Grafton Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Wendy Mond from U.K. visited in February 2007 and awarded
My husband and myself have just spent a very pleasant week at the Grafton Beach, we found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful, Yes the rooms are a bit tired and could do with a make over but they are very clean and spacious. We could always find a variety of food to eat every day and the bar well stocked. The beach was beautiful and yes they could have done with a few more sun beds. The water tended to be very rough and I don't think it suitable for small children.
The evening entertainment was varied but it would have been better if the entertaininment was in the lounge area and not at the poolside.
We hired a car from the hotel for two days and travelled around the island, the Argylle water fall was a really nice place and Alison the guide was very helpful, we then travelled to Jemmas Tree house for lunch, but were disapointed as the service was very very slow and I wanted to get up and shake them into action, but the food was OK.
We spend the day at Pidgeon point, the beach again was beautiful, the water was very safe and shallow for children to paddle, swim etc and a variety of food could be purchased.
We would definately go back to Tobaggo
Hayden Francis Winchester from Canada visited in January 2007 and awarded
An excellent vacation spot. I highly recommend it. The grounds were well kept and clean.
The staff, helpful, courteous and friendly. The rooms, comfortable(spacious) and secenic. I definitely will be staying here on future visits. The one area lacking, was that the dining menu could be extended.
Julie Arnold from U.K. visited in November 2006 and awarded
Our overall satisfaction with Grafton Beach was as expected. The food was extremely good, could not fault it. The service was also very good, and all the staff with the exception of one female bar staff, were friendly. The rooms were below the standard expected, and our family in the adjoining room had serious problems with their room. Having said that, the rooms were kept very clean, and linen changed regularly. The pool and pool area was always clean, with plenty of sunloungers. We found the beach clean, but lacked sunloungers. The beachbar was very good for both drinks and snacks. Overall we really enjoyed being at the Grafton Beach, it was the right resort for us. We are going again in October 2008, and hope we wont be disappointed. Our only concerns are that the Hotel has changed ownership, so hope the standards have not fallen. The standards should have improved because they needed to in certain areas. Our other concern is that the Beach Bar has been closed, and we have had mixed information about its reopening. Would welcome some definite information on this.
Adam Smith from U.K. visited in October 2006 and awarded
We have just come back from a week stay in the Grafton Beach and would definately recomend it to any couples or families with older kids. We had a great time there, all the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful with any thing we needed. We were met at the reception with fruit punch and helped to our room.
The room looked a bit worn but was clean and had everything we needed, air conditioning fridge and decent shower. We had some problems with the key card and fridge, but the maitenence guy came very quickly to sort the problems.We opted for a garden view room, but we still had a small view of the sea and and the hotel next door. This was not a great problem as we did not spend much time in the room.
The hotel was well laid out small pool with swim up bar, which we did not get to use, spent most of the time on the beach, great view around the bay with small fishing boats and dive boats and the fishermen pulling in the nets most mornings. One person on beach handing out sun loungers who disapered when all the bed were gone, only about 10 parasols on beach so if shade is important then you may need to get down before 10. Beach bar staff very friendly, all too easy to drink too much rum punch. We ate at the beach bar every day, similar menu most days but enough choice for us both, even my Vegetarian partner. Some beach traders but they are no real hassel, after the first day they get to know you and leave you alone, or just come round for a chat. Would recomend Dillon the artist on the beach and the jewlery stall, all very friendly people. The guy who carves the carabash is quite funny, wil come and chat for hours if you let him, mostly off his head. The beach massage was also good and the chef who does hair if you ask.
Food in the resteraunt was good every night and morning, different choice every night and was always replaced when it ran out. Always a roast to choose from, nice soups and local dishes. Choice of fruit and hot buffet in mornings fried plantane very good. Just watch the small birds if you leave any food on your table between visits to the buffet, remember to cover your juice glass!! Wine was good with the meal, I think it came from california, only tried the red, but was very drinkable and always filled up every time you returned to your table. If you do not drink alcohol and get bored of the fruit punch, ask for a fruit coctail, bit fancier with crushed ice, they are more reluctant to serve them due to extra effort but if you insist you will get one. No problems with drink measures, plenty of rum in everythink, if you are worried about things being water down, then just drink more!!!
I fished off the rocks most mornings right down to the left end of the beach, gate opens at 6, float fished with marinated tuna for bait, ask the staff and they can sort some for you. Caught small tuna, gar fish and some yellow spotted fish, not sure what they were. Some early morning joggers out on the beach and a few friendly dogs to keep you company.
We went on three trips with Barry, he willl find you on the beach along with the other three tour guides, they all come round for a friendly chat each day if you are sat on the beach. We went on Sunday school trip, which was quite entertaining, steel bands and then loud music and dancing till very late, beer about 80p a bottle Carib very drinkable in the heat!!Island tour in air conditioned minibus, very good tour, taken to every beach and cove along the coast, swam and snorkled at English mans bay, very beutiful, some history, forts and sugar plantation houses, lunch at Gemma's tree house suspended above the water, no beer there as they are 7th day adventists!! back down the oposite coast, short trip into the rain forest and swim in argile falls, need decent foot ware to get to top, we just swam around the bottom pool. Carribean coast boat trip was also good, short trip to next bay form hotel to get boat, with crate of beer and cool box. Trawled for Tuna and King fish up the coast past all the small bays and beach houses. Stopped for bbq lunch with fish we caught. Sent captin Loady off for more beer as we finished the first crate!! Stopped off for snorkeling and swimmming with rays. dropped back at hotel beach in time to see wedding on the beach, lovely family of 26, kept us all amused for the week!! Just like an episode of Eastenders!!
Would also recomend a walk up to Grafton bird sanctuary, 10 minutes up road to right out of hotel gate, feeding time at 8 and 4, nice circular walk through black rock fort Bennet, the band stand to the right of beach. Some good snorkeling on RHS of beach, plenty of fish and corral, saw two Barracuda small eels and small jelly fish.
Dawn Fozard from U.K. visited in September 2006 and awarded
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I have just returned on 25th August 2006 from a 14 night holiday staying at the Grafton. After reading past reviews I was very worried about staying here. All my worries were groundless.
We were made to feel welcome from getting our cases taken out of our taxi by the bell boy until we had to very reluctantly go home!
The food was very good with lots of local and international choices. Alcohol was certainly not watered down in any bar - I had to ask them not to put too much in. Our room was well equipted with a beautiful view of the gardens and beach. With ACU that worked - you don't often get that in the med. The room was cleaned thoroughly everyday, with new towels etc. Beach towels were also provided.
The staff were a bit reserved at first, but if you make the effort you will make some really good friends. Entertainment was provided but quite low key. If you want more lively entertainment venture out of the resort. Try Sunday School - great fun.
My daughter and I did lots of trips while in Tobago, and booked trips with 3 different tour reps/companies and can say that they couldn't do enough for us. Even providing us with occasional free taxis to different beaches.
What I would say is try Super Tours especially his personal Island tour as it can be customised to what you want to see.
We also did a day trip by boat, fishing, snorkelling and swimming onto beaches only accessible by book.We swam with giant rays on one beach. Fish you catch and cook on a BBQ is just a delight.
I would return to the Grafton with no reservations.
My daughter and I did not get hassled at all when in Tobago, be polite but firm - it works.
Airport is small, suggest after you have checked in on the return trip, don't go through to the departure lounge too early. You can go down to Crown Point beach and wait there! Duty free shops outside the airport also make sure your order in waiting for you before you get on the plane.
We flew with Excel airways on the first day of the security alert, and were only 45 minutes late in arriving. Much better than BA or Virgin. No delays on return flight either.