I do not understand how they work out star ratings. This hotel was in poor repair but still very expensive. I compared it to the RDCC in Runaway Bay, Jamaica and couldn't understand why it had been given 3 stars! If it is done on facilities, the RDCC has 2 pools and this has only 1, the RDCC has 3 restaurants and this hotel has 1. The RDCC has a spa and this one has none. The RDCC has prettier grounds and better rooms. If you go on quality - this hotel is in very bad repair in places and yet the RDCC is continuously being improved! Oh and the RDCC is a fraction of the cost and yet they both have the same star rating. I really didn't get it at all.
I was shocked at how much of the hotel was in bad repair - everywhere you went there were broken chairs and sun lounges. My husband bought this up with the deputy manager and he said that the hotel was under new management, they were aware of the situation and did intend sorting it out in the coming months. I thought this was fair enough but would now be very interested to know if anything has changed at all because I notice from the latest reviews that the phone system that was under going maintenance the whole time we were there (which was back in February) still appears to be broken! Please be aware too that the bathrooms are death traps as the water cascades off the sides of the bath on to the bathroom floor and even out into the hallway. Management said they were aware of this but as we pointed out there should be warning signs especially for old people and that not everyone reads tripadvisor in advance!
As already stated there is only one place to eat and although I am used to AI being a bit samey - I was definitely bored with the choices here. They also charge extra for a la carte (whereas at RDCC it is included - sorry this isn't a plug for RDCC but I was just intreseted in the comparison where stars are concerned.)
The dive centre is just a little shack on the property - the organisation was somewhat chaotic at times and they often use old fishing boats without ladders etc. On one occasion the boat they used hadn't even been cleaned out and stuck of raw fish which had our instructor, Sian heaving!
The dive centre did do a beach clean at the end of the holiday which I highly approved of. Guests were invited to give up an hour to clean the beach for the nesting turtles. I was shocked that depsite the fact this is a working beach it was the area by the hotel wall which was the dirtiest. How can people sit there enjoying the view and then flick cigarette butts and paper cups over the wall - please think!
That said it wasn't all bad - I loved the location right on the beach. It's great to watch the comical pelicans dive bombing for fish. The pool and jucuzzi were lovely. We made a few friends there and everyone seemed very friendly. Please be warned though the guests are predominantly old age pensioners - we didn't mind in the slightest but I am so glad we didn't take our teenage daughter with us!
The island is amazing and I would throughly recommend going out with Peter Cox on his tropical rain forest trip. What that man doesn't know about the flora and fauna of Tobago isn't worth knowing. We also enjoyed the Caribbean Getaway and the Atlantic Safari (which takes you to Little Tobago where David Attenbourgh's Trials of Life was filmed) - there we got to see a Red Billed Tropic nest with a young chick in it. If you get the chance go on the Virgin trip to The Grenadines. It was very expensive and a long day but we had a great day sailing around The Grenadines which are breath takingly beautiful. The private jet that takes you there is a lot of fun too.
Would I recommend Tobago - yes definitely. Would I recommend The Turtle Beach well only if that is all you can afford and you go with a very open mind!
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Rex Hotel Scarborough
- Turtle Beach Tobago
- Turtle Beach Rex Resorts
- Turtle Beach Hotel Tobago