Blue Haven Hotel - Reader Reports & Opinion
Mr. Brett from U.S.A. visited in November 2005 and awarded
My wife and I just returned yesterday from a five night stay at the Blue Haven Hotel. We had never been to Tobago previously, and had a difficult choice when making accomodation reservations prior to our arrival. However, we could not have been happier with the Blue Haven. Thanks to BWIA's behind schedule we were able to clear customs and make their last flight (9:15pm) to Tobago causing us to forfeit our 1-night layover stay at the Marriott Courtyard in Port of Spain. Therefore, now our new worry was arriving without a hotel reservation at 11:00 p.m. hoping for a vacancy. The Blue Haven's front desk staff and manager (Mr. Anderson) went out of their way to accomodate us, relieving our anxiety after a long day of travel. The room was not the same class as we booked for our stay beginning the following day, however, they assured us that they would move us with no problem, which they did in the morning. We were offered a drink upon our unexpected late arrival, and they also had the chef prepare us a sandwich since the restaurant had already closed for the evening. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The view was great all oceanview with a balcony. The property had a game room facility, private pool, access to Bacolet Beach with a beach bar and facilities, massage services, etc. All the staff were extremely nice, courteous and helpful. The front desk assisted us with diving arrangements and massages. We had our own rental car, therefore the location was good for us, being close to Store Bay and Crown Point (15 minute drive) and closer to Speyside (1 hour 15 minute drive). The waves, along the Atlantic side were noticeably stronger but not so much more to make a huge difference. The drive to Pigeon Point or Englishmen's Bay isn't bad for a better beach, but the beach at the Blue Haven was fine. The only downside was that the water was off for a short period one day for repairs, and the maid service failed to provide bath towels two days, but after calling, they were immediately delivered. The food was good, dinner better than breakfast. The wine list was complete. Since we were not on the dinner meal plan, we felt the dinner prices were a little high when compared to local restaurants outside the hotel. The hotel is exactly as promised, a fine property refurbished from ruin to rejoin its luxurious past with movie star prominence. We loved it and would definitely return if in Tobago again.
Blue Haven - Any Reports?
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 11 December
We are looking to travel to Tobago and found the Blue Haven Hotel on the Internet. Does anyone have any info about it? We have searched all over the Internet and cannot find one person who has stayed there since it re-opened. Last year we stayed at Nisbet on Nevis (amazing!), and are looking for a similar place that is simple but nice, relaxed & good food (with flexibility to go off-hotel). The press promoted it well upon its re-opening but are there any first hand reports out there? Thanks!
Holiday Report 7 - Blue Haven Hotel 23 Mar 2003
Steve Wooler from Suffolk, England
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 05 February
Leaving the Blue Waters Inn was a wrench, but the drive back down the beautiful Atlantic coast soon had Jill smiling again. A little over an hour later we arrived at the Blue Haven Hotel, on the northern outskirts of the capital Scarborough.
The Blue Haven is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel with a fascinating history. The hotel first opened in the ‘40s and became a popular retreat for film stars like Rita Hayworth and Robert Mitchum. Then, for reasons unknown, the hotel closed and fell into disrepair. 25 years later, the derelict property was bought by current owners, Karl and Marilyn Pilstl, whose dream of restoring the hotel was finally realised when the Blue Haven re-opened in December 2000.
Built on the ruins of an outlet of Fort King George which protected Scarborough Bay (an original canon is still a feature of the hotel), the Blue Haven has been tastefully restored and extended. The hotel has just 55 rooms and suites, the majority being housed in two new wings of a highly individual architectural style. The hotel’s dominant naval theme of blue and white is evident in every aspect of both the architecture, decoration and even the uniforms of the waiting staff. It would be misleading to describe the décor as old-fashioned, but it does provide a link with the past, whilst offering all the best comforts of today. It is a hotel with character and personality. You certainly won’t wake up thinking that you could be in any nameless international hotel, anywhere in the world.
The only difference between the standard rooms and the suites seem to be the extra large seating area of the latter. All rooms have sea views and a balcony providing panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The brisk cooling ocean breezes allow you to dispense with the blast of the air-conditioner, should you wish.
Steps from the hotel lead down to beautiful crescent-shaped Bacolet Bay. The beach is about 150 metres/yards long, relatively wide by Tobago standards and very natural looking with nice soft light sand. The beach is backed by a wide sandy area of palms and the hotel provides ample sun loungers. All Tobago beaches are open to the public, but Bacolet Beach never became crowded whilst we were there - even when used by the entire Finnish national football team who were staying at the hotel.
Whilst I sit in our hotel room bashing a keyboard (it’s too bright to see the screen when sitting outside) writing the reviews and these summaries, my resident beach expert, Jill, evaluates the beaches, sunbathing and swimming facilities. Jill has declared the swimming at Bacolet Bay to be the best she has experienced this trip. She is a confident strong swimmer and relished the light rolling surf, but such conditions could be off-putting to some. However, the beach shelves very gradually, is sandy throughout and is stone and rock free. Less adventurous swimmers, including children, have plenty of room to get wet before encountering the breaking waves.
We enjoyed all our meals at the Blue Haven, although other commitments and meetings meant that we only had one opportunity to dine in the hotel’s formal restaurant, Shutters On The Bay.
It was a delight to find another “hands-on” owner/manager. The hotel is a credit to Karl and Marilyn, particularly as they are not hoteliers by trade. The Blue Haven is a luxury hotel that will not disappoint. We wish them every success and look forward to our next visit.
Blue Haven Vs. Coco Reef For Wedding
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 16 February
We are planning a wedding for the 3rd week of April and want to know where they best place to stay would be. I've received wedding info from blue haven and coco reef. I would appreciate any advice on blue haven vs coco reef. Any other suggestions would be great!
Many thanks- Teresa
Accommodation Problems At The Blue Haven
My husband and I are due to leave for a holiday in Tobago in just over a week's time, on the 16th October and have booked the last 5 days of our at the Blue Haven. We have just had a phone call saying that they are over booked and wanting us to move our booking which is impossible. We booked and paid a deposit of £324 back in July so I don't understand why they couldn't notify us of any difficulty earlier. The have offered us alternative accommodation at a hotel of our choice and have offered us the Coco Reef. However, this does seem to be more expensive than the Blue Haven, so I have emailed them saying that I expect some recompense in the form of some free dinners - we're booked at the Blue Haven on a bed & breakfast basis. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what have you done about it?