Sandy Point Beach Club
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Loved the trip
We went to Sandy Point Beach Club with a few worries. We had read very mixed and some down right terrible reviews. We are so glad we decied to take a chance. We absolutely had a great time. The resort staff for being reletively new at the tourist game are doing wonderfully. The resort was clean. The pool was extremely clean and well maintained. The resturant had some good meals, but I think the management kind of holds back on variety. The breakfasts were always beyond excellent. We all highly recommend the "bake" with eggs, and bacon or cheese, but the bake is a must. Also well worth a try is the special of crab and dumplings, we tired it at a few places on the island and did indeed find the one served at the resort resturant to be the best but also the most resonable. One place we would tell people to not miss is Arnos Vale Beach. It is a beautiful beach with snorkelling right off of it easy swimming distance and great little hotel bar/resturant. Also after swimming there do not miss the tea with the birds at 4:00. Tea with the birds goes well beyond being able to discribe it in words. Take my word for it and spend the day at Arnos Vale. Also just down the road from the Arnos Vale Beach (has a historical plantation house turned into a hotel) there is part of the plantation with a water wheel and musem. This also should not be missed. (resturant at museum a bit expensive but very very good). We also took a catamaran trip up to Englishman's Bay. This was also another must do. Down the road from our resort was a little cafe called Patsy's. just a tiny house but excellent local food. Found beer etc to be very reasonable all over the island. We also made great friends with a cab driver named Denis and his Wife. All I can say to not do in Tobago is I would not recommend an all inclusive resort, you simply would miss to much of this wonderful country.
Sandy Point is always my first choice
I LOVE Sandy Point Beach Club and am surprised at a couple of the negative reviews. I stayed there once in 2002, again in 2003 and twice in 2004. On the first couple of occasions I stayed in a studio that could sleep 4 and on the last occasion in a loft style split level apartment. On each occasion the apartments have been immaculate and the staff have been great towards me, Elvira and Natasha especially. The apartments I have stayed in have all been maintained to a high standard and looked like new. The complex is a nice one with a few outdoor hot tubs dotted around and a swimming pool and beachfront bar. Although it has its own little stretch of beach I much preferred to walk to Store Bay beach a 10 minute stroll away. I note that a few reviews commented on less than friendly staff. I haven't experienced this at Sandy Point but what I would say as an observation of the service industry in Tobago GENERALLY is that service doesn't always come with a warm and welcoming smile and this perhaps could improve - not a problem however that I experienced at Sandy Point with one exception - during my last visit they did have an over-enthusiastic security guard who irritated a friend of mine with the rather abrupt and gruff manner in which he asked him to remove wet clothing hanging from the railing and banister outside our apartment - we understood his point, the objection was more to his tone. Overall SPBC is great value and I would stay there again and again.
Romance In Tobago
THIS RESORT WAS/IS VERY ROMANTIC AND BEAUTIFUL.
If you want to get married in Tobago, be sure to look up Elvira at the Sandy Point Beach Resort because she is just awsome. If it's to be found, she'll find it.
The resort was jst beautiful. The only complaint that we had was no bathtub, but you seem to forget about that after you arrive and soak up the sun and see how beautiful the grounds are.....Enjoy the acitvities....and just relax.
We will return again....We met alot of people that we hope to keep as friends throughout the years.
Sandy Point Beach Club
We booked in for a week at the Sandy Point Beach Club (2 bedroomed garden apartment). One bedroom had double bed, the other single beds, then four bunks in a lobby. Kitchen very well equipped for self catering, apartment nicely decorated with cable tv, tape/cd player, video player. Apartment cleaned daily. Our own patio with chairs/umbrella where we hung feeder for suggy birds, lovely garden and refreshing jacuzzi pool just a step away in the shade. I think we stayed in room 121. On site, a small restaurant serving local cuizine very cheap and a bar with pool, table tennis and entertainment in the evening. Very informative welcome talk. The far away hut gives a wonderful venue for the sunsets or watching the pelicans feeding. There have been some negative comments about the reception staff at this resort on the net, but they are lovely. If you smile at the Tobagonians (get this right, they are not Tobagons!), you get a smile right back. In the evening, if you want a lovely meal, go to next door, the Sandy Point Hotel. You might not get quite what you ordered......but generally all the food is good anyway. You get your main course but sometimes the side orders are what they have got rather than what you order, and sometimes you have to swap plates around to get your ideal steak. Rib Eye Steaks are tender, Lobster and Steak meal is great too. I have stayed at the Kariwak (absolutely wonderful), at the Blue Waters (full of americans, but shady beach on site and trip to reef is very good) and Little Tobago was very interesting. Richmond Great House (creepy), Blue Haven (the film star one), thought I had stepped into Disneyland, but met a very nice cat. We couldn't book Sandy Point Beach Club for the second week, so we stayed at the Bellavista Apartments across the car park. We stayed in the bungalow at the end. Accomodation very good, pool was nice and we could use the facilities at the Sandy Point Beach Club. If you stay here would you look out for Stumpy the dog for me? Little tail, bit of a mongrel real sweet. You do notice the planes here, but being a bit of an anorak I didn't mind this. We have some lovely friends on Tobago and I enjoy going there each year. I have noticed a few changes with some building and flights being full, but generally it is a wonderful place to go to, to chill out Hope you have a lovely holiday.
