Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Coco Reef Here We Come!
I have finally booked to go back - 2 October for 2 weeks and I can't wait. My daughter has just informed me that it is about 140 sleeps! I think she is a little excitied - just like her mum.
Coco Reef Stay April 2004
My wife, 12 year old son and I stayed for two weeks beginning of April. We loved it. It is a great family hotel, my son made friends with other children and we met some lovely people. The service was generally excellent, with only one or two lapses into huffiness at the front desk. Kevah, the Social Director, was a star.
We had a reasonably-sized garden room which accomodated the three of us. If - actually when - we go back there we would ask for the same room again and not waste money on a sea view, as we were out of the room most of the time. Breakfast was excellent, lunch and dinner were OK, nothing special. We stayed B&B, we ate out every night at local places within walking distance such as Panach, Kariwak etc - much better value.
The beach - who cares where it came from - was superb and completely safe for kids. We did scuba diving, snorkelling, jet-skiing, and kayaking from the hotel as well as other activities out of the hotel such as deep sea fishing, a tour of the island, and even saw goat and crab racing! Derek and Evelyn at the dive centre were professional and helpful.
We all said it was the best holiday we have ever had, and are already planning our next visit to exactly the same place - and this is from a family that usually does something different each holiday!
Honeymoon At Coco Reef - The Review
We have now come down to earth after spending 2 wonderful weeks at Coco Reef for our honeymoon, ( 10th -24th April ). Everything that has been said about Coco Reef is true, it can be summed up in one word - excellent. From the day we arrived and were collected at the airport by their Rolls Royce - a big surprise that Hilary, my wife, knew nothing about, to when we checked in the room and were greeted by the word
' Welcome ', spelled out in Bougainvillea petals on the bed, they had also left a bottle of bubbly and a basket of fruit for us, until the day we left, all the staff made our stay a memorable one, nothing was too much trouble for them.
We did'nt stay AI and for us that was great as we wanted to get out and about and try the numerous restaurants that were within the vicinity, i will give a full review of those in the appropriate section. We stayed in a deluxe ocean view room of adequate proportions, plus a view from the balcony of the beach and sea beyond, the only small gripe would be about the shower, it was very difficult to control the water temperature, perhaps in the future they may install power showers.
We had to be pretty quick in the morning to get a good shady spot on the beach, as most people took to the task of putting their towels on the loungers to get the best spot !. A couple of times we walked to the beaches nearby at Pigeon Point, Store Bay and Sandy Bay, these were never crowded, but got a bit busier at week-ends. When we stayed on the beach at Coco Reef we had to put up with the constant squawking of the sea- gulls, which after a while you got used to. I had never snorkelled before so it was great that i could perfect my skills in the relative calm of the lagoon before trying my hand at it when we went on the boat trips.
If there are any keen gardeners amongst you then we would recommend a garden tour tour with Delia Figueria, the chief horticulturalist, she will even let you collect seeds and give you cuttings to take home.
The few shops they had at the hotel were expensive, so i would recommend their use sparingly, unless you need something in a hurry.
All in all it was a very relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay, and we would thoroughley recommend it.
p.s. if you know that you will be on one of the later flights when you leave it is better to enquire about the late check-out availability when you arrive.
Steve & Hilary
Finally, after 12 years of being together, my partner and I are getting married next year and looking to honeymoon at Coco Reef. The reviews look great - thanks to Steve for a fabulous website which will give my partner some heavy reading this evening! We are looking for peace, calm and tranquility and a stunning beach. Which have holidayed in Maldives, Mexico and Dominican thus far and the only thing that concerns me are the comments about the beach etc.... We love snorkelling, fine sands and crystal clear waters - I just want to be assured that the beach at Coco will live up to our expectations! By the way, with comments regarding rooms etc - I quite like the look of the rooms - the decor is quite coloquial and charming I think. Is there a great difference in size between one bed suites and straight forward rooms???
By the way, I will be taking my small son with us!! Political topic! I think most parents who are considering such a holiday as the Coco Reef are sympathetic - I know we are - after being childless for most of our twenties, we are now (hopefully) mature parents in our mid-thirties and lend respect to those who are on holiday, whoever they are. Hopefully they give the same respect in return.
Ok, So Which Is The Most Accessible Hotel And Environs??
What a great website. 2 friends stayed full board at the Rex Turtle Beach in January this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since then I have been exploring the island via the web, and realise 1. they might have been lucky 2. there is far more choice available.
I hope you don't mind my contacting your message board for advice, but I have a special enquiry. In 1998, aged 40, I was diagnosed with MS, and now use crutches and wheelchair to get around. Despite that, my wife and I have 2 or 3 foreign (mainly European) holidays per year, and I've always fancied a Carribean trip.
Tobago sounds amazing. My only concern is finding suitable accommodation and accessible beaches/sea access (we could hire taxis to visit other places on the island, like the rain forest?). We were thinking of a January 2005 holiday, for a week. Having had a quick look at your site, the hotels which initially appeal are the Blue Haven, the Coco Reef, and the Kariwak village (sounds great, but too near the airport, too far from the sea? And I read your comment about Pigeon Point- sounds bad).
I used to be a keen snorkeller. What better place to try again than on Tobago!
If any of you were able to offer any advice, that would be great, but It is a peculiar enquiry I know. I would, of course, write up the "disabled traveller" experience for the website afterwards.