Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Sandie Starmer from U.K. visited in November 2007 and awarded  Three out of Five

This was our first visit to the CoCo Reef and to Tobago.

The Hotel is very comfortable and the service is excellent.

The beach at the CoCo Reef is certainly one of its best features.

The hotel staff are what makes a holiday here extra special. Nothing is too much trouble and they are always smiling and making sure that you are happy.

Our room was lovely and kept very clean by the twice daily cleaning service. I am not sure what catagory the room was but we had a little 'lounge' area and a partial sea view.

I dont think you could call this a luxury resort, but we enjoyed the overall service and standard of meals etc.

We would go back to this hotel if ever we were to return to Tobago, which I might add is the best caribean resort I have been to.

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Mr & Mrs B Brockway from U.K. visited in November 2007 and awarded  Four out of Five

In comparison to the other hotel we were first put in when we arrived, this place was wonderful. We had a very luxurious room with a fabulous view, the staff were very nice and the food was fine dining at its best. Our only complaint was that it was very, very expensive there, and we did object to being charged for a glass of water at dinner, which was poured out automatically and then later charged at a rate of about £3 a go.Best to go all inclusive if you can afford it. Beautiful gardens and very good evening entertainment. I would certainly recommend it.

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Marco Suarez from U.S.A. visited in October 2007 and awarded  Three out of Five

The Cocoreef is a true jewel in Tobago and definitely the place to stay. True to the reports I read before going, service is the most outstanding feature of this beautiful hotel. Very caring and professional. I was touched by the leaf messages on my bed, a different one every day.

Good hearty breakfast with birds singing all around, bacon always soggy but nothing is perfect.

I particularly enjoyed Tamara´s during my birthday dinner: personalised menu, the best table of the house, balloons and all, plus countless smiles and flawless service. Great setting for the superb food that followed. Tamara´s is one of the top 2 restaurants in the island. The other is La Tartaruga.

I would definitely stay back at the cocoreef, no wonder there are so many repeats year after year. I loved the welcoming warmth of being there.

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Katharine Fairhead from U.K. visited in July 2007 and awarded  Three out of Five

We(2 adults and 3 teenage boys)stayed at CCR for 6 nights on breakfast only.Initial impressions of hotel were very good - lovely grounds and an incredibly beautiful setting. We had to wait over half an hour to be shown to our rooms which was tiring after such a long flight. Our rooms were very good - interconnecting, first floor just as we had requested. No tea/coffee making facilities in room but we requested this and it did eventually turn up 8 hours later after reminding reception! Shower was not too powerful but we coped. Tennis courts,beach and pool were great and loved by the boys - NOT crowded at all July/Aug. The pedaloes, kayaks etc.. are put to bed at 4pm so get down there early! Breakfasts were great - plenty of choice. Bacchanals was good - drinks and meals served overlooking the sea by friendly staff. Tried one evening meal in Tamaras. HIGHLY PRICED ordinary food but good service (we were asked if everything was ok before we had even been served!)One of our 14 yr old sons was initially denied entry as he was wearing flip flops (otherwise smartly dressed) so be warned...the dress code appears to apply to children too! Bit odd as Tamaras is used for breakfast and you can wander down in your PJs in the morning and no one would challenge you! One slight inconvenience was the safety deposit boxes are not in the bedrooms but next to reception so you have to be very organised before going out for the day.Overall, a very good experience but we would agree with some of the others that it is does not measure up to a 4* rating. We found most of the staff to be very friendly and helpful with a few showing indifference.

By the way, if you have enough money to rent Sunset Villa, be aware that the dozen or so tour/glass bottom boats at Store Bay pull up right by the villa with their respective speakers playing reggae/rap on full volume!Not so good for a romantic honeymoon.

We would recommend Iguana for good food and friendly service(turn right out of hotel entrance, walk approx 200 meters to cross roads)or for lunch/early tea Backyard Cafe (turn left, approx 100 meters on the left.)Laundrette/internet cafe next door to hotel and bank (left out of entrance.) Hope this helps any of you who are thinking of booking CCR.

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Kirsten Giles from U.K. visited in May 2007 and awarded  Three out of Five

I have now been back from the CCR for just over 4 weeks and have finally found the time to write my review.

As regular readers will probably know I love the CCR and I was really looking forward to this visit.

I have come back slightly disappointed.

On arrival we were greeted with a glass of champagne and quickly checked in and taken to our room - which was really lovely and fantastic view.

Because we arrived at 1pm we decided to go straight down to the beach bar to have some lunch and to be greeeted by empty containers at the buffet - OK I accepted this as we managed to get some sandwiches etc.

I was aware that you could get a childrens meal at the beach bar from 5pm and as I had a 2 year old with me that I wanted to get fed and to sleep before we had our evening meal I decided to take advanage of this - the first evening the staff were not even aware that they did childrens meals and then when we did finally order some food it took an hour to arrive! This problem seemed to be a common one but once I spoke to the Manager, Eric Feniet, we did not experience this problem again.

Generally the service was not up to the high standard that it has been in the past and some of the staff are not friendly etc, on one night the waitress leant over me to get a plate and dropped it on me.

I am not a 'complainer' as such but I did raise my concerns with Eric again and I did notice a slight improvement in the standards.

I really did feel that they are having a problem with recruiting staff and training them up to the right standard. However, the staff that have been there on previous visits were just as friendly and good as before.

Whilst we were out there I had an accident and had to be taken to the local hospital (that really was an experience I care not to repeat) and the staff at the CCR were fantastic - they really looked after me accompanying me to the hospital and making sure that I was comfortable at all times. I really was very impressed with the level of care I received at this time.

One member of staff who deserves their weight in gold when I was there and certainly made my trip and a happier and more memorable was the beach boy, Tiele - he is so good at his job a real star.

I still love the CCR but I am saddened that the standards have slipped but I am confident that Eric Feniet and his team are capable of pulling it back up to old standards.


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