We are well travelled. I need to start with that. I've spent time living in Kingston, Jamaica and not in an expat community and my hubbo has spent time living in Jakarta and other such places and travelled several other off the beaten path places.
Blue Water Inn, is very well situated. It is in a lovely cove separated from everything but the thing is there is nothing you need separating from. That is the paradox and the oxymoron of the place. It is isolated where isolation is not an issue. Yet, for the type of people who would 'brave' the likes of Tobago, a rurual, under developed town not well geared to visitors, adventurous or otherwise, a hotel with an infinity pool and poolside bar is strange. That said, there were other such contrasts within the hotel itself. That is to say, if you were looking for adventure, you wouldn't stay in such a place because it seems vacationy and 'wannabe' posh but if you are the type of person who wants a beach hotel stay, you wouldn't choose this place.
For the latter group, the 'hotel/beachers', those willing to stay close to the hotel and nothing more because there is literally and figuratively nothing more. There towns are rural and not meant for visitors because there is nothing to visit. The hotel has no activities and the restaurant is VERY limited. There is nothing to do but sit by the pool or on your deck and look a the ocean or humming birds. The cost of food is higher than it should be both from the location and the quality. A tinned three bean salad? Really? and a MExican buffet? really? The whole time we were there, they were 'out of' seafood. I looked confused at the ocean not 10ft away when the waitstaff told me that. I could order a Burger, Chicken Wings or a Soy Burger for lunch. There was no Flying Fish no Shark Bacon...nothing.. There were Kayaks for use by the guests. We used those. With no rutters, the were difficult to navigate in the waves and at high tide, the surge. So we couldn't go very far from the cove.
The worst part for the 'less travelled'. The phones at the hotel were out for couple days. They were supposed to send us a car to the Port because we took the ferry from Trinidad. We arrived rather late and were glad we arranged ahead for a taxi because there IS NO LOCAL transport and you risk grabbing a random car. But we waited until the dock was EMPTY and no car. We called and called the hotel and no answer. Luckily the port police helped us find a legit cab who tried to rip us off on the fare, even with the locals right there. He kept insisting that the fare doubles at 10pm. We said it is 9h30. He said it will be 10 on the way. Police lady said it's 9h30. This went on. The LAW is, fare is set from pick up. Period. We angrily approached the reception inthe morning and they told us they couldn't find a cab so they didn't send one. EXCUSE ME? and our phones were down so we couldn't call or receive calls. EXCUSE ME? What kind of hotel does not have a back up plan to their main phones. The internet seemed to be working fine. The lady at reception was surfing her friggin Facebook page.
For the first group, the travellers, you're 10 minute walk from the main road and on the main road there is nothing to see. No local bars or shops. There is another posh hotel, the Manta, who NEVER answered our phone calls or emails when we tried to reserve. We even cabbed it to the nearest town, Charlotteville for a big Festival but it was not what most people think of a festival. The mainroad was maybe 50 m long and most of the few shops were shut. There was a stage with big speakers playing music but nothing going on. There was no food for sale. We were fed because a lady from our hotel invited us to her house. STill apart from the Diving, which took us to Speyside, there was nothing to do. Actually it was a bad dive too. No Mantas this year and the dive shop, though they were cool, were disorganised. They set us up with beginner divers who didn't know how to sink and paddled fast with the current!? HELLO? never waited for the dive master. Had to swim fast to keep up. STop and have a look. They'd never swum in anything but lakes!? heads up would have been nice before paying over a hundred bucks for the dive.
Rooms had been redone. Beds were older though. Bathrooms were very nice. But vaulted ceilings looked nice but they were a thin layer of wood from the beating rains....
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