This was a great hotel, and Tobago was beautiful.
Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts, Trinidad and Tobago hotel review Visited: October 2007
Posted by donnamanners
We stayed at Turtle Beach for one week. We had a fantastic time.
The staff was lovely, and the food was very good. I have a husband who is very fussy with his food, but each day he went back for more.
The rooms were a bit dated, but they were okay for a three-star accommodation.
We went out in a taxi, which was very cheap. We saw most of the island. What a lovely island!
We will visit again one day.
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This is a great hotel on a marvellous island.
Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts, Trinidad hotel review Visited: July 2007
Posted by paulshoard
We have just returned from our second stay at Turtle Beach (the first was in 2003), and found (thankfully!) that very little had changed. The new pool area was attractive and unobtrusive and left even more space on the beach - which was our preferred location for relaxation.
The beach vendors were far more friendly, polite and less pushy than I remembered. We were happy to buy souvenirs from them, and hopefully give something to the local economy. My daughter had a manicure, and bought a handbag from the local craftsmen; Mary gave an excellent massage; my son bought a hand painted tee- shirt from Kerri; and my wife purchased a sarong from Lorna. The incomparable carvings by the charismatic Reuben are also an essential part of Turtle beach's character.
We thought the food was excellent on our previous stay, and this time it was even better with a wide choice dishes at every meal.
Having stayed previously, we sent an e-mail ahead of our visit to request room style and location. We received a prompt and helpful response from Paulette. There were also a few pleasant 'surprises' over the two weeks we stayed, as we were repeat visitors.
We've read in various reviews that some people found the staff rude at times. Our take on this is that in the UK, you get used to staff being trained to be polite at all times. In Tobago - and frankly most other countries - people show their true feelings more.
If you are friendly and polite to the hotel employees, you usually get a genuine smile in return and friendly comments. Very occasionally staff are offhand, but don't take it personally, they're just having a bad day. Overall, we thought the hotel was very efficiently run with dedicated, cheerful and very helpful staff and management.
Regarding the local tour operators, it pays to shop around and seek the opinion of other guests who have been on trips. We were particularly keen to observe and learn about the local wildlife and found Peter Cox exceptional. Other tours take you to similar places, but you literally won't know what you've missed until you go out with Peter.
We also took a trip with Kelton, who was great fun and knowledgeable. The trip includes his collection of captive birds of prey in some of his tours.
Turtle Beach may not be the most luxurious hotel on the island, but it provided us with all the requirements we needed for another wonderful holiday. We will certainly come back.
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I enjoyed this over 50s all-inclusive.
Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts, Trinidad hotel review Visited: January 2007
Posted by canda_norfolku_k
On my fourth visit to Tobago, I stayed two weeks at the Rex Turtle for the first time. I was concerned about our first all-inclusive experience, but our extras bill was so small because it was definitely all-inclusive. That included drinks- alcohol or soft drinks - all day.
The three meals a day included eggs cooked any way while you watched for breakfast, meats, or fish freshly caught from close to the hotel. There were lots of choices.
They had the best natural hotel beach on Tobago. The sea needs care at certain tide times, though. The newish large pool with a swim up bar had a good children's pool, also. There were lots of sitting space. It was easy to sit where it was quiet on the beach.
I suggest a car hire to explore the island, and have lunch at Sharon and Phebs.
Yes, the hotel was a bit tired- like Tobago, and there were small problems which became irrelevant in the overall context.
It was just three minutes from bed to sea, which was magic. I suggest you go for a first or second floor room for the view and seurity.
They are refurbishing constantly- which is needed!
Sun chairs could be a problem - they said more were on order. Natiowide- there were no charges, and the cash machine worked well.
Why did such a busy hotel work for us? The general manager, Leslie Amedee, was constantly seen in the restaurant, on the beach and around the pool, and at reception supervising in a quiet way. Leslie was always available if needed.
This is a great place to unwind and relax, and it's a real value for money.
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