Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Our Tobago Experience
Carl And Omelda
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 20 November
We recently vacationed in Tobago and in choosing accommodation we were influenced by the My Tobago information Page. We split our choice between the Sanctuary Villas and the Coco Reef Hotel. While the villa accommodation was good, access to the property was an uphill crawl, maneuvering loose gravel and potholes. Though advised to rent transportation, which is necessary to get to the main centers, the warning does not prepare the unsuspecting visitor for the condition of the road, the distance, nor the absence of adequate lighting leading to the property. Clients making enquiries to this property should be made aware of this and not have it thrust upon them when its too late to change. Now, to the much touted Coco Reef Hotel. We were very disappointed. This property lacks warmth, it doesn’t have the real character of upscale hotel. It is just a big complex. Can you imagine a hotel of this acclaim not even providing drinking water or glasses in the room? The room was large and basic, with the cold floors and a very basic bathroom with inefficient plumbing. The claim of having its own beach is not quite true; the man made lagoon does not compare and one is not inspired to bathe there. Coco Reef is riding on a lie. Eating out -- We visited the upscale restaurants, but found the smaller establishments to be better value for money and your taste buds. For breakfast/brunch we recommend The House of Pancakes, situated at Milford Road, Crown Point, and for lunch/dinner we highly recommend its sister, Panache Creole Restaurant at Pigeon Point junction. Delicious food, accommodating staff, unbeatable prices. Satisfaction guaranteed! We, unfortunately, only discovered these culinary delights towards the end of our holiday. You might say they saved the best for last. We thoroughly enjoyed Tobago, its lush vegetation and serene beauty. Its the perfect destination for a relaxed and peaceful holiday".
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 03 December
Firstly, and as with most mytobago info seekers, many congratulations on such a helpful and superbly constructed site!
Hotel: Coco Reef - as depicted a delightful hotel and one that I would have no hesitation in recommending. We shall certainly be going back next year. In discussions with numerous other guests it appears that repeat business is very much the case with Coco Reef guests. Given the above it seems churlish to make comments but helpful observations as follows:
Guests - eclectic - be warned!
Children - far more than we would have anticipated and more the surprising given the time of year i.e. term time. Screams of delight or were they screams of annoyance from other guests were very much to the fore! The Saturday return flight home confirmed that Coco Reef was not singled out as the sole benefactor!
Bedrooms - those on the ground floor were significantly larger due to the balcony "effect" although sea views may be more restricted. Bathrooms are really the only disappointing feature being cramped and not having a separate shower feature but what the heck, who is spending the days in the room!
Staff - absolutely fantastic with service to match 5* city hotels
Food - wonderful and varied as the menu changes every two days - diet now necessary! I would thoroughly recommend going "All Inclusive"
Taxis - hotel has own fleet and costs are proportionately higher. We had a strong recommendation of Royal Taxis that are opposite the main drive to the hotel and used them throughout our holiday. Jameison and Lester were most helpful but in particulate Alvin (aka Pigeon) who was our guide throughout the island - a very gentle and knowledgeable man who also seemed to know everybody. I cannot recommend Alvin highly enough and no I am not on commission! Golf - as a keen golfer it was appropriate to visit both the courses:
Mount Irvine - a delightful setting hewn 30 years ago from a coconut plantation. The course is excellent with some memorable holes especially those fronted by the Harrison Ford palace (and yes, Calista and HF in residence during our stay!). The disappointment was that the course is being neglected by the owners (Mr York, a steel magnate from Trinidad). This to the extent that after the fist hole we declared bunkers as Ground under Repair - no rakes, no sand and full of weeds. It is also more expensive than the alternate course at the Hilton complex. Why? It is beyond belief but hopefully somebody will see sense sooner rather than later. Golfers require complimentary courses and would have this if the Mount Irvine owner can be reasoned with.
Hilton GC - a new yet delightful course in superb condition at a cost of $95 per round to include a buggy. Not an option to go without a buggy as a long drive between holes. The cost goes down according to the packages that one may purchase. A difficult course that will test most standards and with the Atlantic breezes at a constant the course can be played at most hours of the day. Take plenty of balls as mangrove swamp and water hazards to the fore. Trips - Peter & Mona on their boat Coco-Motion for a mornings snorkelling was fun and exhilarating, especially as 2 x 200 hp engines power the 31 foot craft. Peter is a delight and his knowledge of fish is fascinating. Is Mona's carrot cake the best ever? Enjoyable but.............! Overall a great trip if a little on the pricey side - $60 per person
Island Tour - inevitable and already highlighted Alvin's features but.....
