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Reviewed April 7, 2019

If you have ever been to Trinidad, you would know that Carnival and commerce are the driving factors. What many people don't know is that Trinidad has many hidden gems that appeal to the eco minded tourists looking to disconnect from the humdrum of daily life. Acajou is everything you can want if you are seeking to get away from it all. This is not the Hyatt or any other hotel in or near a city, this is ECO Tourism at it's Trini best.

If you are looking for a place to go turtle watching THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO BE. Hundreds of turtles can be seen on the beach over the night, but off course it's nature so some nights are better than others.

The hotel is tucked away in the North East of the island on the banks of the Grand Riviere River and Grand Riviere Beach. The hotel is small and comprises 6 cottages all of which are beautifully maintained and offer an unobstructed view of the River and Ocean in the distance. The ground are also well maintained and clean. The beach is accessible from the property.

We stayed there for 2 nights in March and had an amazing time. There is a feeling of disconnect being there which is exactly what we needed. Sadly I had to work for a few hours each day, but even still, there is a magic in this place where you can't help but feel like the stress that comes with our hectic lives is all but a distant memory.

The rooms were well kept and bed comfortable. Each room has a porch with a hammock where you can just sit and relax. Just writing this review, thinking about the place has me longing to go back. The cottages are really thoughtfully designed. Each one has a stand pipe at the base of the steps so you can wash the sand off your feet before going in. The shower if unlocked from the inside, has a door that allows access from outside. That is a safe and thoughtful design. No need to get the room dirty. The room has a bed with netting, a couch, center table, mini fridge and coffee / kettle.

At night you can hear the frogs by the river and the ocean in the distance. It's nature the way it was intended to be so be mindful of that. You fall asleep to the sounds of nature. Mosquitoes were few and far between and with netting on each bed, you are protected. There were so few I could probably count them.

The food is really good, both breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was included and you simply select your choices off the menu and they make it for you.

This is a small hotel, so the staff are often doing several roles from cooking to check-ins and waiting on customers during breakfast and dinner and are always attentive. There is the usual naivety with customer service in Trinidad, but keep in mind the folks here live in the Toco/Grand Riviere area and are disconnected from the rest of Trinidad. The nearest city is Sande Grande which is about 2 hours away. So be mindful of that. Lovely people. They do genuinely want you to have a good time and enjoy your stay. The young man that was our server and cook on our 2nd night was so peasant and loves the fact he can do so many different roles. It's great to see that type of ambition and we wish him all the best. There is security around at all times so you can feel safe.

The hotel does offer transportation from the airport and it might seem pricey, but note the hotel is about a 2.5hrs scenic journey from the airport and along some of Trinidad's most famous pot-hole filled roads. It is worth the price if you have no transportation otherwise.

The WiFi did not work while we were there, but it was not the fault of the hotel. Grand Riviere is a remote area in Trinidad and telecom infrastructure in Trinidad is good but takes much longer to address issues in these areas. You can easily get unlimited data for 7 days for $99 TT at any Bmobile location (even at the airport) and you will get full 4G serivce in the Area. I connected to my work's VPN in Canada by tethering my data to my laptop and had absolutely no issues.

Upon check out the owner of the Hotel finalized our bill. She was so pleasant and made us feel so comfortable. She is originally from Europe and lives in the town so she is never far away, so you should feel safe that you are in good hands.

We loved this place and can't wait to be back again.

Room tip: Any room is great.
Date of stay: March 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2019

Acajou is a very quite and friendly hotel at the beautiful beach of Grande Riviere. You live in a cottage, witch is so nice. A lot of sounds in the surrounding, birds, dogs, frogs and waves. The staff treats you like a family member with all their love. Food is great also, both breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was never a problem, always an opportunity. I was fortunate to see a turtle one night witch made my stay even more pleasant. I will definitely come back to Acajou!

Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

Clean room and surroundings. Very comfortable bed and pillows and love the fresh clean smell of the bedding. Breakfast was tasty. Staff very accommodating to my request to have a private dinner on our deck the night of our anniversary. Though there was a mix up with my husband's dinner order and the fish I ordered was not nice, everything else was lovely. The ambiance and surroundings made for a perfect weekend.

Room tip: The consistency of the hot water in the shower fluctuated so made for a bit of uncomfortable shower.
Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2019 via mobile

We stayed in a spacious lodge with a big bed, sofa and nice bathroom. There is no need for air conditioning.

On one side is a short path to the beach and then on the other the main street. The beach is really beautiful although the waves are a bit too big for swimming around in - we tried to go bodyboarding and got warned by some locals on the beach.

The hotel is right at the end of the road so it’s a 2.5hr drive but Darren and Cristina did a return pick up for $250USD (and dropped us off at Asa Wright on the return).

We were there out of turtle season so there is very little to do. It would be nice if there were some cooking facilities as not many places in town were open, though Acajou’s restaurant was nice.

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

The hotel is within walking distance of a couple mini-marts and the turtle watching beach (Grand Riviere Beach?). The cabin was spacious and clean, no a/c but it did not need it as the area was well shaded and the breeze was always present.

Breakfast was good, without being outstanding. They give you bread up front, but don't eat it all if you order the eggs as it doesn't come with bread (although you can order a couple more slices for $20). Dinner was good value both in terms of quantity and taste.

It is a great place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We basically just lazed around all day, which is more or less all you can do especially as it is outside of turtle nesting season. If you are looking for lots of activities and to remain connected to the outside world this is not the spot for you. There is WiFi in the room, but we left all our devices home except for the phones (which stayed in a bag).

Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Damian G
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