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Mount Irvine Bay Resort, Tobago

Mount Irvine Bay Resort

80-room Holiday Resort

The Mount Irvine Bay Resort (formerly Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club), is one of Tobago's oldest and most established original hotels. The... hotel has undergone a massive refurbishment in recent years and, what appears to be, a complete change in management philosophy. The 'Old Colonial' styling of the old hotel has been softened and now appears far more modern and appealing. After many years in limbo, we suspect that the hotel is now ready to resume its rightful place in the echelon of top Tobago hotels. [read more]

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Mount Irvine Bay Resort

80-room Holiday Resort

The Mount Irvine Bay Resort (formerly Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club), is one of Tobago's oldest and most established original hotels. The hotel has undergone a massive refurbishment in recent years and, what appears to be, a complete change in management philosophy. The 'Old Colonial' styling of the old hotel has been softened and now appears far more modern and appealing. After many years in limbo, we suspect that the hotel is now ready to resume its rightful place in the echelon of top Tobago hotels.

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Property Description

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A mere 15-minute drive and 5 miles from ANR International Airport and set amidst an old sugar and coconut plantation overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Mount Irvine Bay Resort is an elegant, private hideaway that offers peace and tranquility to both the discerning traveler and the avid golfer.

Our adjoining 18-hole golf course is considered by many world-class golfers to be one of the finest in the Caribbean. Built on land that rises in natural terraces from the sea, the course covers 127 acres and offers intermittent views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea between the lush bamboo and waving palm trees. Resident guests automatically become members and enjoy reduced green fees. No handicap is required to play. Resident Pro on staff, golf lessons are available.

At Mount Irvine Bay Resort we combine all the amenities of world-class accommodation in a tropical Caribbean setting.

Our accommodation consists of fully appointed Double Rooms and elegant Deluxe Suites in the main building as well as Garden Cottage rooms on the hotel grounds. All accommodations have private balcony or patio and are fully air-conditioned. The spacious garden cottages offer a choice of open or enclosed patio with refrigerator, wet bar, patio furniture and sun loungers.

Additional services include:

  • Large pool with swim up bar
  • Private Beach
  • Wedding & Events services
  • Diving and water sports
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Lobby shop
  • Pro Shop
  • 24 Hour Reception Desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Room Service between 7.30am-9.30pm
  • Secured on site parking
  • Laundry Service

myTobago Review

Mount Irvine Bay Resort, Mount Irvine, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Mount Irvine Bay Resort in March 2019.

Introduction

The Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club dominated the Tobago holiday accommodation market for many years after opening in 1972. The hotel's main attribute was its wonderful 18-hole golf course, which became recognised as a championship course of international repute.

Time moved on. The hotel changed hands and was finally purchased in 1986 by Dr.Robert T.Yorke, a native Tobagonian. The refurbished hotel adopted a marketing policy that placed less emphasis on tour operators. As a result, it largely disappeared from holiday brochures. Occupancy dropped, but the traditional 'feel' of the hotel was very much more important to the owner than a packed house.

Illness struck and the hotel fell into limbo until Dr.Yorke passed away in 2015. His daughter Jacqueline Westcott-Yorke took over. While trying to remain true to her father's vision, Jacqueline has done a remarkable job of upgrading and modernising the hotel and bringing it back into the global tourism market. The refurbished hotel was relaunched as the Mount Irvine Bay Resort.

Location

The hotel and golf course arelocated at the base of Mount Irvine, on Tobago's beautiful north-western Caribbean coast. The airport is just a 15-minute drive away.

The 18-hole golf course occupies some 127 acres of land stretching from the lower slopes of Mount Irvine to the glorious sands of Mount Irvine beach on Tobago's Caribbean coast. The land surrounding the golf course is home to some of the island's most prestigious homes and villas. The area has a discrete yet wealthy feel.

Located with the island's most densely populate area, the hotel is within easy reach of shopping and the most popular activity areas. Three of Tobago's best restaurants are within a five-minute drive. The location is also a perfect base for touring all parts of this stunning island.

Architecture

The hotel is set within 16 acres of tropical gardens on the edge of the associated golf course. The land was formerly a sugar and coconut plantation.

