Blue Haven Hotel - Reader Reports & Opinion

Accommodation Problems At The Blue Haven   

Sue S

My husband and I are due to leave for a holiday in Tobago in just over a week's time, on the 16th October and have booked the last 5 days of our at the Blue Haven. We have just had a phone call saying that they are over booked and wanting us to move our booking which is impossible. We booked and paid a deposit of 324 back in July so I don't understand why they couldn't notify us of any difficulty earlier. The have offered us alternative accommodation at a hotel of our choice and have offered us the Coco Reef. However, this does seem to be more expensive than the Blue Haven, so I have emailed them saying that I expect some recompense in the form of some free dinners - we're booked at the Blue Haven on a bed & breakfast basis. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what have you done about it?

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Blue Haven - A Gem In The Island Of Tobago   

I Slade

We were at the Blue Haven this Xmas and had the most amazing stay.

I had been in contact with the reservations desk before we left to arrange some flowers as it was my partners birthday on the day we arrived.

What a surprise when we arrived as we were sung a wonderful birthday song and presented with a lovely cake! On top of this they had upgraded us to the Rita Hayworth suite.

The owner Karl introduced himself and showed us to our room, you always see him and his wife around the hotel talking to guests and making sure everybody is OK. A truly good host.

We travelled around the whole of Tobago during our stay and visited most of the other big hotels and can honestly say that the Blue Haven was one of the best.

The beach is wonderful, although it is on the Atlantic side the water is crystal clear and there is nothing underfoot on the gently sloping sand beach as far out as you can go. The waves coming in from the Atlantic just add to the fun especially playing with the hotel provided boogie boards! There is also good snorkelling by the rocks with plenty of fish and sting rays etc.

The rooms were very nice and airy, with good air conditioning. The rooms were always made up very quickly and kept very clean and tidy.

The hotel's restuarant "Shutters" was very nice and the staff very friendly, especially Tricia who was always smiling whatever happened. Be prepared for a wait as everything is prepared fresh, but that wait it worth it as the food was always wonderful.

Only down side to the hotel is perhaps it's location, being above Scarborough on the Atlantic side means you really need a car and it is about 20 mins drive to where most of the restaurants are. But hey that's no big deal when the scenery is so nice!

If you want an understated yet magical, comfortable stay in Tobago go for the Blue Haven!

Where To Go   

Phillip Pook

Hi there,

Firstly, congratulations on such a fantastic site, I don't thinks I've ever visited a site with such comprehensive information on any one subject.

I do appreciate that you must have thousands of hit mails, asking the same questions. However, I thought I would chance my arm.

I am about to visit Tobago for the first time, but I am not sure where to go. We are young couple with an 11 year old daughter, looking for something a little different. A beach house, villa, bungalow etc. The crucial point is, we would like to walk almost strait out onto a beach, on the Caribbean side. Would this be possible? We are not to concerned about the quality, just clean and authentic.

Would you be able to point us the right direction.

Kind regards

Phillip Pook.

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Blue Haven Review March 04   

Rob Dracup

We have just returned from a week and half stay at the Blue Haven Hotel and have had a wonderful time. I will start by covering all the positives. The room was excellent with everything working, and a large and comfortable bathroom with a glass wall (with blind if wanted) being a really nice feature. You can shower and , without fear being overlooked, gaze out to sea. We had a balcony with lovely views of the Caribbean sunsets. We did have a problem with the safe, which was resolved within 5 minutes of a call to reception. The beach was very good, not large, has some moderate sized breakers (like all other beaches we visited) and it is public but still very nice and feels safe. The food in the restaurant was excellent with a good choice, sensible but very adequate proportions, and the premier all inclusive does include lobster at no extra cost! Breakfast was also very good. Service was relaxed but not a problem. One could very easily consider other plans (e.g. breakfast only) and eat at other restaurants around the island on some nights. Many other guests did this, eating in some nights and out others. There are 4 or 5 good places within 20 min taxi ride (about US$20/25 return fare). We hired a car for 2 days to explore the island, the rain forest, and other beaches. There was plenty to see and do, and we could easily have done more. Of course not everyone is looking for the same thing and it is only fair to highlight areas that others might consider an issue though they were not for us. This is the Caribbean and the island has a developing tourist industry. Service was relaxed and very easy going, and yes, sometimes slow, so if you are looking for 5 star obsequious attention don't come here. If a gym is important to you, you will be disappointed, though you will be able to get an excellent massage. The beach bar is stretched when busy, which we found on 2 occasions, but since a day on the beach is not usually a hurried activity it wasn't a big problem. On the two Sundays we were there, there was 2 hours of local football on the beach, but nothing on Saturdays and it is public beach, like all in Tobago. A minor irritation but again not a significant problem. We looked around Crown Point which is more developed and busier and probably easier access to activities, bars, clubs etc. However if you want a relaxed, special and unique holiday in Tobago I would not hesitate to recommend the Blue Haven to you.

Back To Tobago After 8 Years   

Matt Tindall

Just thought I'd post this prior to our stay at the Blue Haven in early May. My previous 2 trips to Tobago were 8 and 10 years ago, both at the Tropikist when I was a bit poorer! Both stays were fantastic (especially as I won the first one!) although the Tropikist seems to have fallen out of favour over the years. Pigeon Point too which is sad. My reason for this post is that I've just read a review on which really lays into Blue Haven. I'm hoping the authors were ultra-picky and that the favourable views expressed in this forum mirror the actual experience. Anyway, I'm flying Virgin so no stop over delays, I won't be renting my car from the bloke who hung around outside the Tropikist (it broke down after less than a mile!) and am currently praying the rain holds off. I'll post more on how things have or haven't changed since I first visited Tobago 10 years ago on our return.

Matt and Emma

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