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Sandy Point Beach Club, Tobago

Sandy Point Beach Club

40-room Hotel / Inn

The Sandy Point Beach Club is a timeshare club. However, they offer short-term holiday rental of vacant apartments. The property is located at Sandy Point,... immediately adjacent to the airport runway. Visitor comments about the Sandy Point Beach Club have been highly complementary and concerns about noise due to the proximity to the airport can be almost totally dismissed. The club offers a daily shuttle service to Pigeon Point and Mount Irvine beaches.

The Sandy Point Beach Club should NOT be confused with the adjacent small Sandy Point Village hotel, which suffers a very different reputation.
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Sandy Point Beach Club

40-room Hotel / Inn

The Sandy Point Beach Club is a timeshare club. However, they offer short-term holiday rental of vacant apartments. The property is located at Sandy Point, immediately adjacent to the airport runway. Visitor comments about the Sandy Point Beach Club have been highly complementary and concerns about noise due to the proximity to the airport can be almost totally dismissed. The club offers a daily shuttle service to Pigeon Point and Mount Irvine beaches.

The Sandy Point Beach Club should NOT be confused with the adjacent small Sandy Point Village hotel, which suffers a very different reputation.

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Property Description

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Located on the seafront in the popular Crown Point area, Sandy Point Beach Club is both casual and comfortable, offering long, lazy days and unforgettable sunsets.

There are many good little restaurants nearby, as well as the island's 2 most famous beaches. A shuttle service is offered for golf and water sports.

On Site Amenities include:

  • Beach Cafe
  • Clubhouse and bar
  • Swimming pool and 3 outdoor hot tubs
  • Sauna
  • Exercise room
  • Short-court tennis/basketball
  • Chip 'n Putt golf
  • Fishing
  • Mini-mart
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry service
  • Children's PlayGround
  • Diving and Snorkeling

There are 46 apartments in all, ranging in size from studios for 4 to 2 and 3 bedroom units for 8. Each apartment is designed and equipped to ensure an enjoyable and relaxing stay. They all offer air-conditioning, full kitchens and cable TV.

The weeks are Friday to Friday. Check in is from 4:00pm and check-out is by 10:00am. A security deposit is required. Airport pick-up can be arranged.

myTobago Review

Hotel / Inn, Crown Point, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Sandy Point Beach Club in March 2014.

Introduction

The Sandy Point Beach Club is primarily a timeshare resort. The club is an affiliate of Resort Condominiums International (RCI), the world's largest international timeshare exchange network.

Some of the 42 Beach Club apartments are privately owned and others are retained for exclusive rental purposes. Many of the timeshare apartments are also available for holiday rental. Boasting a wide range of resort-level facilities, it is a property that will be of interest to myTobago readers.

The Sandy Point Beach Club offers eight different grades of accommodation, from simple 'Efficiency Studios' sleeping four to the lovely 'Beach Villa', which sleeps ten.

Background

Local residents and visitors alike regularly confuse the Sandy Point Beach Club with the adjacent Sandy Point Village. For many years, the two businesses seemed interchangeable and confusion reigned. Investigation revealed that following the Beach Club's opening in 1977, the first manager allegedly purchased a number of the timeshare units and used them for rental purposes. He subsequently purchased an adjacent plot of land and built the small apartment guest house known today as the Sandy Point Village.

From the Beach Club's perspective, there was a major problem with this scenario. Reputation!  Whereas the Beach Club worked hard to establish a good reputation, the Village appeared to have little regard for customer satisfaction or public opinion. Visitor reports on myTobago and other independent traveller review sites clearly illustrate the difference between the two organisations.

So, I must start this review by stressing that it only relates to the Sandy Point Beach Club and in no way to the adjacent Sandy Point Village. Whilst we can recommend the former, we have absolutely no confidence in the latter ('Village') and regretfully must advise visitors to exercise great caution before booking there.

Location

The Sandy Point Beach Club is located on, as you might have guessed, Sandy Point – a small coral headland on the western tip of Tobago.

If you have a window seat on the left hand side of your flight to Tobago, be sure to look out for Beach Club as you come in to land at A.N.R.Robinson International Airport. You will have a great view as the distinctive buildings are adjacent to the runway. Visitors will have natural concerns, therefore, about aircraft noise. I can assure them that it is no worse than at any of the many hotels (including the island's most popular luxury hotel), guest houses and apartments in the Crown Point area. In other words, it will NOT be a problem to the average visitor. Tobago handles just a small handful of long-haul international flights per week – less than one large daytime aircraft per day. The airport probably handles one flight every 45 minutes on average. Domestic and regional flights utilise relatively small, quieter aircraft and there are very few scheduled late-night arrivals or departures.

