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“TOBAGO an Island of Smiles and stunning beaches.” 4 of 5 stars
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Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Courland Bay, Plymouth, Tobago   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Plymouth
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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“TOBAGO an Island of Smiles and stunning beaches.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We have just returned from 2 weeks in this resort. Virgin flight there in 747 Jumbo, smooth on time good food, excellent choice of recent new films or music to entertain during 8 1/2 hours. Airport security at Robinson International was very strict, rescanned all luggage, and checked that no camouflage clothing or weapons were being brought into Tobago. Arrived at resort, 25 minute transfer by taxi, driver provided very entertaining commentary included, greeted with smiles and rum punch, rooms very clean, ours was a large double on the top/ first floor. Tea,coffee,fridge,study, shower room, Air con, TV, 2 double beds, balcony, English style 3 pin plugs 110-200v. TV had 5 channels, American channels with old films in English with Spanish subtitles, and hilarious adverts! (DirectTV )a Porto Rican channel and BBC World service all very fizzy, but who goes on holiday to sit in the room with TV? All rooms have sea views facing west, so you WILL be amazed by the Caribbean Sunset through the palm trees. Fall asleep to the sound of the turquoise sea splashing onto the sandy beach, with a background sound of the breeze though the palm fronds, crickets, frogs and cows! Daytime watch for humming birds around the flower borders, Gecko lizards running up tree trunks and Walls, cows and local dogs coming in to drink from the fresh water pool. Night time, put yourself on the Turtle watch at reception, if a turtle arrives on the beach to lay eggs, they will call you and invite you to be guided onto the beach to watch this miracle up close, then watch as she makes her way back out to sea. . . .truly magical. Rooms are clean comfortable and have a caribbean feel, not a 5 star or travel lodge but all you need. Water pressure was very low during our visit so shower was hit and miss, and only a trickle from the taps, but enough, just. Cleaners came round every day, changing linen and replenishing tea/coffee etc. The swimming pool, is excellent, fresh water, with swim up bar and an island jacuzzi, just a couple of steps to the beach. Caribbean sea was warm, clear safe and calm, beach was little dirty with flotsam and jetsam left around and with cows dogs and goats roaming free. . . ! Food was very good not a huge choice but freshly cooked meat fish vegetarian and we always found something to try, 3 cooked meals a day is very filling! There was also a "sandwich bar" where you could help yourself, and they serve any soft drinks or local wines and spirits or beer or cocktails to your table all included, with a smile! Trips can be arranged with the rep, Kwesi, who is a happy guy, not at all pushy, but informative, he booked us onto Captains Bounty a motorised catamaran to cruise the Caribbean coast to Cotton Bay for snorkelling,all kit provided, so many colourful fish of all sizes, so amazing, a barbecue is included, with fish you are able to catch en-route or chicken with rice, then to nylon pool, a calm turquoise sandy lagoon a mile or so offshore, but only waist deep, the boat anchors, turns on the boom box hands out the beers and let's you rock! Returning to dock via a mangrove swamp at sunset, with pelicans returning to the trees to roost, quite a sight. There are tours available from guys on the beach beside the hotel pool, Frankie, Stumpy and Woody are the main men, all friendly enough. We went with Frankie on a tour of the island, with it being very quiet, we had a personal tour just us 2 in Frankie's car, highlights, Englishmans Bay, Speyside with views of Little Tobago from Jemma's Tree House Restaurant, that was included with amazing chicken lunch. Frankie has lots of history to pass on to you and driving around you get an idea of what pot holes in the road are like, plus landslides and his guide to the rain forest walk, you need to hire boots(available at entrance 25 TT dollars) for this, very muddy but birds reptiles and plants in abundance. Argyll Waterfalls guide Alison is 40 TT dollars each, not very spectacular but there is a pool you can have a dip in if you fancy it, incredible that an island 27 miles by 7 miles is capable of sustaining rivers waterfalls and rain forests. To be honest it is very like Wales but with tropical plants, the winding country lanes weaving down cliff sides into sandy bays and coves, with a dozen or so wooden houses school, churches then winding up again on the other side! You can easily get round the whole island in a day, but is better to make a leisurely tour, with stop off for food and drink from the many "mini markets" little "sheds" at the roadsides with a cheerful local sat outside offering fruit veg water etc to the weary traveller. As they all speak english this is a friendly informative exercise. Our only gripe is the Virgin Check Out and Chill, system. They take your suitcases at 9.30am and leave you with only your hand luggage even though your plane only leaves at 7.30pm, 8.30 if you include the refuelling before take off. Worth keeping your room until the bus collects at 4.30pm (30 quid) payable at reception. As the night flight back seems three times as long as the flight out. Being able to shower and relax in the air con before leaving helped a lot. All in all an excellent relaxing holiday, for the laid back traveller, with friendly staff and locals, just a long way to travel and the 5 hours difference is tiring,

Room Tip: The upper floor rooms have better views (although all have sea views)and are out of reach of the res...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trinidad
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

I visited the resort as they had a special for locals. The reception was great, The first day however there was no electricity and no notice was given to the guests...it wasn't until i saw a hotel staff that i was able to confirm that there was no electricity. Meals were satisfactory,room was really nice. The pool is great, however it was disappointing to know that bathing wasnt allowed on the beach.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