Needs some serious upgrading
My husband and I just came back from a week at Sandy Point (March 2004) While the rooms were adequate - they needed some serious upgrading. The shower was old and some of the tiles needed replacing - the sliding door did not lock - however after reporting it - the maintenance staff did repair it. Our room was on the ground floor which would have been very nice had we been able to take advantage of the view - the plants were grown up so high that we could not see the ocean or the pool - a little trimming would have made a huge difference. The resort itself was well kept and the staff was ok. The runway for the airport is right next to the resort but there are very few planes so that didn't seem to be a problem. The restaurant however should not even be called a restaurant - the food offered was what they chose for the "special of the day" - there was no menu to order from and it was small and staffed by only one person - the food was terrible! To find a restaurant of any quality you had to walk to town (approx. 1 mile) and then it was questionable. We found a couple good restaurants but the people were less than friendly and it was VERY expensive. Don't be fooled by the websites that tell you there is an abundance of seafood and that it is cheap. NOT TRUE!! We were told by the natives that there is no shrimp to be found on the island (unless you order it in a restaurant) - then it was expensive! There is absolutely no shopping to speak of - and what there is is overpriced. Be careful of the taxi drivers - they will try to rip you off if they can - decide on a rate before you get into one. We found some of the people to be very friendly - however we also found some of them to be very unfriendly! They have not gotten the concept that tourists bring money - they didn't seem to care if we spent it or not! Very disappointing! Despite all that the island itself is very beautiful - it was warm and the flowers were incredible. Had some rain but usually only in the early morning. It's very lush and green. For being such a small island - it takes a long time to get from one end to the other - the roads are narrow with many potholes and if you are going to rent a car - they drive on the left or anywhere they can - so be careful! All in all it was an ok trip - good for relaxation because no one there is in a hurry. I would not recommend it if you are looking for an inexpensive vacation - but if you are looking to just lay back and do nothing it's a good place to be.
Cobwebs and Poor Service
My Fiancee and I stayed there in Dec 2003 on our vacation of vacations after i went to Trinidad and decided to stay there for a few days .But many things was not what was expected of our stay. The front desk staff was not friendly. The maintenance of the room clearly needed upgrading, since we got to stay in get this, a room "201" that was owned by the Sandy point Village but in the Sandy Point Beach Club. Though it was a nice room, it was poorly kept. We were promised daily maid services that came everyother 2 days and when we enquire they told us no maids came to work or there is only one maid plus there was no lightbulbs in the living room area, i had to shuffle some buldbs around.There were HUGE COBWEBS within eyeshot...HUGE!!,the wires for the tv and cable was all over the bedrrom..dont take my word for it.. i even have the pics too prove it. However, the scenery was still wonderful and the general compound is quiet and some staff are friendly.Dont bother eating in their resturant, they're expensive and of poor service.Sandy Point Never Again
Great Place to Relax
Two of my buddies and myself went to Tobago for a week in November 2003. We stayed at the Sandy Point Bach Club. It was clean, convenient and very reasonably priced. Tobago itself was a travel bargan as the food also asonably priced. Get used to the exchange rate! At first things sound hign, but with a 6 to 1 exchange rate, I could break a $20USD every morning and pretty well go the day on the Tobaggo change.
All of the places I visited took US currency. (That's good because in my Europe trip conversion places charged me to get their money and then charged me later to return it to U SD, making the value less of a value). A "good" breakfast at the Club was $30TT ($5USD) what a bargain. The beaches are like they describe, pretty much deserted that thime of the year. We rented a car (the only real expensive part of the trip) because we wanted to see it all. You really would not need a car for the whole trip as you could drive the whole island in one day.
