We have recently returned from Tobago having spent an amazing two weeks all-inclusive at the Magdalena. You really don't expect to be treated like royalty on what is essentially a package tour! Having taken advantage of the reduced prices due to the 'soft' opening of this brand new reincarnation of an ex-Hilton, we were a little apprehensive as to the level of service and standard of accommodation we were going into but need not have worried. From the wonderful welcome on the steps of the hotel when we arrived to the sad farewells when we left it was great.
When we arrived on 18th January only 50 rooms were ready for occupation but all the major building works and decorations were done. Any cosmetic work being carried out around the central area was carried out with a minimum of fuss and noise, and on the odd occasion when something that might be instrusive was carried out we were informed by letter. A lot of work was carried out at times when guests were in their rooms getting ready for the evening so never caused any problem.
All the rooms are of a generous size, with brand-new furniture and fixtures and fittings, and all have a full or partial sea view of the spectacular Atlantic coastline. Sandy beaches stretch in both directions but are for walking on or paddling rather than for swimming as the currents are strong on this side of the island. However, the main hotel pool is of a very decent size and two more smaller pools were being refurbished and were nearly ready for use. Also the hotel runs a courtesy bus twice a day to take guests over to the Caribbean coast (15 minutes away) where you can swim and laze around to your heart's content. A further 30 rooms came on stream as we left and it won't be long before the whole hotel is open once more if the rate of progress we saw in two weeks is anything to go by.
When we arrived there were only about 24 guests so only what is really the fine-dining restaurant was open for all meals. We had a buffet breakfast and then an a la carte lunch and dinner of a very high standard with a good local flavour. The menu for the evening meal was changed about three times during our two weeks, but it is true that the lunch-time menu did not. However, after our first week they were able to open the buffet restaurant for breakfast, and as we left it was opening for all meals. There is also a brand new open-air pizza and grill restaurant and bar by the side of the pool area which looked virtually ready to open when we left on 1st February.
We played golf while we were there on the course that winds around the old plantation area behind the hotel. We gather it had become rather neglected after the Hilton closed down but was being rejuvenated as part of the new development. It has some way to go but is in reasonable condition even now and provided some challenging golf - if you plan to play take plenty of balls as many a ditch and lagoon awaits! Great fun and fabulous views as you wind around the estate between mangrove forests, lagoons and come to holes on the edge of the wild Atlantic coast. It is a long course and you need a buggy but there are no caddies. The hotel is putting together packages for guests who want to play golf and they run you down to the Club House in the courtesy bus.
The hotel has a well equipped fitness room if that is your thing (we just peered through the door) and there is a sauna. Just outside the hotel is a Spa and Hairdressers which was also being re-equipped, and both of us had excellent massages there.
This is all set to be a gem of a hotel, and the major factor in that statement is the staff. We have never been in a hotel where the staff have been so friendly, and so committed to giving all their guests the best of times. We had a certain advantage that, guests being so few in number, they were able to know us all by name, and had the time to chat to us. However, we are sure they are able to maintain this standard as the hotel expands to full capacity. Their enthusiasm for this project, and commitment to be the best that they can be shone through and they deserve to succeed in these uncertain times. Some of the names we remember in particular are Cathy, Bernard, Anthony, Robyn, Natalie, Rachel, Sue, Wanda - the list goes on and on. It was my birthday while we were out there and they really went out of their way to make it special - from the fabulous lobster dinner to the chocolate cake with 'Happy Birthday' wishes to the card from all the staff. Magic.
If you want extravagant entertainment, shops, bars and other restaurants in walking distance then this hotel is probably not for you, but if you want to be well looked after in peace and comfort then it deserves to be considered. If the finances are willing we shall certainly be back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new, 4 Star, Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is located on Tobago Plantations Estate, a 750 acre gated community, and offers 178 Deluxe OceanFront Rooms and 22 One and Two Bedroom Suites. All accommodations are Ocean Front with private balconies. This beachfront resort offers an 18-hole PGA Golf Course, its own Dive Center, Spa, and the largest amount of banquet & meeting space on Tobago. Complimentary wireless internet is available throughout the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vhl Tobago Golf And Spa Resort
- Vhl Tobago Golf Hotel Lowlands
- Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort Tobago/Lowlands