Rest & recharge: our 2020 Tobago accommodation guide
With lovely options on offer, where you stay in Tobago depends on what you’re looking for in your Tobago escape. Luxury or budget? Ocean or mountain view? Beach or infinity pool? Villa or hotel room? Room service or self-catering? Retreat or resort? Guesthouses average US$60–$80, and hotels and resorts US$125–$275. If you happen to be looking to buy your own piece of paradise, check out premier agents like Caribbean Estates, Lands & Villas and Island Investments.
Around Crown Point & Scarborough
If you base yourself near Crown Point, most everything is close by. Check out the lovely Kariwak Holistic Haven (for yoga, natural living, and delicious food); the rejuvenating Silk Cotton Holiday Home & Wellness Centre; the luxurious Tomas Villa (perfect for large groups); the all-inclusive Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort and Coco Reef Resort & Spa; the self-catering Bananaquit Apartments and Belleviste Apartments; and the intimate Sunspree Resort (with pool, restaurant, and bar). East of Crown Point, the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive options, three pools, kids club, multiple restaurants, golf course, and windswept beachfront.
Within striking distance of Crown Point, but far enough away that you begin to feel you’re escaping the hustle and bustle, are some gems along the Caribbean coast, where leatherback turtles come ashore each March–August. You’ll find great options around Black Rock — the beautiful and luxurious Plantation Beach Villas (with direct access to Stonehaven Bay); the Seahorse Inn; the all-inclusive Starfish Tobago by Rex Resorts (formerly Turtle Beach Resort, right on Great Courtland Bay); Birdie’s Nest, and Hibiscus Heights; while the opulent, full-service Villas at Stonehaven are perched on a hill with magnificent ocean views and lovely landscaped grounds. Miller’s Guest House (Buccoo) and the recently upgraded and refurbished Mt Irvine Bay Resort (with its golf course, restaurants, and range of amenities) are also popular options.
Nature lovers escape to properties like Castara Retreats, and Naturalist Beach Resort (Castara); Cuffie River Nature Resort (Runnemede); Adventure Eco Villas, Villa Being, and Top o’ Tobago (Arnos Vale); and Footprints Eco Resort (Culloden). Speyside, in the northeast, is ideal for divers and birders, who’ll have easy access to Little Tobago. Popular spots include Blue Waters Inn and Top Rankin Guesthouse.Pampering
If you’re having a fairly active vacation, or just really need to melt away the stress, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in spa and beauty treatments. Head to the French Secrets Spa (Mt Irvine Bay Hotel), The Face & Body Clinic (Magdalena Grand), and Kariwak (Crown Point).
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Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
Tobago is a naturally beautiful island with a spectacular rain forest, all types of watersports, beautiful beaches and friendly people. Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is Tobago’s premier oceanfront resort with 178 deluxe oceanfront rooms and 22 suites, all featuring breathtaking ocean views from large private balconies and terraces. There are 3 oceanfront swimming pools, one just for adults, a PGA designed 18-hole golf course, tennis, spa services, nature trails, guest activities, a kids club, and a variety of dining options, including Pembois Restaurant & Terrace, Kali’na, Salaka Grill, Robinson Crusoe Pub, Tavaco Lounge, and Bene Café. Guests will discover nature at its best when they explore the Argyle Waterfalls and the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, on record as the oldest legally protected forest reserve in the hemisphere. It is a fascinating place to visit, full of color, beautiful birds and magnificent trees. The island is also home to the magical waters of the Nylon Pool, as well as a cocoa plantation, a bird sanctuary and much more.
Miller’s Guesthouse and Luvinia’s Seafood and Steak Restaurant are located in the southwest of Tobago in a tranquil setting overlooking Buccoo Bay, a departure point for the famous Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool. All our rooms have air conditioning, cable TV, free WiFi and the nearest beach is just a stone’s throw away. www.millersguesthouse.com
Plantation Beach Villas
Located on Tobago’s Caribbean coast, the Villa Resort comprises six well-appointed three-bedroom villas, fashioned in classical turn of the century colonial architecture, with a pool, beach bar and office, all nestled in a grove of tropical trees on a gently sloping hillside — just footsteps away from the palm-fringed Stonehaven Bay. The emphasis is on elegant comfort amidst the serenity of nature. Each villa is fitted with all the modern amenities, and your own Villa Attendant. Unlike other villas in Tobago “PBV” offers the best of both worlds — your own private house with personal attendant, and the full concierge services offered from our onsite office. We are quick to organise as much or as little as you need, from transfers to and from the airport, restaurants and groceries, to tours and/or activities for the kids… or maybe you’d just settle for a massage on your verandah. No request is too big for us to handle. The Resort is ideal for a family holiday, reunion or an intimate wedding; our family of friendly staff and the ambiance and warmth we provide assures a taste of paradise. www.plantationbeachvillas.com
The Villas at Stonehaven
In the pristine natural beauty of Tobago’s west coast, on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea, are the Villas at Stonehaven — a benchmark villa resort, a tropical hideaway bordering a protected bird sanctuary. Unwind in one of the 14 spacious villas, carefully set out in lush tropical gardens designed to ensure privacy. From your balcony or private infinity pool, immerse yourself in the sounds of the distant ocean, birdsong, and the whispering palms… Or savour the views, scents and sounds of the tropics from the vantage point of the on-site Pavilion Restaurant. www.stonehavenvillas.com
Silk Cotton Home & Wellness Centre
An ideal place for singles and couples to rest, relax and rejuvenate, with on-site massage services. Personalised and budget-friendly environment, with healing herbal plants and fruit trees on property. Nestled in the quiet village of Bon Accord, a few minutes from ANR Robinson International Airport, Store Bay, and Pigeon Point. Tours available. #silkcottonholidayhome
Silk Cotton Trace, Bon Accord, Tobago
Contact: Dr. Caroline Alexis-Thomas (Owner/CEO)
T: (868) 338-3158/785-4308
Written by Discover Trinidad & Tobago