Bamboo Walk Apartments
- Smoking rooms available
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- Outdoor pool
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- Swimming pool
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A small gem in Tobago
Tobago is one of most beautiful countries, in the West Indies; it is the sister of Trinidad. It takes 15 minutes by flight from Trinidad. An ideal place for the whole family to enjoy, as well as weddings and honeymoons.It is a cosmopolitan; its the birthright of steel band, calypso and limbo. If you are coming to Tobago you would notice its cool very serene, beautiful with its lush tropical rain forests, the verdant hills where wildlife and plant life bear evidence to the richness of Tobago. The mystery of the seas, the artistic expression of the people, the folklore and customs all will restore your sprits!How do you get there? There are flights from London you can either travel through to British Airways, British West Indian Airways (my favourite airline) Virgin Airlines do package holidays including accommodation. You can also check for cheap flight on ...Where do I stay? There are many types of lodgings, hotels, resorts, guest houses, apartments, condos and villas.One hotel I know very well is Ocean Point, it is a truly beautiful and friendly hotel, and there are other features to this hotel you would notice straight away. The 12 self-contained apartments are air conditioned, the kitchenettes are fully equipped, private balconies, with guess what wait for it Yes a hammock! Daily room service, cable TV.Also featured is large sun deck area with outdoor barbecue pits, a palm thatched pool, side restaurant bar, a kidney shape garden pool surrounding an award winning cosy restaurant in a garden atmosphere. It is right next to the championships golf course. The beach is three minutes walk.What do I eat and drink? There are exotic cocktails and fresh fruit drinks, a la carte menu with local specialities, seafood delights, grilled foods and vegetarian dishes. Mmmmmm..Where do I go? There are art galleries and museums. Aquamarines life, adventure farms, nature reserves, nature tours bird watching., snorkelling, beaches, watching leatherback turtles nesting at Turtle beach, and Golf.A good one for nature lovers is organize by Darren Henry a trained forester a licensed tour guide who specialises in rainforest tourism. He has the ability to identify flora and fauna, wetland bird, and there is the little Tobago bird sanctuary and sight seeing tours.What about night life? There are many places you can go, some of these are: Bonkers this is in Store Bay Local Road. You get live music Copra Tray also in Store Bay you get DJ and African drumming on Saturday Night Lush Shirvan Road you get disco and occasional live acts. Better to go Friday night! The Deep Andy Point Village You get Disco with international soundsWanna get married, have a honeymoon? Why not blend it with romance and indulge in some recreation in this picturesque of Tobago, or have a wedding and honeymoon.Tobago is truly beautiful place for Weddings and Honeymoooooooooning in Tobago or holidaying. You'll just love it!Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!
Just terrible. Don't be fooled by the attractive web site people, we were. The service was very unprofessional,the rooms were hot because the units could not be adjusted and the water tasted funny. We decided to have a meal at the restuarant and as we arrived and seated ourselves no one greeted us, it took 5 minutes before the waiter came over to our table. The price of the meal was absolutely ridiculous.I woke up in the morning with a back ache. I must say though it is good advertising, don't be fooled ,don't let this "hole in the wall" ruin your vacation pay a little extra and stay anywhere else in Tobago, it will be better.
STOP, READ THIS FIRST
Don't be fooled by the ads. Just returned from a week (July 2003). So called personal service was nealy wholly lacking; among other problems, the front desk refused to inform us that our dive shop tried to contact us several times in response to the rescheduling of a cancelled dive trip (app. there was a falling out with the shop owner, so now the hotel owner refuses to acknowledge the dive shop- which is highly recommended by the way - Wild Turtle at Pigeon Point). The dive was cancelled because the rock-hard mattresses caused my boyfriend's back to be so sore he couldn't dive. We had the mislabeled "charming" attic room. It was small, dark, with lots of ant-like bugs, the mosquito net had roughly 50 finger sized holes in it, also no screens on the doors/windows to let in a breeze. The water pressure was low and hot water was frequently interrupted.
