Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Coco Reef - 10th October - 2nd November 2003
Joined: 02 Oct 2003
Location: Buntingford, England
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:09 pm Post subject: Coco Reef - a review
We have recently returned from 2 weeks at Coco Reef, before writing about the hotel we want to say that Tobago is a beautiful island and the people warm and friendly, it was great exploring the island and meeting the people - DON'T JUST STAY IN THE HOTEL.
We arranged a couple of trips, an island tour and a trek thru the rain forest, go to 'Yes Tourism' - Patrick is more of an old friend than a guide and very knowledgable.
In booking Coco Reef we were looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday, on arrival we were shown to our suite (two standard rooms with the connecting door unlocked so had 2 bathrooms, the bed in one replaced with a sofa!), however, the view across the bay was great. NB. if you want a sea view get a room on the first floor. We had room 253. We were baffled as to where the loud music was coming from, a large cruiser had moored right off the beach with about 8 guys on a Stag weekend, numerous complaints to the hotel,police,coast guard failed the music continued until 4am and started again at about 10am until they finally left late Sunday, not a good start. The remainder of the first week was lovely although we did object to having to put towels on sunloungers before 7 am to get some shade.
There is also a new club in Pigeon Point road which plays music until approx 3.30 am on Fridays and Saturdays which most rooms can hear.
Not having children of school age we made the mistake of being there during half term, peace and tranqulity went out the window, on the Sunday the beach area was likened to the Costa del Sol in mid August with approx 50 kids, but I must say they were impeccably behaved in the restaraunts. The staff were rushed off their feet and the standard of service suffered.
On the whole I cannot see how the Coco Reef was voted best hotel in the Carribean, our suite was OK, but you had to get the timing right in you wanted a hot shower. The staff are wonderful and do a great job and the food was excellent in both eateries.
The breakwater is not really an eyesore you get used to it and is an absolute necessity as they don't want to lose the sand again, however the razor wire at either end of the breakwater is unnecessary, who are they keeping out?, you can swim round the breakwater at either end!!
I think we were unlucky in the weeks we chose, we would definitely return to Tobago but would we stay at the Coco Reef? I don't know, but it is probably the best hotel there.
NB. Tobago Hilton guests are bussed to Pigeon Point every day.
Where to go next year ????
Coco Reef 29/11-6/12
Just back from a mixed week in Tobago - wonderful island, lousy weather! Mixed experience, too, at Coco Reef. We had booked a one-bedroom suite and requested one on the first floor. We were shown to Room 135 - a dark and depressing room, with a small lounge area, plus a minute triangular balcony, overlooked by similar small balconies on either side (set in the right-angle of two wings of the hotel). Not a good start after an 11 hour flight. However, we were moved the next day to 253 (already reviewed here) which was excellent, even though we had been promised it would be ready by 2 and didn't get into it until 4 - a waste of precious time when we only had a week.
Our room was looked after and cleaned wonderfully. We asked for a kettle (several times) and eventually they provided not only a kettle but all the necessary for making tea and coffee for the whole week - a real bonus for us.
Beach - excellent provided we were down there by 7 to claim our shady spot! The breakwater, while not exactly beautiful, enabled us to do some very safe and easy snorkelling. Definitely a plus.
Service - first class and very friendly. Management only seemed to respond when one moved from a polite request to getting angry.
Meals - we were just b&b and the breakfasts were excellent. Had a few lunches in Baccanals - OK. Only one dinner in Tamaras which we found disappointing but we were definitely in the minority - most people seemed very happy with the food. (Opinions about other restaurants elsewhere.)
We got the impression that there were quite a few complaints about maintenance and rooms - this may have been exacerbated by Enormous amounts of rain which could make guests more easily annoyed by small things! The drive got seriously flooded on several occasions and the roof in the lobby leaked!
Overall, 7 out of 10, I guess. We'd certainly return to beautiful Tobago, but not Coco Reef - too many other beautiful places to go and see.
Noisy Room At Coco Reef?
We stayed at Coco Reef in January of this year and enjoyed it so much that we have booked again in a month's time (15th Jan for a fortnight). This year we were overlooking Store Bay (Room 246) and for January we have requested a room overlooking Coco Beach (same wing but the other side of the corridor, i.e. 249 or similar). However, I read a posting recently in the Forum about noise coming from a new Night Club on the road to Pigeon Point, mostly on a Friday or Saturday night. My husband is completely allergic to noise after 11 pm and we certainly had no problem staying in the hotel last time. Can anybody give me a recent update on the noise situation and whether it will affect our holiday and should request our old room back, or whether we should take a gamble ...
Coco Reef Resort
Has anyone stayed at coco reef resort recently. I've read some 2002 reviews that suggest the resort needed some update...true? Also is it possible to get a non-inclusive meal plan? Are rooms relatively quiet? Thank you.
Coco Reef And Children..a Perfect Combination.
we have just returned from 2 wonderful weeks at coco reef.throughout our stay our 2 year old daughter was welcomed by staff and guests alike including everyone in tamaras restaurant! the beach is ideal for young children and unlike others on the island gently sloping and sheltered from rough waves.so if you are thinking of visiting the resort please dont be put off by some of the other comments on this site.coco reef is an ideal hotel for people with young families.
ps if you venture up the leeward coast of the island visit parlatuvier.the shrimps served by gloria joseph at the riverside restaurant are amazing,much better than the food at jemmas in speyside which seemed a bit of a tourist trap. one word of advice to those of you who hire a car....charlotteville really is as far as you can go....dont be tempted to take the dirt track on to pirates bay...there's been a landslide about 1/4 mile along the track and as breathtaking as the views are,reversing a 4wd back along a narrow road half way up the hillside is quite an experience!
for those of you about to go have a wonderful time...coco reef is an amazing hotel....and say hullo to bernecia and liz from little lucy.