Coco Reef Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion

Lots Of Questions!   

Anette Mahoney

We are visiting the Coco Reef at Easter with our two children (very well behaved, promise) and can't wait to get there, despite some of the negative comments. We have chosen to believe the positive ones!!

Could anybody tell me whether tennis racquets are provided/can be hired at the hotel? Ditto with golf clubs at the golf course. My husband is keen to play while we are there and would love some info regarding the course - eg distance from hotel, cost etc. Also, has anybody tried the horse riding on the beach?

On a less active note, can anyone recommend any of the spa treatements while the rest of my family wear themselves out?

Varios Questions   

Pamela Sutcliffe

We are booked early next year to go to the Coco Reef AI there are a few points we would like clarifying .

Is it usual to tip each time staff serve you or at the end of your stay to show your appreciation of the service you have received.

Also is afternoon tea within the Virgin Holiday package included .

Can you have tea or coffee when you like as we are not heavy drinkers of alcohol

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Just Arrived Back (22nd March 2005)   

Ian Newell

Hello peeps, just arrived back, and I am pleased to say that I met June Reid (another contributor to this site) who was honeymooning at Coco Reef - Hello June!!

I must admit, there does seem to be a lot of negativity to the CR on these pages, and I can (sort of) understand some of the moans.

My views are (and these are personal opinions):-

Plastic Sunbeds - What's that all about? I expect better for such a high class hotel. Felt like Ibiza to me. [-X

"Beach" - Not my cup of tea. I live about two minute from a beach far better than this one, BUT for kids and poor swimmers it is ideal. It looks and is man made, and the wall at either side (razor wire on the west side) is a monstrosity. [-X

Umbrella shades What a giggle, the Brits and Germans fight it out on the beaches yet again. IF you are the sort of person who feels this is important, then I feel, perhaps, Tobago is not for you. But there you go, it takes all sorts. :oops:

Staff I don't understand how anybody can say that the staff were surly. The Tobagan smile, will be my lasting memory of the island. The staff were immaculately dressed and mannered and are a credit to the hotel and the island. :mrgreen:

Rooms We stayed in a ocean view room, and whilst basic, it did have a nice view, and had what was needed. I don't understand why there was no ceiling fan (surely typically carribean) and the aircon was very noisy, so a black mark for that! [-(

Food Very, very good, good choice and perhaps a bit "samey" at the end of two weeks, but 8/10 for the nosh. :lol:

In summary, if you use it as base, as we did, a very good hotel. If you want raw Tobago, then perhaps something else would be your cup of tea.

We went AI, but we hired a car and went out and eat at various places, Jemma's being my fave, the beaches are good, Castara, Pidgen Point ( a bit rough, but lovely coloured water) and Stonehaven were our favourites.

The Tobagans were fantastic, and the friendliest and most laid back I have met, anywhere on the planet, they are a joy. The girls were gorgeous and my Mrs tells me that some of the me were "all right" as well.

We won't be going back, because we don't do that (the planet is far too big) but the island is very worth a visit.

Farewell Tobago =D>

Coco Reef Hotel   

Judy Warnock-smith


Having just returned from a brilliant 2 weeks holiday at the Coco Reef Hotel, and having visited the My Tobago website lots of times before we went on holiday, we just wanted to pass on our comments. The Coco Reef is a fab hotel - smashing site, lovely food and excellent service from very friendly staff.

We particulalry enjoyed being able to swim in safety from the hotel's beach and it was brilliant (for a not very good swimmer like me) to be able to snorkel in safety, for as long as I wanted each day, just off the beach. The sea wall is home to a good variety of fish of all sizes (one lucky guest even saw an octopus one day but I could't find it).

As we booked quite late we had a garden room, rather than one of the more popular sea view rooms - but actually preferred this when we realised it meant a cottage tucked away in a quiet spot in the lovely hotel garden.

Our favourite trip out from the hotel was a day's sailing on a 35' yacht along the coast to Angel Reef where we snorkelled.

We agree with your comments on this hotel that there is nothing to occupy children over about 3 - 4 years old other than swimming.

The only item on our wish list for the Coco Reef would have been the ability to walk from the hotel beach along a stretch of neighbouring beach. Unfortunately the geography of the area makes this impossible. However, the safe bathing and snorkelling from the hotel beach more than makes up for this.


Just Returned 22 March 2005   

June Reid

Hi all

Just returned from two weeks at the Coco Reef. Hi Ian and Hi Alison.

For anyone who is going to this hotel and have read the reviews and are feeling flat don't be. It is what you make of it. If you moan about everything then you will moan but if you go with an open mind then you will be pleasantly surprised. The hotel itself is very nice and we were in a delux ocean view room 250 and it was very good. Excellent sea view over Store Bay which we found very entertaining watching the people of Tobago enjoying themselves. You are in your own cocoon whilst you are at the hotel and to see the locals is great. The air conditioning I did not find too noisy as we could hear the waves crashing in on Store Bay. Food was good especially the restaurant at which you have to book. We found it very easy booking the table as we went down at 7 a.m. for breakfast after putting our towels on a sunbed at 6 a.m.!! Between 6-10 is the best part of the day before it gets too hot therefore we did not mind getting up at this time. The staff were very nice and it is true if you take the time to be friendly and smile they will always respond to you.

Rounding up - nice hotel, food good, accommodation clean, staff charming, beach better than other beaches which had sand flies!, water lovely and warm. It is a pity about the lack of sunshades.


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