I stayed at the Blue Haven hotel over the Easter weekend with my wife and her brother and his wife. I was initially skeptical since I read many of the reviews online but there was no accommodation elsewhere on the island. We were all pleasantly surprised at the excellent condition of the rooms. The view was also stunning since the hotel is located on a cliff.
The beach is somewhat of a mini version of Trinidad's Maracas beach with some small waves near to the shore but you can actually go out to a depth of about 5ft where the water becomes calmer. You may encounter sea weed when the tide is high. This is a normal ocurrence on the beaches in Trinidad's north coast as well but it does not detract from the overall enjoyment.
The breakfast was decent - eggs (a variety of scrambled, sunny side up etc.), sausages, bacon, fruits, yogurt, juices, coffee, tea, pancakes. We ate out at dinner and at lunch since we are familiar with Tobago. Once you have access to a vehicle or a taxi, there are fast food franchises - Subway, KFC, Church's Chicken, Pizza Boys. The Crown Point area (about 15 minutes drive away) also has many eating places and roadside caravans selling grilled and bar-b-que specialties. Try to grab dinner early beacuse most places in Tobago are closed by 8:30 to 9:00 pm.
The hotel's pool is comfortable and you actually have a nice view of the coast all the way down to Crown Point from the pool area. The walk down to the beach is paved and there are decent facilities at the beach with a bar as well.
The hotel is very quiet and relaxing. One can deduce that it was a really sophisticated hotel back in the day based on the type of achitecture and designs especially near the restaurant area.
One word of caution about crime in T&T and the Caribbean in general. Travellers should really try to not wear any flashy jewellery, nor leave any cameras and phones unattended in public areas such as beaches, restaurants, and pools. Also try to avoid vulnerable situations. I went to Argyle Falls once and noticed a female couple wandering off away from the tour guides into the nearby bushes. This sort of behaviour is risky and people should be more careful. Tobago is a paradise and once you exercise precaution (locking cars, room doors and windows etc.) you will be on the road to a crime free vacation.
Based on the price, location, lovely rooms, and general activities (beach and pool), I would definitely recommend this hotel. My brother-in-law even remarked that he was so pleased with the facilities that he would stay only at Blue Haven whenever he returns to Tobago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachfront Hotel completely renovated & re-opened July 2000. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Haven Hotel Tobago