Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Coco Reef - Returned 8th Sept
I've just noticed a previous review of Coco Reef and having read through all of it, can't argue with anything and don't think there is a need to do a long contribution other than to add some individual bits based on our experience that you may all find useful.
Coco Reef was every bit as lovely as were were led to expect. The food was fantastic - we are both vegetarian and the buffets at the beach bar were just amazing. We only went b & b and really glad we did as it gave is opportunity to try some other places. I will post something under the food section about this though would like to just tell anyone visiting the Crown Point area to visit Store Bay and have lunch there at one of the huts. The rotis are fab and at only £1 (equivalent) fantastic value.
We got married at Coco Reef and the service was really lovely. It was really hot and humid (and we never got used to that unfortunately) so we got married at 5pm in the gardens. I did have one quite serious problem though - I had booked a hair appointment at Coco Cuts and regretted it! I found out afterwards that the regular hairdresser was away and the guy who did mine was the 'stand in'. To cut a long story short, so to speak, the guy didn't have a clue what he was doing and burnt my hair so badly I've had to have over an inch cut since coming home - and as it is already short, an inch is a lot! I did complain, especially as this was my wedding day, and though nothing could be done on the day (I had to do my hair myself and manage the best I could with the burnt bits) I was offered compensation that I was satisfied with.
Part of the compensation was a night in the Royal Suite. We were very excited about this and very much looking forward to the experience. If anyone is considering upgrading I thought it might be worth commenting on what we found. The suite is a duplex suite with a large bedroom downstairs and a lounge upstairs. The bedroom looks over the gardens at the front of the hotel, the lounge looks over the lagoon at the back - beautiful view. However, apart from a lot of space, there wasn't anything else to say about this suite. I think I had been expecting that the bathroom would be different to the standard ones in that it might have had a larger and more luxurious bath or even a jacuzzi - but it didn't. The only difference to the standard bathrooms was that there was an additional sink and a dressing area.
So, the suite is very lovely with great views and more floorspace, but that is about it - but a great experience all the same.
All in all, we were more than happy at having chosen Coco Reef for our wedding and honeymoon and would recommend it to anyone - although for any brides to be, check who is doing the hair that day!!
Just Got Back From Coco Reef- Honest (but Lengthy) Review
Hi All past, future and potential visitors to Coco Reef!
My wife and I returned on Sept 2nd after two weeks AI at Coco Reef.
All-in-all a good value-for-money holiday. We had a great time, met lots of reallly nice people and will keep many fond memories.
Before we booked this trip I used this forum a great deal and found it very useful. As a kind of thank you I promised to myself to detail as much as possible about Coco Reef and Tobago upon returning. Here goes:
The transfer from the airport was swift (3 mins) after locating the correct taxi service designated by the tour operator. The baggage pick-up area was slightly chaotic at Crown Point airport as three carriers, Excel BA and Virgin all arrive fairly close together on a Thursday afternoon. This was compounded by the fact that the airport has the smallest baggage carosel I have ever seen.
A small investment in air-con and installing a larger baggage carosel would make life so much easier. Saying that, everyone was in good spirits and helped each other and we got our bags off in 20 mins- much faster than we did at Gatwick on returning-(1.5 hour wait).
As a big treat to ourselves we flew Excel One- (Business class equivalent). I was worried about some of the feedback I had read on this airline but was very pleasantly surprised. For a fraction of the cost you would pay on other carriers we had great service all the way. Well worth every penny and highly reccomended.
The organised chaos of the aiport is quickly forgotten as you enter the hotel foyer. Handed refreshment, check-in was fast and painless. Our bags were taken and we were shown brifely around the hotel. The air-con in the room was a real aahhh factor when we entered. We took about 3-4 days to fully acclimatise as it's the rainy season and humidity is fairly high. The rooms are exactly as advertised clean, comfortable and all you really need.
Half way through the holiday my wife enquired about the addditional cost to upgrade to a junior suite. Nobody got back to us on this for over a day and after a two hour wait in the lobby (whilst costs were being established) the hotel manager really kindly gave us the upgrade for free. This was the cherry on the cake for our stay at Coco Reef as the junior suites are a lot bigger and again worth the money. My advice is to bartar a bit when you have been there a few days. If no one is using the rooms you should get a good deal.
DINING, FACILITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT:
The food was consistantly of a high standard at every sitting. The fine-dining Tamaras was particularly good and at all times the service was discreet and attentive. If you partake, I reccomend a sundowner either on the roof terrace or in Baccanals, the sunsets were beautiful.
The Spa and Gym were also of a high standard. Ask the receptionist if you can book your free massage- (apparently you get 15mins free for every week you stay but this wasn't advertised and may be dependant on who you book with). They have male and female masseurs available.
The beach was as seen in the resort photos -white sand and the sunbeds and palm umbrellas abound. Trevor will pass by every hour or two to discreetly see if you would like a drink delivered.
Wastersports were limited to non-motorised with Kyaks, sailing boats and snorkeling equipment available for free. The highlight for me was Derek's Undersea Tobago Dive center located at the end of the beach. Along with Ellis and Rachel (the other instructers) I had 8 great dives both in the Carribean and the Atlantic. -apx. 10 min boat trip, with 2 dives in a morning and back by 12pm. Saw Nurse sharks,-(harmless ) rays, turtles, Moray eels, barracuda and dived the Maverick wreck(27m) which was great fun. If you havn't dived before and would like to give it a try they do PADI "Bubble Maker" Courses for kids and gentle introductory courses for adults all of them close in to the resort's lagoon.
