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Sandy Point Beach Club
Ranked #6 of 20 Crown Point B&B and Inns
Reviewed 30 October 2007

The place is a a dated but clean time share condo. The units were clean and the staff was helpful and friendly. The resort has a small pool and is right on the water but the area is not good for swimming. The resort has shuttles to the local swimng beaches but for the isolated snorking beaches you will want to rent a car.The resort tours of the Island were small and informal and fun. The tours of the rain forest is well worth while ( bring your bug repellent. The Island of Tobago does not have the same crime issues of the larger sister I salnd of Trinadad but as anywhere you go in this world walking alone after dark is not recommended.

The only problem with the resort is the airport is right next to it. While the prop planes do not make much noise the large jets do. British Air and Virgin fly in from England once a day but Delta will be flying in from Atlanta this next year.
Right now there are few American visitors but that will change soon. The Brits and locals we met were great company.

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Reviewed 24 October 2007

Just returned from a week at Sandy Point and we had a wonderful time. Everything we had read turned out to be true with great rooms and staff. The location was adjacent to the airport but it really did not bother us. The only drawback was the General Manger who is one of those people who only hears what he wants to and will blatantly deny anything negative about the property and how it is run so be forewarned.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank DuppyConquerer
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Reviewed 7 October 2007

This was our first visit to Tobago and loved it. After reading some reviews we had a few reservations about staying at the Sandy Point Beach Club but weren't disappointed when we arrived.

The staff are the most freindly we have come across when travelling. They make you feel so welcome, they are like an extended family and will go out of their way to help you in any way.

The on site restaurant was fabulous with authentic caribbean food and we even managed to swap some recipes, so looking forward to trying those out.

The organised trips were excellent, we had Lincoln take us on the Sunday School trip and he tried to keep everyone together, we all felt safe and it was a joy to watch the pan band and see people having a drink and dance.

Another trip was to Gemmas restaurant incl the Argylle Falls, a stop off at the place they filmed the Robinsons Family film, a glass bottom boat trip and snorkelling in the Atlantic Ocean. Our driver/guide was excellent and inforamtive about the areas we covered.

BIG Dougie the diving instructor was also fantastic, very friendly and patient, we even managed to pass our second stage of the PADI stage - yippee. All the best to him and his wife on the birth of their daughter when the time comes.

Tobago is not a place to shop so don;t expect to shop till you drop remember you are there to relax "Tobago Time".

I agree with other reviews that certain areas of the complex require an upgrade as slightly basic, but still it was satisfactory for the time we were there. We had an extremely relaxing time.

The only downside we experienced was that we were broken into whilst asleep in our apartment. The Maintenance Supervisor (Mr Toby) was extremely helpful throughout the experince however we are disappointed with the General Manager who didn't once contact us to ensure we were okay or offer to move us to another unit.

On saying this it would not stop us from revisiting Tobago at all as these things can occur anywhere you travel.

Once again a big thank you to all members of staff for making the Scottish feel welcome.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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12  Thank RUTH1830
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Reviewed 4 October 2007

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.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2007

I visited the Sandy Point Beach Club in July and loved my stay. I was with three other women and we enjoyed the hotel and all it had to offer. Initially, we were the room that they seemed to hate. We got many phone calls to remove towels from the chairs, the railings etc. We just did not know the rules of the place! After a few days, we got the hang of things - we just kept joking with the front desk staff to give us a break!!!

The mini mart onsite was excellent and well priced. The bar was EXTREMELY cheap in terms of price. Just over a dollar (Canadian) for a beer. The sunsets were amazing. We ate dinner once at the hotel and found it tasty and well priced.

Our room was well stocked (lots of towels, kitchen items, linens etc.). The cleaning staff was always friendly and helpful.

The other guests were a lot of fun as well. Mostly families from Trinidad.

You couldn't beat the location! Walking distance to the airport, the beach, restaurants.

What more could you ask for?? Sandy Point Beach Club is the place to be in Tobago. I would stay there again for sure!

