Blue Haven Hotel - Reader Reports & Opinion
Annie Bowman from U.K. visited in February 2007 and awarded
Exquisite setting with a very glamorous history but unfortunately the food was very disappointing both in the restaurant in the evening and in the beach bar at lunchtime. We expected something which was a cut above the average but we were very let down.
Jon Taylor from U.K. visited in January 2007 and awarded
A very disappointing hotel
This hotel seems to get some good reviews, but during our ten day stay there was little to explain why.
Some members of the staff were friendly and helpful. However others just weren’t, some to the point of rudeness.
The food is expensive but poor, and the service was often slapdash.
The mini bars were never serviced, and the room not always cleaned to a good standard. Even getting sachets of coffee in our rooms was clearly beyond them. After a few days of asking we bought our own in a supermarket.
There is little of a Caribbean welcome here. We were made to feel unwelcome in the bar after 10 PM, when the staff wanted to close and go home. It seems to be aimed at package tours of older people. We were often the last people in the restaurant at 8.00pm.
The 2005 Rough Guide claims they have a gym – but rather typically it is actually a building site and was described as “a work in progress”.
A real shame as the location is good, but is simply not worth going to. You only get a couple of holidays a year it would be a real shame to waste it feeling unwelcome and badly fed. There are far better places to stay. And for less money.
Mike And Jenny Jackson from U.K. visited in May 2006 and awarded
We have just returned from our first trip to Tobago, certainly not our last.
The Blue Haven should change its name to Blue Heaven.
The staff are truly wonderful always smiling always happy and very speedy to assist in any matters. We had room 39 overlooking the Bacolet Bay. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious.
Ww could not have asked for a better holiday. The food in "Shutters on the BAy" was excellent, and served by staff who looked after everyone superbly.
The hotel is wonderfully situated on an outcrop/hill so that all rooms have a sea view, and being on the Atlantic side of the island have a cool breeze.
Our fellows occupants whilst we were there considted of about 75% british, and mostly middle aged couples.
We strongly recommend the hotel if you wish to have a quiet luxurious time.
We cannot wait to return for another stay.
Gary W + Louise W from U.K. visited in April 2006 and awarded
We have just returned from tobago after 3 relaxing weeks, we stayed at the Blue Haven Hotel in room 20. the hotel is beautiful, very clean and the staff are the most friendlist people we have ever met. we had the most amazing view from our room you could stand in the shower or sit on the toilet and look at the sea (never had that experience before). we actually went to tobago to get married and i would recommend the blue haven to anyone thinking of doing the same. we chose our location which was under a palm tree down on the beach, we had an arch which was decorated with palm leaves and flowers to match my dress (pink)and there were petals scattered all around around us, it was perfect! the ceremony took about 20 minutes and the minsister had a wonderful sense of humor which took away our nerves. we had cake and champayne and the manager even did our videoing. when we returned to our room there were rose petals scattered everywhere, im mean everywhere! they had even run a hot bubbly bath and put them in there. this was our dream wedding and it was all thanks to the staff at blue haven.
the hotel is beautiful but i must agree with some of the other comments that i have just read, the resaurant menu was rather limited and we thought very expensive, and the nightlife was non existant, at times we where also the only ones in the bar. the first night we arrived there was a barbque on the beach, it was brilliant good food entertainment and plenty of rum punch. we were told that this was a weekly thing but it never happened again. unfortunatly we forgot to take our driving licenses (maybe this was for the best, the locals all drink and drive) so we had to rely on taxi's to take us to other eating houses as there was no where else to eat, except opposite at the old donkey cart which also lacked atmosphere. however we would definetly recommend a stay at the blue haven the service they provide is excellent and very professional, more than we can say for the rest of the island but thats another story. i cant imagine how people with children got on in tobago as there doesnt seem much for them to do, perhaps we were going to the wrong places, the toured the whole of the island and spent most of the time on boat trips and beaches, which i think children may find boring. but for us it was heaven we had a wonderful time in tobago and hope to return in the near future.
Mr And Mrs Large from U.K. visited in February 2006 and awarded
Spent a week at Blue Haven Room 11 in new wing. Well presented room beautiful view. Housekeeping faultless. Hotel in general maintained to a high standard and facilities good.
All staff pleasant and helpfull. Very relaxing atmosphere at this hotel and although fully booked did not experience any overcrowded areas. We were kept waiting quite a while before being taken to our room but Marcia kept us occupied by showing us around - not ideal as our flight was one hour late and all we wanted was to get settled.
Do try the excellent omelettes at breakfast. Just choose your favourite filling and watch it being made before you. A very good selection of food to start the day with. The subdued lighting in the restaurant during the evening meal made it quite difficult to see what was being presented but the food was more than adequate and gave us the opportunity to try some of the local dishes - I really would have liked to have seen all the colours and variety of food I had chosen.
We noted other reviews mentioned locals on the beach playing football, but as with all Caribbean beaches they are not private. Just dont pick a spot to sunbathe on the beach front on a Sunday as they boys will move the sunbeds to set up their mini football nets to play for a couple of hours. Just chill and relax for this small amount of time and enjoy their enthusiasm for sport in the heat. Just remember it is their day off. The rest of the time the beach was ours.
Do make use of the hotel reception taxi booking. Kelly had an amazing car and took us to Scarborough. He met us after our walkabout at the arranged time at the taxi rank opposite the bank and then drove us to see some of the island beauty spots. Very reasonable rate as with all taxis on the island.
Just ask at reception if you want to tour the island. They can sort it for you.
Although we asked every day if it would be possible to have our room check out extended no definite answer was forthcoming and alas it was not granted due to the hotel being fully booked. The reception and bar area are cool and comfortabl if waiting.
Would definitely recommend this hotel for the those looking for a quiet relaxing holiday offering good service, food, rooms and views.
Hope to visit again soon.