by Diana Lambdin Meyer
This 42-acre property was once a nature preserve and as a result, a number of trails meander through the forested side of the property, creating a wonderful opportunity to connect with the birds, butterflies and other creatures that make Tobago their home. With just 38 rooms, peace and quiet is why people come here. Don’t expect a lot of activities to keep your kids busy, but if they are happy playing in the sand, then this is a good choice.
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by Fiona C
This hotel has a lovely location with a proper private golden sand beach & beautiful sea to swim in. The rooms boast comfortable beds & decent bathrooms & have verandas opening straight on to the beach so the sea soothes you at night as well as luring you in during the day. The aircon & fans were also effective & quiet.
However, the staff do not seem to have mastered the basics of a 4 star service. Check in for our group of 16 was very slow, someone with a faulty flooding aircon system had to badger quite hard to get a room change & another couple didn't even have toiletries & towels despite this trip being booked months ahead. Half the time the staff act as if you're bothering them when you want a drink, they don't even listen to your order correctly, sometimes go very light on the rum (let alone giving you the whole bottle of coke) & I was disappointed that few cocktails are provided & none made from scratch. The food always spoken of as top grade was a mixed bag - some was good & some not, including horrid processed cheese with our packed breakfast for an early birding trip. Sweets at dinner deteriorated to a poor choice of 2 by the end of the trip.
I think they're a bit lazy & resting on the laurels of a lovely location.
Just returned from 5 days at the Inn. I was there primarily for the diving in the area and dove with Tobago Dive Experience. My room was beautiful with french doors opening to a balcony shaded by trees where I spent many an afternoon reading. I was on the breakfast plan and the only complaint that i would have is that it starts at 7:30 making it kind of rushed to meet an 8:00 AM pick up for diving. Food was good but not excellent however there was a variety of fresh fruit and juice daily along with coffee, tea and hot and cold cereals and breakfast offerings of of the menu.
There was a constant off-shore breeze that kept the room cool i the daytime and i could have slept with the door open however turned on the air conditioner to keep out any bugs.
I chose to eat my dinners there however there are a couple of good places to eat dinner in Speyside and/or Charlotteville if you want to do the drive at night, I did not. The food was good with ample portions. i opted for fish and chicken dishes and was not disappointed. If you are lucky enough to get Erica as your server your dining experience will be that much better. She is the epitome of typical Tobago hospitality and will make you feel right at home. They are fortunate to have her.
Last thoughts...the folks at the front desk need some additional training. Although friendly there were not always to answer some questions about the Inn. The stove did not work and there were no instructions provided as to lighting it or matches to do same. But those a minor inconveniences that could have been quickly addressed if I needed it.
You cannot beat the view, the plethora of birds in the area including the Cocricos who made their daily afternoon visit to my porch. I was on the second floor of the Inn and my room was more than comfortable and kept very clean. Bed made daily and linens changed if requested.
All in all a very enjoyable stay and i will return again.