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 ????
Brief Report On Coco Reef In November 20 Nov 2003
Ian Gordon from Kent, England
We have just returned from Coco Reef and can endorse all the favourable comments about this hotel. Staff, accommodation, food, beach etc are excellent and anyone in two minds can feel confident that they are making a good choice. The all-inclusive package is probably adviseable although we found eating out is also good value.
If you spend time going through the various forum topics and the main Review, then this website is a mine of information and my big thanks to Steve for all the valuable tips etc.
We would certainly return to the Coco Reef without hesitation.
Ian and Christine
Dress Code At The Coco Reef
Please could anyone advise on the dress code in the Coco Reef? My partner and I have booked our wedding their next March and I see from the web site that most men wear short sleeved shirts in Tamaras, but less formal wear is acceptable in Bacchanals, but it doesn't state exactly what?
My partner is very much a jeans or 3/4 trouser or shorts man, so I am really struggling here....
Children And The Coco Reef!!
The staff at the Coco Reef where absolutley fantastic with my children as where the other people staying at the hotel.
My children met a variety of people, other tourists and locals, that really enjoyed spending time with them. I lost count of the amount of times people "borrowed" my children so they could play with the canoes and pedalos.
The staff where superb, they went out of the way to do everything possible for my children, including doing a special tea for them at 6pm on the day we left.
I will be taking them back there as soon as I possibly can.
Even though I was AI when I stayed at the Coco Reef I did venture out to sample the Coco Cafe and was highly impressed. The food was scrummy and very large portions.
The restaurant was a welcome relief from the heat as well.
If you let the hotel know that you are going they will give your vouchers for free house wine.