We loved it here. The location of the hotel on a long curved unspoiled bay was perfect and the hotel did not encroach on the natural beauty of the bay at all. Although the buildings have seen better days, for us this somehow added to the laid-back Caribbean vibe. In our view the whole place had a great feel about it.
The restaurant overlooks the sea with lovely views down the beach in both directions. It was great to watch the fishermen haul their nets up the beach full of fish, which usually took more than an hour, in competition with what seemed like all the pelicans, laughing gulls and frigate birds for miles around. Quite a spectacle! Service in the restaurant could have been faster and more efficient, but we were on holiday and it was not a problem to have no rushing about. We found it very relaxing. Although the food was all in the form of a help-yourself buffet, we enjoyed every meal. Most meal times there was something good for non meat eaters too.
Our room was on the middle floor of the three storey block at the far end of the resort (the other two blocks nearer the pool, reception and restaurant are two-storey). It was large, had a huge comfortable bed, modern bathroom fitments and flat-screen tv.
The island is beautiful and relatively unspoiled by tourism. Being so close to South America means there is an abundance of wildlife compared to other islands, particularly birds, which is a real bonus if you are interested in such things. A local wildlife expert gives a talk in the hotel lobby every week which is very informative. Most of the local people are great, smiley and friendly.
The one negative aspect of our stay: I couldn't agree more with a previous review on the reserving of sun loungers by guests. It specifically says in the resort information in the room that sunbeds may not be reserved and are for the equal use of all guests. We found that if we were not on the beach by 6.30 a.m. ready to pounce with our towels there was usually no chance of getting a sunbed near our room, or anywhere else on the beach, for the rest of the day. I can only assume that many guests must set their alarms for just after sunrise in order to rush down to the beach to claim their bed. Most of the reserved sunbeds were unoccupied for hours during the day, sometimes up until lunchtime, then for hours over lunch, but it is obviously an unspoken rule that once towels are laid down the sunbed is out of bounds to anyone else. One couple even left their towels overnight every night, in effect reserving them for the whole duration of their stay. There were always some available by the pool, but they were without shade, or near the bar where the music was usually quite loud, which is fine if you like that, but if you prefer being on the beach where it is quieter there is little chance of getting a sunbed after the sun is up.
All in all though, this is a great place to stay and excellent value for money.
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- "best beach resort experience in Tobago" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Rex Hotel Scarborough
- Turtle Beach Tobago
- Turtle Beach Rex Resorts
- Turtle Beach Hotel Tobago
- Turtle Beach By Rex Resorts Tobago/Plymouth