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Trinidad and Tobago Hotels

Asa Wright Nature Centre Lodge

  • Blanchisseuse Rd. Map It
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Pros

  • Best bird-watching on the island
  • Main house has a wonderful colonial feel
  • Peaceful setting

Cons

  • Miles from anything else on the island
  • No dining choices
  • The lack of entertainment options at night can be unnerving
  • Very expensive

Updated 03/04/2014

Fodor's Review

This hotel, an hour's drive from the nearest beach or town, is designed for serious bird-watchers and is surrounded by 200 acres of wilderness, streams, waterfalls, and natural pools. Those seeking to really get away from it all will find this mountain retreat the perfect choice, but the average traveler may find the isolation a bit much. From a verandah overlooking the Arima Valley, you can sip a cup of tea (or delicious homegrown coffee) while hummingbirds dart around

your head. Rooms in outlying bungalows are simple but adequate; those in the main house are a bit grander and furnished with period furniture but can be noisy. Meals are taken communally in the large dining room, which allows guests to exchange bird stories over good basic food. Well-behaved kids over eight are welcome, but the lack of TV or child-oriented activities might prove too much for young minds to bear.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Blanchisseuse Rd., Arima Valley, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

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Phone:

868-667–4655; 800-426–7781

Hotel Details:

  • 24 rooms
  • All meals

Updated 03/04/2014

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By Duke

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Feb 18, 2004

almost paradise

Asa Wright is a great spot - a bit rustic, not a 5 star hotel, but the rooms are clean and the food is good. And best of all, the land is beautiful and the guides are very knowledgeable. Check it out for a couple of nights if you like the outdoors and particularly if you are into birdwatching. Beware that it is fairly remote, tucked up in the mountains and not close to the city or the beaches.

By Mary

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Nov 14, 2003

Paradise

Asa Wright is truly magical. Wonderful location, interesting food and great service.

By John

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Feb 6, 2002

Asa Wright-Birding at "Any Price"

If you are a birder who is willing to take birding trips regardless of cost, just to add a few more species to your Life List, then Asa Wright is the place for you. The view from the veranda is incredible, as you see hundreds of birds feeding within a few feet of you. But the cost is expensive, the rooms are of poor quality (unless you stay in the main house) and the food is terrible. It is also located an hour and a half away from anything so if

you want to take field trips to other parts of the island, you waste a lot of time travelling back and forth. The staff conducting nature tours were well-versed and helpful. We managed to overlook the inadequacies of the hotel itself and focus on the birds, but I would highly recommend people interested in Trinidad to stay here for a night or two and stay elsewhere the rest of the time.

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By Maddy

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Aug 1, 2000

Birders' paradise and other nature lovers, too!

I cannot say enough about our experience at Asa Wright. Staying there puts you in the middle of a rainforest full of birds and other wonderful plants & creatures. Our room below the main house was clean and comfortable with a view overlooking the valley from which to comtemplate all the ruckous created by tropical birds!! Coffee grown and roasted right there served on the veranda starting at about 6 am (to watch birds, of course). Guided walks,

excursions around Trinidad. The focus is very heavily on bird-watching but night walk, for example, revealed tarantualas and other creatures. Lovely buffet meals, international clientele. If you don't love birding you have to at least love nature and certainly will after a stay there. Certain amount of days there includes some of the tours and walks. May be expersive but worth it.

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