Trinidad - the day trip by air was a delight but.......... The visit to the Wright plantation house to tour the rain forest, watching the birds and animals being fed, followed by lunch in the house was a must as was the Swamp Boat. This was early evening and took us to a spot to watch the flighting of the Scarlet Orbis - 10,000 of the brightly coloured national bird of Trinidad. The bit in between to Port of Spain was a bore and a suggestion to anybody considering this trip would be to find an alternative fill in. Personally and despite my love of cricket, I do not wish to visit an empty cricket ground nor drive by Brian Lara's house nor visit a souvenir shop. It was good to return home to Tobago! Other Hotels - visited other hotels just to compare!
Hilton - a great new complex and impressive. We visited a room and suite and could find no fault. Observations were such that would I wish to dine internally every evening - surely when in the Caribbean the "open air feel" is the preferred atmosphere rather than a restaurant that could be any city hotel in the world? The Atlantic wind was a constant and whilst great for the golf I would imagine a little tiring after a while. The beach looked good but the sea not suitable for swimming due to power of waves - hence guests bussed to Pigeon Point. Other guest's comments were of tardy service but this may be in view of hotel being inundated by guests from Grand Courlan and Grafton Beach where problems have been occurring due to food contamination!
Blue Haven - went with much anticipation as much heralded by friends who had stayed. Setting is delightful (nearly as good as Coco Reef!) although did not find that friendly. Architecture of new blocks interesting to say the least - bar and pool areas were not what I would recommend for a 7 day holiday but as I say, first impressions!
Grafton / Grand Courlan - see above! A great holiday, a wonderful island made more pleasurable by its people
Coco Reef Resort Review
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 18 December
We are very grateful to you for running this site and having studied everything before we booked we found that things were closely as expected.
Statues apart (!) the secluded atmosphere of the beach was so attractive that we hardly ever left the hotel. Palm trees on the beach are still in their infancy and the shortage of shades led to "German practices" when the hotel was very full during the first part of our stay. Our fellow guests seemed to be 99% European and 90% British. This meant that (dearly though we love our numerous American friends) we were spared the background twang of the North American matriarch which sometimes features in holidays in this part of the world. It also led to some women in a wide age range sunbathing topless. Being completely out of sight of all Tobagans apart from the occasional waiter we are sure that nobody minded. The beach drinks service while good was a bit much for one waiter and sometimes there was a long wait between rounds.
Bacchanals restaurant would be more attractive in the evenings if the evening menu changed occasionally or offered some daily specials. We noticed this more through staying 14 days than would have been the case if we had gone after 7 or 10 days. This restaurant also cannot really cope with showers, which often led to disruptions and hastily gathered dishes. We could not fault Tamara's. The daily smiling greeting at breakfast was always a good start.
Entertainment was generally good and some quite excellent but scheduling sometimes led to pan music from 7pm to 11pm. We never understood why the entertainers were regularly left without light out on the Crown Terrace where it must have been difficult to see their music and instruments. Without a lighted area to feature the artistes and encourage people to dance the audiences were none too lively. It would have been good to go with a crowd of friends who would be unafraid of showing themselves up!
We had a very well situated front downstairs room next to the pool but with everyone passing by we had a choice between no privacy and darkness, for there were no net curtains. We mentioned this and the Bacchanals menu in our comments report to the hotel.
The twice-weekly one-hour tours with Delia Figueira the Chief Horticulturalist are not to be missed even if one is not interested in the subject. To see everything it is necessary to go on two consecutive tours. She is a born entertainer and highly knowledgeable.
Excursions: We were content to tour by car, walk around the neighbourhood and go to Pigeon Point by taxi. One of us having been there in 1981 PP seemed a bit littered with development. Spoilt by the hotel beach we were content to go to PP just once.
We probably won't go back, because there are so many places we have yet to visit but Coco Reef will be strongly recommended (alongside Rasa Sayang in Penang) to all whom we meet.
Thank you again for the website and for giving us this opportunity to express our experiences.
Coco Reef Swimming Pool
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 29 January
My husband and I are staying at the Coco Reef at the end of April. I like to spend a lot of time around the pool and was slightly concerned at how small the pool looked - do many guests use the pool or do people generally go down to the beach?
Coco Reef - All Inclusive V. Bed & Breakfast
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 29 January
we are going to coco reef in a months time and are just booking. is it better to go all inclusive or bed and breakfast? the difference in price is about £800 per person is it worth it? replies asap would be appreciated. many thanks and looking forward to tobago .
bridget and barry