My wife and I decided to make Turtle Beach Resort in Tobago our focus for the highlight of our Ruby Wedding Year – yes we celebrated all year long! That was a prefect choice and thanks to ALL of the staff for making it a magic vacation.
We arrived at TAB and were greeted warmly, then invited to a transfer in our own taxi with a driver who was obviously proud of and in love with her island.
A really warm welcome was continued by the professionally organised reception staff at Turtle Beach. They lost no time but included warmth and friendship in greeting us. With room key in hand we were given an invitation to the manager’s weekly rum punch party that was about to start.
Formalities over, we went to our room – and what a spacious room with a giant of a very comfortable bed. It had everything needed, including a quiet but really efficient air con system. Well very nearly – there was no shaver electric point – but, thanks to Ralph the maintenance man, an adapter was soon provided so I could use the standard English 3-pin socket that was in the main room. We choose a ground floor room so that we could exit directly through the patio doors that formed one whole wall - onto the beach. The curtains maintained a dark bedroom perfectly, even the heat of the sun dare not pass them.
Our only niggle – and I can pick fault for England – was that the sun loungers and pool furniture was past its sell by date but none the less comfortable and working for all of that. Special blue towels were provided for the beach and pool. They could be changed on demand at the water sports hut – another great team of staff.
The housekeeping staff had added their welcome – ruby coloured flowers decorating the room. We found a chilled bottle of fizz on the dressing table with the fruit bowl! Thanks ladies! These ladies did a thorough job every day we were there. Every night the bed was re-made and the room clean and tidy. Thanks again ladies.
After the cocktail party we headed for our first meal – dinner. Again a warm welcome, this time by maitre di’, who assigned a table of choice without any delay whatsoever. The menu offered a great choice for each course, a feat repeated by chef for very meal we had in house. The options for breakfast beat any London hotel. All cooking was great, except our last dinner when the ham joint was a bit on the dry side and poorly carved. Our main memory was of Valentine’s night – the staff had dressed the restaurant with fabrics and balloons. Chef put on a very special meal - my favourite, a nicely cooked, carved and served rib of beef, It had to be red wine that night – all part of the inclusive package.
Whilst thanking the waiting staff, we must also thank specially the egg chef at breakfast. She was charming at such an early hour and had the added skill of perfectly cooked eggs every time!
We recognised that the beach was a public affair (as in the whole of Tobago). Security staff did a great job of controlling locals, including the various hawkers who wanted to add to their income, even from selling coconuts. There were 3 local dogs who seemed to own that beach, but only barked once in the night and then for only half an hour.
When it was time to check-out we were invited to leave luggage in a locked room. And then use all of the facility. This included lunch and the bar long after check out was completed. A real expression of the spirit of generosity in the island.
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- "best beach resort experience in Tobago" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Rex Hotel Scarborough
- Turtle Beach Tobago
- Turtle Beach Rex Resorts
- Turtle Beach Hotel Tobago
- Turtle Beach By Rex Resorts Tobago/Plymouth