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“A true gem!” 5 of 5 stars
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Top O' Tobago Villa
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Arnos Vale Road, Arnos Vale, Tobago   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Arnos Vale B&B and Inns
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“A true gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

We’ve just returned from our two weeks vacation on Tobago, and we can safely recommend Top O’Tobago as the BEST place to stay on the island. In short, Top O’Tobago is simply unrivalled when it comes to the combination of comfort, safety, privacy, cleanliness, service, and the aesthetic and recreational qualities of its surroundings.
We spent 8 nights in the Villa, which is situated on the top of a hill overlooking lush tropical vegetation with the distant view of Arnos Vale Bay, and we enjoyed every bit of our stay there. We were four adults, but the villa can easily sleep up to six persons.
It is very spacious, functional and nicely furnished. Outside, there is a lovely swimming pool area, with a large patio in the middle of an impressive tropical garden with bougainvilleas, plumbago, hibiscus, yellow allamanda, coconut palms, and mango, papaya, avocado and flamboyant trees. What additionally enhances the quality of your stay there is the presence (and sounds) of a wide variety of tropical animals, such as parrots, geckos, frogs, lizards, and, most notably, the cute hummingbirds.
Within the pool area, there are sun beds, as well as small tables with chairs, enabling you to totally unwind while admiring the breathtaking views after the refreshing dip in the pool. On the rear side of the villa, there are also two stylish gazebos, surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers and trees. The entire swimming pool area in particular and the hotel’s grounds in general, are very well maintained and kept very clean - the pool itself is cleaned every day (early in the morning) and the only thing you are likely to find in the water is the occasional flowers, brought there by the ever present breeze. (During our stay on Tobago, we saw swimming pools in some other hotels, and they were all far from clean.)
The best thing inside the villa is undoubtedly the living room and the kitchen, which are connected with each other. The living room has a comfortable couch and two arm-chairs, a library (with many good books about T&T), a brand new widescreen “Sony” TV-set with DVD, and a stereo with quite a reasonable CD collection (including Putumayo CDs). Also, free internet connection is available there. The kitchen is really well-equipped (oven, micro oven, refrigerator + freezer, coffee maker, juicer, and all the required utensils - just to mention the most important things). There is also a huge kitchen table with solid and comfortable chairs in the section common to the kitchen and living room. Moreover, the Villa contains two bedrooms, one working room and three bathrooms (two with inside, and one with outside shower). Although there is no air-conditioning in the villa, this does not cause any inconvenience at all, as there is at least one ceiling fan present in every room.

In addition to providing a matchless opportunity for relaxation in the stunning and tranquil Caribbean scenery, Top O’Tobago also provides an excellent spot for exploring the island’s numerous attractions, the closest of which is Arnos Vale Beach. The beach is about 5 min. walking distance from the foot of the hotel’s hill, and you can get there using two parallel footpaths (the one passing through the grounds of Arnos Vale Hotel being more attractive). Although not as spectacular as, for example, Englishman Bay, Arnos Vale is truly a nice and quiet tropical beach, offering you much needed shade under the sea grape trees and, even more importantly, fantastic snorkeling. We thought that the best snorkeling was on the right-hand side of the beach. Among the species to be seen are brain corals, sponges, angelfish (both Queen and French), four eyed butterfly fish, yellow tail damselfish, spotlight parrotfish, trumpet fish, Caribbean squid, sea turtles and many others. We had snorkeled on several beaches on Tobago and only Castara Beach can offer you equally rich aquatic life so close to the shore.
Other attractions close to the hotel include the Mot Mot Trail and the Hidden Bay. Farther away, there is much more to be seen: Highland Fall (which we visited due to the courtesy of Hugh Baker, who runs the hotel), Buccoo Reef (if you are after snorkeling, try to hire a boat with a fisherman, instead of going on a trip with some crowded glass-bottom boat) and, finally, Castara Beach, Englishman Bay and Pirate Bay - all of which are truly lovely spots, lying within less than 1h driving distance from Top O’Tobago. (Good snorkeling on all these beaches, especially on Castara, where you can see stingrays and turtles.)
Our review of Top O’Tobago would not be quite fitting, though, if it did not contain a note concerning the man who put a great effort into making that place what it is now, Hugh Baker. Hugh was the perfect host for us from the very moment we stepped into his jeep in the airport car park area. He was taking care of us in an exemplary way – paying attention to our needs and expectations, but without invading our privacy. His great knowledge about the island and its people is admirable, and his respectful hospitality is invaluable.

