Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Purnells X4 from U.K. visited in December 2005 and awarded
My husband and I and our two children 19 and 14 visited Coco Reef Resort for Christmas 2005 and New Year. We had probably the best holiday ever. It would be very difficult to find very much wrong with Coco Reef.
Firstly when we arrived we were given a Rum Punch and very quickly checked in and shown our rooms. We had deluxe ocean view rooms which were lovely. We had requested ground floor which we were given. All staff in this hotel are helpful, courteous and really cannot do enough to be of service. Andrea the social manager was fantastic. The hotel is not huge and there is not a lot going on, but hey this is a relaxing place to chill. There are no discos or kids clubs.
There is a lovely safe beach. There are two restaurants, Tamaras the formal restaurant where you dressed up a little in the evening. Baccanals the beach restaurant was on the beach and did lovely lunches and BBQ food. We had tea and cake there in the afternoon. Food in Tamaras was 5 star and service was exceptional.
We very quickly got some "OFF" spray from the hotel shop. This is much better than the stuff from UK. Close all doors of bedroom at 5.30 and spray yourself so you dont get bitten. We religiously sprayed on "Off" and got through 4 bottles and only got bitten a couple of times. Some people were not so lucky!
The service in this hotel is second to none. Selwyn the beach waiter was a great guy and supplied us with drinks all day on the beach. Also the lovely ladies bring you cold cloths and fruit. Everyone is extremely friendly. Nothing is too much trouble.
We did a few trips, namely the rainforest, we had a personal tour and a guy called Simon took us in his taxi and we hired him for the day. He was fab and a mind of information. He took us to the Argyle Falls too and was really great. Also went to the Buccho reef and did the snorkeling there - a must! Taxi drivers are lovely and very knowledgable. Mr. Zurro even sings and makes up songs about your family!
All in all just a fab hol. My 19 year old son was not bored even though there were no discos. Actually there is a disco about 20 mins down the road called "Sunday School", which we were told was very good but we were happy to chill out and soak up the sun and were in bed most nights before 11 pm! We had a few downpours but generally weather was very good. Last day was 46 degrees.
Would have no hesitation in recommending this resort and we shall definitely be returning. Most people do.We met people there who were on their twelfth visit!
Ken Taylor from U.K. visited in September 2005 and awarded
My wife and I stayed at Coco Reef for two weeks and I have to say that the overall experience was excellent. The staff, without exception, were friendly, courteous and helpful, the rooms were extremely good, air conditioned and cleaned twice each day, and the quality of the food, while a little repetitive, was of a very high quality.
If you visit make sure you chat with Bernicia, the restaraunt manager who will give you a colourful insight into Tobagonian life, and the two Trevors, one on the beach and one in the restaraunt, who are both fun guys. The beach is excellent although being private you do miss any local character and it would be nice if the hotel authorised some of the local craft makers to come on to the beach to display their wares.
The night life was a little low key, in a Piano Lounge style, and ends at 10.30 every night. They could improve this by making it less formal, and introduce a greater island flavour to it.
One word of caution. If you want to visit different places on the Island, which you really should, I would hire a car and tour independently. We went on three Virgin excursions and while bits of them were interesting, the Rain Forest and Argyle Falls, it is at the cost of sitting in tour buses for hours and hours. We also went over to Trinidad with Virgin and my advice is dont bother. It is a very long day, starts at 6.00 am and while the bird sanctuary and swamp were ok the remainder of the visit was in a small mini bus, lunch at a very average restaraunt and some shopping in a pretty tatty street in Port of Spain. Trinidad is nothing like Tobago and I felt this trip was a day wasted.
There were a number of small children when we were there, very well behaved, but there is nothing for them to do but paddle in the sea but they all seemed ok with the heat.
All in all Tobago is a gret Island, well worth a visit and Coco Reef is an excellent hotel.
Coco Reef Hotel
Charles LORD DE COURTNAY
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 03 March
WE HAD ORIGINALLY BOOKED AN HOTEL ELSEWHERE ON THE ISLAND, WHICH WAS AN ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES, AND OUGHT TO BE STRUCK OUT OF EVERY DECENT BROCHURE(grafton beach hotel yuk!) COCO REEF WAS PARADISE. GREAT STAFF, EXCELLENT STAFF, SUPERB FOOD, USUAL MOANING MINNIES, A GREAT DEAL OF INVERTED SNOBBERY, BUT "BRITS ABROAD ETC"!!!!! WE LOVED THE PLACE, AND ARE BOOKED TO GO BACK IN DECEMBER 2003! WOULD NOT HESITATE TO SAY STAY THERE ITS SUPERB!!!!I AM EXTREMELY FUSSY ABOUT MY COMFORTS ,THIS HOTEL HAS THE LOT!!!!! MARCH4 2002
Advice For Those In Two Minds.....
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 18 April
Go!!! You will certainly not regret it. My girlfriend and i are booked to return for our 3rd visit on Sept.14th this year- why?, because the resort (Coco Reef Resort) is simply superb. We have spoken to dozens of other guests over our two previous stays and only one couple said that they wouldn't return. If you have any specific questions that are not covered in Steve and Linda's fairly comprehensive report, post them on here and i will try to answer them.
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Post Recreated: Originally posted - 03 May
Bill Dover reporting yet again about a return visit to Coco Reef. My wife and I visited for the third time from 6/4 to 20/4/2002. You remember we were there during the 'hell-fortnight' in 2000 only to return to see Coco Reef in all its glory in 2001. Well 2002 proved that we were right to return there yet again. The hotel itself was just as wonderful this year as it was last year. There were some changes in the senior staff, but the management of the restaurants remained the same and the food was equally as splendid as in the past. The junior staff were much the same and it was nice to renew old acquaintances and friendships in this area. In fact the interaction of guests and staff remains one of the hotel's strongest aspects. One does get the feeling of being one of the family. There are a large number of long service staff and we met guests who were on their seventh visit. We feel this speaks for itself. I am sure there are classier (and more expensive) hotels in the Caribbean but I there can be none that are any friendlier or more comfortable than Coco Reef. This holiday remains good value for money. Regards - Bill (& Carol) Dover
[Note from Steve Wooler: The above message was copied from an email sent to me by Bill Dover - a regular contributor over the past two years. In a second email, giving permission for me to add his comments to the forum, Bill added the following further comment.]
One thing springs to mind and that was the state of the gardens. They were in splendid condition and I had the good fortune to meet the Head Gardener/Chief Horticulturalist, named Delia (or Blondie). She is doing tours of the gardens for an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you haven't tried it then please do - it was an experience and I say no more - it's best to let you find out for yourself. Oh by the way if you walk down the drive after dinner and knock on the woodpeckers tree he pops his head out to see who is there - even he is one of the family.