Turtle Beach - Reader Reports & Opinion
Paul Holland from U.K. visited in April 2006 and awarded
Having read numerous conflicting reports of the RTB,we were becoming increasingly concerned with what we may find, having already booked a 2 week stay during April.
Apartments - whilst basic, were extremely comfortable & incredibly well appointed being only a few yard walk over pleasant gardens to a fantastic beach location. This was invariably uninhabited save the occasional fishermen pulling in nets & the odd resident of the RTB out for a stroll.
Restaurant - have obviously done something to breath life into the all-inclusive offer. I work within the restaurant industry & have to say that the offer was varied & of superb quality throughout the 2 week stay.
Staff - were incredibly freindly & very helpful throughout the stay. I can only assume that comments regarding 'surly' staff were as a result of the guest`s attitude. The staff seemed genuinely eager to please & take pride in their work & their island.
Only one think to watch out for is the odd aloe vera salesman. Do not encourage these guys. The rest of the people you will meet, whether selling tours, calabash or whatever are extremely polite & a pleasure to meet.Again very proud of their island.
I would not hestate to return to the Rex Turtle beach & did indeed meet a number of repeat visitors. Whilst a little old & certainly not what would be considered a 4-5star hotel in the UK, the place has a certain character & relaxed feel & level of service that fits in perfectly with the island. This must also be the best location of any hotel on the island.
Paul - UK
Lynda Gaskin from U.K. visited in March 2006 and awarded
We had a beautiful holiday at Turtle Beach Resort, and went all inclusive the accomadation, albeit basic, was clean & tidy, the food was very good with an amazing choice, we espically liked the afternoon tea and cakes!! couldn't fault the staff in any way, very polite and helpful.
The surroundings where kept spotless.
The evening entertainment was a bit hit and miss but as we don't really pick a holiday for that it didn't matter to us.
Loved the pool and bar area, loved the Island, we took a car out for several trips exploring around the island and going out to local markets. A trip to the wilder side of the island is a must as is trying the local restaurants.
Turtle Beach itself was amazing, beautiful golden beach, the fisherman brought there catch into the bay and sorted out the fish, wonderful to watch, espically the pelecans swooping down to try and get their dinner!! topped off by seeing 2 beautiful leather back turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs, we watched them for hours until they went back into the sea, what a sight, the shell of one of them was over 2 meters in length.
We loved Tobago and will one day return.
If Henry is still there under his Mango tree on the beach making sandles, then you must have a pair made mine are still going strong and are so comfortable.
John And Elisabeth Small from U.K. visited in February 2006 and awarded
My wife lives for tennis; the 2 courts were in appalling shape.
The rooms were not well cleaned and the supply of towels and wash cloths was un-predictable.Not enough beach chairs or shade
provided. Food was fair.
We did enjoy the turtle and bird watching.
Pauline Marshall from U.K. visited in January 2006 and awarded
I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. Maybe I'm not fussy but the accommodation had everything I needed and was comfortable. The food was great with good choice and plenty of it! You could return for 'seconds' as many times as you wanted and there was a great supply of fresh fruit at all meal times. (Fresh as in cut up and prepared in front of you.)
The great thing about this hotel is that it really is right on the beach, and you can be there in minutes. Geographically it is very well situated. Being on the Caribbean coast, the water is warm and generally calm, a marked contrast to the rocky Atlantic coast with its cold rollers. The prevailing wind brings rain in from the Atlantic which it then drops on the rainforest high in the middle of the island. By the time the clouds get to Turtle Beach they have more or less disappeared. However, I seem to have been lucky as I did hear from another guest that the week before I arrived it was colder and wet and after I left there were great storms. During one storm a dead turtle was washed up on the beach where it then lay rotting for days. Evidently the stench was shocking but I think this situation was unusual.
Although too early in the season really to see turtles we did have one young female come up the beach one night. We were told to watch silently and to not use flash photography but unfortunately some people couldn't resist using their cameras. Whether it was this that put her off or, as someone suggested she was too young to be laying eggs and was just on a practice run we don't know but she went back to sea sooner than expected.
I was travelling on my own but met other people on trips and at meal times. I was also able to take the sailing dinghy and kayak out, although the staff did seem to take a bit of persuasion to actually let me do that, and wouldn't let them out at the slightest sign of a swell. Quite understandable when they know local conditions so much better than the visitors. The boats were built for safety rather than excitement but still fulfilled the purpose of providing an enjoyable leisure activity.
The pool was very much a recreational pool but very pleasant - and clean.
I have only two reservations. Firstly, I bought the holiday on a BA offer which included flights and accommodation only. Although the starting price was very reasonable, by the time the single person supplement was added and then the meals as well, it all added up.
Secondly, we were told it was a safe island but I had a couple of experiences that, although no harm was done, warned me to be careful and I would advise caution. The hotel and beach are guarded full time by security men so while you're in the area of the hotel you are in danger of no more than locals trying to sell you a range of crafts and services.
There was a good number and range of organised trips including round the island tours, including a walk in the rainforest, a trip to Trinidad and boat trips to wonderful coral reefs.
Yes, I would go again!
Chris Shovelton from U.K. visited in January 2006 and awarded
Rex hotel was poor with late servicing of rooms so that often there were no fresh towels even by teatime.
Everything was scruffy, the main complex smelt of frying food and the food itself looked most unappetising.
Car park is like a bomb site,lord help you in the rainy season.
Staff did their best but seemed unable to answer the numerous complaints we saw people making during our weeks stay.
Rooms were like chalets. Best avoided unless you want a 1960s Butlins experience.