Located at the edge of the popular Crown Point area, the Beach Club is within 10-15 minute walking distance of a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, mini-marts and shops. The hotel offers a twice-daily complimentary shuttle to Store Bay, Pigeon Point and Mount Irvine beaches.

Architecture

The architecture of the Beach Club is quite original and best illustrated from the air. A huge 500-year old Banyan tree dominates the landscaped grounds and dwarfs the main building. The most noticeable feature, however, is the bright red roof with distinctive steeply-pitched peaks set above stark-white rendered walls. Each 'wing' of the two-storey building houses two apartments; one on the upper floor and one on the lower. A staggered arrangement allows each apartment to have a sea-facing terrace or balcony.

Adjacent to the main row of apartments, the building extends in a triangular manner around an open central courtyard that features an attractive Calabash Tree (Crescentia cujete). The apartments on the front aspects of the triangle offer limited sea views; the apartments to the rear have garden views.

Two apartments (a two-bedroom and a one-bedroom) have been fitted out for those with disabilities. Ramps are provided throughout the property and all ground floor apartments are suitable for wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties.

Accommodations

Although membership of the Sandy Point Beach Club is truly international, most timeshare units are owned by Trinidadians, as might be expected. Similarly, the focus of the resort is very much on family holidays, rather than singles or couples. To this end, a primary goal appears to have been to squeeze the maximum occupancy into the available space and to furnish and equip the units in a manner that will withstand the rigours of such a market.

In this sense, the Beach Club has done a remarkable job. All the apartments offer high standards of comfort without any undue sense of overcrowding. My over-riding impression was amazement at how much had been squeezed into the available space.

We were also full of admiration for the cleanliness of the apartments. They simply glistened. There was no question of wiping fingers across cupboard tops and coming away with a dirty finger. No feeling of wanting to wash all cutlery and crockery before use.

Finally, we were astonished at how well equipped the apartments are. We have grown relatively used to apartments with assorted collections of cutlery and crockery clearly from different sets. Each apartment at the Beach Club is furnished with a full set of high quality matching crockery, cutlery, kitchen equipment, glassware and cooking utensils appropriate to the maximum accommodation capacity of the apartment.

The apartments are serviced daily, with the high quality linen being changed each Monday and Wednesday and towels changed daily. Beach towels are provided for a small fee and can be exchanged at the front office between 8:30am and 4:30pm daily. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available at regular points around the premises for 'A' and 'B' grade rooms, but.larger units have their own washers and dryers. All apartments have steam irons and ironing boards.

Each apartment is fitted with overhead ceiling fans and modern, quiet, remotely controlled split-unit air-conditioners. Large apartments have two or more units; normally one in the living area and one in each bedroom.

The one failing, if failing it can be called, is that the larger apartments do not benefit from a vast amount of natural light. The smaller studio and one-bedroom apartments are great, with wide glazed sliding doors leading out onto a small balcony or terrace. However, some of the courtyard apartments have narrower windows with some bedrooms having no natural light. In fairness, one does not go to Tobago to spend your days in your bedroom, no matter how comfortable. It also must be said that the apartments were very well lit, so this was more of an observation than a criticism. Efficient reading lamps made reading in bed a pleasure.

The rooms are simply decorated with white painted walls relieved by attractive and colourful framed Caribbean prints. The white laminate kitchen units are topped with eggshell grey tiles to match the dining table. The woodwork is light southern yellow pine with armchair cushions in bright Caribbean colours. Floors are surfaced with a local clear red clay tile. The combined effect is light, bright, functional and yet cosy.

Standard fittings include international cable and local TV, CD/tape/radio music centres, adequate wardrobe space with lots of hangers, bedside reading lamps, digital radio alarm clocks, hairdryers and a small security safe. The larger apartments also have DVD units plus a second TV in the main bedroom. Kitchen facilities includes a four-ring stove with oven, microwave, electric kettles, toaster, food blender and coffee filter machine, plus a large fridge/freezer.

Hot water is available in every apartment, both in bathrooms and the kitchen sink. The walk-in showers are nicely tiled and provide an adequate showering experience. Water pressure was reasonable, although the instantaneous water heaters do suffer from temperature fluctuation.

Each apartment is provided with a telephone and guests can make local and International calls, with costs being charged to their account. Wireless Internet access is available, on a chargeable basis. Four different Wi-Fi hotspots cover the compound and many apartments may be within range of a hotspot, although this cannot be guaranteed, for obvious reasons.

With eight grades of accommodation, it is obviously impractical to provide a detailed description of every one. Fortunately, this is unnecessary as the various grades of apartment are decorated, furnished and equipped almost identically. The only material differences are those necessary to cater for the increased capacity of the different grades. We will therefore simply provide a summary of each grade.

