Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Just returned from LGC on friday,had 2 fantastic weeks.Staff very good hotel rooms very nice, mine was room 303 fantastic views.Food was good especialy the currys at lunch time in the bistro.The hotel was less then half full whilst there so quiet.Saw a turtle the first day snorkling by the rocks under fort bennett.The sea was fairly rough so be careful,I did some bogie boarding and got wiped out a few times.Hired a car from Sheppy for a few days very good rates, and a free car upgrade he gave me a 4X4 for $50 a day . Went to arnos vale best place to snorkle a few times and snorkled with a turtle for nearly an hour,saw turtle both days i went, and a dutch guy told me he also sees them every time he goes in. It was clear in places but due to the sea being rough along the cost most places were poor visablity especial englishmans bay zero visablity when i went.The rain forest wes excelent went on private tour just my wife and i and saw every bird the guide was looking for including the white tailed saber winged humming bird sitting on a nest.I will put full details of our guide Kelton on trips part of forum.Nylon pool was nice, angel reef and buccoo reef was ok but saw a lot more at arnos vale and also at out local beach under fort bennett on clear days.The people were very friendly Giselle on the pool bar is fantastic say hello to her as she gets upset at people that cant be bothered to say hello and thank you.All in all Tobago is a beautiful place i enjoyed it beter then barbados less tourists and more to see and do,so unspoilt.I would go back to LGC with out any problem and hope to return one day maybe next year
Any questions give us a shout and i wil try and help.Found so much info from this site and forums keep up the good work all. PS dont forget to feed the koi in the pond a few small rolls of bread should do the trick some one will have to do it now that i have gone,(my daily job) they are allways hungry not sure if they get fed Oh yes went to argle waterfall a must, but be carefull the walk is a bit dodgy and i can see an accident happening. The old walk path was washed into the river and a new one was constructed, slippery in places and plenty of rocks under foot to twist an ankle
Our Review Of Lgc: 27.12.05 - 02.01.06
Like many people we set off to LGC with a bit of trepidation, as we had read such scathing and often disappointed reviews on a few websites.
We paid a lot to stay for just 1 week over New Year as it was peak season so we were worried we would be disappointed with our choice. The tour op had described as 'a beautiful first class resort to relax and unwind'.
On balance, we were pleasantly surprised although our expectations were lower given the 'bad publicity'.
Overall review - enjoyable holiday hotel and good location but have to say not worth what we paid - as not the first class 4* resort promoted.
More detailed review for those in 2 minds / thinking about booking ....
We have travelled widely for business and leisure and have stayed in many varied types of accommodation from - hostels whilst backpacking - to 5* hotels. We have also stayed in the Caribbean before so appreciated the standards are not 'Far East' luxury or Dubai type marble and flash! We tend to like the more rustic locations we have experienced so were open minded.
Good location and great views. Public beach a bit disappointing - bit messy with broken / limited number of sun shades, which given my very fair skin and the fantastic 30 degree sunshine, meant we couldn't use the beach at all during the week.
The hotel staff we found to be friendly, if you made the effort 1st to get the ball rolling and if you were polite when they served you - as should be expected. Good manners are after all free even if you are a paying guest! In particular, Dion in the Breezes bar and Valerie in the restaurant were warm, friendly and absolutely fantastic.
Dinner was a la carte every night except New Year's Day - when all 3 meals were buffet style. Can understand as people were coming and going at different times, as and when they surfaced after the previous nights celebrations! Breakfast and lunch were buffet style every day. Did not find the food to be bad quality or cold as some reviews suggested.
Special notes on the Caribbean
Please to say there was no hint of cat pee at the bistro although offending cats did hang around encouraged by the guests who kept feeding them!Despite the numerous notices from the hotel stating not to feed them!!! We like many guests found the cats very cute - who wouldn't - but we don't do fellow guests or the hotel any favours by encouraging them to hang around the food and pool areas. They don't miss a trick in trying to 'butter you up' to feed them scraps - no wonder they looked so well
The Caribbean Bistro was not open at all for dinner which was bizarre as they kept showing a menu but then it only opended for lunch. Hotel was not overly busy so perhaps this was why.
The hotel made a real effort for New Year's Eve with lots of extras although they did sneak an extra 'Gala Dinner' charge in without telling you in advance! Only about £15 for 2 people but given the meal was same as usual nightly a la carte fare and they didn't include any extra drinks like champagne for free - just seemed a bit cheeky!
Entertainment was typical resort standard and all inclusive seemed good value given all the meals included - breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, canapes and 3 course dinner, PLUS cocktails and unlimited premium spirits and wine by the glass. And of course the fantastic spa treatments. Worth it and a highlight of my day each day!
