The Sandy Point Beach Club is located directly adjacent to a small stretch of sandy beach. Sadly, the sea bed is very rocky here, so swimming is not really an option as getting in and out of the water is a painful process. However, the sea looks wonderful and the beach itself is sandy and attractive, spoilt only by a number of concrete groins extending into the ocean as an erosion defence. A small thatched hut has been built on one groin, very reminiscent of the famous Pigeon Point hut, and this enhances the view considerably. The hotel has a good stock of plastic sunbeds and a reasonable supply of waterproof cushioned mattresses for them, so whilst not suitable for swimming, the beach is ideal for sunbathing.
It is less than a 10 minute walk from the Beach Club to Store Bay beach. The resort offers twice daily complimentary shuttle services to both Store Bay, Pigeon Point and Mount Irvine Bay beaches. So, families without transport will be able to take full advantage of the good facilities at three of these popular beaches.
Located near the beach is the resort’s own freshwater swimming pool, with a smaller splash pool for toddlers. Furnished with an adequate stock of sun loungers, the pool is naturally very popular with guests, particularly given the limitations of the swimming. Beach towels are provided, for a small charge, and can be exchanged between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
The resort also features a sauna and three hot tubs, each operating at a different temperature (warm, medium, hot), of different style and shape and located in different areas of the grounds. I particularly liked the hottest tub perched sensitively amongst the roots of the giant Banyan tree that dominates the grounds and provides wonderful shade to the Clubhouse.
The Beach Club’s well-stocked Banyan Clubhouse & Bar offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments. Regular high-quality evening entertainment is held here. Offering magnificent sea views right across Store Bay to Pigeon Point, the club house is a great place to relax and take in the wonderful ambiance of Tobago. The clubhouse also has a full-size coin-operated pool table, table tennis and darts. They offer complimentary coffee in the morning and serve tea at 4.00pm.
A franchise-operated restaurant is located beside the sea at the front of the property. This attractive small restaurant offers stunning views over the sea and is a wonderful place to watch the setting sun. It has two sections; a formal table-clothed dining area and an adjacent thatched hut with more casual wooden tables and benches. The restaurant is open for local and international cooked breakfast, light luncheons and dinner. The cuisine is more local than anything, but prices are reasonable and the service friendly. It’s not a restaurant that I would cross the island to visit, but we enjoyed our one meal there.
Adjacent to the main reception block is a useful Mini-mart and Gift Shop offering quite a wide range of basic supplies and provisions. I was pleasantly surprised to note that this included a small, but very nice looking, selection of fruit and vegetables.
A franchised PADI dive service, Frontier Divers, is based at the resort. They are a well-run locally-owned and managed operation, noted for friendly and efficient service. Kayaks are also available for rental.
The club has a floodlit short tennis court, with integrated basketball. A small exercise and weight room, with a range of equipment is also available to guests.
Children are well catered for. A substantial area of the main lawn is given over to climbing frames, swings, see-saws and other devices that will delight the children, as was clearly evident during our stay.
The Sandy Point Beach Club apartments are ideally suited to families, but not to the detriment of solo travellers, or couples like ourselves. Our visit coincided with the end of Carnival, when many Trinidadians come to Tobago to get away from the noise and disruption in their capital city, Port of Spain. The resort was full, but we never felt crowded.
We were particularly taken by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.
We have no hesitation in recommending the Sandy Point Beach Club. Visitors looking for a holiday base in Tobago may well wish to consider one of the resort’s timeshare units.
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