Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Marina Malou from U.K. visited in December 2005 and awarded
The hotel room was very spacious and clean. All the rooms have a nice view over the tropical garden and the sea. The sea was very rough when we stayed so it was difficult to swim in the sea. The beach is nice, but it's not the white sand as is usually in the Carribean, the sand is beige and the beach is small. The swimming pool was quite big and clean. The food was average but we are very fussy about the food. We rented a car and travelled around a bit, it was a very enjoyable holiday! The local dish - Crab and Dumpling - is delicious!!!
Adrian Davies from U.K. visited in December 2005 and awarded
As you have probably read the Tobago lifestyle is vastly different to pace in London so don't expect your drink to arrive within 30 seconds of arriving at the bar ! ... but you can expect it to arrive with a smile on the bar staff's face !
Great location on a quiet beach Le Grand Courlan offers all the facilities you would expect to enable you to relax. Good pool and pool bar, excellent spa and a quiet beach for the morning walk ( although avoid the guy who trys and sells you a coconut!). With in house car rental and easy taxi service getting around the island is not a problem and the reception staff are excellent at arranging any trips you need. After taking 4 days to get used to the relaxing pace it's a shame a week is only 7 days long !!
Bernadette Burgess from U.K. visited in October 2005 and awarded
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful stay at LGC for 10 days, checked out last Saturday (8th Oct) We had a fantastic room, it was cleaned daily to a very high standard. The weather was in the 100ís so it was lovely to have the air-con, and a fan.
We ate in the Pinnacle restaurant in the evenings, very romantic, wonderful atmosphere, and the food was absolutely fantastic. (Albeit a British man started making mobile phone calls on the first night of his arrival in the Pinnacle restaurant thinking that everyone was interested in his conversation!!) SO RUDE! Fortunately it was ONLY one man during our stay.
A few times in the Pinnacle restaurant they had a buffet and Iím afraid to say we are not buffet people, but felt it was not as good as the aílaícarte. (personal choice) the aílaícarte was very imaginative and great quality food.
You do have to dress for evenings, but that just added to the holiday, an excuse to look great and show off the tan! Plus all the compliments you are given by the staff on your way in to dinner makes it worth while. The staff are just brilliant, we love them all, they are very attentive, and friendly, making you feel special. Although we didnít Ďdoí lunch much, they also have afternoon tea every day, very nice. Breakfast was everything you could ever want. We had ow eggs cooked any way you want them every day. Couldnít do better anywhere.
Because we hired a car for the last week we were not around much during the day, we went round to all the wonderful beaches the island has to offer. But when we go for our second visit to LGC (oh yes!) we will not have a car and would be happy to just chill out for a week in the resort. Again we didnít use the spa facilities, no time, but next time...
A word of warning...the cocktails and drinks are premium brands and very lethal - if like us you are not use to high levels of alcohol, we got very drunk on the second night and learned our lesson very fast, stuck to chardonnay for dinner and after dinner bourbons and brandy.
We are very well travelled and I canít praise this hotel highly enough, we have been all over the Caribbean and consider this hotel as one of the very best.
Alan Bicknell from U.K. visited in September 2005 and awarded
Our hoilday at the le grand was delightful and followed our first visit the year before. our request to have the same room was met with an apology and the next best thing an identical room next door. the food and service is of a high order, and the spa treaments for men and women are relaxing and enjoyable. the beach is lovely but there are no lifeguards,so common sense is required when bathing as in certain conditions waves are strong and can push you over. the staff seem to be the "graduates" from the hotel next door, and I believe the threat of return there brings out the best in them. we found them all friendly pleasant and they enhanced our stay.
Going To Le Grand Corlan On 20th March.
Just wanted to congratulate everyone on this site, it's a treasure trove of top information, thanks.
No matter what some people have written on tripadvisor (although the last couple of posts have been quite positive) My wife and I are off on our honeymoon in a couple of weeks.
I've been before (I spent a week at Sandy point Village diving with World of Watersports based at the Hilton in 2005) and fell in love with the Island, so there was only one choice for our honeymoon!!!!
One of things people don't realise, which I figured out on my previous trip is that you MUST treat the locals with respect and courtesy and not like they are someone who must bend over backwards to service you slightest little whim. (I've seen people be quite rude to some of the locals, could never work out why?) Also a 4* hotel in Tobago will not equate to a 4* in the UK, I think travel companies and travel agents must take some responsibility for this.
Has anyone stayed at LGC recently and what were your thoughts? I'm keen to know what to expect.
I can't wait and promise to post a full review on here when I return.
Also, we are all inclusive but don't wish to be tied to the hotel, so can anyone recommend any good restaurants within walking distance?
Many thanks in advance, have fun,