The location also left much to be desired. Was on the windy Altantic side approx. 1/4 mile from a very unattractive beach, and somewhat isolated - several minutes from the downtown "hub" where the restaurants, misc. services are located. This location meant lots of expensive taxi rides ($10 each time, which adds up daily/weekly). There is an hourly bus service, if you want to wait. The restaurant, while run by a good natured woman, was over-priced (think double the cost of what a comparable meal would cost) and extremely limited. Some of these shortcomings were made up by the friendly small group of staff members, but overall, this place was nothing like we expected. This sentiment was shared by other guests who, like us, believed the ads and reviews posted on this web site. I've no doubt that some people do indeed have an enjoyable stay, but if you're not into accepting lots of inconveniences as part of your trip to "paradise," this is not the place for you. Will not return again, but will stay on the carribean side, in one of the several nicer inns costing slightly more, but well worth the extra few dollars.
If you must go to Ocean Pt., do not stay in the attic room(s). We peeked into the lower rooms which appeared to be significantly nicer than the attic room we had. Tobago was a lovely island, with friendly people. Happy travels.
Felt very welcomed at this lovely small hotel
If you choose to go to Tobago, which you most certainly should, you must consider staying at Ocean Point Hotel. From the moment we arrived at this perfectly designed hotel we felt so very much at home. We were welcomed very warmly and felt valued as guests, everyone involved in this establishment made a fantastic effort to ensure that we had the best holiday we have ever experienced.Our accomodation was cleaned to a very high standard, it was spacious (Ocean View Suite) and was furnished excellently. We wanted for nothing, the stafff at the reception, bar and restaurant ensured that all our needs were catered for, we were confident that any request would have been dealt with heartfelt positivity. I would like to give a huge thank you to all the staff at the Ocean Point - it is so rare to find a group of people who give so much and make you feel so welcome as a traveller.As for Tobago itself - words cannot describe our experience. It is the most wonderful island full of peaceful contemplation and exciting surprises. The beauty of this tropical landscape will perhaps be beyond your expectations, as it was ours. Places we particularly enjoyed were Argyle Waterfalls, Pigeon Point Beach, Sunset at Stonehaven Bay, Charlotteville, Scarborough Fort, and many many more.If you want to experience the real Tobago, its peoples' warmth and hospitability, the Ocean Point Hotel is a must, and also a great base to travel the whole island. It is situated on the most beautiful beach, on which you will probably be the only people soaking up the sea, sun and perfect atmosphere of a peaceful natural environment. It is in no doubt that once you have visited Tobago you will want to return. For my part I would just simply like to pass on my deepest thanks to the Ocean Point Team for giving us such a fantastic holiday.
Don't believe the hype - very disappointing
An over-hyped hotel which is located in an isolated spot - you need to take expensive taxis to get anywhere. Unfriendly hotel management, pokey rooms, dog-eared appearance and in need of a lick of paint. Reception staff were rude and monosyllabic during our stay. From day one we were dissappointed in what we had been led to believe would be a charming hotel. The final straw came on our last day. The day we were leaving we were told by hotel management that we had to check out at 12 - which is quite normal in most hotels. We asked hotel management if we could extend this to 2pm, but they said no, and suggested we showered by the pool if we wanted to freshen up before our flight (a showerhead attached to a fence). Seemingly with no choice, we packed up and went to put our luggage in storage. However we were then told by another member of household staff that it would be ok to stay until 2. This came as a relief so we returned to the room and went out for the morning. However after returning to check out, we were approached by a third member of staff who informed us that there was a charge for the extra two hours we had used the room (almost the room's nightly rate). We were unhappy that we had not been told about these new 'charges' and asked to see the manager to explain why we hadn't been told upfront. The manager rather than apologising for the miscommunication, immediately proceeded to threaten to take these charges out of the wages of staff member who had allowed us to stay if we did not pay. When we refused to tell her who the staff member was, she told us she would bring all the staff together, identify who had told us that we could stay, and fire them. Obviously we paid the charge (though completely blackmailed), but I am outraged and concerned that the management of this hotel treat its staff and guests with such disrespect. This incident combined with the lack of hospitality, good facilities and the misleading nature of this hotel's website culminated in a very dissapointing stay. We likedrably damaged by our stay at this hotel. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Their website is misleading and promises of an exceptional stay are unfounded.