In summary, then: if you want to spend a relaxing and luxurious time away from crowds and in tune with nature; if you want to enjoy the benefits of a private villa and, at the same time, get the service delivered by the best “standard” hotels; if you want to spend highly comfortable, relaxing, exhilarating, and yet affordable vacation on the island – then the choice is pretty obvious: Choose Top O’Tobago, one of those very few hotels that look as good as on the photograph and give you more than you’ve bargained for!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2009

Top O'Tobago is just fab! We stayed in a cabana which was equipped to a very high standard and everything looked new. The cabans are spacious, you get your own patio area but there are loads of good spots to sit and enjoy the views and the sun [if you are lucky -we had one dry day in 14!, ] Hugh looks after you very well, nothing is too much trouble. You do need a car as there are no food stores nearby although you do get a good welcome pack to start you off. Pick your own grapefruit in the grounds! We felt very safe here. Highly recommended.

Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2009

Top O Tobago was quite simply the perfect place for two tired Midwesterners. The villa sits on a hill and overlooks the Arnos Vale Bay. We stayed in one of the cabanas which included a small kitchen area with all the necessary appliances for coffee making, a two top burner for cooking omelets, microwave, nice refrigerator, etc. Another big plus was the juicer which we used everyday as the staff brought us freshly picked oranges and grapefruit from the property. The beds were comfortable with clean sheets. The bathroom had colorful ceramic tiles, clean towels and hot water. The room was large for two guests and the additional seating areas can be converted to beds, as it was when my 9 year old niece decided to stay with us for two days rather than with her grandparents.
As two female travelers we felt very safe on the property. There are cameras on the property, Huge Baker lives on the property with his two beautiful German Shepards and each living space has its own safe for valuables. The additional staff consists of two gardeners and a cleaning lady, so you get to know everyone who belongs on the property quickly.
This place is exactly like the pictures in the website topotobago.com but more beautiful. In our cabana we particularly loved the rear patio/gazebo area. Every morning we sat and watched all the bird life that came to visit us and feed on the bananas and bread we left for them. We saw Mot Mots, Tobago blue tanager, Tobago red-clowned woodpecker (male & female), white shouldered tanager, bare eyed thrust and the Banana quit. Every morning from our room we heard the Cocrico and later finally saw them.
The last treasure I will mention was the beautiful Arnos Vale Bay which is a wonderful snorkel site. It was the best snorkeling we had on the island for us. We saw two turtles, schools of fish and fantastic coral. You can swim and lay out at this beach also.
You will need to rent a car if you stay at the villa as it makes getting around the island easy.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Arnos Vale Road, Arnos Vale, Tobago
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Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Arnos Vale
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Arnos Vale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Top O Tobago is a villa which occupies the entire crest of a hill close to Caribbean Sea coast of SW Tobago. It takes 5 minutes to walk to the closest beach and there is a 360 degree view of the surrounding hills, valleys and coastline. The villa is comprised of a main 3 bedroom house, 3 studio apartments and 1 one bedroom apartment, each with its own patio and garden, and access to a common swimming pool. The villa offers the best of both rural and urban lifestyles. It is located on several acres of land with flower gardens, fruit trees, jungle vegetation and walking paths; but it is also within a 10 to 20 minute drive of numerous restaurants and shopping facilities. Top O Tobago is truly at the nexus of many worlds. ... more   less 

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