My only minor issue was with the water in the resort's man-made lagoon. As the entrance to this is quite small I think that the water isn't moved around enough- there are no waves (so its great for small children) but I missed that and would have liked it "flushed out" more perhaps with a wider entrance or additional gap knocked through.
The grounds are otherwise beautiful and all is kept in immaculate condition along with a small army of dedicated people who constantly remove any sand in the hotel itself. Staff are very polite and friendly and the best waiter there is by far Kendrick-This guy will look after you. If you like cocktails ask him for a Viagra-these are not on the menu and 1 is usually more than enough
The evening entertainment consists of a variety of local performers and the standard was generally very good. Things can be a bit reserved at first, but if you feel like a dance go for it, the atmosphere was excellent as soon as people started dancing, as if everyone were just waiting for the excuse and the first brave soul to go for it! There is absolutely no pressure though if the sun, sea and food have taken their toll! If you are looking for late night boozy evenings to 3, 4 in the morning, it wont happen at Coco Reef. Most people wander off to bed after 12. I personally would have enjoyed 1 or 2 later nights with a disco or something, but this was not to be. Sunday School is a regular local event where the partying goes on late but is also (I was told) suitable for families in the earlier part of the evening.
OUT AND ABOUT
A Trip to the waterfalls is reccomended as is the Rainforest trip. Hiring a car and getting maps and a guide can all be organised by the very efficient Social Director. Also several people enjoyed the "Cocomotion" trip by speedboat around the reefs and beauty spots for some Rum punch and snorkelling. Other trips around the island to Englishman's bay and Charlotteville also had very good feedback. If you turn right out of the hotel entrance then right again you enter Store bay which has a great little market place and beach. We found the many Tobagan's we met to be friendly and with a great sense of humour.
The undisputed highlight of the holiday for us was a day trip to the Grenadine islands. Picked up from the hotel at 7.30 we flew to Union island (40 mins) and then on to the old style sailing boat (that was filmed in Pirates of the Carribean along with the crew as supporting extras) This is truly an idylic trip, dropped of on several small islands and spars with a couple of palm trees, crystal tourquoise water and a Rum punch and turtles swimming nearby for company. The crew and skipper were fantastic and we had the whole ship to just the 6 of us. Food and beverages were all provided.
The only catch here is that there is a minimum of 6 paying adults (Children are half price) needed in order to charter the 8 seater Cesna we flew in. We were fortunate to meet with a lovely family at Coco Reef who also wanted to go on this trip. After saying goodbye to the crew its a really nice plane ride over the islands back to Crown point and Tobago in time for a sundowner at 7 pm Coco Reef
Sand flies can be a nuisance in the evenings but buy some "Off" in the hotel shop (or at Jimmys shop around the corner -usually a lot cheaper) and spray liberally and it will keep them at bay. (This was far more effective than the spray I got in the UK) Also buy a stick of "Afterbite" to deal with the inevitable.
The hotel exchange rate is not good for travellers cheques. The bank is 100 yards outside the hotel and gives market rates. The bank closes at 2pm most days.
The resort is far from being an "adults only" hotel, but if you are looking for this go outside of UK school holidays. We didn't mind this aspect and felt that the place had a more lively atmosphere as a result.
I hope this gives you a flavour of what a holiday at Coco Reef is like. If you have any questions on anything mentioned I'd be happy to help if I can. If you are going soon -Have a great time.
Visiting The Coco Reef 8th Sept
We are returning to the Coco Reef for our second time on the 8th September.
We cant wait as the first time two year ago was so good.
Can anyone tell me if the Lobsters in Tamaras are still as big and good value.
Lobster and chips there was the best followed by a soufle.
Can we expect to see any major changes would anyone know.
John & Chris
Safety Deposit Box At The Coco Reef
We are looking forward to returning to The Coco Reef in September 2005.
This time I would like to take my new SLR camera with me but dont want to leave it in the room.
I have asked the hotel if they have larger deposit boxes available and they have said yes but given me length 21 1/2 ; width – 4 1/4 ; depth – 2 3/4 (all in inches) as the size of their largest deposit box.
Obviously 2 3/4" deep is not deep enough for an SLR camera.
I didnt want to question it but felt sure someone had said they have larger deposit boxes available.
Would anyone know?
We cant wait to get back and enjoy some of the largest lobsters I have ever eaten.....blow the cholesterol for two weeks!!
Thanks for any help.
Great Time Had At Coco Reef
Had to leave on the 15th July Have read some of the posts lefts and we just wanted to say that people do have some different views - thats human nature. We were in room 250, overlooking store bay (which is at the back of the Villa). We had no problems with any noise, yes, the locals do stop on the beach until after darkness, but in no way did this bother us.
(The couple in room 248 - you know who you are - we don't believe it was the air-conditioning!!
The staff were all fantastic, some of the nicest we have experienced, do make the effort to talk to them, you can have a real laugh. If you need anything, you only have to ask, nothing seemed to much trouble for them at all. 10/10 for the Hotel and staff.
This is the perfect place if you are looking for a quiet, chill-out holiday, so relax and enjoy yourself.
If you are looking for nightlife and great shopping trips - then probably not your cup of tea!
But for us - just what the doctor ordered