Beware, if you stay on the northern part of the island, it is a long hard drive. The streets are narrow, they drive on the wrong side (sorry to my English brothers), they stop in the middle of the road, and we were passed one time by two cars at the same time, and I do mean that literally as we were three cars wide. They are crazy drivers. The people were friendly, they didn't beg or harras the tourist. I felt comfortable getting about. However not having travelled a lot until last year, I would not have felt as safe with my wife as I did with my two buddies. I never saw any violence, but there are a lot of people that walk along the side of the road with machette's. I think their job was to cut the grass, but it still was not an easy feeling.Read all of the reviews before you go to know what to expect. There is NO shopping so wives take note. I don't think they have discovered yet that they can make money off of tourists. It's tough to even find a good souvineer to take home.Overall my experience was excellent. I snorkled, but my buddies scubba dive. They did have to search around and work out a special deal to rent air tanks. All of the places want to rent you a complete dive outfit and have you use their dive boats. We found the shore diving to be quite good, but they did go on one trip at the northern end in hopes of seeing one of the giant Manta Rays. They didn't get to see on, but as I was on the boat, me and the boat driver saw one from the surface. Cool.Saba may be our next trip, but I can't imagine anything more relaxing, inexpensive and interesting that the Tobago trip.
Didnt want to come home!
Hubby & I have just come back (5th December) from nearly 3 weeks in Tobago, at Sandy Point Beach Club(Time Share apartments). We love the island, we have been there 3 times in 11 yrs, and stayed at Sandy Point Beach Club twice, the 1st time in 1992. There have been many improvements at the resort during that time, the apartments are both roomy and comfortable, although not luxurious, everything is there that we needed. The apartments were cleaned every day and bedding /towels were changed 3 times a week. The grounds are well kept and all the staff were always helpful and cheerful to us.Elvira was the star of the resort, a lady with a huge personality! There were some superb local restuarants very close to the resort, the food was delicious.We were there during the end of the rainy season and we experienced a bit more rain than we would have wished for, but we still enjoyed every moment.
We would certainly go back again but choose a less rainy time.
My husband and I stayed there in 1995 on our honeymoon and decided to return for a weekend but many things changed. The front desk staff was not friendly. The maintenance of the room clearly needed upgrading. The meals that came with the package was unacceptable. There was no remote control for the television. However, the scenery is still wonderful and the general compound is quiet and some staff are friendly.
Great resort. You can relax if you want to or you can take many trips arranged by the resort. Accommodations were great. Excellent staff, very friendly and helpful. Great location on the island to watch the sunset. The resort is next to the airport but once you are there, you don't notice it. They have a restaurant with island cuisine at a reasonable price (staff there is great too cudos to Cheryl Ann). Convenience of a mini-mart on premises avoided trips to the larger grocery store.
Everyone was nice. Would highly recommend it.
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... regaled us with her stories! She was testing our shock and humour levels. This is a censored site so I can't retell the tales! A sunset swim at a new close by beach was fabulous for the snorkelers as well as bobbers. I am not sure how those travel journalists can rate best beaches of the world. We have been on hundreds of beaches in our travels and many are tied for first! Of course our list includes a long expanse to walk on, good snorkelling, good bobbing, great sand and a beach ...
... tip we headed down the island on Caribbean side and checked out Bloody Bay and one of our favourites( we have many) Parlatuvier! School right on beach and quaint village. For the folks who need resorts and catering you will not find them on these beaches. At the top of the cliff as we were leaving the beach, Glasgow : Paradise bar beckoned us! View amazing and to ...
... 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 ...
In researching things to do in Tobago, one priority was clear. The Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve was created, amazingly, by an ordinance in British Parliament in 1776, making it the world's oldest such reserve, we are told. Ted and Alison are both professional biologists and foresters so a guided tour of this tropical rain forest was not to be missed.
There was a poster in the reception area of our hotel that promoted ...
... the best beach yet for snorkelling. At one point Kes ran over, shouting, "I've just seen a ray!!" He convinced me to go in with him to see if it was still around and when I saw it I almost choked - it was amazing (but also terrifying). It was a stingray (the smaller ray) and not dangerous unless you happen to be a maniac like Steve Irwin. That was definitely a snorkelling highlight. Our driver back was not a disappointment either - he was convinced that Tony Blair ...