We went on our honeymoon and had a great time in this beautiful country. Many people mention the unfriendly staff here, we didn't really encounter this; they weren't necessarily sickeningly over-friendly as the Americans seem to like but they were never rude. If you bother to travel to any of the rest of the island you will notice the contrasting quality of other hotels and perhaps also the shacks in which the locals (such a the staff) live and then you can understand why some of them are short with guests who make a huge fuss about channel 37 on their satellite TV being a bit fuzzy.
A cold welcome drink on arrival was very welcome, though the cash deposit that was demanded for our stay (which we weren't made aware of before our arrival) was a lot less welcome as it took a huge chunk out or spending cash so we ended up having to max-out the credit card. But there are very few other things I can complain about.
We had 2 rooms connected as our suite (we treated ourselves as it was our honeymoon!), and they were both were clean, air conditioned and well furnished. A hot-tub on the balcony over looking the Atlantic ocean was just bloomin' lovely.
Breakfast was fantastic, lots of choice and varied every day. Sitting outside whilst you eat freshly cooked shark 'n bake whilst listening to the ocean waves and watching pelicans fishing for their breakfast is hard to beat.
A well equipped fitness room, 2 pools, a pool bar, pub, 2 restaurants and direct access to the beach are several good reasons to stay at this hotel but I highly recommend you hire a car and get out and see the rest of the island, or at the very least speak to reception about going on a rainforest trek, snokelling or turtle watching trip. If you spend your whole holiday sat by the pool you really are missing out on an amazing island.
Negatives of the hotel (other than the unexpected cash deposit) were: the rubbish on the beach - lots of plastic gets washed up after traveling across the Atlantic ocean but the hotel didn't appear to make much effort to keep this clean; the restaurants were very expensive if you were on half board like we were - I forget what they are called but the buffet restaurant (where breakfast is served) is a complete rip-off for what's on offer, and the other 'proper' restaurant was equally priced but to be fair, the food was worth what we paid for it. So if you are forced to eat there, go for the second one.
It's probably also worth saying that we met some friends at the Turtle Beach hotel and we were glad to find that the Magdalena was much nicer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new, 4 Star, Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is located on Tobago Plantations Estate, a 750 acre gated community, and offers 178 Deluxe OceanFront Rooms and 22 One and Two Bedroom Suites. All accommodations are Ocean Front with private balconies. This beachfront resort offers an 18-hole PGA Golf Course, its own Dive Center, Spa, and the largest amount of banquet & meeting space on Tobago. Complimentary wireless internet is available throughout the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vhl Tobago Golf Hotel Lowlands
- Vhl Tobago Golf And Spa Resort
- Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort Tobago/Lowlands