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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.
... my sleep to have a deep discussion. He believed that all Western medicine is evil: that vaccines are poisonous and that herbal remedies and regular enemas can ensure that you live to the age of 500. He insisted that the reality we know does not actually exist, and that we all possess an infinite energy that could help us regrow a limb if it was severed. He was absolutely ...
It's been a while since I last updated this blog.
I'd like to report that the delay was due to a pelican stealing my laptop, followed by a dramatic high-speed chase across various active volcanoes, resulting in unexpected victory and the realisation that pelican meat is delicious cooked with lime.
Unfortunately, however, this brief interlude in blogging is simply because my busy schedule of doing absolutely nothing does not read well as an entertaining ...
... my apparently 'irrational' fear of open water. One may question the logic in my decision to visit an island surrounded by open water for my elective: but isn't that what the elective is all about: facing your fears? With this attitude in mind, I've booked in to wrestle a giant spider and go parachute jumping with a few dementors next week.
I recently watched a documentary about marine life in the Caribbean. Whilst there are apparently no Great White Sharks, there do seem to ...
... a local to repeat what they said for a maximum of two times, before responding with "yes", and hoping for the best
- Demonstrate ability to allow a pestering group of local children to play with your iPhone, only to remember with terror that it contains pictures of you 'blacked up' only two weeks earlier
- Demonstrate understanding that the practicalities of updating a travel blog every two days are unrealistic and tiresome for both writer and reader
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Bamboo Walk Apartments Lowlands
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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].
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