The main focal point of the resort is a wonderful sugar mill, built in 1862. The Mount Irvine estate was the largest and most important sugar plantation on the island and controlled some 46 other estates. The walls and foundations of the original sugar factory have been charmingly interwoven with the new hotel and remnants can be seen around the grounds.

The impressive reception lobby is housed in a unique building that features an amazing conical roof of wooden shingles. It represents a wonderful and sympathetic echo and tribute to the sugar mill, which now houses the hotel's Sugar Mill Restaurant.

Guest accommodation is provided within inter-connected two-storey accommodation blocks, plus a series of duplex bungalows distributed around the attractive landscaped grounds.  

Accommodation

Accommodation at the Mount Irvine Bay Resort comprises of 80 rooms in four categories: Standard, Superior, Suites and Garden Cottages.

Ramps have been installed throughout the property, so access for wheelchair users or those with mobility problems should not be an issue. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available, and the hotel also offers a disabled suite furnished with mobility bed and disability-equipped bathroom.

Inter-connecting doors separate most rooms and cottages, enabling dual units to be reserved by families, etc.

Standard & Superior Rooms

The Standard and Superior rooms are in the main accommodation wings of the hotel. Every room has a private balcony or patio. Rooms on the upper floor have scenic sea views or look out over the pool or gardens. Ground floor rooms offer garden views.

The Standard rooms are semi-refurbished. The Superior rooms have been fully refurbished and so are much more modern and stylish in appearance and benefit from upgraded fixtures and fittings.

Regardless of category, the room are spacious, fully air-conditioned and furnished with either twin double beds or a single king-size bed, a desk, in-room safe, cable TV, Wi-Fi (variable strength signal), hairdryer, tea and coffee station, plus an iron and ironing board.

Superior Rooms are additionally equipped with a mini-fridge and USB charging ports in the bedside lamps.

Rooms are serviced daily. All linen and towels (including pool/beach towels) were of excellent quality. Laundry and room services are available.

Suites

In addition to the regular rooms, the hotel offers one and two-bedroom Suites. These are basically Superior rooms with interconnecting doors leading to a second/third Superior room furnished with a sofa and chairs instead of a bed. One-bedroom suites have a king-size bed, whilst two-bedroom suites have the king size bed plus two double beds.

Garden Cottages

The Garden Cottages are housed in small semi-detached/duplex cottages dotted around the attractively landscaped 16-acre grounds of the hotel. Each cottage has an inter-connecting door, so can be booked as a two-bedroom unit if required.

The cottages are more spacious than the Superior rooms or Suites. They are furnished and equipped to the same high standards, but with the added facility of a wet bar. We loved the décor of all the rooms, and the Garden Cottages in particular. Our only slight criticism would be the absence of pictures or paintings, which would have given the rooms a more homely feel.

Most of the cottages have been completely refurbished since our last visit. The upgraded cottages have an enclosed patio. Furnished with a sofa and chairs, glazed sliding doors separate this charming area from the bedroom. The hotel still offers a few 'standard' Garden Cottages with an open (but covered) patio area.

Food & Drink

The hotel's main restaurant, The Sugar Mill Restaurant, is in the picturesque 200-year-old sugar mill, which represents the centrepiece of the hotel. This lovely venue affords stunning views over the Caribbean Sea, Mount Irvine Bay and Buccoo Reef. It is as close to open-air dining as you can get whilst remaining sheltered from the sun - or occasional rain.

The Sugar Mill Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfasts are served buffet-style and were our favourite meal of the day. There is no table d'hôte menu and the limited á la carte menu was near identical for both luncheon and dinner.

The menu focusses heavily on Tobagonian cuisine, with just a quiet nod to international influences. The novelty wears off rapidly. Within just a few days we found ourselves hoping for change. The one exception was the local buffet held one evening during our stay. This was truly excellent.

Guests can enjoy beer, wine or cocktails in the Lobby Bar, adjacent to the hotel's main foyer. Close by, the Hummingbird Lounge offers tea, coffee and light bites in your choice of attractive and comfortable indoor or semi-outdoor seating areas. If not already spoiled for choice, drinks are available at the Pool Bar or across the road at the Golf Club Bar.

Just a short walk from the hotel, the Beach Bar is open to resident guests and the general public. As well as drinks and casual dining options, the Beach Bar offers toilets and changing facilities and provides sun loungers and sun umbrellas.

Activities

Clearly, the principle guest activity at the Mount Irvine Bay Resort is golf. The hotels par-72 18-hole course opened in 1968 and for many years was acknowledged as one of the best courses in the Caribbean.

Poor maintenance and lack of investment during Dr. Yorke's illness took their toll. Sadly, the course is now a shadow of its former self. Restoration is being undertaken, but it will be some years before it can be considered anything but a resort course. Please note that the filming of our video took place during a hot and dry period when most of Tobago was looking dry and parched.

However, and despite this, the undulating course still offers breath-taking sea views and a challenging game of golf. It is unlikely to disappoint. Hotel residents receive a 20% discount on green fees. Caddies and carts are available and clubs and other equipment can be rented from the golf shop.

For those who prefer something a little more relaxing, the hotel offers a range of massage and beauty treatments on the premises, through a third-party service, French Secrets.

Corporate & Events

With more than 154 acres of golf course, hotel and gardens to choose from, it is not surprising that the Mount Irvine boasts and excellent choice of venues for both indoor and outdoor meetings and events, both private and corporate.

The Robert T.Yorke Ballroom and The Jacaranda are private spaces ideal for business meetings and conferences. Both areas can seat up to 200 people theatre-style, or seat up to 160 for dinner. The ballroom can be split into two smaller private spaces. There is also an adjacent smaller Hospitality Lounge suitable for groups of up to 20 participants.

Weddings

Leading on from the previous section, the Mount Irvine Bay Resort arguably offers the best choice of onsite wedding locations in Tobago. The lucky couple are almost spoiled for choice of indoor or outdoor venues for the ceremony and suitable for either small or large wedding parties.

In addition to the ballrooms mentioned previously, popular wedding locations include the terrace besides the Sugar Mill restaurant, with its stunning views over Buccoo Reef; glorious Mount Irvine beach with its private dining room; in the shade of a magnificent 100-year-old Samaan tree in the colourful landscaped gardens; or on the terrace of the golf club.

The hotel offers wedding services and can make all arrangements on behalf of the lucky couple.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool nestles into the landscaped ground in the centre of the hotel.  Measuring approximately 25x7m, this is a pool that will satisfy serious swimmers as well as those who simply wish to paddle in the 1m shallow end or sit in the warm waters enjoying a cooling drink at the swim-up bar. The pool was in excellent condition and the water clean, bright and sparkling.

Beaches

It is just a short, but pleasant, walk through the hotel's lush and mature gardens to the beach. You then need to cross the Caribbean coast road to get to the beach, but this is hardly an issue.

The hotel's golden sand beach could not be prettier. Mount Irvine Bay is quite large and consists of several coves and beaches. The calm and protected waters make it a popular boat mooring spot and some of the island's best snorkelling excursions start and end in this bay.

Although not very long, the hotel beach is quite deep. Several trees provide welcome shade. The beach shelves quite noticeably after entering the water, but the swimming is normally excellent. Snorkelling is also quite good, particularly around the rocks on the left-hand side of the beach.

The beach is popular with locals and tourists alike, so it can get a little crowded at weekends. Sun umbrellas and loungers are provided for hotel guests and can be hired by the public. The hotel's beach bar provides drinks and casual dining options, as well are providing toilet and changing facilities.

Conclusion

Our week at the Mount Irvine Bay Resort passed all too quickly. When we reviewed the hotel 14 years previously, we concluded…

"Having stayed at every hotel of any consequence on Tobago, we are of the opinion that the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club is worthy of consideration by travellers seeking a quiet, relaxing holiday in an environment of comfort and high standards. The hotel has the friendly feel of a much smaller establishment. The overriding atmosphere and ambience at the Mount Irvine Bay Resort is one of calm, quiet sophistication."

