Half Moon Blue - Reader Reports & Opinion
Marilyn Roberts-Harewood from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
This resort is colourful, theatrical and other-worldly. A stunning residence with beautiful surroundings and bar and restaurant convenietly located across the street. Breakfast was a joy. Rooms pretty but lacking cable TV during my stay; the alternative - a selection of old DVDs! Internet access was an expensive internet cafe situated adjacent to the original building. Despite those gripes I would recommend this resort as a place to stay for special, intimate occasions - it will not disappoint.
Clive Longbottom from U.K. visited in August 2006 and awarded
We took a last minute/LastMinute decision to go to Tobago, finding a package deal for the Half Moon Blue. Searches on the Internet gave widely differing views on the hotel, so we thought that we'd put forwards our views.
The hotel consists of a main reception/bar/restaurant block and two separate accommodation blocks. One accommodation block consists of 4 standard rooms, the other has 2 standard, 2 junior penthouse and one main penthouse suite. We had 2 standard rooms - one in each block, it would have been nice if we had had adjoining rooms.
The rooms are of a large size, with direct phones, cable television, comfy seats, reasonable beds (they do creak a fair amount)and working air conditioning and good size fridges (we have seen repotrs that these fridges are falling apart - they are a little rusty on teh outside, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with how they work or the cleanliness inside). We found these fridges very useful to keep drinks in (the hotel bar is a dark little place that was not overly inviting) and also for food for those who do not fancy facing the joys of driving on Tobago's roads after dark. The hotel restaurant, although providing food of good quality, is very high priced and the only other option is an even higher priced restaurant across the road in another hotel.
However, breakfasts are good. A helping of fresh fruit (varied during our stay) is provided along with a glass of fruit juice, tea or coffee, choice of eggs cooked any way with bacon, cornflakes, toast and jam is the basic offering, with a reasonable choice of extras at an additional payment.
The overflow pool is fantastic - it's a bit small in itself, but is deep enough for gentle swimming. It's main draw, though, is the view over Bacolet Bay. The only pity is that the hotel doesn't have anyone around to serve cocktails or other drink to those using the pool.
The staff are, overall, friendly and we found them helpful when we needed anything. The cleaners are very good - not only did we find that everything was kept to a very high standard, but the sounds of them giggling between themselves while doing the cleaning was nice to hear.
In some write ups and hotel descriptions we saw indications that there is internet access in the rooms - there isn't. The hotel does have a dedicated room for internet access with 2 computers and they are happy for you to use the LAN connectors for your own computers. However, at a price of around 7UKP per hour, thi is 7 times the cost in Scarborough, so we woudl recommend only using this in emergencies.
We liked the hotel, we found it very pleasant and it met our requirements and was beyond our expectations compared to what we had read in other reviews. Without being able to break down the room price (as we were part of a full package), we can't comment on the true value. However, from looking at the hotel's web site and seeing the base prices for the rooms, it seems to be at the higher end of what I would expect. However, as part of the package we got, we can't fault it for overall value.
The hotel's position in Bacolet means that you have excellent access to Scarborough (about 5 minute's car drive), and via the main highway through to the main tourist areas of Pigeon Point and Store Bay. For those wanting the less touristy bits, the hotel gives easy access up the Atlantic side of the island, and it's easy to get across to the Caribbean side as well.
Just a quick bit on Tobago itself - a beautiful island (the rain forest is so unexpected), full of beautiful people, good food and drink mostly at good prices, good weather (don't pay any attention to this "wet season" stuff - the temperature is still hot, the rain tends to fall in the early morning, it's only the humidity that is very noticably high), great swimming (the water temperature is wonderful), good snorkelling (and we believe that the diving is also good).
For those looking for a good wind-down holiday, Tobago is a good choice - just make sure that you do hire a car, and then make sure that you rapidly understand the main driving style of the Tobagonians (Hey, I'm on a hairpin bend on a mountainside with a drop down to a gulley, but there's someone that I haven't spoken to for a couple of days, so I'll just stop and talk to them).
Old Donkey Cart House
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 22 October
I stayed at the Old Donkey Cart House in feb this year, and will return again in december. We booked the penthouse, and had a fabulous stay. The appartment afforded magnificent views over Bacolet Bay, with the beach just 2 mins away. There is a small pool, and a good restaurant. It was peaceful and very relaxing! I advise a hire car for getting around!
Half Moon Blue
We've just returned from our first visit to Tobago- what a fantastic 2 weeks, I am a complete Carribean convert and cannot wait to go back! I should point out right at the start that I picked all our accommodation on the basis of food and any place that didn't have an interesting menu or a good food review was automatically discounted!
We had 4 nights at Half Moon Blue to start the holiday, a medium sized hotel (10 rooms) in Bacolet more or less opposite the Blue Haven. It was perhaps a bit overpriced at US$140 per night per room and not as luxurious as it thinks it is although the penthouse room is apparently wonderful. The other rooms are spacious and stylish with cable television but there are no tea/ coffee facilities which was a bit disappointing. They are quiet and very private, surrounded by hibiscus and lime trees and have lovely views towards Scarborough and Little Rockly Bay. There is a small pool with the same breathtaking view but with Bacolet Bay is only 2 mins away I must confess we never used it. The staff were friendly and helpful and the driver who picked us up from the airport (Captain Cook) was a treasure.
Now the important bit. The restaurant is a lovely place to sit on a rainy day, open and full of sea breeze but with fatally comfy chairs- we both fell asleep in them on several occasions! The creole menu was limited but what they do, they do very well, spicy creole pork and jerk chicken salad being two particular favourites. The puddings were delicious! Breakfast is a choice of flying fish or ham and eggs with the usual fruit and toast and the coffee is very good. Otherwise eating in Bacolet is not up to much. We went to Blue Haven ( the only other option in walking distance, apart from Della Mira's which is not open in the evening) and were sorely disappointed. The atmosphere was awful and the food very ordinary certainly not worth the money or putting up with the snooty service.
Half Moon Blue is trying to market itself as a hip hotel for those in the know (which is obviously why we went there ). More accurately it is a peaceful, comfortable retreat with good food that is still near enough to Scarborough to make a useful first base. One nice touch was when we returned home to Leeds, we had been sent a miniature of rum and a card from Half Moon Blue thanking us for our visit and wishing us Merry Christmas.
We went on to Speyside Inn and finally Indigo which I have reviewed elsewhere- if anyone wants details I'm happy to answer any questions.
Any Half Moon Blue Updates?
Myself and my partner are planning on going to Tobago in Nov.
We had been looking at Half Moon Blue but after reading some posts here, now not so sure although the last post seems to be from April 05. Are the rooms (still) a bit poky?
We're also contemplating the Blue Haven in the same area which seems to get good reviews.
We're looking for a quiet break. I will hopefully be windsurfing at Pigeon Point and my partner will be happy next to a good pool or on a nice beach.
We're put off the main area by Crown point as it may be a bit busy/ touristy and also aircraft/ airport noise. Are these unfounded views tho?
I guess if we're staying a Bacelot Bay then we need to think about getting taxi's ($14us round trip?) to restaurants or driving - what are the roads like for driving at night? Bit hairy?
Any thoughts and opinions, espec of half moon blue gratefully received.