We've just returned from a two week stay here. Friends of ours have stayed several times & persauded us to go with them. Previous reviews have been mixed so we weren't sure what to expect, plus this was our first visit to the Caribbean.
The hotel needs a face-lift, some tlc. Our bedroom was large, having two 3/4 beds with en suite shower room & dressing area, but the furnishings were tired & the floor was awful. More effort (any effort? ) could be made to keep the mosquitos down, even if only in the bedrooms, so I'd recommend taking a plug-in insect killer or spray. There are UK voltage 3 pin plugs as well as US 2 pin sockets in the bedrooms & they do provide a basic hairdryer. We were on the ground floor & had a small patio area which had a table & 2 chairs + a drying/hand rail.
Some of the staff were surly & unresponsive, others were friendly & shared a laugh & a joke - so, a lot like being in the UK really! What was most definitely not like the UK was the weather. Every day was sunny, breezy, occasionally cloudy & always hot. The swimming pool is very large with a swim-up bar. We felt it could have done with being a foot deeper, it's 3'6" all over. There is a separate pool for small children. My husband found it too shallow to swim comfortably. The pool floor is rough, I 'filed' my toe nails on it a few times. Having said all that, I spent a long time in it, it was never crowded, I loved it.
The meals were buffet style, usually adequate choice including a veggie option. It was always tasty.
I liked the open plan colonial style lobby but my favourite area was the recent addition of a new restaurant bordering the beach. Meals overlooking the Caribbean sea, watching the magnificent Frigate birds & Pelicans helping the local fishermen clear up the days catch - what's not to like?
Turtle Beach is so named for a reason & during our stay several came ashore to lay their eggs. We were privileged to see three of these Giant Leatherbacks, one of which occurred during the afternoon which is fairly rare. I was delighted to see teams of conservationists, along with some locals, helping to ensure the safety of these fabulous endangered creatures, preventing the more selfish, stupid members of the public from disturbing the 'ladies' whilst they went about their business.
Just the other side of the hotel's balustraded wall, in the shade of a leafy tree or two, Engine Bob & Dillon have their 'workshop' & ply their trade. Carpenter & artist respectively, they create beautiful images on bamboo, calabash & canvas. Although separate from the hotel, they are an asset to it.
There are several things I could nit-pick about this hotel, but results speak for themselves. We arrived world weary & stressed, then this place worked its lazy magic on us, soothing away tensions, slowing down our pace of life & casting a charming spell I had not expected. Surely this is what a holiday is all about! It speaks for itself when you find people have been returning to stay here year after year, some of them, including our friends as long as 25 years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "best beach resort experience in Tobago" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Rex Hotel Scarborough
- Turtle Beach Tobago
- Turtle Beach Rex Resorts
- Turtle Beach Hotel Tobago
- Turtle Beach By Rex Resorts Tobago/Plymouth