We stayed here for 6 nights to dive & relax, and really enjoyed our stay. The lodge is across the road from the ocean, which made for great breezes, views and wooshing from the waves.
Our room was very clean and comfortable, with a lovely high ceiling, doors opening onto a small balcony overlooking the sea, & air conditioning. We had daily room service with clean towels provided. True, the doors to the balcony are a little warped with a few gaps and perhaps a little insecure - but on the second floor this wasn't a major issue. We locked our bags daily and had no problems with security/theft. True, the room could do with repainting (a bit of flaking paint in the bathroom) and the hotel with a general spruce up - but none of this detracted from our experience.
The staff were friendly, and we really enjoyed the late afternoon drinks & socialising at the bar or pool at the end of the day - easy, relaxed and an opportunity to meet travellers from all over. Sean the owner has many interesting stories to share, and is clearly very committed to diving & the oceans. Kathy was also friendly and helpful, for example ensuring that we had sandwiches ready for our early morning bird-watching trip!
It was also great, as divers, to be able to roll out of bed, wander downstairs for breakfast & then stroll over to the dive shop ready for our lift down to the wharf - it doesn't get much easier than that!
I can't agree with the two damming reviews recently posted, and wonder quite what they were expecting - this is Tobago, not the US or UK. We'd recommend Manta Lodge as a great place for a comfortable, relaxed, laid-back holiday, and as a good base for diving, snorkelling, bird watching or rainforest adventures.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cozy 22 room property may be small, but it still features a number of 'big' amenities - the Green Moray Bar & Restaurant, soft sand beach, full service dive shop, freshwater swimming pool, reading nook with a multi-lingual lending library, endless hiking trails and plenty of room to relax! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manta Hotel Speyside
- Manta Lodge Tobago/Speyside