You know you’re somewhere special when a golden-coloured Rolls Royce (Silver Wraith 11) sits under the portico as you pull up at Coco Reef.
However, the positively palatial and spacious lobby almost tops this, with its large gilt-edged mirrors, Grecian urns and the marble fountain, with a tantalising glimpse of the Caribbean sea beyond – the real treasure in my opinion!
Tea and a comfortable room
I arrived here tired and in need of tea, the charming reception staff checked me in and whisked me along to my room, with a carton of fresh milk in hand. And yes, there was another plus bottles of cold water in the mini-fridge too. Decent sized cups, good tea and a kettle were clearly available too. Delightful touches that make such a difference.
A spacious room, offering plenty of storage space, with a comfortable bathroom (beach towels included, so no hunting for them as you venture out to swim) led out to the balcony, replete with a lounger and table and chairs.
Sea and water sports
However, it is the view that’s the outright winner here, completely, exactly like a scene from a movie. Palm trees framing an aqua-marine sea, stretching forever, with a gently shelving golden sandy beach before it. Absolutely divine and a real slice of paradise. Coco Reef has created its own lagoon with a wall of rocks several metres out into the sea, that ensures the water within is warm, safe and like slipping into a tropical bath. It’s been said you can’t live on a view; I’d certainly like to give this one a try!
On Tobago there are water sports of every kind, famously diving, snorkelling, kayaking, kite-surfing, sailing, fishing – some free at Coco Reef, some payable and reception will help you book.
If you fancy a seriously romantic experience, the privately-positioned Sunset Lodge (part of the hotel) is a self-contained one-bedroom bungalow, perched on the edge of the water, offering a spacious sitting room, terrace and private over-water wraparound deck. Guests have included Elton John, Sting and Shakira over the years – all performers at Tobago’s well-known April/May Jazz festival.
Around the hotel
The public areas of this hotel are welcoming and comfortable, with truly helpful and well-trained staff who are proud to work here. Breakfast is served in Tamara’s, dinner too, with both Caribbean and European choices and the most smiley omelette chef I’ve ever met. Bacchanal’s Beach restaurant serves lunch, dinner and snacks local-style, with a laid-back vibe. There’s a bar and lounge beside the lobby and Bobster’s bar offers a great spot for cosy drinks. And for fitness, there’s a compact gym with a spa too.
Also good to know, the airport is close to the hotel, making for fast transfers when it’s time to leave. You can even request the Rolls Royce takes you there!