Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts
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Historical Traveler Reviews Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts Scarborough
Having stayed in turtle beach in august 2003 i was very very dissapointed the majority of the resturant staff were extremely rude along with the bar staff especially JASON who totally ignored people waiting for a drink. Food lacked change and was either curried or creoled. Didn't cater for vegetarians or children. Same sweet for days until it run out (mixed different ways) Reception staff very polite and helpful. The swimming pool (suba pool)is smaller than your bath and is never cleaned out thus while we where there 3 children had ear-infections,sore throats,and 1 adult with an eye-infection who all used the pool.Rooms nice and clean, maids seemed to suffer same surliness as other staff.
I totaly enjoyed the rex resort
I totaly enjoyed my holiday at the rex resort. The service was excellent and the rooms were very comfortable. Lots of frienly and smiling faces they truly made you feel welcome. The best part of my trip was having my nails done on the beach by Rachael. This young lady is very talented she can do any pattern or design on your nail. It is like being in a fantasy having your nails done on the beach overlooking the ocean. A must for all you ladies. My stay at rex was very enjoyable I plan to re visit there again next year and I am sure you know what's the first thing that I will do when I get there!
Charming and Helpful Staff
My daughter and I stayed at the Rex in early July 2003. I am amazed by the whingeing of some contributors about the weather! Only the Brits..... We had a couple of showers which cleared up rapidly and it rained once in the night. We thought the value was incredible - we paid only £700 for our all inclusive week. As others have said, the pool was hopelessly small, although children were enjoying it - they probably felt safe there. The food was mostly excellent, especially the breakfasts, with plenty of choice and extremely welcoming, friendly staff - if you smile and are friendly to them, they repay you with the same. It's true that the hotel is looking a bit tired, but the room had everything we needed and was cleaned each day. The gardens were beautiful and well-looked after. The traders on the beach were also friendly and helpful - if you did not want to buy their tour/boat trip/craft items/massage they were fine about it and still stopped for a chat the next day. Once again they would only be a problem if they were treated in a rude, dismissive fashion - which I did see some British people doing. Personally I enjoyed the opportunity to meet local people whether on the beach or in the bar - why should it be a tourists' ghetto? There would be no point in being in another country. The entertainment varied - we enjoyed the truly local music, i.e. limbo dancing, steel pan music, rather than the middle of the road American influenced stuff. Sunday School at Buccoo was brilliant - tourists and locals mingled and all danced together. We also saw a turtle nesting on the beach and went to see the birds feeding at the Arnos Grove Hotel nearby. Unlike the other contributor, we did have information about turtles, both in the room and in the welcome pack from the tour operator. I heard that if baby turtles hatch in the daytime by mistake because a dog or child digging as disturbed the nest, the hotel keep them somewhere cool and release them at nightfall, so I think they are trying to do the right thing ecologically, even if they are still in the early stage - it is obviously a fine line to tread, as they need the tourists for the economy. I would go back tomorrow if I could - of course the island is stunning - so are most of the Caribbean islands, but the factor I remember most is the charm of the local people, who are interested in visitors and happy to talk about their island, of which they are very proud, and their lives. As two women holidaying alone, we never felt in the slightest bit threatened.
Get away from it all
I stayed at the rex recently and i cannot fault it in any way i have holidayed in tobago 3 times and my holiday at rex turtle beach was by far the best the staff were all very pleasent and helpful nothing was a problem i enjoyed it so much i intend to return later this year for another stay its very relaxing you can do as much as you want or as little and good value for your money, in this world you get what you pay for and this is it i would not hesitate to recommend this hotel for value,friendlyness and a good relaxing time
Unspoilt, Caribbean Island Is A Must
We were married at this absolutley fabulous hotel in October 2001. The staff gave us a wonderful day to remember and so many happy memories. The staff could not do enough for us on our wedding day, nor for the whole of the holiday. We were one of three weddings during our stay and every couple had nothing but praise for the hotel and staff.Whilst the rooms were basic they were more than adequate for us and our 5 year old son (thank you to the hotel staff for their care and consideration to their younger guests) and they were always clean. We had a lovely patio area overlooking the fanstatic gardens and a 2 minute walk to the lovely beach. We enjoyed nothing better than after a lazy day in the sun to sit on the patio with a cool drink watching the sunset.The hotel was always clean as was the main hotel area including the restuarant and bar. Whilst the menu was limited, the food was very good. The breakfast had an excellent choice.The staff were some of the friendliest people we have met on our extensive travels and they loved the children. We found that they couldn't do enough for us.The island of Tobago has some of the best scencery you will ever see. It is very friendly and whilst tourism is an important part of its ecomony we believe that they have got the balance right between tourism and its environment. Anybody visiting should hire themsleves a car/jeep and go out and explore Robinson Crusoe's Island.After holidaying on several of the Caribbean Islands, this is definately the last of the "unspoilt". A holiday to the Island of Tobago is a must before the commericalism of the Caribbean exploits a truly exceptional Island of peace and tranquility. The Hotel is pure Tobago, offering true Tobagan hospitality and care for all guests. We would strongly recommend not only a wedding but a holiday of relaxation and enjoyment to all ages.