Apartment Grades

GARDEN VILLA

Located in the attractive landscaped gardens to the rear of the main buildings, the 1,380ft2Garden Villa is the largest unit at the Beach Club. It provides accommodation for up to 10 persons. The villa features a private loft bedroom with queen bed, en suite bathroom with shower and covered patio. A second private loft bedroom is fitted with 4 divans and also has an en suite bathroom with shower. A third private bedroom on the ground level offers a queen bed with access onto an open patio. A fourth bedroom on the same floor is furnished with two divan beds. There is a third bathroom on the lower floor, plus a full kitchen with dishwasher and washer/dryer. The villa has a large patio overlooking the garden and a further open patio on the airport side of the unit.

BEACH VILLA

The 1,059ft2 Beach Villa is located between the Banyan Clubhouse & Bar and the club's Beachfront Café and directly adjacent to the small sandy beach. The villa has three bedrooms: a master bedroom with queen-sized bed and en suite bathroom with shower; a second bedroom with double bed and a third with two single beds. There is also a sleeping alcove with double single bunk beds. The villa will therefore sleep a total of eight persons. Additional facilities include a full 'family' bathroom with shower, a washer and dryer, and a full kitchen with dishwasher. The open patio with table and chairs looks over the sea. There is also a covered porch.

COURTYARD APARTMENTS

The 950ft2 2-bedroom Courtyard apartments are located, as one might imagine, around the central courtyard, at the centre of the property. The master bedroom features a queen-sized bed with full en suite bathroom; the second bedroom a double bed with glazed sliding windows leading to a small balcony at the front of the property. A sleeping alcove between the two bedrooms offers four bunk beds. The main living area has a further double 'Murphy' pull-down bed. The apartment could therefore sleep a total of ten persons. A second bathroom with shower leads off the fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. A washer and dryer are provided in a neat built-in cupboard. Glazed sliding doors lead off the living area onto an open patio with a plastic table and four chair and offering limited views towards the sea.

GARDEN APARTMENTS

The 830ft2 two-bedroom Garden apartments are located on the ground floor, at the quieter rear of the property. The master bedroom has a queen bed and en suite bathroom; the second bedroom has either two single divans or a double bed. A sleeping alcove provides a further four bunk beds, so the total sleeping capacity of these apartments is eight persons. There is a second master bathroom with shower and a full kitchen with dishwasher, plus a washing machine and dryer. Large and wide glazed sliding windows give access onto a large open patio with table and chairs and provide direct access to the garden courtyard, which features a hot tub.

'A-PLUS' APARTMENTS

Located on upper floor of the main two-storey building, the 650ft2 A-Plus apartments offer a single loft bedroom with queen-sized bed and a small bathroom (toilet and washbasin). Four additional beds are provided either in a semi-private second bedroom or via pull-out divans in the living area and a semi-open bedroom in the loft area. These apartments therefore have a comfortable sleeping capacity of seven persons. There is a single bathroom with shower off the living area, whilst glazed sliding doors lead to a private balcony with table and chairs.

'B-PLUS' APARTMENTS

Offering 570ft2 of accommodation space and located on the ground floor of the property, the B-Plus apartments offer a single bedroom with queen bed and a sleeping alcove with four bunk beds. There is a single bathroom with shower and a large open balcony. These apartments sleep a maximum of 6 persons.

'A' TYPE APARTMENTS

Fractionally smaller than the A-Plus apartments, at 560ft2, these apartments are similar but lack the half-bathroom in the main bedroom. The loft bedroom is furnished with two single divan beds, with an additional double 'Murphy' drop-down bed in the living area. These apartments therefore sleep a maximum of 6 persons.

'B' TYPE APARTMENTS

At 450ft2, the B-Type apartments are simple 'efficiency' (i.e. self-catering) studios. They provide two day beds, a single roll-away bed and a double 'Murphy' drop-down double bed. They offer adequate accommodation for up to four persons.

Shared Facilities

The Sandy Point Beach Club is located directly adjacent to a small stretch of sandy beach. Sadly, the sea bed is very rocky here, so swimming is not really an option as getting in and out of the water is a painful process. However, the sea looks wonderful and the beach itself is sandy and attractive, spoilt only by a number of concrete groins extending into the ocean as an erosion defence. A small thatched hut has been built on one groin, very reminiscent of the famous Pigeon Point hut, and this enhances the view considerably. The hotel has a good stock of plastic sunbeds and a reasonable supply of waterproof cushioned mattresses for them, so whilst not suitable for swimming, the beach is ideal for sunbathing.

It is less than a 10 minute walk from the Beach Club to Store Bay beach. The resort offers twice daily complimentary shuttle services to both Store Bay, Pigeon Point and Mount Irvine Bay beaches. So, families without transport will be able to take full advantage of the good facilities at three of these popular beaches.