Ocean Point ensured we were well looked after.
Having worked with the Ocean Point Hotel on ... I thought that it was time to find out myself what Tobago and the hotel had to offer.Having travelled to a number of Caribbean Islands both my wife and I agreed that this would be our last chance at finding an Island in the Caribbean that we would want to return to. Well there you have it, finally a hotel and island that will let you get on with it your way, whatever that may be.Whether lazing by the pool, eating the superb local cuisine, or seeking advice, Kallie and the team at Ocean Point ensured we were well looked after. Really... Tobago is a paradise, and long let it remain "low key" on the tourism map to ensure our future visits are as enjoyable as this was. Ocean Point is for those who want to get away from the trappings and trimmings of Crown Point and to experience much more of the real Tobago, away from the bustle and at a local pace.Some of the best beaches (beside the one that's 2 minutes walk away) are only a 10 minute drive and you can stock up the fridge at the nearby supermarkets to ensure there is always a cold one nearby! Kallie may know just about everything and everyone but I understand he still has not got to Pirates Bay, undeniably the most pristine sand and reefs I have seen in the Caribbean - Just one recommendation leave the car in the village and walk there!We will certainly return next year and like many of the other testimonials don't tell too many people - we like it just the way it is.Shaun Simons
Loved the personal service at this hotel
I think I owe the friendly folks at this hotel a big thank you letter for making my 9-day stay on this lovely island such a memorable one. I was truly impressed when the chambermaids and restaurant staff remembered my earlier visit to Ocean Point in 1997, and even more so when they told me which room I stayed in! I must confess, I loved Tobago so much I had returned in 1998 but unfortunately stayed at another resort. I really missed the warm "at home" feeling that I got at Ocean Point, I just had to stay at Ocean Point again this time around. As usual, I was not disappointed. I don't know if it's that laid back vacation trance you get when you step off that airplane at Crown Point or just being familiar with the resort and knowing I was going to be taken care of. Personally I think it's the latter. They also made my car-rental and diving schedule as simple as a signature. Haha, that's Kallie for you, always looking for the best for his guests, and I can probably say this to all those who have revisited your amazing resort, "It only gets better with age..." I love what they've done to the attic rooms and the new ocean-view patio makes it seem so personal; like having your very own private sundeck!! If you go, you'll enjoy the companty of Rhonda (honestly that's all the dance moves I got!!), Alison, Chef Stag (the best Jerk Shrimp dinner ever!), and Ms. Nehru. I'll be thinking about my stay in Tobago even more so as our cold Canadian winter sets in!! Kallie, the owner of this gem is always around and about ensuring that his guests are having the best time possible. Keep that attic room ready for me in 2004!!! All the best,Carlton Chong Toronto, Canada
Excellent Spot for your Tobago Holiday!
Barry and Marilyn
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
March 29, 2002
Marilyn and I returned to a cold and dreary day in Halifax after spending three glorious weeks at Ocean Point. We both fell in love with Tobago, you are very fortunate to have a small piece of paradise on earth. We were able to explore every spot on the island from our home at Ocean Point and it did feel like our home from the moment we arrived. The friendly way we were treated made us feel like part of the family, you and your staff were there to take care of our every need. The intimate atmosphere at Ocean Point made our vacation a success. I have listed the top 10 reasons why you have a perfect location for anyone wishing to visit Tobago.
10. The Ocean Point location offers easy access to excellent beaches, restaurants, provisions and a central point for site-seeing all over the island.
9. The rooms are tastefully decorated and spotlessly maintained. The two level room (oceanview suite), which we had, was very spacious.
8. The Garden Grille Restaurant, has excellent local food, atmosphere and service. We had many enjoyable meals.
7. A friendly and accommodating staff that will take care of your every need, Marilyn and I especially enjoyed Mr. Ram's company.
6. We felt like we had our own private pool for an early morning dip to an evening swim after being in the salt water all day.
5. Meeting new friends. We shared new experiences with John and Linda from Bristol England and we plan to visit one another in the future.
4. A fishing trip with "King David" (Tobago Cast Away Tour) was a great way to spend the day and the fish we had on the beach was a spectacular feast.
3. The overall intimate atmosphere of Ocean Point lends itself to having a very enjoyable and relaxing vacation.
2. The gorgeous beach within a few minutes walk is fantastic, I had a ball playing in the surf.
1. The way we were treated by Kallie and his staff, we arrived as quests and we left as friends.
Both Marilyn and I felt this was our best Caribbean vacation, and we have had many. Thank you Kallie and your team for making this possible. We look forward to returning.
Barry and Marilyn Langille
Halifax, Nova Scotia
I wanted to give a report on my wonderful experience at the Ocean Point Hotel in Tobago. This is the first time I?ve ever posted a review but the outstanding experience I had there has made me feel that I need to spread the word. The Hotel is a lovely small hotel located conveniently between Crowne Point [Airport and Tourist area] and Scarborough [Main Town in Tobago].
The Hotel itself is beautifully maintained by Ram ( who never seems to stop working 1) and minutes walk away from a beautiful little beach. You will need a rental car/taxi to get to either Scarborough or Crowne Point (each about 7 minutes by Car). Rooms are kept immaculately clean each day by Rhonda and Alison, two of the sweetest and happiest people I have ever met. Thank you both for the daily 1 minute laugh and joke session while you were working hard.
The associated restaurant , the Garden Grille, is beautifully run by Linnette, the best chef I?ve ever met, and Ivan, the most courteous and downright happy bartender on the island. The food at the restaurant is truly magnificent [I still dream of Linnette?s Kingfish dish] and reasonably priced for the true quality of the dishes.
The hotel is efficiently run by Paulette and Lisa who make sure that all your needs are met whether you require an extension ( I bet you will extend your stay like me) or just a rental car. Mr. Cally, the hotel owner is always discretely around to make sure your stay is enjoyable.
As you can probably gather from the above review, what makes the stay so special are the staff at Ocean Point and the Garden Grille. I truly appreciated their genuine friendliness and flexibility. Through work, I?ve stayed at many top hotels throughout the world [Marriott, 4 Seasons, Hilton etc.] but I would trade all the clinical luxuries of these hotels in a heartbeat to receive the warmth, courtesy and friendship of Ivan, Linnette, Rhonda, Alison and all the crew at Ocean Point. I encourage you to chill out at the restaurant, have a drink with Ivan, enjoy some food from Linnette, then chat with the other guests about the beautiful sights you?ve seen that day in Tobago (my vision of paradise)
I just wish I could return tomorrow,
Thanks all of you for a great vacation,
(The Irish Guy)
Ocean Point is a very friendly, owner run hotel. We have stayed here twice and recommended it to our friends also. The rooms are very clean and comfortable with every thing you need if the mood takes you to cook, but as the restaurant is excellent and very good value, we felt no need to cook! Kallie and his team make you feel like one of the family and I certainly will be staying there again soon.
John and Maggie Fortune
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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 ...
Yesterday was a very busy day as we travelled the island and discovered beaches as requested by Mark Pearce! It was a tough job but we took it on! The Atlantic side is choppier but temperatures similar to the Caribbean side! First stop was beer shooters and stretch of legs. Lunch of snapper and trimmings was on the beach at Charlottesville, the upper tip of Tobago! ...
Better than any story we were reading was the entertainment of the Castara Bay fishermen who were setting out their 160m seine net to capture anchovies. It was a 7 man job! We also discovered that a delicious delicacy of Tobagans is pelican meat. As we were watching the round up of the catch a man threw a short log at the fish raiding pelicans which took one out( see picture). Their hour and a half job yielded only a sand pail of anchovies. Rick ...
Started the day with coffees and binoculars admiring the abundance of birds and their morning chatter! After a relaxing start to the day( Rene and Rick under the weather) we searched out some close by beaches and bobbed for a bit plus our ...
... in the area. They serve a dozen or more varieties of pizza and did not disappoint, although it seemed odd to be eating pizza in Tobago. James saved the day, however, by ordering the fruitti di mare variety, so at least we were eating seafood.
We ended the day with ocean and pool splashes then returned to the town of Buccoo for dinner. The El Pescador was another highly rated restaurant. As mentioned earlier, it ...