We spent 10 amazing days in Tobago in Feb/Mar 2005 and are ever so happy that we made the decision to stay at Half Moon Blue. If you like us go on holidays to have a relaxing break, enjoy each others company and experience the "local atmosphere" and beauty - this is the place to be. Half Moon Blue is situated 10 minutes walk outside Scarborough, 15-20 minutes drive from the more commercial Pigeon Point and west coast and 2 minutes walk from Bacolet Bay (where the water is not green, but great to swim in and you get the palm trees and small bar/lunchplace one might be looking for).
As per usual you get what you pay for, and at USD 140 per night we were happy with the spacious and clean, but simple Blue Room we stayed in. The decor was sparse in the room, but laying in our four-poster bed (tasteful even by Scandinavian standards) looking out over the ocean was great. We spent many romantic evenings out on the balcony, drinking yummy Carib and enjoying the seaview and the beautiful flowers in the garden.
The small overflow pool had an amazing view, and served its purpose on those days we didn't want to expose ourselves to the sun down at the beach. The hotel has 3 good Suzuki jeeps for hire (at USD 50/day), and on those days we wanted to go on outing we could just pick up the keys in the morning.
Both before and during our stay we found that the staff kept a low profile, but were most helpful when you needed assistance. This is not a luxury resort, but if you are a young person able and willing to carry your own suitcases, try simple, but very tasty local dishes in the restaurant and have the initiative to organise your own outings - this is the hotel you should stay in.
During our stay we also got married at a civil ceremony in Scarborough, and Gloria and her staff really made every effort to make sure that we had a great day. I got to pick my flowers in the garden, Gloria's husband took some lovely photos of us down at Bacolet Bay and we found chilled bubbly in our room upon arrival.
However, the only negative thing I have to say about Half Moon Blue is that they have a tendency to move some guests around if they have new guests arriving towards the end of your stay. If you call to check before your aarrival I am sure this can be avoided. On the other hand we were sent to one of the expensive hotels on the west coast for our last two nights, which proved to be a great deal (all paid for by Half Moon Blue) and a perfect opportunity to see another part of the island before we left.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here's a little secret only a few people know about: if you're planning a trip to Tobago, one of the most charming hotels is Half Moon Blue Hotel at the Donkey Cart House. Nestled in gardens of palms, bamboo and bougainvillea, the hotel's suites lay beneath the hill of historical Fort George. Eight extra spacious suites and one spectacular Penthouse loft overlook the horizon, the half moon shaped Bacolet Bay and the overflow swimming pool where midnight swims are a must! The decor sets your mood for serene and lazy days and romantic exotic nights. These colonial styled suites with jalousied windows and doors open onto verandas with rattan chaise-lounges, creating the perfect spot for what ever your heart desires like that best seller you have been dying to read. On a clear day you can see the sister isle of Trinidad. These breathtaking panoramic views with their romantic surf washed coves can be seen from our balconies with the beach only a 2 minute trot away. ... more less
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