Located near the beach is the resort's own freshwater swimming pool, with a smaller splash pool for toddlers. Furnished with an adequate stock of sun loungers, the pool is naturally very popular with guests, particularly given the limitations of the swimming. Beach towels are provided, for a small charge, and can be exchanged between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

The resort also features a sauna and three hot tubs, each operating at a different temperature (warm, medium, hot), of different style and shape and located in different areas of the grounds. I particularly liked the hottest tub perched sensitively amongst the roots of the giant Banyan tree that dominates the grounds and provides wonderful shade to the Clubhouse.

The Beach Club's well-stocked Banyan Clubhouse & Bar offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments. Regular high-quality evening entertainment is held here. Offering magnificent sea views right across Store Bay to Pigeon Point, the club house is a great place to relax and take in the wonderful ambiance of Tobago. The clubhouse also has a full-size coin-operated pool table, table tennis and darts. They offer complimentary coffee in the morning and serve tea at 4.00pm.

The individual apartments do not have barbeque facilities. However, the resort offers a complimentary service through large barbeque grills located near the clubhouse and next to each hot tub.

A franchise-operated restaurant is located beside the sea at the front of the property. This attractive small restaurant offers stunning views over the sea and is a wonderful place to watch the setting sun. It has two sections; a formal table-clothed dining area and an adjacent thatched hut with more casual wooden tables and benches. The restaurant is open for local and international cooked breakfast, light luncheons and dinner. The cuisine is more local than anything, but prices are reasonable and the service friendly. It's not a restaurant that I would cross the island to visit, but we enjoyed our one meal there.

Adjacent to the main reception block is a useful Mini-mart and Gift Shop offering quite a wide range of basic supplies and provisions. I was pleasantly surprised to note that this included a small, but very nice looking, selection of fruit and vegetables.

A franchised PADI dive service, Frontier Divers, is based at the resort. They are a well-run locally-owned and managed operation, noted for friendly and efficient service. Kayaks are also available for rental.

The club has a floodlit short tennis court, with integrated basketball. A small exercise and weight room, with a range of equipment is also available to guests.

Children are well catered for. A substantial area of the main lawn is given over to climbing frames, swings, see-saws and other devices that will delight the children, as was clearly evident during our stay.

Conclusion

The Sandy Point Beach Club apartments are ideally suited to families, but not to the detriment of solo travellers, or couples like ourselves. Our visit coincided with the end of Carnival, when many Trinidadians come to Tobago to get away from the noise and disruption in their capital city, Port of Spain. The resort was full, but we never felt crowded.

We were particularly taken by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.

We have no hesitation in recommending the Sandy Point Beach Club. Visitors looking for a holiday base in Tobago may well wish to consider one of the resort's timeshare units.

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 94.6%   . Click below to read the 65 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Andrea from U.S.A. visited in November 2018 and awarded   

I have been visiting timeshares across the world for over 20 years and this is one of the very best. Tobago is an AMAZING island with very friendly people and beautiful countryside, beaches and this resort was just wonderful. I had made arrangements for my visit and they accommodated my request and adjusted when the late flights affected arrival times. Every person we interacted for was AMAZING and Wonderful and friendly. They have nightly entertainment and daily excursions that help you find just the right interaction for your personal likes and dislikes. We will return!

Annakie from Trinidad visited in March 2016 and awarded   

My family and I stayed here for the Easter and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms are very private even though lots of guests stayed there. Out on the jetty is very relaxing. We sat under an almond tree on some of the beach chairs watching the waves come in. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub. My children LOVED the miniture house and did not wanted leave. But one of the most amazing part was the scenery of that Beautiful sunset. WE LOVED IT and would definitely be going back there some time.

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Studio sleeping four:$100
One bedroom sleeping six:$170
Three bedroom sleping eig:$180
Four bedroom sleeping eig:$250
Minimum Nights:1 night
Property Type:Hotel / Inn
Bedrooms:40
Air-Conditioning:Reception area is not air-conditioned
Children:Children welcome
Hair Dryers:Available
Telephone:Yes
Internet Access:Internet access is available for a small fee at the front office and also in the main building
Television:Yes
Safety Deposit:Yes
Wheelchair Access:A one bedroom unit and a two bedroom unit have been altered to accomodate wheel chair bound guests.
Swimming Pool:Full pool
Jacuzzi:there are three hot tubs on the compound
Spa Facilities:There is a sauna on the premises
Fitness Centre:Yes
Tennis:The present tennis court is really a paddle tennis cour. A full size court is under construction
Restaurant:0
Meal Plans:

Housekeeping:Daily housekeeping
Baby-Sitting:Yes
Personal Laundry:Laundry service is available on request as well as coin operated machines on both floors
Personal Cooking:No
Location:Crown Point
Region:Crown Point
Location Type:Low Density Urban
Airport:5 minutes
Beach:Beachside Property