Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
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 !!
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!!!
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 100’s 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 I’m afraid to say we are not buffet people, but felt it was not as good as the a’la’carte. (personal choice) the a’la’carte 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 didn’t ‘do’ 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. Couldn’t 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 didn’t 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 can’t 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.
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Dominic In London
Post Recreated: Originally posted - 15 July
Firstly I want to thank Steve Wooler for providing such an excellent website on Tobago - offering an informative and impartial appraisal of the island gleaned from first hand knowledge – precisely what a first time visitor needs . This resource enabled me to really think a lot more about how I was going to spend my time on Tobago.
I have just returned to London from Tobago yesterday having spent a holiday at Le Grand Courlan. It was only when we arrived and I noted the ‘hotel & spa’ that I realised why my girlfriend had booked us in to this particular hotel – but what an inspired choice! The Grand Courlan was a fantastic hotel. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful, the surroundings were pleasant and the food was superb, particularly in the Caribbean bistro where local cooks serve up they’re fare – the crab salad was as good as any I’ve had in any of London’s top restaurants. The ‘all inclusive’ package included all local and international drink brands and the hotel was happy to provide you with whatever else you may have needed. The spa was a wonderful element to the holiday as we had chosen Tobago because we were seeking relaxation. What better way to unwind than to have a spa treatment every morning? The tranquil spa found in the basement had a very soothing atmosphere, although a few rooms down there were in the process of being re-developed. I put this down to it being the off season when work would cause minimum disruption. Most of the guests were British and (relatively) well behaved and, forgive me, there were no noisy kids splashing you during the day and keeping you up at night. There were many honeymooners visiting and perhaps if they return next year they might have little ones in tow! It was mostly couples but there were a few singletons, our favourite being Fraser the airline steward who was an absolute hoot.
The free scuba diving lesson from the on-site dive shop were excellent with Dion and Donovan proving to possess skill and patience in equal measure – qualities that were both needed during my initiation to the dive world! The beach at Stonehaven bay which is directly below the hotel and sometimes referred to as Grafton beach is also a lovely long stretch of sand punctuated with black rock formations. We also managed to get in some decent snorkelling in the bay although there are probably better locations on the island for snorkelling. There is a beach hut on the beach serving up food and drink to guests of both Courlan and it’s sister resort of Grafton Beach. Myself and Jo, Ian & Louise a lovely couple living in Scotland and Woody & Catrina (newlyweds from London) and Fraser had a sublime slap up chicken and rice meal there one hot day. I’d thoroughly recommend Le Grand Courlan to anybody visiting Tobago. On a purely personal basis I found the service, location and ambience to be perfect, although in order to make this the honest account I have set out to produce I should state that the hotel was only roughly half full last week.
We visited the Argylle falls – where we had a dip in the lagoon beneath. We went on a round the island trip, visited fort king George which is having major restoration works at the moment, but commands such beautiful views it is still a must see. We also hopped on board the Kalina Cats and sailed up the coast. There’s lot’s to see and do on the island should you choose to, and what strikes you is how cheerful and respectful the local people are despite the obvious poverty that is prevalent. It really is a fantastic place.
Jo and I already pining for the place – and hope that the above words convince any doubters that they will not be disappointed with Tobago.
Once again thanks to Steve for sharing his knowledge and setting up the forum.