Reviewed by Steve & Jill Wooler in March 2008 and February 2014
Hibiscus Heights is a two-storey colonial-style house situated on a steep hillside in Pleasant Prospect. The upper floor of the building provides a large three-bedroom self-contained apartment with private swimming pool. The first floor is sub-divided into a cosy studio and a larger one-bedroom apartment which can be combined into a spacious two-bedroom apartment when booked together. Finally, a delightful one-bedroom cottage lies to the front of the main house.
The property offers highly a comfortable, relatively upscale accommodation for a total of up to 14 guests. As such, it is could be an ideal choice for wedding parties and other small groups.
Hibiscus Heights has had two previous owners and has been offering self-catering holiday accommodation for around twelve years. The property changed hands in late 2013 and the new owners, a charming Trini/Canadian couple called Mike and Glory, are still in the early stages of making the changes and upgrades that are planned for the property. We wish them well in their venture.
The charming hamlet of Pleasant Prospect is located between Mount Irvine and Black Rock on Tobago’s lower Caribbean coastline. Travellers familiar with the north coast Shirvan Road are sure to recall it, even if not familiar with the name. It is home to The Fish Pot restaurant, Pizza Boys takeaway, Marie’s Place mini-mart and the only ATM cash machine along that section of the Caribbean coast. Hibiscus Heights is located less than a minute’s walk from these essential facilities.
The Crown Point beaches of Store Bay and Pigeon Point are attractive and popular, but have become over-commercialised and can be excessively crowded – particularly if a cruise ship has docked in Scarborough. The beaches along the Caribbean coast are quieter and more natural. Other than a few beach traders, these beaches are largely free from any sort of commercialisation. Hibiscus Heights is less than a 5-minute walk from the golden sands of popular Grafton beach.
The Shirvan Road, which runs along the lower part of the Caribbean north coast road from its intersection with the Crown Point-Scarborough highway, has become Tobago’s dominant restaurant strip. Several of the island’s most popular and best restaurants are housed along, or adjacent to, this mile-or-so of coast road – all within a 5-minute drive of Pleasant Prospect.
When one combines these factors, Hibiscus Heights has an excellent location. It is within a 15-20 minute drive of every notable business or feature in the popular Crown Point-Plymouth-Scarborough triangle and is ideally situated for tours and excursions to Tobago’s beautiful northern rainforest.
To get the very best from their Tobago holiday experience, visitors should consider hiring a self-drive vehicle. The island is small and easy to navigate and why waste valuable vacation time waiting for taxis or public transport. Having said this, Hibiscus Heights is one of the very few properties where it is genuinely possible to stay without transport, particularly as owners Mike and Glory offer complimentary airport transfers.
As mentioned, Hibiscus Heights offers a choice of three different apartments in the main house, plus a studio cottage in the grounds.
We would have been happy to stay in any of the apartments. However, the pièce de résistance of this lovely property is undoubtedly the three-bedroom Warm Breezes apartment, so it seemed most appropriate to make this the focus of our review. All four units are decorated, furnished and equipped to the same high standard as detailed in our main description of Warm Breezes.
Like almost every property outside the flat Crown Point/Lowlands area of Tobago, Hibiscus Heights is built on a hillside. Flights of stairs need to be negotiated for access to and from The Artist’s Studio and Corner View, and even more so, Warm Breezes. As a result, the property would not be ideal for those with mobility problems. However, the single-storey Sweet Nest cottage is built at ground level with direct access from a small, flat parking area immediately in front of the cottage.
The property is surrounded by a high security fence discretely covered with bougainvillea and other colourful, thorny, tropical shrubs. The tall entrance gates are locked during the early evening and guests provided with access keys. Each accommodation unit has a small electronic safe for guest valuables.
Travellers who need to keep in touch with work, family or friends will be delighted to hear that Hibiscus Heights offers complimentary wireless access to a reasonably fast (by Tobago standards) Internet connection. This is available in all four accommodation units.
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