by Diana Lambdin Meyer
For families on a budget who just want to spend some quiet time on the beach, this Tobago hotel is for you. The kids’ club is open to children 4 years old and up and in-room baby-sitting is an option. Two restaurants, a pool and water sports make this a good choice.
Our Editor Loves
- Kids' club
- White sand Caribbean beach
- Family Comfort Rooms
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Onsite Dining
Shout out to Sheryl at the Lunch Shack! She's the hardest working person at the resort who always has a sunny deposition even when she was short staffed. I would give her a raise Leslie. You don't want to lose her! Lol.
Resort is in transition so there's some growing pains but you're in the Caribbean so relax or be limin as the locals say and enjoy a quiet, unspoiled, clean, beautiful beach in the sun. Take a walk to Plymouth to Fort James or walk to Black Rock or see Pigeon Point or Grafton beach or Mt.Irvine surfers beach.
There's so much to do. So even though I couldn't adjust the AC up from 72° as the room was TOO COLD and it got really really damp (I think maintenance should check out room 150. I think there might be a leak coming from the bathroom sink through to the bedroom floor) I still had an amazing time! Didn't see any turtles as it was the wrong time of year but Bucco Reef, Nylon pool and snorkelling made up for it! Will be back for sure.
Local vendors Frankie & Blade were very kind and polite. Blade was awesome arranging a half day tour Bucco Reef, Nylon pool and 2 snorkeling spots.
Thanks to all the staff. 5☆.
Decided to try the Starfish Tobago Resort, knowing ahead that it was only a 3 star. Formerly a Rex resort, it is now part of the Sunwing offerings. The rooms all face toward the water, but a few have a more of a pool view and not the ocean. Rooms are okay, but definitely need updating. Maids do not do a thorough job so rooms are in desperate need of a good cleaning. TVs are old and reception is very poor. Were told the technician was working on it, but it never changed in the whole time we were there.
The food is a real disappointment. The soups were the best dishes offered. Most buffet selections were usually cold and not very appetizing. The new a la carte program was not great. Only 3 selections are part of the all-inclusive, the rest are an extra cost. The shrimp cocktail is 3 pieces of shrimp swimming in mayo. The fish and chicken entrees never change, and the meat is either beef or lamb. Beef is a minute steak and lamb is bone and fat.
But have to give credit to the wait staff who are great. Shout out to Damian, who is the food manager, and Shurla, Timothy, Peaches, Sheryl, Gabriel, Rueben -- all a great and lovely bunch!
Only the pool/beach bar is open. Only once did we see the lobby bar open. Top shelf liquor is only available if you pay for it. Service is slow as usually only one bartender, so if the hotel is busy, more bar staff are needed.
Pool is clean but shallow. More lounges and umbrellas would be a bonus. As noted, beach chairs are limited and more so because people with patio rooms were taking them back to their patios. Again, more lounges are needed and the broken ones need to be replaced or fixed.
There are kayaks available at the beach, but no motorized water sports as this is a protected turtle beach area.
Internet is hit and miss -- mostly miss.
No entertainment during the day and at night it is usually a soloist. Not really ideal to walk outside the resort as the road is busy. During our stay, two couples (not from our resort) were attacked and robbed nearby in broad daylight. People need to be very careful.