We stayed at Sandy Point for 15 nights in September. The previous reviews were right on time and time again. No, this place isn't 5 star, but we never heard of any unhappy guests. This is not a place for shoppers, either.
Elvira was very sweet with a fun personality and laugh. Elvira makes people feel welcome and involved if they want to. She had her work cut out for her trying to teach me to calypso but we had fun anyway. I went on a short nearby island tour with her and several people. My husband and I went on the Rainforest hike and Englishmans bay trip. We enjoyed the day out. Toby, the GM was a real gentleman and very kind. He pitches in to drive or whatever is needed to make it smooth there.
The place is very clean with daily maid service. The club house and restaurant are open right at the water's edge so you can enjoy the pelicans and beauty. The grounds are well kept and the sunset view is awesome. The units have personality and we had plenty of room to spread out with the 2 of us in a 1 bedroom. The 1 bedroom was really 2 bedrooms because next to the master upstairs in our unit was another nook that had a trundle bed, closet and built in vanity. THere were tons of closets and storage. The air conditioning in our unit was outstanding. We had an upstairs AND downstairs remote for the a/c. Some days, we just sat in and read in the cool room.
The staff are so welcoming and friendly. For us, it was a great cross cultural (especially with food) experience with people that speak English. We liked all of the food that we tried. The on site restaurant had the nicest people there. They offer authentic carribean food for each meal. There is also American food choices for breakfast and lunch. For lunch, you can get a large hotdog (US $2. ) or a hamburger for about $5. US, etc. One time, they made my husband a grilled cheese. We really enjoyed Julianne, Sandra and Ken at the restaurant.
Oh, very important- they are big in to "instant" coffee. We brought our own and found some ground coffee at a nearby store. The coffee maker is only 4 cups in the room but there is free coffee in the morning onsite.
Prior to our trip, I had read something about the safety concerns of Tobago. I started to feel concerned and even other guests indicated that were a bit aprehensive, too. Because of this, we didn't leave the resort at night except by taxi. When the resort took us to Sunday School, they sent Lincoln to watch over us and try to keep us together. I never felt unsafe the whole time I was there. The resort was great at night and we didn't feel that we needed to leave, although many people did leave for dinner. There is an in room safe and taxi rides are cheap. There is a security guard on site. We needed to have a taxi at 5am to get to Scarborough for the ferry. At 5am, all was quiet but the security guard was there.
I was very cautious about drinking the water due to past bad travel experiences. I used bottle water for brushing teeth and drinking as everyone used tap water. After a week of seeing no sickness, I used tap water and was totally fine.
You don't need a converter if you are from the US.
It seemed like we got a good value for our dollar in the money we spent. I'm very thrifty and nothing seemed too expensive to me. It is not far to the bank or atm. We just ran up an on-site bill and paid it each week in T & T money from the ATM. (for restaurant, activies, towels, grocery store, etc)
We loved Dougie at the on site dive shop. You can just tell that he is a very sweet man. Andrew was my personal dive master and took very good care of me. On my 5th dive, I was pleased with how calm relaxed I was. We saw our first sea horse and we saw the second largest brain coral in the world, thanks to Andrew.
The ferry ride over to Trinidad is very cheap. The ferry is a modern high speed catamaran-so large that cars are transported in it. The food on it was good and very reasonable. It costs under $ US 16.for one to go round trip! It costs under $10. (US)for us both to have breakfast with meat!
It is worth it to go up to speyside, which is about an hour and a half away. Although we didn't find it worthwhile to go to Scarbourgh, it was $10. (us) to take a taxi there. That is where the ferry is, too.
To conclude, we are really glad we went. We came back truly rested. It was a good combination of doing activities and resting.
We would have never been there had it not been for an RCI exchange. I had never even heard of the place until I started researching trade possibilies.
- Also Known As:
- Sandy Point Beach Club Hotel Crown Point
- Sandy Point Beach Club Tobago/Crown Point