Turtle Beach - Reader Reports & Opinion
Dreadful - To Be Home!
We have just got back from our fantastic second stay at the Rex. I've read lots of reviews about the Rex on this site and feel the general impression is that, although the Rex is certainly not the most luxurious hotel one could stay in, it is certainly has something special. I wonder, could this be its fantastic location on what must be one of the friendliest beaches ever? Never before, having returned to a destination, have we had so many hugs and kisses. All the locals on the beach and many of the hotel staff recognised the four of us and made us feel extremely welcome. Now, after our second visit, we feel we have some real friends in Tobago and I'm sure others, who mention the locals on this site, feel the same.
If we were to mention a few names our thanks would go to Woody for organising a great island tour with Kerwin, Keith for taking us twice to Sunday School, Jackie for her expert hair braiding and massages, Mary for expert massages, Rachael for wonderful nail paintings, Afi and her daughter Jerusha, Reuben, Engine, Stumpy and everyone from the Water Sports hut – Oryan, Natalie, Scoutie (what singing), Mike and Johnny. There is also Henry, the shoemaker, Larry, the 'sun doctor!' and Jason and Frankie (who we didn't buy trips off but they still stopped to chat whenever they saw us) and many others - too many to mention by name. Our two children aged 16 and 13 spent lots of time playing cards and football and 'liming' on the beach with Leo, Marcus and Devon.
We hired a jeep for two days through Sheppy, which arrived very promptly and with no problems. Leo joined us for a morning and took us to the Highland Waterfall – fantastic experience.
The hotel now has a new manager and many improvements have been made – probably the most noticeable being the new sun beds and the increase in number of these. The food at the hotel is superb, our only complaint being our increasing waistlines! Our rooms were looked after expertly by Patsy with clean towels every day and our beds were turned down in the evenings with fresh flowers being placed on the sheets.
Hopefully we shall return to the Rex again next year. (Anyone been in July/August and if so, what was the weather like?) Our reasons for going back are because the hotel is in an excellent location on a fantastic beach with some of the friendliest and nicest people we have ever met.
If anyone is going to Rex shortly, all I can say is we are very envious!
hi steve, ive just been reviewing all the notes from previous stayers at the Rex Tobago.
Firstly i have to say that weve, (thats 21 of us and a wedding !) have stayed at the Rex Genadian and (8 of us, thats 6adults 2 kids) have stayed at the Rex Papillion over the last two years. We have been greatly impressed by both hotels which is why were giving the Turtle Beach a bash !
What concerns me just a tad is that there seem to be quite a lot of negative reviews over the Turtle Beach hotel, I know that these reviews are probably sent by people who have gardeners and cleaners but can you just put my mind at rest and tell me thats its as wonderful as the sister hotels !
We have 3 children between us, thats a 7 8 and 7mth old baby, and the older kids love nothing better (as do we !) than to go to the kids club every day, so can you just reassure me that this club is just the same as the other Rex's!
Keep up the good work with the web site.
your fellow Rex followers !
Hire A Local For The Day
Although we are definately going to hire a car for the duration of our holiday in October, I would be keen to know how we would go about hireing a local for the day so we can get an overview of the Island. It's quite likely that our hosts at Hummingbird Heights will be able to advise, however it is always nice to hear other peoples storys. I read that someone else has hired a local and it was about 200TT. What is this equivalent to in English money?
Any Tips For First Timers?!
Having spent some time looking through the many posts on this excellent forum, it is clear there are lots of you people out there with useful tips re holidaying in Tobago.
My sister Tracy, my mate Richard and myself are going out to stay at the RTB in 2 weeks time. We have never been "west" before - having always gone to the far East in the past - (Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bali etc.) - so I expect this will be quite different!! Shorter flight for a start - which is good news!
We are staying room only - mainly because past experience has shown us that it encourages us to be lazy and not go and explore! (As a result we have stayed RO for all but our 1st holiday). Anyway, I know there have been many similar questions on this site in the past, but if anyone can give us some tips or advice about where we should be going out to eat and also how to get there (i.e taxis and how much they cost etc.) we would be EXTREMELY grateful. (p.s we eat anything - within reason!!)
Any other general advice would also be welcome - apologies for probably making you guys repeat yourselves...
Can't wait to get there...been thoroughly annoyed all summer about all the sun-tanned people strolling back to work after their holidays..so looking forward to getting our own back!
Thank you in advance,
Steven, Richard & Tracy.
Babys At The Rex Turtle Beach
I am staying at the Rex tobago in october and have a 7 month old baby,
Can anyone tell what the Rex is like with small babys? and also whats it like taking babys to the Carribean. We also have 2 kids aged 7 & 8, whats the kids club like?