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“this isn't the Hilton - but thats whats great!”

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Man-O-War Bay Cottages
Edinburgh, UK
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55 reviews
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“this isn't the Hilton - but thats whats great!”
Reviewed 9 January 2007

Having read the reviews of the man o war cottages i wanted to stand up for the place i loved so much. I am not the kind of person to revisit somewhere but we had such an amazing Honeymoon in the 'Sugar Shack' that we ended up returning for another 2 weeks.

Sure, this isn't the Hilton. There are no flash swimming pools, there are no 'added extras' as you would see in the sandles brochures, but this is such a beautiful place that the 'added extras' are on your doorsteps. the cottages are simple, they have adequate cooking and bedding facilities but the beach is a second from your door. there are sone really interesting little basic restaurants adn the people are fascinating.

Life in Charlottesville is very laid back. It sits on its own at the tip of the Island, a world away from the big touristy areas of the Island. and Manowar has a few cottages to chose from. We stayed in 2 different cottages and yes, there are a few insects, yes there is no air conditioning but you are sat on the edge of the jungle in a tropical island. If you want somewhere to relax, sip carib and eat tasty locally caught fish, this is the place for you. If you like all life's luxuries then head for the other end of the ISland.

There are a few things you should be aware of. The UK govt has reported an increase in crime on the island so make sure you take care in remote spots. We saw an increase in hassle from some of the locals, but they are just trying to make ends meet. At the end of the day this is a 3rd world country and so long as you approach with care and be polite we didn't encounter any problems. Watch out for the Fruit King - whatever he tells you - he wasn't a friend of David Attenborough and the fruit he sells is rubbish!

There are some lovely people in the village and the staff at the cottages were excellent. they are very laid back, but thats the beauty. They cleaned the cottage every other day and were massively helpfiul in getting us information when we were stranded because of all the Sept 11th air traffic issues.

Our only criticism, and this may have changed....is that the food in the village can get a bit samey after a few days. Its well worth having car and getting over to the other end of the island to a, see the sights, b, stock up on some supplies, c, go to a few of the good restaurants at the other end of the island. Indigo blue and the waterfall were excellent when we went (the lady at indigo blue kindley emailed me after i left to give me a recipe for her banana ketchup!). But there are so many good reasons to go to man o war and charlotteville that this was just a slight inconvienience caused by our desire to keep trying new food.

If you are looking for a more commercial place close by try the hotel just over the ridge on the edge of speyside. its a lot more organised and probably more to the tastes of classic hotel lovers but it is very westernised, but thats not a bad thing if thats what you are after. If you are after a very relaxed, simple, stressfree time to soak up the sun, carib and atmosphere then this is a wonderful place!

  • Liked — its location next to the sea
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Tips/Secrets — take a mosquito net!!!!
  • Stayed May 2005, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2006

We intended to stay for 3 nights. We left after one. Despite an excellent location, next to the bay, the appartments are run down and in need of urgent maintenance and modernisation.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 21 June 2005

Filthy huts, broken mosquito nets, dreadful food and management which was at best indifferent and at worst hostile.
We left early. A rip-off.

  • Stayed May 2003
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Reviewed 1 March 2003

We have visited here twice and will be returning. Need I say more? Beautiful location with a variety of flower, fruits and birds. Snorkeling is fantastic and I swam daily with a little school of squid. We chose to eat out or fix our own meals. We did hire a cook our first trip but like the flexibility of "doing our own thing" when ever we pleased. Would never stay in cottage #1 again though because of its location next to the Government House which is a :party" place but of course we were there for Christmas, New Years and Boxing Day. Word of advice..contrary to what you may want to do avoid becoming too friendly with the villagers. We had them coming by day and night even after we were in bed. They are very friendly and you will have to talk to yourself to avoid daily "company".

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Reviewed 27 February 2003

If you love large insects, this is the vacation for you!

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Reviewed 1 December 2001

Our stay @ Man-O-War Bay Cottages couldn't have been more enjoyable. The 6 cottages are at the waters edge in a spectacular botanical garden that has evolved over the generations of Turpin family ownership.The cottages are located in the village of Charlottsville and offer an opportunity to interact with the friendly & accomidating residents of the island.All cottages have running water, electricity, a sitting area & kitchen.Most are 2 bedroom.The Turpins will help make reservations for island adventures as well as local cooks to come in and prepare meals for an unbelievable low fee. After a week on the island, I was pressed to spend $100.00 US.The exchange rate was approx. $1 US to $7 TT. Once outside of the metropolitan area of Scarboro, prices were not inflated to bridge the difference in the exchange rate. SCUBA diving was great & the island offeres a multitude of opportunities to hike the rainforest, explore the many waterfalls and visit the numerous historical sites. This little island offeres vast opportunities for sightseeing, adventure and relaxing. GNC

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Property: Man-O-War Bay Cottages
Address: Tobago
Region: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Northeast Coast
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Northeast Coast
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
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Man-O-War Bay Cottages Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago

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