifetime (and surprisingly cheap) Bioluminescence tour, head to Stand up Paddle Tobago.
The rustic Castara Retreats eco-lodge is a beachside bolt-hole that’s truly at one with nature. Nestled between a dense, palm-green rainforest and a tantalising ocean front, guests are invited to indulge all aspects of the Caribbean culture during their stay. You’ll be tempted to dine in the exclusive open-air kitchen, where you can savour the taste of a freshly-caught kingfish and watch hummingbirds fly up into an evening sky, while the on-site Kundalini Yoga teacher is on hand to ignite your spiritual energies.
Nature is a therapist, and Tobago’s natural landscape is one of the best you’ll ever find. Within its lush wilderness, you will have the opportunity to spot an assortment of wild birds (of which there are many, and in a kaleidoscopic array of colours). With around 200 different species on the island, you need only look up to find a radiant display on show. Little Tobago – a mile-long island off the northeastern coast, also known as the Bird of Paradise Island – is inhabited by the red-billed tropicbird, a variety of brightly-billed terns, and even the occasional Peregrine Falcon.
Created in 2010 as a non-profit organisation, Healing with Horses is Tobago’s therapy and creative play centre, with native horses at its holistic heart. Founder Veronika Danzer LaFortune allows these gentle steeds to roam freely in open paddocks and corrals, mingling amongst themselves and without the restraints of harnesses and saddles – and, as a result, her horses have grown strong, happy and stress-free due to their unique conditions. Riders are encouraged to take their mounts into the water for a swim and to spend some time getting to know the animal, with the right horse believed to help the rider discover a spiritual union unlike any other.
British Airways currently offers flights to Tobago and a seven-night hotel stay from £579pp. To book your holistic holiday to Tobago, visit ba.com/trinidad-and-tobago
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