My wife and I had revisited Tobago for our 25th Wedding Anniversary after being there from 1985-88 during Carnival. We were looking for a little different taste of the island since we had stayed in the Crown Point area during our previous visits. We wanted to explore the upper 2/3rds of the island, both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of the coastline along with the Rainforest.
Our research led us to the Essex House at Gloucester Place. Essex House is the cottage on the grounds of the main house, Gloucester Place. There are four guest rooms with private baths in the main house with delicious meals cooked by Bea and enjoyed at the dining room table with other guests. That’s if you choose to eat your meals at there home. The more private cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, open living area and two guest rooms with private baths. Windows open an entire wall to allow in warm breezes from the sea over soaring trees.
But the true gem of this place is the Infinity Pool. The view from this pool is breathtaking. Curved Roman steps lead you down into the crystal clear pool whose water seemingly spills into the horizon of the blue sea and sky. There are so many beautiful shades of blue you are amazed.
The owners Bea and Win could not have been more delightful, giving us experienced insight on fun things to do around the island. They were right on point with tour guides (hikes/birds), local restaurants and pubs, and any other thing you could imagine.
Gloucester Place is a masterpiece of architecture with soaring verandas and hidden views. Personal touches of local art mixed with artifacts from around the globe help make this place unique as does the landscaping on this old banana plantation located just south of Parlatuvier Bay. Majestic flowers and plants dance around the pool area creating a euphoric experience that attracts hummingbirds and various other species of birds. It is awesome; you can literally feel the stress drain from your body.
The Essex House was perfect for cooking, fish and lobster bought right off the local docks. We were able to cook feasts you could only imagine back home. Win also has a grill that any patron can use to get their barbecue on. Well fed, we would retire to the cottage veranda to gaze at incredibly brilliant stars while enjoying a nightcap before bed.
Bea and Win’s hospitality was outstanding. We enjoyed talking with them about any topic from politics to sports etc. There can be a lot of interaction with the homeowners and house-guests from around the world, which we found exhilarating. If you’re looking for more privacy, just tell Bea and Win and they will make that happen and are very understanding. They have a lot of experience.
We couldn't thank Bea and Win enough for helping us attain the serenity that we so much needed from our hectic lives back in the States. Everything was absolutely fantastic! We certainly couldn't have asked for a better vacation destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gloucester Place has three double air-conditioned rooms and a two bedroom self catering cottage. It is situated on a cliff overlooking the sea and the Forest Reserve. It is walking distance from Parlatuvier Bay on the northeast coast of the island. The property contains an infinity pool, gardens, nature trail and small river with a waterfall. It is a 5 minute drive from Englishman's Bay, and a 10 minute drive from the Forest Reserve entrance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gloucester Place Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago