Le Grand Courlan Resort & Spa
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Apart from the DFS sale, all things must come to an end.
This will indeed soon be true for my time in Tobago. This adventure has been both weird and wonderful in frighteningly disproportionate measures. Though I will miss the Caribbean, I have decided to commemorate reaching my final week as essentially a character in 'Charlie and the Fried Chicken Factory', by compiling a brief list of things I miss from home.
... the birds, gleefully spewing out useless information like a ******** supersoaker. He stated that Tobago's rainforest preserve is in fact the oldest in the world and largely untouched by man. I believe that this is due to the fact that the rainforest is actually too boring to cut down: any woodcutting equipment which comes within 300 yards of the forest perimeter immediately ...
... Goode, about their problems? A ridiculous notion. I used active listening and everything.
Privileged White Medical Students
I suspect the solution to the health problems of this nation, and perhaps the economic, social and immigration problems also, is to bring in more middle class British medics. The fact that the main hospital ward has more medical students than it currently has patients should not be an issue: we're always happy to team up to ...
... version of Tesco Metro Jesmond on a Friday night: it was teeming with weird (and sometimes disturbing looking) forms of life. At one point I lost control of my buoyancy and swam head first into a shoal, ending up wearing an octopus for a hat and two lobsters for cuff-links.
I must pause blogging for now, as a friendly Stingray has swum over to say hello. I think I'll give him a playful hug. What could possibly go wrong?
Learning Outcomes Achieved:
This task ended up being more difficult than I thought: these beasties are almost as in-your-face-annoying and omnipresent as Student Union Election campaigns. Unable to find an adequate fly-swatter, I decided to run around the flat wielding 'Medicine for Medical Students' as my sidearm. I hope the bugs didn't notice the errors. That'd be embarrassing.
Fresh from this massacre, we decided to go on a road trip to the north of the island. To call it ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Le Grand Courlan Resort & Spa Black Rock
Stayed for two weeks Aug/Sept 2003. Had a great holiday. The accommodation, the staff, the food and the service were top notch. And the daily spa treatments were just the icing on the cake. Also, as a single traveller I often find that I can be forgotten but not here - the staff ensured that I received at least the same, if not more attention so that my holiday was made all the more memorable.
My 4th and best trip to Tobago
This was my 4th visit to Tobago (first to this hotel) it was my wife and stepsons first. We have visited 4 other islands and this is our favorite. We had seen a number of negative reports about the hotel before leaving but were pleased to find our impression differed. The island had changed little in the 6 years since I was last there. We found the hotel good, the staff excellent, the food was good and varied. The fresh fruit served at breakfast was excellent. The Spa treatments were great and changes in timings and treatments were possible. I would certainly return to this hotel.
Not all that...
We spent the second week of our honeymoon here, after spending a great week in Barbados.
The hotel was quiet & well presented and we were looking forward to a lazy week of pampering.
But, the staff here really let it down. They're not laid back, just slow and un-caring.
Drinks & food in the restaurants take ages to come, and the accuracy on your order is poor too.
We enjoyed the week, but wished we had stayed in Barbados.
Wouldn't recommend this hotel.
Le Grand Courlan has a wonderful site on the beautiful and unspoiled Caribbean side of Tobago. The hotel facilities are fine but, as noted by other reviewers, are in need of some general maintenance and sprucing up.
My husband and I have just returned from 2 weeks at Le Grand Courlan and , despite the brochure speak sounding so good, we had read the reviews on this site and were a little apprehensive to say the least.
Sadly not maintained
This hotel gives the impression that it was once grand but has sadly been left to decline. The staff though friendly provided an extremely slow service. Reception were particularly unhelpful, when we asked to have bottled water in the room we were told that we had to buy it from the shop as they did not supply it, yet other rooms were supplied with water. The a la cart resturant was self service buffet due to staff shortages. However the Bestro downstairs had excellent service and food. The spa only provided 15 - 20 minute treatments with many not available even when we offered to pay for them. Rooms were only given a cursory clean. The Hotel rates itself as one of the most luxurious spa hotels in the Caribbean this is most definatly is not.
This hotel makes Fawlty Towers look organised.
5 star prices with 2-3star service and facilities. Spa is either closed, treatments cancelled or altered and no alternative given-they choose not you. Not all treatments listed in brochures are available or if they are it is at an extra charge. Staff shortages result in slow service and A la Carte becoming a buffet. Water restrictions are in force in the dry season but it is still possible to purchase extra water but this hotel didn't while we were there. We were eventually supplied with 5 gallon water containers in our room. Staff try but VERY badly managed. Go to Tobago but NOT to this hotel!!
After a long flight it was disappointing to be shown to our room, to find that the outside Garden Jacuzzi was unuseable, dirty and full of green algae. The relevent chemicals were added the next day after we had complained, but the tiles and surrounding area were not cleaned all week. The standard of the restaurant food was good, and the service was generally prompt and friendly, but again this was spoilt by the general level of cleanliness, with tablecloths left in place despite food stains.The pool area and bars were pleasant and the service was good, but the beach area was very poor. The beach loungers were dirty and broken, the area was strewn with litter, and there was no help in carrying the loungers. Particularly disappointing was the Spa. There was no choice in the pre-allocated half hour appointments, and many of them lasted no more than 10 - 15 minutes. Because of lack of towels and water, which was only available in the hotel for a limited number of hours a day, treatments were cancelled without warning, and the general atmosphere was of "couldn`t care less". Certainly not the promised relaxing experience.The hotel has all the facilities in place to be first rate, but is spoilt by the lack of attention to detail, and general cleanliness. Despite it being the dry season during our visit, other hotels did not suffer the same water shortage, and this again needs to be addressed if the hotel wants to encourage repeat visits.
Wedding in December
I would like to express my thanks to everyone at Grand Courlan who did such a wonderful job of looking after my wedding guests in December! I would like to thank them very much for the excellent service and care that the managers and staff gave them, and also everything that was done to assist me personally with holding my wedding in the garden next door. An absolutely excellent time was reported by all! The wedding was completely lovely and we all had a fabulous weekend! I cannot thank them enough for all of the help with the guests bookings, the honey-night room, the boothes, the advice, etc, etc.