I wonder if I stayed at the same hotel as the other reviewers posting reviews for July 2003? We stayed at the Rex Turtle Beach for one week, fully inclusive at the beginning of July. Whilst the hotel is basic, and the pool tiny, rooms were clean, bedlinen and towels we changed frequently and the staff and service was friendly and efficient and unfortunately they can't take responsibility for us booking our holiday in the rainy season - it was wet when we visited the rainforrest and we had one showery day on the beach. The menu was a bit predictable, but food was good quality and breakfast was particualry good, especially the fresh, seasonal fruit. Hotel security monitored the leatherback turtles on the beach and notified guests when one was laying during the night. They also stayed near to ensure that guests behaved appropriately so that the turtle wasn't disturbed. Guidelines on what to do to not disturb the turtles were in our room and we attending an excellent presentation from Wendy of SOS Turtles, which was publicised by the hotel. Watching a turtle lay her eggs from a distance was one of the highlights of the holiday. Tobago is one of the gems of the Caribbean: it was safe, friendly and environmentally concious - if you go, don't stick to the hotel - snorkelling at Speyside was excellent, a trek in the rainforrest was wet, muddy but not to be missed and lounging in the Nylon Pool has to be done.
NOT UP TO STANDARD
Having read all the articles I could on Tobago I thought we would be ok visiting in the rainy season, but the day we arrived (16/07/03) it was raining. The next day wasn't too bad but the not the blue sky we expected. We had two days of rain, it set in for the day and didn't clear until approx 6pm. The hotel needed a total refurbishment. It was very tired. The pool was grubby and I wouldn't have even wanted to dip my toe. We found the staff very hard work to get just a smile from them and some of them were quite rude. We also found out since our return that they don't do enough to help the wonderful Turtles they have on the beach. Wendy from SOS tries to go every week to the hotel but the talk wasn't advertised when we were there. SOS have also left leaflets for the hotel to put in rooms and public areas but there were no sign of these. We found the majority of the traders on the beach quite friendly but the beach bar staff were giving them drinks which made a few of them quite hostile. We thought the beach bar was just for hotel guests but we spoke to a number of locals who popped in for a drink!! There were also traders wandering through the reception area and going in the hotel shop which we very unacceptable. On the whole we were very dissapointed with the hotel and the staff in general and it has put us of the Carribean. We have written to the hotel and Virgin outlining the problems but especially the lack of support for the turtles. The hotel could do so much more to support this endangered species but it seems they just want to cash in on the name.
A bit tired...
We stayed here a couple of years ago and found the hotel a bit past its prime.
The pool was tiny the bar and the restaurant felt dirty. The tennis court was badly kept, the food average and the drinks on all inclusive pretty dire. The staff seemed a bit misreable probaly as a result of no tips from the all inclusive guests.
However on the plus side it has a great beach a nice location and the rooms where clean and had great views.
Not bad for thr price we paid but there are better places to stay.
We went to the Rex Turtle Beach in May and had a wonderful holiday. The room was basic but clean with air conditioning. The service and food were excellent - we went all inclusive which I would advise as there are no resturants very near by, and we certainly got value for money.
The resturant and terrace were great for just sitting and relaxing and I will never forget sitting having breakfast watching the humming birds feed on the flowering bushes less than 3 feet away. The bar was open all day and served delicious cocktails, as well as all the usual drinks, even the wine was very quaffable. The pool was very small but the sea was on the doorstep and meant that we didnt feel in the slightest deprived. The entertainment varied in standard but the limbo dancing and local traditional dance troop were not to be missed.
Overall I thought the holiday was fantastic and my only regret was we were only there for a week which was too short, but hardly the hotels fault.
I had an excellent stay at this hotel it was just like a dream. Great service, food and activities. The highlight of it all was having my nails done on the beach by a lovely girl called Rachael, very talented individual. Totaly relaxing experience.
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A scientists' day! An 8am start ! Walk in the rainforest with tons of chattering birds that kept hiding in the canopy. Discovered 2 waterfalls..in the middle of nowhere.. But still a touristy trail.. Maybe 15 were traipsing that we passed on the route. Many species of trees and flora.. I am old so don't remember all the names and you don't really care! One of most fascinating sights is following the trails of the leaf cutter ants. They cut and carry parts of a leaf to a home ...
... off two brilliant green parrots did a flyby! Our evening ended with a steel band serenade. Today we needed a relax day. It is pretty taxing touring and deciding what and where to eat. Chose nearby Pigeon Beach with turquoise waters and flour like sand and at least 50 white tourists (our first sighting of more than 4)! Great place to unwind, bob, snorkel and read! ...
... enough to head off with his snorkelling mask and pictured lots of fish and coral and a ray! Lunch was at Englishman's bay at Eula's treetop restaurant! Here we ate "Blow up rotis" which we all rated delicious. Once home we read a review that said to avoid at all costs due to criminal behaviour! Heh we think we got my sarong purchase for free! So we would go back! 18 km in this country takes an hour due to drives through up and down rain forested ...
... walk! Then went on a car tour through some very lush and hilly landscape! Ended up back at first beach for a lunch of fly fish in coconut sauce, rice and callaloo salad! Quite delicious at 15 US $ drinks included! Dinner of pizza and drinks was ...
... in our room and a few cans of Angorstora Lemon and Lime soda with bitters, and it was quite wonderful drink. Our view was spectacular and for dinner went and pickup a some chicken and gyros from the Middle Eastern place down the street. (This place actually ended up being the best food we had on the island.) The next day we checked out and walk to the airport from the hotel. Caught the transit flight to Port of Spain and then by 9:45 in the evening we were off to ...