Man-O-War Bay Cottages - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Shahira from Trinidad visited in December 2014 and awarded  Five out of Five

I must say, my stay at man o war was amazing. It was exactly what my friends and i were looking for, a quiet, natural place within walking distance to everything we needed.

I expected a long tiring drive, but it was actually quite enjoyable - the scenery on the way is divine. The setup on the property is perfect, with cottages in close enough proximity so we felt safe, yet with enough distance so we had our privacy. The beach is just mere yards away from our porch so that was great. The cottage was equipped with everything we could have possibly needed, including a mosquito net and kitchen utensils, and the beds were very comfortable.

The village, with shops and groceries, was just a short distance away and accessible by simply walking along the beach itself. On the beach there are a few restaurants, but unfortunately we did not get try them in the brief time we spent. But Suckhole had a nice atmosphere and the food smelled delicious.

My only complaint would be that the water pressure in the shower was very low, i couldn't bathe inside comfortably so i used the outside shower and stand pipe to shower everyday. But even that was enjoyable. Also, the nearest restaurants did not open for breakfast, which was a little disappointing.

But generally, we loved the serenity at man o war. We wanted to get away from our busy lives and we loved having just the necessities to make a comfortable stay, without the unnecessary technology like television and ac. It was near perfect for us and we will definitely return.

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Nick Bointon from Netherlands visited in June 2013 and awarded  Four out of Five

Man’O‘Cottages. Charlotteville, Tobago.

Having just returned from a two week holiday I thought that in the absence of a review the following may be interesting. Firstly Charlotteville is our idea of heaven the place, the location of the cottages (right on a wonderful beach) was just what we wanted. The cottages, some 50 years old are exceptionally well constructed but I am sad to say they are really an amazing anachronism of how they were constructed then and have undergone no modernisation or upgrade since then! The kitchen, bathroom and equipment that was more than basic and could deter the feint hearted. The bed rooms were large enough and the beds were new and comfortable and the bedding good but the cupboards and furniture predated MFI let alone IKEA and the electric fittings/ lights etc. were interesting!

There are 6 cottages set in a lush mature garden, we picked avocados and mangos for our breakfast and the kids knocked down coconuts to order (we also had breadfruit – very interesting and versatile). The trees shaded the upper portion of the beach and the sea was really 12m in front of the house. There were 6 of us and our kids (19 to 23) did lots of diving at Shark Shack next door run by an English lady Caroline Hardy which was good, attentive and safe. They went out on the fishing boats, kayaked in the sea and were fully enthused with what we though could have been boring for them.

Charlotteville is charming and the locals friendly, shops poorly stocked but just buying tuna etc fresh from the fishermen made for a real desert island experience. Having run an award winning B&B in the UK for many years we know all about smart, twee and spotless, Man O War cottages are not that!

It may sound negative but we are booking again for next year and know exactly what we are getting. We may pack a chopping board, garlic press, some pans but that is almost the charm. We will upload some pictures; you could be like us and love it.

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Suzanne from Trinidad visited in August 2012 and awarded  Two out of Five

Well in just a few words about the SUGAR SHACK... the cottage was dirty, the kitchen was dirty (all cutlery could not be used due to rust), the fridge (if you can call it that) was too small and there was a massive chunk of ice at the entrance of the freezer so much so that it couldnot be used.

The shower was ok, the toilet wasn't.

There was no light in the livingroom or the deck and management couldnot care less when called.

NO ONE ever came!!!!!!

The yard was filthy with garbage strewn all over and the garbage bin at the bottom of the cottage steps had not been emptied for months!!!!!!!!!!!!

Furthermore beware for the manager thinks the guests are obligated to taxi her wherever she wants to go.

Apart from this ...

The beach is lovely and Pirate's Bay simply Divine!!

Will think twice about going back!!!!!

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Stephanie from U.S.A. visited in December 2009 and awarded  Three out of Five

We stayed in the Sugar Shack over the Christmas holiday 2009. The accomodations were what we expected (rustic simplicity), the parrots and gardens and super-close beach were wondeful. However, it was not a quiet stay. Local liming went on until 4 am each night, we could feel the music from blocks away.

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Steve from Austria visited in February 2009 and awarded  One out of Five

In die Jahre gekommene Bungalowanlage - teilweise schlaflose Nächte aufgrund der nahe gelegenen Strandbar welche bis in die Morgenstunden die Anlage dröhnen liess daß die Fensterscheiben wackelten und der Fussboden vibrierte. Wir sind keine Sauberkeitsfanatiker die in jeder Ecke nach Dreck suchen doch leider waren die Eiskästengriffe sowie die Dusche angemodert und angeschimmelt - das muss nicht sein. Grobreinigung erfolgte erst nach mehrmaliger Urgenz. Die nächsten 14 Tage verbrachten wir in Castara wo der eigentliche Urlaub dann begann. Supernette und saubere Zimmer im Castara Cottage - freundliche und hilfsbereite Leute. Summit: Tobago sicher wieder - in diese Anlage sicher nicht mehr ! Sorry but true - wir hätten die Bewertungen ernst nehmen sollen. We should not have ignorend the bad reviews...

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