Stayed: July 2007
5  Thank kos44
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Reviewed 24 July 2007

Sandy Point Beach Club is a nice place, clean and tidy (although the maids will actually open your door with their keys and come in and say they need to clean if you don't get out before 10:30). I was in the bathroom one day, not feeling well (and told them so) and they opened up the door twice while I was in there in order to rush me out so they could clean. The onsite restaurant had good food that was freshly prepared. However, be prepared for very small portions. Once slice of bread per person...ask for more (you may or may not get it) and they will ask you how many people want another slice. And bring your own bottled water because you will become very thirsty while you wait for the waitress to bring you water. Its not their fault, they have to cook in the kitchen as well as serve. Bring your own napkins too. Everything is rationed.
The convenience store was our lifeline while there, although the choices were limited and much of the boxed crackers and snack foods were stale. We wanted to buy local fruit to enjoy but you need to hire a cab to take you to the supermarket and back.
Towels are extremely limited, one per person per day and if you don't put them in the specified hamper they will not be replaced. There are no pool or beach towels available. There are washer dryers but they are often out of order. One day we were told that we would be without power from 8am to 3pm. What is one expected to do during that time? No air conditioning, pool filters, cold drinks....one pays money to be inconvenienced.
Stick with the Sandy Point run tours (Elvira is the BEST!!!) and avoid local tour guides who will approach you on the beach with flyers and salesmanship. We went on a locally owned all day tour, payed a lot of money, and we did not get lunch until 2:30pm. Lunch, in a well known treehouse restaurant, was included in the price. Our table of six people received the same amount of food, served family style, as a nearby table of two. A cereal bowl full of rice, one of vegetables, and a tiny salad and one piece of meat or fish each was given to our group of six, including four men. Waitstaff blatently ignored us and we left ravenously hungry. No refills or water when we asked for them. Obviously we received less food and the tour company pocketed the money. Expect to be brought to many souvenir sites manned by the friends of the outside tour guides. Beware of extra fees that you were not informed about. Again, stick with the Sandy Point sponsored tours, Elvira will take good care of you.
Beware of local restaurants outside of Sandy point as well. We ate out of Sandy Point only once. You will incur a round trip cab fare and pay a lot of money for very little food. Service is slow and waitstaff are inattentive.
The biggest problem with Tobago is getting there and getting out. Beware of the Tobago express airline! We booked tickets months in advance and when we got to the airport they were given away because we didn't arrive 90 minutes in advance. No one told us this. This was on a Friday. We were told there were no more tickets available until monday. We tried to take the ferry, everyone gives you different instructions. Nothing available until Monday. Sandy Point was of no help to us when we asked for help or suggestions in getting to Tobago. We wound up staying in a fleabag hotel in Trinidad, then getting to the ferry dock at 5am to be first on line to get a ticket to Tobago. We were told the tickets were sold out until Monday but we showed up early and this worked out, it was first come first served. We saw some people successfully grease the palm of the ferry staff to be let on the boat. Prior to the ferry ticket area opening, we waited two hours in the dark at the dock in a very dangerous neighborhood. The boat left at noon. Service was rude and surley from everyone who worked for or on the ferry. No stabilizers on the boat so expect to be seasick. Hardly any food available for sale. If you don't carry plenty of water and some snack foods you will be in big trouble when traveling in these islands.
We also had trouble getting back to Trinidad to fly home. We lost two days of our vacation trying to get to Tobago from Trinidad.
In summary, Sandy Point is a decent place to visit, but expect much difficulty in traveling...or bring money to grease palms. Trinidad is a terrible place. We learned the meaning of hunger and thirst and having no place to stay while on this vacation. Should have stayed home.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank suzie970
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Reviewed 12 July 2007

Arriving on a Thursday afternoon, tired after a long day travelling, we did not know what to expect. However, the staff on reception were very helpful and explained all that we needed to know. We found the hotel very clean and comfortable and quickly settled in. Our room was very clean and the site itself very clean and tidy.
Sited directly on the beach our first experience was to see pelicans diving for food and gulls trying to get the fish off them.
Then the humming birds darting from flower to flower. Wonderful !!
The swimming pool, whilst not large, was very clean and warm and Heather spent many hours in it.
The club house was convenient and provided a wide range of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, all reasonably priced - you simply must sample their wide range of cocktails. The restaurant was close by and provided a good variety of snacks and meals, all reasonably priced. You really must say hello to JB and Usha.
The little shop on site was also excellent at providing for our needs and again at good prices.
It's difficult to sum up two excellent weeks but if you choose to go you will enjoy it.
Without wishing to ignore anyone the staff were excellent, very friendly, helpful and co-operative. Leroy kept us amused and informed on our excursions, Tessa, Krystal, Natasha helped us out regularly and Elvira arranged our many on site ativities. Dave regularly gave us lifts between Pigeon Point and the airport.
We sad to leave to go home.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank jeckyl
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Address: Crown Point, Tobago
Region: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Crown Point
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Ranked #6 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Crown Point
Price Range: £26 - £66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandy Point Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Also Known As:
Sandy Point Beach Club Hotel Crown Point
Sandy Point Beach Club Tobago/Crown Point

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