Just returned from two wonderful weeks at the Grafton Beach Resort at Black Rock, Tobago. As with a number of recent reviewers we booked this all inclusive holiday through Tropical Sky vis Travelzoo. I did read mixed reviews before travelling, some negative, but this didn't put me off deciding at the last minute to book the second week and I am so glad we did.
The location is stunning , the hotel is situated, next door to its sister hotel on a hillside over looking the beautiful Stonehaven Bay. The hotel steps through the garden lead directly down to the Beach Bar and Beach. The rooms are well equipped, with free safe and fridge, ice bucket, flat screen TV and ours even had an iron and ironing board ( not that I used them). From the balcony and bed you could see right across the bay, not only the beach and sea but lovely to watch the sunsets and fishermen pulling in the nets. Although a little bit tired in furniture and decor, the room was immaculately cleaned each day by friendly staff, they brought everything you asked for quickly and there was no extra or hidden charges.
Most of the staff at Grafton are wonderful; friendly with excellent customer service and always willing to help. In particular Damien, Nyomi all usually in the main bars, restaurant or swim up pool bar. Sheryl in the restaurant/Kitchen was very good, insisting that we were served an al a carte meal and drinks when we arrived back from a walk over an hour after the restaurant closed, ( mind its also her good customer care that means I am now on a diet and back at the gym). I also would like to mention the man in the bar, who patiently stayed awake each night to serve drinks and cocktails to the 4 of us when everyone else had gone to bed or out turtle watching. ( sorry I don't know his name but he makes the best cocktails in Tobago).
No problem with the food, yes the staple buffet always included two meat dihes, a meat and in the first week vegetarian as well as vegetables, rice, salad and pasta. There was always homemade soups, salads and sides as well as home made desserts and ice cream. Despite low guest numbers in the second week there was plenty of choice, and we also had al a carte menus and BBQs.
The Beach is wonderful, especially a late night walk down to see the turtles, we were looking to see them on at least three occasions and once watched the whole process of the turtles coming up the beach, digging a hole, laying her eggs and finally returning.
I had read there was no WiFi, but not only was it always working in the reception and pool I got a clear free uninterrupted signal in my room throughout the stay.
Regarding trips we shared a friends jeep hire from Sheppys in week one and hired a car the next week with the help of the Hotel reception. Both these cost around £35.00/£38.00 per day and petrol is presently 25p a litre. Well worth going around the island, in particular English Mans Bay, Bloody Bay, Charlotteville and the Rain Forrest/Waterfall. We were lucky to have some special events taking place during our stay including the Dragon Boat Racing Event from Pigeon Point, The Rainbow Warriors Triathlon, The Charlotteville Fishermen's Festival. We also visited Sunday School for a lively night of local Music and dancing.
I really enjoyed this holiday with its lovely blend of relaxation,fun , friendly people and good staff. Tropical Sky are a really good travel company and so helpful, from booking the initial rooms to dealing quickly with my very late request for a second week and my daft questions before travelling. I would definately recommend this holiday.
One last word, if you like dogs and intend to book the Grafton, please look after my little canine friend Rosie. I think she originally had a home nearby, but has chosen to be a beach dog, spending much of her time sneaking into the hotel with her many friends, she joined in the sunbathing, barbeques, entertainment and loves jumping the waves.
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- Also Known As:
- Grafton Beach Hotel Black Rock
- Grafton Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Grafton Beach Resort Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago