I drove from Port of Spain to this hotel on the Easter weekend. It took just over 3 hours through some spectacular countryside. On arrival (after having a bit of difficulty finding the hotel in the village, tried several times to ring the hotel but got no answer!), we were shown to our room, number 8. The room itself was very small with a queen size bed surrounded by a mosquito net (very needed). There was just enough space to slide between the bed and wardrobe. The shower in the little en suite was not good, the hot tap was actually the cold water and vice versa and there was very little pressure. We had a small balcony which looked directly onto the beach, very nice. The room had quite a few mosquitos in it so I went down and asked for some bug spray to kill them, the girl said she would try to find some. I'm still waiting for her to come back with it. Also there were cockroaches although I'm not sure if it was 1 which got around the room a bit or if it was more than one. Didn't particularly bother me but just be aware that they can be there. Later that evening we went down to the little restaurant area and had a very reasonable priced meal ($TT200 for two main courses). My son is vegetarian and the chef came out and explained the various options he had, I was very impressed by this. The meal itself was fine although I asked for my food to be well cooked and it wasn't. After this we walked across the road to the office to get our permit for the beach and at 9.30 that evening we met the guide, Tyron, on the beach. What can I say, every little fault of the hotel was instantly forgotten when you are greeted by the sight of the magnificent leather back turtles. We spent about 90 minutes on the beach and were fortunate enough to see 6 turtles in various stages of nesting. We watched one turtle from start to finish, amazing. Our guide was knowledgable on the subject of the turtles. There is no flash photography allowed at night but in the morning it's ok. So we went to bed, to await the morning when we could get up again. My only complaint here was the noise of the music coming from some place near the hotel, it was still blasting at 12.30 when I fell asleep. The next morning we went onto the beach just before 6am and were lucky enough to see 3 turtles still there. In the daylight it was even more awe inspiring and I got some fantastic pictures. After another couple of hours we went back to the hotel, tired but thrilled. We spent the rest of the day on the beach, the hotel were kind enough to allow us to remain parked with them until we were ready to leave. My son loved the whole experience and wanted to stay another night and if the hotel had any vacancies I definitely would have.
All in all, this is a trip that every person should be allowed to do at least once in a lifetime. The total cost, including the permit, the hotel and food, was about 120 pounds sterling. As long as you are not expecting 5 star luxury, you will not be dissapointed. I guarantee you wil be humbled by seeing these magnificent creatures.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Grande Almandier Hotel North Coast
- Le Grande Almandier Trinidad/North Coast