Turtle Beach - Reader Reports & Opinion
Just Back From The Rex Turtle Beach Hotel
Just returned from 2 glorious weeks at the Rex. I found the hotel very nice and clean and spacious. (If you are looking for luxury this hotel is probably not for you but it is only a 3 star hotel and you get what you pay for!)All the staff and locals were very friendly and helpful.
The beach is great.Very long and sandy but be careful of the big waves.Not a good beach for children. Take some 50%Deet insect repellant as i got bitten before i slapped it on.The pool is very nice and big. I went room only but found the meals in the hotel expensive (£18 for dinner. £9 for breakfast)so i would go AI next time. I am a veggie and found plenty to eat in the hotel and enjoyed the food very much.There are very few restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.I emailed the hotel with my room requests and got exactly what i wanted. A very big,quiet room with an amazing sea view (room 355).I would recommend Peter Cox tours if you want to see the island and its wildlife.You can book them at the hotel.Peter Cox is a great guy and devoted to conserving the wildlife on Tobago. Shame the government isn't! I was lucky to see a nesting turtle on Turtle beach! I got no trouble from beach vendors and felt very safe at all times on the island-even wallking at night on turtle beach.
There are 4 stray dogs that live on the beach at the hotel.Please be kind to them as they are very friendly and like to be taken for walks.Please also try and explain to them not to dig up turtle nests!Tobago needs to neuter its stray dogs and cats and do more to protect its endangered leatherback turtles.Only 100,000 left.
I would like to thank this website for all the useful advice and help i found on it.
Personal Review Of The Rex Turtle Beach
I have just read Steve’s review of the Rex Turtle Beach and agree with everything he says. Our family of 4 including 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter stayed at the Rex on an ‘AI’ basis from 31st January to 14th February of this year and had an absolutely fantastic time. We had read a few reviews on other sites before we went (we really only discovered ‘My Tobago’ on our return) and were a little apprehensive but, as with all our holidays, we were determined to enjoy ourselves. We need not have worried, the holiday surpassed all our expectations.
We arrived to be greeted with rum or fruit punch and were soon checked into our rooms. We had adjacent rooms on the third floor and the view was wonderful – palms trees, the sea, the sand. The rooms were both spacious and simply furnished. They were cleaned every day and fresh towels were provided daily. The air conditioning was noisy, but worked very well. It certainly didn’t keep us awake – perhaps too much rum punch. The location of the hotel is fantastic and the pool area is superb. The pool is cleaned every morning and certainly sparkled during our stay. It did seem a fair walk to the reception and dining areas of the hotel from our rooms but we took to walking through the gardens alongside the beach, which somehow ‘reduced’ the walk. Anyway we were on holiday and certainly in no rush.
As said before we stayed on ‘AI’ basis and, for the 4 of us, we found this to be very good value. The breakfasts were outstanding and filled us up for the day. We rarely ate at lunchtime, as we were either too full or not around. (Packed lunches are provided if you want to go out for the day, but we never felt the need.) Sometimes we had afternoon tea, but mainly we just returned for the evening meal. We had the buffet menu every night and found it to be extremely good and varied with different theme evenings. There was always more than enough choice for us.
We found being ‘AI’ didn’t tie us to the hotel. We had a car for two days and drove all round the island, went out with Stumpy ‘the Tuna Man’ on his boat for two trips (he looked after us very well), went to Scarborough twice for carnival events (brilliant atmosphere) and twice on Saturday mornings for the market and ‘limited’ shopping. We also went to Sunday School (not to be missed) and used taxis often, as we felt they were a reasonably cheap way for the 4 of us to get around. One trip included a visit to Rainbow Falls – a short walk in the rain forest and then a swim in the wonderfully refreshing, fall – just the 4 of us – truly amazing.
The hotel staff were very, very friendly, they really couldn’t do enough for us. They made our stay so memorable. They all seemed very relaxed and we loved the way the waitresses danced to the music whilst serving the tables. The bar staff, as well, never seemed to be still, dancing away to soca music. We also enjoyed the weekly guests versus staff cricket match. The manager supplied drinks for everyone, locals supplied the music – maracas and conch shell horn, the score was recorded and believe it or not – the guests won each week we were there!
We chatted to the locals on the beach and found they were not pushy at all. When we first arrived we were interested to hear of the tours available and there was certainly no problem in saying “no thank you”. All of the beach vendors were friendly and called “good morning” or “hello” every time we went past. They are all so talented being able to carve wood intricately, make beautiful jewellery, braid hair and even paint delicate patterns on finger and toenails. My husband also enjoyed his 2 back massages. We were often chatting to the locals well after sunset and our children became friendly with some of the local teenagers who tried to teach them how to perform multiple back flips/somersaults into the sea!
In summary, the hotel is more than adequate, very clean and extremely good value. The staff and locals made our holiday fantastic and, although this was our first time in the Caribbean, we certainly found something magical about Tobago. We had such a good time that we’ve booked again for next year, again at the Rex and can hardly wait to see everyone again. Armed with the brilliant information provided on this site, I know we will get even more out of our stay next time.
Thank you Steve for your superb site – I’m addicted, as it fuels my insatiable appetite for all things Tobago!
Review 24 Apr 2005
Sandra Daniel from Crawley England
Thank you so much Steve for your brilliant review on The Rex Turtle Beach. I knew from previous posts that a review was imminent but as we fly out on 16th May I kept checking daily for any new posts and here it is!!
My husband and I stayed at this hotel 13 years ago and wanted to show our three sons how lovely Tobago is. We had a bad experience in Grenada last year and reading some of the posts on various sites I was dreading this holiday. You have really put my mind at rest thank you so much. I will let you know how we get on.
I am flying out to the turtle beach on the 14 may. i have read many reveiws good and bad but have decided to take it as i find it and just enjoy. i was just wondering if they have enough shade on the beach - umbrellas - or do you have to get there early to get one, as i am disabled and a bit slow in the mornings. if you found difficulty getting shade replies will be welcome and i can take a sun shade with me, unless anyone knows of a shop in tabago that sells them.
Visited Rex Turtle Beach Apr. 2005
My partner & I stayed at the Turtle Beach the last 2 weeks in April I can't understand how & why people have been so negative in the past, we had a fantastic time been back just over a week & wish I was still there.
The hotel certainly isn't the most plush of hotels I've stayed in but location wise you cannot ask for more, we stayed in the new part of the hotel on the 3rd floor with an amazing view over the garden & beach when I woke up the 1st morning at 6am & saw our view I was amazed. The rooms are basic but cleaned every day & fresh towels left, how much time do you spend in your room anyway.
We stayed on an A.I basis and we had no problems at all with the food, there was always plenty of it & plenty of choice lots of fresh fruit available & you can still order off the a la carte FOC if you are A.I. I do think the hotel is a little under staffed which sometimes makes the service a little slow but I have to say the majority of the staff were great & really friendly. We did go a out a few times & if you are eating out I'd definately go back to the Golden Star for the lobster however I personally would recommend the A.I option, its easy & you don't have to be pinned down to the resort for the whole 2 weeks.
Who ever stayed at the hotel & said that the brits did't mingle must have been really unlucky, I don't think we have ever been on holiday & mingled so much by the time 2 weeks was up pretty much everyone in the resort seemed to have spoken to each other, plus we made some really good friends who we will be keeping in touch with & have done so already.
We also booked some great trips out with 'Jason from Woody's Tours', they were so friendly & even tailor made a day long boat tour for us where we went fishing, spotted dolphins & saw some fantastic parts of Tobago.
I would definately re visit Tobago & the Rex Turtle Beach again.