Some other guests voiced to us their disappointment with lack of activities taking place due to staff shortages. Only pool volleyball (daily), yoga/mediatation (seemed to be alternate days), beach football (some days) and power walk (some days). We didn't mind as we wanted to chill with a good book but for the more sporty this seemed to be very disappointing.
The decor/public areas including the pool and bedrooms are showing their age and looked a bit tatty and in need of a good refurb.
So our overall feeling about this hotel was it had 4* facilities with the pool, 3 bars, restaurants and spa, etc, but was really only a 3* standard.
Hi everybody, hope someone can give me a bit of information regarding the Le Grand Courlan Hotel. My wife and myself are due to go there on the 18th of March '06. I've read a lot of comments about the hotel and there is obviously mixed feelings so we will just go with an open mind and see how it goes so to speak. Could anyone let us know how do you go about arranging your free spa treatments as my wife would like to know. Do you have to book it whilst were still in the UK or is it pre-booked for you and you are given times and dates when you get there?. As with me I'm a certified Open Water Diver and obviously i'm keen to take up the free dives that are on offer. Has anybody been diving there? Is the dive centre alright? What are the the Instructors like and the condition of the equipement? Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Review Of Le Grand Courlan Hotel - Stayed 18 To 26 March 06
We travelled to LGC looking forward to a relaxing break in the Caribbean, and weren't let down. We're both in our late twenties, and so are quite young compared to the average LGC guest, but this was no barrier to having a good week.
Despite hearing horror stories about Excel airlines, we had no complaints about the flight over, and fifteen minutes after leaving the airport at Crown Point, we arrived at LGC to be greeted by a champagne cocktail.
Our travel operator had made an error, as we later discovered, and in the darkness, we didn't realise that the room allocated to us was a Garden View room, rather than the Ocean View which we'd booked. Thus we spent our first night in the "lower" category accomodation. This room had two major problems for us - firstly, the air conditioning air intakes were just outside the doors, and while it didn't trouble me (a heavy sleeper), my other half (an extremely light sleeper) struggled to get any rest due to the noise coming from these machines.
First thing in the morning, we were rudely awakened by the shrieking of the Chakalaka (spelling?!) birds, who appeared to live outside the room.
However, the mistaken room issue was spotted on our first morning, and the new Ocean View room was excellent - no air con noise, and almost zero bird noise (not much the hotel can do about that, of course, although we did learn that it was legal to shoot these particular birds...!)
The pool area is great - plenty of loungers for all, and both the poolside bar and main bar area are right next to the pool - shade and refreshment never far away.
The main bar also sits next to a games room - pool table etc - in which we found an ad libbed library, mainly from books left behind by guests. This was to prove a great resource, as we both got through the books we'd brought with us very quickly.
The beach bar is also good - two areas (shaded and non) - and our only regret was not realising that food was served here for lunch (more later) - a definite plus.
Drinks at all of the above were great, especially the cocktails (and mocktails), which were ice cold - always a good start.
Breakfast was good every day - wide range of food, including omelettes cooked to order while you watch; and the local birdlife is fully aware of breakfast times, as it gives them a chance to shun the early bird in favour of the easy pickings. It's wise to cover your juice up while heading back to the buffet - the fresh pineapple juice was a particular favourite of some of the smaller birds...!
Dinner was also good - I'm a fully fledged meateater, and loved the choices - the two restaurants each alternated between buffet and a la carte, so you'd always have a choice of styles each night. My other half is a vegetarian, and while her choice was somewhat limited (especially with the a la carte options), she did praise the quality of the dish (although vegetarian lasagne gets a bit samey after the third repetition in a week!).
Lunch was a let-down compared to dinner and breakfast for her, though. Very limited choice for the veggies, and I was surprised that there wasn't an allday snack bar - we had two excursions which ran until 3pm, at which point the restaurant was shut, leaving us food-less until dinner. However, the fare at the beach bar (where we went for an after-lunch drink on our last day, having eaten up at the hotel - d'oh!) looked much better.
The guest relations office is extremely good - Dan, the guy running it, knows his stuff, and all of the tours can be organised for you there by him. We'd prebooked an island tour, but the rainforest trip we booked with Dan was great, and he helped us throughout the week. The turtle watching trip is worth signing up for, although you won't know when you'll go until the last moment, when a turtle is spotted on a beach, nesting. Take money with you though - several guests seemed to think it was on the house!
In all, our week flew by, which is always a sign of a good vacation, and this was in large part due to the quality of the hotel and it's staff.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Le Grand Courlan Recent Reviews And Photos Needed
I enjoyed the my tobago review of Grnd Courlan, but that was since 2004. I have read some very scary reviews on tripadvisor that have described the hotel as run down with the stench of cat urine.I would be very pleased if anyone has photos to share or objective reviews.