Blue Haven Hotel
Travel Blogs from Bacolet Bay
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.
Did you know?
Tobago is home to around 220 species of bird, including some not regularly seen in Trinidad, such as the Red-Crowned Woodpecker, the White-tailed Sabrewing, the Red-billed Tropic Bird and the turkey-like Chachalaca, which is commonly known as the Cocrico?
No, of course you didn't. That piece of information is utterly useless for anyone who is ...
... for a small Caribbean island, there seems to be a lot of sand. In my opinion, there is actually too much: it feels like I'm living in a giant hour glass that is forever ticking down to some kind of sand dune apocalypse. 'Mr Sandman' does not bring anyone a dream here, he just brings an experience similar to full-body dandruff. This must be what it is like to live inside Anne Widdecombe's vagina
Despite all the odds, there are a ...
... DVD on the basics of diving. Happily, this DVD was not Jaws, instead a 30 minute cringe-athon that was born in a miasma of cheese and ridiculous colours in the 80's. I half expected Troy McClure to make an appearance. Like the much-loved film 'Dodgeball', the message of the DVD involved the 'Five D's of Diving': Dive, Dip, Drench, Drown and Dive.
After we were kitted out in our various kinds of emasculating gear, we made the short walk to the beach, where we would ...
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 hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Haven Hotel Bacolet Bay
My wife & I were in dire need of some R&R- We decided upon Tobago & and found ourselves booking in for a week In Feb 2004- A wonderful flight courtesy of Virgin and met by a taxi provided by the Blue Haven.
Our stay at the Blue Haven Hotel during October 2004 was marvellous. Karl (the owner) and his staff could not be faulted. The holiday was exactly what my wife and I wanted, mainly somewhere to chill out and recouperate. If you want lots of night life do not stay here but if you want to be pampered and spoilt then do. The surroundings are beautiful and the beach quiet and unspoilt, exactly as on the web site. For such an unspoilt location do not expect masses of restaurants or facilities in the immediate location. However the capital Scarborough is just down the road
You must remember that service in the Carribean is naturally more laid back than in the UK so things will take a little longer but the wait is worth it!
After being evacuated out of Key West due to Hurricane Charley we decided to go to Tobago a week in advance.
My new husband and I had a fantastic two weeks on an all inclusive basis at the Blue Haven Hotel. It is full of character and charm that only an older property can bring. We visited during the first two weeks in June when the season was starting to close but couldn't fault the amazing service and standard of delicious food we received every day of our stay. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place for any newly-weds that were looking for quality and relaxation for their honeymoon.
A party of 3, we have just returned to London after 10 glorious days in Tobago, staying at the Blue Haven Hotel. For us this accommodation option could not have been better. The rooms are spacious, light and well appointed with stylish colonial furniture and large bathrooms.
We have just returned from an 11 night stay, on the all inclusive tariff, at the Blue Haven and have had a wonderful time. I was a little concerned having read a negative review on Trip Advisor but my concern was absolutely out of place. The hotel was at about, I guess, 50% occupancy when we were. I will start by covering all the positives. The room was excellent with everything working, and a large and comfortable bathroom with a glass wall (with blind if wanted) being a really nice feature. We had a balcony with lovely views of the Caribbean sunsets. We did have a problem with the safe, which was resolved within 5 minutes of a call to reception. The beach was very good, not large, has some moderate sized breakers (like all other beaches we visited) and it is public but still very nice and feels safe. The food in the restaurant was excellent with a good choice, sensible but very adequate proportions, and the premier all inclusive does include lobster at no extra cost! Breakfast was also very good. Service was relaxed but not a problem. One could very easily consider other plans (e.g. breakfast only) and eat at other restaurants around the island on some nights. Many other guests did this, eating in some nights and out others. There are 4 or 5 good places within 20 min taxi ride (about US$20/25 return fare). We hired a car for 2 days to explore the island, the rain forest, and other beaches. There was plenty to see and do, and we could easily have done more. Of course not everyone is looking for the same thing and it is only fair to highlight areas that others might consider an issue though they werenÂ t for us. This is the Caribbean and the island has a developing tourist industry. Service was relaxed and very easy going, and yes, sometimes slow, so if you are looking for 5 star obsequious attention don't come here. If a gym is important too you will be disappointed, though you will be able to get an excellent massage. The beach bar is stretched when busy, which we found on 2 occasions, but since a day on the beach is not usually a hurried activity it wasn't a big problem. On the two Sundays we were there, there was 2 hours of local football on the beach, but nothing on Saturdays and it is public beach, like all in Tobago. A minor irritation but again not a significant problem. We looked around Crown Point which is more developed and busier and probably easier access to activities, bars, clubs etc. However if you want a relaxed, special and unique holiday in Tobago I would not hesitate to recommend the Blue Haven to you.
We were looking for a special place to celebrate our Silver wedding. We booked the Blue Haven for a week based on it's advertising and trip advisor reviews. We paid for a weeks all inclusive which turned out to be a bad mistake, it's poor value for money.
Just returned from Tobago for 5 days before Carnival. The Blue Haven was great the new wing is lovely with very modern rooms with hardwood floors and ocean views. The hotel is very close, walking distance to Scarbourgh, and the beach near the hotel is wonderful. The restaurante at the Hotel is good with a pricey but great dinner and breakfast was great. Nice Staff and I'd say the nicest hotel on Tobago. The Hotel was full at the time we visited but one would never know
We just returned from a 2-week vacation where we stayed at the Blue Haven Hotel. The Hotel was one of the best that we have had the pleasure to stay. Karl, the owner, accomodates his guests as if you were staying at his own villa. The staff were overall friendly and helpful; we were treated very well. The beach is the best on the island. The family of pups that live on the beach provided much entertainment and the beach staff were very protective of the guests. We highly recommend the hotel and the visit to this beautiful paradise. We felt safe and wanted during the duration of our trip. The only problem is the trouble it takes to fly from the States to the Island. It took us a whole day of plane changes and we had to stay overnight at Trinidad to wait for the Tobago Express. Attention American based Airlines....if you build it, people will come!
With considerably less traffic than most islands, it was somewhat difficult to see a clear choice for a Tobago hotel using the available web sites and literature. Our preference for a honeymoon site was for it to be well-maintained, have good service, privacy, a good beach, and proximity to restaurants. Compared to other offerings, we believe the Blue Haven surely met most of those conditions and was the best value. The grounds, public areas and room were near impeccable and if you take the time youll see the bird and minor wildlife the grounds supports. The room staff was great and practically invisible. Due to low season, we can understand the beach area was not manicured every day. Also due to low season, we shared a 55-room hotel with about 5 other couples and were left alone, but not ignored. Im sure they have their crowded weeks as well, but we were fortunate to avoid the Airbus load we noticed in a couple other hotels.