Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Just Arrived Back (22nd March 2005)
Hello peeps, just arrived back, and I am pleased to say that I met June Reid (another contributor to this site) who was honeymooning at Coco Reef - Hello June!!
I must admit, there does seem to be a lot of negativity to the CR on these pages, and I can (sort of) understand some of the moans.
My views are (and these are personal opinions):-
Plastic Sunbeds - What's that all about? I expect better for such a high class hotel. Felt like Ibiza to me.
"Beach" - Not my cup of tea. I live about two minute from a beach far better than this one, BUT for kids and poor swimmers it is ideal. It looks and is man made, and the wall at either side (razor wire on the west side) is a monstrosity.
Umbrella shades What a giggle, the Brits and Germans fight it out on the beaches yet again. IF you are the sort of person who feels this is important, then I feel, perhaps, Tobago is not for you. But there you go, it takes all sorts.
Staff I don't understand how anybody can say that the staff were surly. The Tobagan smile, will be my lasting memory of the island. The staff were immaculately dressed and mannered and are a credit to the hotel and the island.
Rooms We stayed in a ocean view room, and whilst basic, it did have a nice view, and had what was needed. I don't understand why there was no ceiling fan (surely typically carribean) and the aircon was very noisy, so a black mark for that!
Food Very, very good, good choice and perhaps a bit "samey" at the end of two weeks, but 8/10 for the nosh.
In summary, if you use it as base, as we did, a very good hotel. If you want raw Tobago, then perhaps something else would be your cup of tea.
We went AI, but we hired a car and went out and eat at various places, Jemma's being my fave, the beaches are good, Castara, Pidgen Point ( a bit rough, but lovely coloured water) and Stonehaven were our favourites.
The Tobagans were fantastic, and the friendliest and most laid back I have met, anywhere on the planet, they are a joy. The girls were gorgeous and my Mrs tells me that some of the me were "all right" as well.
We won't be going back, because we don't do that (the planet is far too big) but the island is very worth a visit.
We are booked early next year to go to the Coco Reef AI there are a few points we would like clarifying .
Is it usual to tip each time staff serve you or at the end of your stay to show your appreciation of the service you have received.
Also is afternoon tea within the Virgin Holiday package included .
Can you have tea or coffee when you like as we are not heavy drinkers of alcohol
Lots Of Questions!
We are visiting the Coco Reef at Easter with our two children (very well behaved, promise) and can't wait to get there, despite some of the negative comments. We have chosen to believe the positive ones!!
Could anybody tell me whether tennis racquets are provided/can be hired at the hotel? Ditto with golf clubs at the golf course. My husband is keen to play while we are there and would love some info regarding the course - eg distance from hotel, cost etc. Also, has anybody tried the horse riding on the beach?
On a less active note, can anyone recommend any of the spa treatements while the rest of my family wear themselves out?
Just Returned From Coco Reef
Having used this forum to gain as much information as possible before our holiday, I feel I should give our impression of the hotel. We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children aged 10 and 13). We asked for interconnecting rooms and on arrival were given 2 separate rooms, however the next day we changed room to interconnecting rooms. We were staying on a bed and breakfast basis which we felt was by far the best option for us as we did eat out quite a bit (Sunday School, Jemma's Kitchen, Bonkers and Cafe Coco - we enjoyed them all!) The staff in the hotel were always very friendly and helpful and we thought the food was great - (we didn't eat upstairs in the expensive restaurant though). The sunbed bagging on the beach was very annoying, and starts very early, at least before 7.00am. I think it is up to the hotel to put a stop to it - i'm sure they could. There is plenty of shade on the beach. The snorkeling just by the beach is fab, we couldnt get enough of it. We would definitely go back to the Coco Reef hotel - it was comfortbale, beautiful, very relaxed, and had good atmosphere. We did request to keep our rooms until our evening flight, but were not able to, however we had the use of a shower room in the spa which was absolutely fine.
Robbery At Coco Reef
We were having a lovely holiday at this hotel until we had money and other items stolen from our room. This complety ruined the relaxing time we were having and turned it into a nightmare. We were also were on honeymoon so this was a dreadful thing to happen. The manager kindly promised to reimburse us the money to our credit card as it was obviously a member of staff who had stolen the money. However, once we arrived home the manager initially tried to go back on the promise, and then simply ignored our emails.