Canoe Bay Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion

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David M Smith from U.K. visited in March 2008 and awarded  One out of Five

We visited Canoe Bay Resort at the end of a fabulous holiday in Tobago with a view to booking apartments there for a family trip next year. We made it clear that we wished to look around first and then we intended to stay at the beach for the morning so would come across to pay the older gentleman on duty at the pay desk. We were shown around very courteously by the young lady on reception. We found the double room suites to be very dark and certainly not luxurious as described on the brochure. We then walked over the lawns to have a look at the facilties including the pool and beach. There was a small pool which was above ground with a very small wooden deck tacked on one end We were the only persons in sight apart from one couple already on the beach and in full view still of the pay desk. We stood back from the beach to take in the view before heading towards the pay desk which was at the bar to pay entrance for the morning. At this stage the elderly gent started waving angrily at us to come over to him which we did with the intention of paying. We explained to him that we had just been looking which he already knew anyway. (Our beach bags and swimsuits were still in the car at this stage). He then became very unfriendly and said we had to pay right now and that we had no right to walk over towards the beach. Even though we explained again what we had been doing he then said they had enough people staying there without needing our clientele at this stage I might add we are a couple in our late fifties with our adult daughter accompanying us. He told us the owner was nearby and we spoke to him. Unfortunately even though we explained what we were doing to him he was just as unfriendly and basically said that if we crossed the lawn towards the beach it was not allowed and no photos were allowed either.

Does this establishment want guests?! This was our first experience of an unfriendly and frankly antagonistic Tobagonian and it was very upsetting and disappointing. Up to that point we were very interested in staying but nothing would entice us back there to stay now, or even visit the beach. Neither would we recommend it to anyone else from the UK as who wants to be treated the way we were.

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C Warren from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded  Two out of Five

Let me begin by saying the family have just had a fantastic week in Tobago but feel folk should be prepared for a few things at Canoe Bay. The bay/beach itself is just gorgeous as we wanted somewhere quiet with safe swimming for the children with low key tourism.I booked 8 months previously(had informed them we would be arriving on our children's joint 7th and 9th birthdays)so was disappointed when we were shown No 2 as the 2nd bedroom had just one double bed and no window! A camp bed was set up which the 7 year could just fit into but made the small dark room very cramped. All the curtains are hanging off the other windows(from a previous wedding party apparantly)and were then tucked behind the rails when I asked if they could remedy it-so we still couldn't open and close the curtains!We are a couple of old back packers,not into the luxury end of the market, but I would describe these definately as basic but adequate "tired" apartments and not villas!

A gigantic marquee totally obscured the view of the sea as another wedding for 200 quests was being prepared for the next day.All of the prep,washing up of crockery,cutlery and glassware was done from No 1(we later found out had 2 single beds in the 2nd bedroom but weren't offered despite no one booking in after wedding party left?)and the (very loud!)sound system set up outside No. 3.The lack of sound proofing bewteen the rooms is something to consider as you really can hold conversations beween the rooms!We camp a lot and it's quieter in a tent as there is distance between tents! The lovely Tobagoin bride and her entourage stayed up ALL night talking (understandable excitement!)and by 4am I gave up trying to sleep (after an 8 hour flight from UK).By 5.30am we were outside commiserating with them about the torrential down pours but it brightened up for their wedding thank goodness!.With 200 people milling about on our 1st day we made ourselves scarce (advice from bride!)and came back later to find all the cleaning up being done from No1 - which meant no hot water!

Construction work going on down the road approaching Canoe Bay -building of new road for"eco"industrial park and forest next door being totally cleared by bulldozers.The owner,Mr. James,told us he is planning to build another 50 cabannas at Canoe Bay which we think will spoil it as the beach is small and feels just about right with the day trippers that use it as well as the guests.If we go back as a family we would ask for No1 and find out if there are any events planned as it does make a difference.

Having said all that we did have a lovely week and visited many other beautiful bays and beaches-a fantastic island.

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Michael Hoskins from U.K. visited in January 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

My wife and I are retired over sixties with a background in the travel industry. We found the accommodation clean and comfortable. The limited kitchen facilities were adequate to prepare breakfast and simple meals. We soon got used to the constant hum of the aircon machine, and it made the room temperature pleasant night and day. The gardens were pretty and extensive, the beach uncrowded and private, and safe for families. We did not eat at the beach bar but understand that breakfast and simple meals could be had there, individually prepared by the owners - Mr/s James. Staff were friendly, helpful and trustworthy. The location, between the airport and Scarboro. is convenient. The 1 mile long dirt approach-road off the highway is a bit of a surprise at first - but it does give the resort remoteness in this busy corner of the island, which is a great attraction. A rented car is a must. It is not luxury accommodation but excellent value for money. We hope to return.

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Sarah Baptiste from U.K. visited in December 2007 and awarded  Five out of Five

Fabulous place!!!! We loved it. We arrived early evening after a 10 hour flight and were shown to our studio apartment by Lasalle, the onsite security person. The apartment was large and light but basic and scrupulously clean. Our first floor balcony overlooked the well tended gardens with views over the pool and out toward the sea. We were personally greeted the next morning by Mrs James, the owner, and Esther, the receptionist. The resort itself is pretty remote (2-3 km to closest shops) and whilst a car is not essential, it's handy. If you want to see some of the island, hire a car or jeep. Esther organised for a jeep for 3 days for us with the minimum of fuss and maximum detail. Going back to the resort, the quiet and sheltered beach is a 2 minute walk away and for the entire 4 days we were there, we had it all to ourselves. The pool and surrounding tropical gardens are clean and well looked after with a bar (although closed when we were there)and shower and toilet facilities close to the beach.

After spending weeks deliberating over accommodation, we definitely made the right choice, both in choice of Caribbean island and accommodation. A real find.....

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Shaliza from Trinidad visited in April 2007 and awarded  Five out of Five

Well worth the price!

i stayed with my husband and 2 sons (18 mths and 6 years)

i have stayed in other places in tobago that simply cannot compare.

the boys loved both the pool and the beach.

the staff were very hospitable and friendly.

it was very safe and very clean.

we had our own vehicle so transport wasnt a problem.

everything that we needed was nearby; laundry, food, supermarket.

i would definitely recommend this place to everyone and i am staying there whenever i next go to tobago.

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