Grafton Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Swimming Pool At The Grafton 09 Feb 2004
Steve Wooler from Suffolk, England
Over the course of this year, various contributors have posted comment in the forum, or sent me direct feedback, saying that the pool at the Grafton Beach Resort looked “dirty” or “unappealing”.
We arrived at the Grafton three days ago and I confess that on first impression, I totally agree with these comments. The pool lacks the clarity that one expects and, in certain light conditions, appears a trifle murky. I can appreciate why one or two visitors have said that they don’t feel inclined to use the pool.
The hotel is now aware of the problem. It is simply a problem with the type of chlorine they are using. Sanitation and Ph levels are perfect and checked twice daily. However, drop some of the chlorine the hotel is using into a glass of clean water and the resultant mix is somewhat ‘milky’. The hotel is taking this issue up with their supplier and will act accordingly.
So, in the interest of fairness, please ignore all comment that the pool is “dirty”. I can assure you that the tests prove it is not.
My full review of the Grafton will follow in due course, but I am delighted to tell you that we have been pleasantly impressed by the hotel and all the guests we have spoken to rate it very highly and say that they would not hesitate to return.
2004 Grafton Update
Has anybody stayed at the Grafton recently who can comment on the current status of the accommodations? Thinking of booking there soon. I don't want/need 5*, just very clean, safe and comfortable. Any current experiences anyone would like to share? Thank you!
Also, are there any good packages from the States? Can't seem to find much about Tobago this year.
Grafton Beach Resort 04 Nov 2003
David Watkins from Bude Cornwall Uk
I am going on holiday to grafton on Nov 17 and am an avid holiday reader(it's the only chance I get). Can you tell me does the resort have a library,is there one nearby or do I have to lug books all the way?
Grafton Beach Resort - Just Returned
September is very humid so probably not the best time to go. Also, I wouldn't recommend flying with BWIA if you're used to flying with BA, Virgin etc. Its slower, with lots of stops (St.Lucia, and Trinidad to change plane) and you only see one or 2 movies in 10 hours, and only get one real meal plus a light snack which leaves you very hungry. Alcoholic drinks are chargeable and there's not really any in-flight duty free. The radio didn't work on the way there either.
Our room at the Grafton was totally adequate with a seaview balcony right on the beach, TV (ariel didn't work that well but you don't go to Tobago to watch TV do you?), bath with shower and plenty of hot water(bathroom could no with a refurb) very clean, huge kingsize bed (most rooms have two queens), large mirrored doored wardrobe. The maid cleaned it every morning but was a bit slap dash at replacing towels. Iron etc delivered to your room if you ask but takes them a while. Air con kept leaking and wasn't the best. Patio doors were a bit old. Could have done with a kettle etc as there's no room service.
Food was very good. This was our first time at all-inclusive hotel as we usually like to try different places but I don't think we missed out too much as the variety and quality was excellent. With a full buffet breakfast with loads of hot choices and a chef to prepare your eggs how you like them, tea/ coffee served to your table, overlooking the ocean, fresh fruit, yoghurts, pastries.................and the service was excellent. The waiters and waitresses are very good. Make reservations for dinner the morning before to get the time you want though and if you want to eat at Neptunes for dinner (small Seafood restaurant) book before you go or as soon as you arrive if you want to eat there more than once as you have to book at least a week in advance. Having said that, Neptune's is not a whole lot better than Oceanview on an a la carte night. Oceanview has buffet and a la carte on alternate nights but both are equally good. That is to say the food on the buffet is of the same quality but you help yourself (chef does carvery) and there's a lot more choice so in some ways the buffet is better (and I'm not normally a fan of buffets). Neptune's is just more intimate as it only seats around 8 - 10 people at a time with one chef and one waitress. Lunch is either buffet or menu at oceanview or menu at the beachbar which is burgers & chips, toasted sarnies, chicken/ fish/ veggie roti, fish & chips etc. We preferred to eat lunch at oceanview where you get a choice of soup with fresh baked rolls, and 3 or 4 main buffet choices, usually with pasta, rice and potato choices, 2 or 3 salads, and fruit salad and 4 or 5 desert choices. They also usually have pizza plus you can order from the snack menu with roti, sandwiches, burgers etc all served with chips. This menu changes every day.
Drinks are premium branded and local drinks. They have a huge list of cocktails which are great although some of the bar staff make them better than others! Most of the bar staff are friendly but there are a few grumpy ones but on the whole service was excellent and we never had to wait very long. There was evening entertainment every night, sometimes with 2 or 3 acts on one night. Some of the acts were a bit dodgy but the majority were entertaining to a certain extent. The steel pan band perform at the beach bar/ restaurant every sunday lunchtime, they're v.good. They also ahve a beach barbecue every sunday. Most night its one or 2 musicians accompanied by one or two vocalists, we also had a cultural dance group (v.good), a limbo dancer with fire!, an asian choir, & bongo type drummers.
We used the beach every day but people who used the pool complained that it needed a good clean. Also there were not enough sunbeds at the pool or the beach so you get people getting up at 6 or 7am to put their towels down! There was even talk of sunbed rage where arguments were caused by people putting towels down in the morning but not using the beds til the afternoon. We stayed out of it by laying on towels on the beach in the shade of the coconut palms! The beach is nice, the sea is very warm and clean. Snorkelling can be had at the end of the bay by the rocks. It is a public beach so you do get locals trying to sell you tours/ jewellery/ coconuts/ weed/ CDs/ aloe vera/ sob stories etc but they don't hassle you like they do in Thailand etc. There are also a number of craft stalls on the beach itself.
We did a couple of trips while we were in Tobago, one to Speyside and Little Tobago and another to Pigeon Point. Both trips were very good and lunch at Gemma's in Speyside (an institution) was very good. The roads are very windy and it takes longer than you think to get anywhere so I would recommend doing a tour but we went alone and found that the car we hired to get to speyside had no working lights and only just arrived back at grafton before it was pitch black (about 6.30pm)!! You can just take a taxi to PP and get a boat trip when you get there, no need to do a tour as its not far from the Grafton. PP is stunning and of the two trips, PP is better although you get to see more of Tobago by going to Speyside.
Sunday School was a bit of a let down but we got there too early at around 9.30pm. Best to arrive after 11pm I think. Also, TobagoFest was on that night so all the locals were partying somewhere else.
Internet cafe, ATM, mini mart and pizza takeaway are all a five minute walk from the hotel. We visited the Grand Courlan for a massage and to use the gym but it didn't seem much different to the Grafton. You pay alot more to stay there but I think its only worthwhile if you want to have a beauty/spa treatment every day or go diving every day. They share all the beach facilities with us and their menus are all identical. They even share staff!
Anyway, don't let any of the negatives put you off as they're such minor things. We had a fantastic time and would definitely go back in the future
Grafton Beach With Kids And Diving
We are looking to go to the Grafton Beach hotel next year (June) and are particularly interested in the Kids Club (we will have a 3 year old) and Diving.
If anyone has any information on either of these areas at this hotel we would be grateful to hear from you.