Just returned from a relaxing week at the Grafton Beach. Flight with Monarch was on old style plane with drop down TV screen Two shows for a 9 hour flight. Hotel in general is looking a little tired. There was only about 30 people there during our stay so plenty of sun loungers, but no parasols for shade. Staff in the main areas were great and rooms cleaned with fresh towels and bed linen every day. No charges for things such as the safe, pool towels or fridge which is great. However you have to wear wrist bands and sign after every meal with your room number. We had a sea view and two double beds. Bathrooms were dated and dripping tap and shower head, Toilet made the strangest 'darth veda'' noise after flushing Air con worked well if a little noisy. Beach is down some steps and over the road onto a sandy bayTobago itself is very small (24 miles by 7 miles) but there was nothing within walking distance which was a shame as there was no evening entertainment apart from one night when there was a singer and dancer down at the beach bar. (joined by the cockroaches) Food was traditional local fare Breakfast - fried bake, bacon and scrambled eggs Often there was fish or vegetables They also will make an omelette for you. Dinner was in the main restaurant or down at the beach bar for more snack like food (panini or burger)General menu was - a daily soup, (corn, pumpkin, split pea) Main course generally consisted of chicken (fried, baked, bbq) vegetables, rice and pasta. Cake, pie and fresh fruit (shame no ice cream although it was available if requested). Mainly chicken and fish. Beach Bar staff were not so good - barely spoke or acknowledged you and took >40 mins for a cheese and chicken Panini - great if you are not in a rush. Taxis into the main area are around 80 TT (£8) . We hired a car and drove all around the island in one day (Argyle waterfall, roxborough, speyside, Plymouth, scarbrough. Catch a boat out to pidgeon point and bocco reef Car was 510TT fully insured 200tt deposit (returned if you re fuel) and cost us 38 tt ( around £4) to refuel !! We also flew to Trinidad for a couple of days 25 min flight with flights every 30 mins or so and cost only about £30. Much bigger and livelier island but also many places that you would not venture (high crime rate) so be careful which areas you go to. We went to theatre in Port of Spain and restaurant choices there were numerous. So Tobago as a whole - very relaxed and laid back. Personally I think the beaches and sea on other Caribbean islands are prettier. More nightly entertainment and wider choice of food would be welcome.
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- Also Known As:
- Grafton Beach Hotel Black Rock
- Grafton Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Grafton Beach Resort Tobago/Black Rock