Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion

Our Visit To Paradise!   

Liz/Nick Martinus,Reading

Post Recreated: Originally posted - 17 August

Hi Steve, Having read various reports on your sight thought we would comment on our recent stay at Le Grand Courlan Spa inStonehaven.

The hotel wasextremely pleasant, especially the daily spa treatments - all of which seemed to be on offer - with no closed rooms. The Gym was well worth a visit although the treadmill machines were out of order for al of our two week stay. As stated by others who have visited the hotel - the staff were magnificent ! and nothing was too much for them. The meals were mostly ok - but the Caribbean Bistro was out of this world.

We visited La Tataruga Italian restaurant , which although rather expensive - 900TT$ for our meal which only included one G&T, a glass of chianti and a bottle of water on top of the standard, but excellent meal. There is only a set menu available, however, if you visit more than once they recommend that you advise them when booking and they will make sure that the anti pasta you get is different each time.

The Seahorse and Shirvan Watermill are also worth a visit - and a bit more reasonable in price!

We used Frankie's Tours to visit various parts of the island including a snorkling and boat trip to Englishmans Bay and Pigeon Point. The sea trip was spectacular and the dolphins came right up to the boat to be fed. The only downside to the beach was the black sand - we found this a tad off putting - it was fairly quiet and as seems to be the case on all of the island relatively safe and secure. We found out walking that the locals were very pleased to speak to the tourists amd top give them advise as to what to do.

On one of the tour operators brochures it states "If Heaven Is Full Please Send Me Back to Tobago! We certainly agree with this comment and hope to return to the island in the not too distant future. We even looked at the possibility of buying property there! Fingers crossed.

As to the Dengue fever alert - we did see notices about it everywhere, and were advised to always use insect repellent. The hotel offered to spray our rooms any time we asked and the local authority in Scarborough were certainly spraying at various intervals throughout the week when we were there. As when travelling to any country - take care with what you drink and where you visit - listen to the locals and all should be fine!

Anyone planning to visit the island or the hotel for the first time Enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks for your informative sight Steve - it was very useful.

Regards

Liz and Nick

Le Grand Courlan And Tobago Diving   

Richard

Post Recreated: Originally posted - 08 October

Hello, and firstly thanks for a GREAT site. We are staing at Le Grand Courlan the first 2 weeks this November. I'm keen to check a few points but don't have a contact email or telephone number. Does anyone know it ? Also, I know there's a dive shop at Le Grand Courlan, but has anyone eny experience of it ? Does anyone recommend any of the Dive Schools on the island or the best dive sites ?

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Le Grand Courlan Spa, Tobago   

Steve & Lynda

Post Recreated: Originally posted - 27 October

We have just booked to go to the Le Grand Courlan Spa in early December 2003 with Virgin but are now a little concerned about the standards of the food and service that we have been reading about. Also, concerned about the general quality of the hotel. It looked lovely in teh brochure but now that we have had a look on the internet, we are not too sure. Can anyone put our minds at rest or, at worst, advise to change our plans. Help!

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Le Grand Courlan / Grafton Beach   

Lesley, UK

Post Recreated: Originally posted - 26 November

Hi, I have been a regular visitor of this fabulous site for some months in preparation of my holiday in tobago. Unfortunately the evening before my flight I was called by my travel agent to be advised that Grafton and Le grand courlan had been experiencing a virul illness which had left approx 50% of the guests unwell. The authorities had been called in to take various tests, but that I could still go and take my chances. Needless to say I was very concerned and called lgc to check the info, they confirmed that this was the case althoug they believed the problem was all over the island and that it was probably a type of flu virus, but that the auths had taken water/food/sea water and pool water to test. As the results were going to take about 5 days to come back from trinidad I opted to get off my flight in Grenada, so never did go to the beautiful island of Tobago. As my flight came home vai tobago I was able to talk with travellers who had been there and it seems that the ones on my flight had been affected for a day or two, but they thought that the problem was dying out. Sorry I cant give my promised reports to Steve (or Kim who asked me to check out the wedding situation.) I did meet with some people in grenada who had been to le grand courlan last year and were now at le source(where I re-scheduled my holiday) an was told that it was wonderful. I hope to try it early next year. I just felt it prudent to delay my visit to the island as nobody wants to go out to the caribbean to end up too ill to enjoy.

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Le Grand Courlan To Reopen Kitchen   

Tobago News Article

Post Recreated: Originally posted - 30 November

Le Grand Courlan Resort and Spa has been given the all clear to re- open its kitchen following the outbreak of suspected food poisoning at the hotel last week.

However, County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mentor Melville is still to give the green light to the nearby Grafton Beach Resort, both owned by businessman Ish Galbaransingh, to re-open its kitchen that was closed for a similar reason.

Tests showed that the water and the salad served at the hotels almost three weeks ago contained three types of bacteria. As a result Melville had ordered the closure of the kitchens while the Public Health Authority moved in to sanitise them, as well as to train staff in proper food handling and processing. However, the management took a decision to voluntary close the hotels.

Grafton is expected to be ready for re-opening this week after the water system is overhauled. Manager Rene Seepersadsingh is expected to make a statement on the matter shortly.

Reproduced from Tobago News - 29/11/2002

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