So, has anything changed in those 14 years? Well, without doubt, the refurbishment has done wonders. I've never seen the hotel looking better. It remains true to its historical roots, but now has a modern spin. The accommodation is as comfortable as any other hotel on the island and the staff friendly and accommodating. Would we return? Yes, without question or doubt.

The Mount Irvine's only major problem is how best to overcome the hiatus of the past 15 years. How can they tell the world that they are not only back in business, but back with serious intent? This hotel deserves attention and patronage and we are delighted to welcome them back into our list of recommended holiday accommodation options for Tobago.

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 78.5%   . Click below to read the 2 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Ian Kelsall from U.K. visited in November 2017 and awarded   

The updates to the hotel are good but we felt the hotel lacked character particularly any Caribbean feel. The room was a good size but would have benefited from a few pictures to add a little character and the doors to the balcony had not been renewed and should have been! The bathroom was very tastefully refurbished, the only comment being it took a long time for the water to get hot, possible due to there being very few other guests in the hotel and we were a long way from the boiler. The golf course (one of the reasons we choice this hotel) was sadly in need of a huge amount of TLC, one of the worst courses we have ever played so bad we ended up going to the Magdelana to play our golf, though the staff at the Mount Irvine did say it was part of the master plan to bring the course back to its former standard but were a little vague on timing. The beach area although not large was excellent, the sun loungers and umbrellas all brand new and a nifty device that screwed into the sand to hold the umbrella upright. The shower area was old and needed updating and the bar area was staffed but had limited drinks and food had to be brought down from the hotel so it took a while to arrive but we were there in low season and near the end of our stay it looked like they were getting ready to open the kitchens at the beach. The restaurant was fine, we had two very nice evening meals during our two week stay and breakfast was always good , enough choice and pleasantly served by by the staff who were always friendly and welcoming. Would we stay again??? if I could be reassured the golf course had been brought up to scratch, yes. The hotel is in a nice position, friendly staff, good eateries reasonably close by, good beach makes it worth another stay, but sort the golf course out!!!

Enno Brands from Netherlands visited in February 2008 and awarded   

Our vacation in Tobago ranks amonst the best we ever had. Not only the hotel, but also the beauty of this island, the nice golfcourse and the friendly people made this very special. Against our habit - we never go to the same place twice- we might go back there.

It took some trouble to get the hotel booked - we are Dutch - and tried to get the best price via a local agent, but that was not succesfull because transfering money was a problem as we never got the BIC's right. Fortunately, Mount Irvine Bay hotel accepted our last-minute reservation without any problem. Booking Martinair was no problem at all.

Yes, we enjoyed this hotel, we thought we had the best room with a very nice view, other hotel guests were very friendly (and returning year after year) and the hotel staff just excellent.

Still we are not sure if we should recommend this hotel. There's no entertainment, no shops, no excitement, but we like it that way. Others may not. The hotel is located in a quiet area, but there's a lot nearby. Enjoy!

We went on several boat trips with Frankie's Tours, listened to the steelband at Sunday School at Buccoo, saw Little Tobago, and many beautiful birds, fish and plants and trees.

And yes, the snorkling is fine, right from Mount Irvine Bay Hotel's own beach site.

The best lesson I got from Tobago is: "live life slow", forget your watch and have a nice time.

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Superior Rooms:$173 - $224
Garden Cottages:$128 - $158
DeLuxe Suites (1 bedroom):$255 - $440
DeLuxe Suites (2 bedroom):$433 - $552
Minimum Nights:1 night
Property Type:Holiday Resort
Bedrooms:80
Air-Conditioning:Fully air-conditioned
Children:Kids up to 15 pay the children's price.
Hair Dryers:Available
Telephone:Yes
Internet Access:Yes
Television:Yes
Safety Deposit:Yes
Wheelchair Access:Yes
Swimming Pool:Full pool
Spa Facilities:Yes
Fitness Centre:No
Restaurant:0
Meal Plans:

Housekeeping:Daily housekeeping
Baby-Sitting:Available upon request
Personal Laundry:Yes
Personal Cooking:No
Location:Mount Irvine
Region:Lower Caribbean
Location Type:Village Outskirts
Airport:15 minutes
Beach:3-5 minute Walk