We landed back in UK today after spending 7 nights at Turtle Beach for our honeymoon. Was supposed to be rainy season in Tobago but we saw more rain driving home today than throughout the whole week whilst there! humidity was high along with insect bites. Before we went we read many negative reviews thats why we wanted to right this review asap to encourage people to visit Turtle Beach - its not the most fancy resort BUT...its the most relaxing holiday we have had, our room was large and sea facing, a/c very much appreciated, coffee/tea making facilities along with fridge and safe in our room - all free of charge. The rooms were cleaned daily, we had all-inclusive and whilst my husband had plenty of choice with meals, being vegetarian I felt my choices were less (though I probably am a fussy eater too!). We drank the tap water as was assured it was safe - no problems. We were lucky to see 3 leatherback turtles nesting whilst we were there along with a couple of hatchlings - can't describe how that feels. Our only criticism of this resort would be that men have to wear long trousers and collared shirts, along with shoes to dinner (my husband had only packed one outfit of this kind as usually smart shorts suffice), the humidity and lack of air con in the restaurant meant he was always uncomfortable of an evening meal (during the day he was permitted to eat in the same restaurant wearing swim shorts, t-shirt and pool shoes?!). Staff were all friendly, sellers on the beach were friendly too and if you said 'no thank you' they politely left you alone other than to say hello each day. Would recommend a fishing trip with "the Tuna Man" and we also went on a full day snorkelling trip through our rep - were escorted by dolphins to a secluded bay where we spent hours snorkelling with some beautiful fish. Overall, this resort is suited to couples who just want to relax and enjoy the wildlife. The outdoor bar was seldom open of an evening, and the entertainment finished by 10.30pm - this suited us as we headed for the beach at that time to turtle watch. We saw humming birds, pelicans, dolphins, leatherback turtles and met some lovely people (fellow guests and staff). Very clean pool area, clean beaches even with resident cows! and courtesy shower room available on check out day if your flight is late as ours was (you have to ask for this though as reception were happy to charge for late checkout to those who weren't aware of free shower) would recommend people visit but would say go expecting what you pay for - there are far more expensive resorts in Tobago - but we would definitely visit Turtle Beach again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Farnham, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Just returned from 7 night stay - beautiful pool and surrounding area, very clean. Restaurant quite international, not enough Caribbean fare, staff friendly in the main. Made sense if we'd been all inclusive (which we weren't) aa not near anything else to get meals. Hotel rooms adequate, clean but basic and all look on to the sea, wonderful to hear the waves crashing all night! Very exciting seeing turtles at night laying their eggs! Virgin rep useless, not enough local knowledge nor interested in advising on trips etc. Car hire excellent and beautiful bays to visit - beware some of the roads though, particulary going up towards Charlottville! Do visit Englishman's Bay - breathtakingly beautiful and possibly to buy lovely local crafts and sample traditional fare. Good bathing here and at Pigeon Point. Very peaceful relaxing holiday. Look forward to visiting another Caribbean island, flying Virgin - excellent service!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We have just returned from a wonderful week at this hotel. The staff are very happy and helpful. The beach was lovely and the pool terrific. The all inclusive package is very good value and the food was all fresh local produce.There is nowhere else to eat nearby so it made life easy for us. The accommodation is quite basic and in need of a lick of paint but somehow it adds to the charm of the place and is more true to the Caribbean relaxed attitude. As a real bonus, on our last night we were able to watch a leatherback turtle lay her eggs. It was magical to watch her return to the sea.

Room Tip: All rooms have a sea view but I would recomment first floor with balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

The service was great at the Buffet Meals (the food needed to be more internationally pleasing and horrible light snacks at tea time) and the pool bar was always open, BUT was very disapointed in our room - hot-AC took all day to cool it down, terrazo floor (really, how out dated), 11 cable channels (outdated), no ironing board and iron and coffee maker situated near an outlet that was unsuitable (no hot water kettle and old old coffee, sugar and cream packs), wierd smell in the room etc. The electricity was turned off because of tree cutting activity outside the hotel and there was no back up - so the room became hot again FOR AN ENTIRE DAY - HORRIBLE!! A 3-start hotel is not what I expected. A few creative changes would help this reviewer alot.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the ground floor - its very tricky going up and down wooden stairs.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Trinidad
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Stayed here for 5 days during October- Nov 2011! The place is nice...not the fanciest, rooms are clean and a little outdated...but the bathroom was tiny but clean which is a big thing for me, lol. You have an ok beach front view which is nice for the sound...my husband swam in the water there, i refused....he said there were lots of creatures *scream* lol.
I took the breakfast only plan...their breakfast had quite a variety which is nice, just burnt oily bacon everyday was no no for me.
They would play totally outdated back in times calypso instrumentals at night....more for the old folks though, so we would usually go out to other spots at night.
The pool was nice and big with a jacuzzi in the middle...the pool needs to be cleaned though...
When booking be sure to ask for a room close to the lobby...its an extremely long dimly lit walkway...i mean real long...ridiculous!! Even though the property seems quite secure as there is visible security at all times...I would still advise a shorter walk and not risking it.
Oh outdated sockets...you need to request a converter...annoying
The location is not the best...it is about 8 minutes to Scarborough and about 20 minutes to Crowne Point...so if you don't have access to a vehicle, prepare to stay at the hotel....or hire
Generally it was a good stay, we had lots of fun....don't go expecting 5/4 star quality...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Courland Bay, Plymouth, Tobago
Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Plymouth
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Plymouth
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Hotel Class:3 star — Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 125
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