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

Guest Report   

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.

Guest Report   

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...

Guest Report   

from Sweden visited in December 2008 and awarded  Two out of Five

To stay in a self contained cottage, big enough to provide some privacy for each of two small families travelling together, in a beautiful garden, separated from the sea by only a hedge sounded awsome to us. But, except from the space and the proximity to the beach (where you are not supposed to swim by the way, only between the flags several hundred meters away) we were disapointed. The first thing that happened when we arrived was that our son found some kind of poison (rats?) in one of the bottom cupboards. Not nice, of course we then had to wash everything in the kitchen before using it. Nothing in the house, luckily except the towels, felt clean. The unkept garden made it so dark it constantly seemed like dusk. The information book found in the house was not at all updated. (A shop next to the reception? Yeah right!)

Plus side was that our son loved the loose chickens, which he chased whenever he got a chance. The beach at Pirate's bay was my best ever, have to recommend a boat taxi if you bring a stroller like we did (that climb was hell!) And the food and service and two-person ambience at George's place, on our left on the way to "city center", saved our evenings. Thanks!

Guest Report   

Paul Wise from U.S.A. visited in March 2008 and awarded  Three out of Five

We absolutely loved the grounds, with parrots overhead, trees and flowers everywhere, just off the beach but quiet and lots of privacy. Staff were helpful and pleasant. It was a rustic cabin (#6, the Sugar Shack), the sort that acquires insects and spiders with holes in the screens, not all lights were functioning, not bothersome by our standards but could be for some. The cleanliness was an issue, floors that we didn't want to walk barefoot on, dishes that had to be washed before they could be used, just general stickiness. The bed linens and bathroom were clean. It would have been easy to remove a screen from a window and enter the cabin, and staff told us that, in fact, that there have been incidents where people have watched for guests to leave the cabin so they could break in. We were careful to have valuables locked up in the office, which was an irritant because we had to be mindful of their closing times.

Guest Report   

Howard Eldridge from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded  Two out of Five

Man o' War Bay cottages sounded exactly what we want in holiday accomodation. Right on the beach, not over done (no swimming pool with adjacent bar etc.), with the promise of 5acre botanical garden.

First impressions were fine, but the reality wore thin. We were in cottage 10 which has 2 large bedrooms and adequately equipped kitchen, verandah and its' own garden leading down to the beach. Very surprised on the first morning that there were so few people on the beach but enjoyed wonderful swim and read book until I suddenly realised that I was being eaten alive. The beach seems to be taken over by 'sand flies' or mosquitoes which is why its' empty.

In daylight you begin to realise that the bathroom shower not only has very chipped tiles but they could do with a very thorough clean - that's not the pattern, they are covered in grime. The second night brought on the realisation that we were actually closer to the main crossroads for the north end of the island than we were to the sea and that some people go to bed very late and others start work very early, and they all want to hoot there horns!

There is also a convenient bar which is great except Friday night when it's party time and the bass boom almost literally shook the bed and as the party lasts until 3.30am I ended up refusing to pay for that nights lack of sleep.

The garden (of this cottage only) was very gloomy and uncared for with litter being dumped over the fence from the road left lying for days on end, which sort of typified the feeling about the whole place.

Actually found the whole of Charlotteville slightly disappointing, poor food shopping, pretty ropey restaurants tho' the fish co-op is great.

Happily we spent the 2nd part of our holiday at Castara. Great beach, coral was as good there as any of the other places we tried snorkelling. Stayed with Ivy & Kurt at Baywatch Inn - just a room with kitchen and bathroom in their house but soooo clean, so friendly and helpful and the MOST powerful shower I have ever found, and about 50 yds from the beach. Also there is a great cafe/restaurant right on the beach where they barbecue the freshest fish - 1 night we had to wait for the guys to land the fish at the co-op before we could eat, but it was well worth the wait. Castara resurrected what would have been the worst holiday for years and I would happily go back there.

Go to page:   Previous   1, 2, 3   Next

Return to the search listing page

Tobago Satellite Map

Enjoy interactive satellite maps of Tobago. If you have Google Earth download the map here. If not, click the map below to view in a browser window.

GBP = $8.57 

   USD = $6.76

EUR =  $7.65 

   CAD = $5.15

  Mid-market rates per

Social Media



© 2002-2008 All Rights Reserved

Page Updated: 18 Aug 17