Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Walking Distances From Coco Reef
I am travelling to Tobago for a week in June this year with my boyfriend. One of the main purposes of the trip is for Raymond to have kite surfing tuition - he is a keen kite surfer and wind surfer - but to please me, we are also going to stay in a nice resort! After much deliberation, I think we have settled on Coco Reef.
We are on a slight budget (both in our mid-twenties) so to counteract the cost of Coco Reef, we are keen to eat out at local restaurants to bring down costs and are also keen to either cycle or walk in the surrounding area to avoid the cost of car hire (we may well hire a car for one day to explore the island).
I have a few questions which I was hoping you could help me with:
1. Is it possible to walk from Coco Reef to Mount Irvine Bay (one Kite surf centre is located here - Cool Runnings). If not, how long would the cycle be? How much roughly for a taxi?
2. I understand Pigeon Point is walkable (again the second kite surf centre has an office here - the main office being at Hilton Hotel beach - which is not walkable?).
3. Is it possible to hire bikes near the hotel?
4. Is it possible/safe to walk to a variety of restaurants at night from Coco Reef or do you need a car/taxi for these purposes?
Check-in Chill-out Service At Coco Reef
I wonder has anyone had any experience of the check-in chill-out service at Coco Reef or has any knowledge of it. Do you need to book a room for the remainder of the day or is one provided as part of the service. Any other help would be greatly appreciated. We will be on our way in two weeks time. Counting down the days. Thanks.
Honeymoon At Coco Reef
We will be staying at the Coco Reef from 10th April for our honeymoon, after reading many reviews on yours and other web sites. This will be our first visit to the Caribbean and i cannot thank you enough for all the invaluable information from myTobago, i am feeling more at ease with my choice and am sure we will both enjoy it.
p.s. it is a surprise for my wife as she wont know until after the wedding !
Coco Reef - My Opinion
We spent a week at Coco Reef Resort recently and, after reading good reviews about the place, were quite disappointed. We were not on an all-inclusive plan which turned out to be a blessing as the standard of food served is definitely not in keeping with a 5* hotel. On one of our 2 dinners there we were served bread that tasted of meat - it had been kept in a warmer(why??) that the staff admitted had heated something else in and they could not replace it as they had no more bread!! Also, pastry was swimming in a sauce making it soggy and there was no subtelty about the flavours. These, and other problems, were not really dealt with as no one could 'do' anything about it and we had to argue to get the meals taken off the bill, which they eventually did. I think that hotels which specialise in all-inclusive deals are running the risk of losing other guests.
Our room was good but the shower was very low pressure.
No problem with noise and beach is nice but would not recommend or return here because of lack of professionalism and reluctance to address any complaint. If you are looking for a chill out with so-so standards then it's ok, but if you want that extra bit more and are used to high standards, give it a miss! Have read good reports on the Hilton & Blue Haven but have not been as yet!
Local restaurant Pelican reef is good, others such as Bonkers & Pepe's are
acceptable. Nice tea at Arnos Vale Hotel.
It is worth hiring a car and exploring the Island and other hotels, restaurants - Tobago is unspoilt which is part of it's charm and Crown Point is not a great loction. Englishman's Bay is spectacular, just a short drive away.
What's the best way to access the net from Coco Reef? I won't be taking my lap top, but hope to check in with work and home regularly via email.