For a small island, Tobago is big on choice when it comes to accommodation. From no-expense-spared luxury resorts and elegant boutique hotels to oceanfront villas, self-catering apartments and cosy homestays for an authentic Islander experience, the best places to stay in Tobago are many and varied. Take a look at our favourite boltholes on your next trip to Tobago.
Holidaymakers can opt for a large resort with its room service, restaurants and entertainment options, or seek seclusion in a bijou B&B well away from the tourist hordes. In recent years, Tobagonian homestays have become increasingly popular with visitors for their unparalleled insight into local culture, history and cuisine, not to mention humour and family life. Hosts are proud of their homeland and are happy to share local tips, stories and gossip over a glass or two of rum punch. Unique, thoughtful touches are common in homestays too, such as handwritten welcome notes. Some loan bicycles, others act as unofficial guides with most properties well placed for exploring Tobago’s powdery sand beaches at Store Bay, Pigeon Point and Heritage Park.
Some of the finest hotels on Tobago in terms of facilities, service and style include the 135-room Coco Reef Resort, the beautiful Turtle Beach Resort and Grafton Beach Resort – a trio of top-notch, large-scale properties nudging the sands and set in exotic leafy gardens. Blue Haven and Blue Waters are smaller and more boutique in design. Both tend to attract a more trend-conscious clientele with their high-end fabrics, manicured outside space and glamorous interior decor that is straight out of a glossy magazine.
Honeymooners seeking a romantic getaway-from-it-all rave about the dozen or so wooden lodges that poke up from lush tropical foliage at Castara Retreats. Each has louvered shutters for privacy and hammocks for al fresco lounging amongst a blizzard of beautiful iridescent hummingbirds darting to and from nectar-topped feeders. Nature lovers, meanwhile, will be utterly seduced by the snorkelling at B&B Top O’ Tobago, a small inn perched high on a forested ridge on the south-western corner of the island. Spellbinding views across hills cloaked in verdant vegetation lead to the sparkling waters of the Caribbean beyond. Walking trails snake to Arnos Bay, a short walk away, and the Mot Mot Trail, one of Tobago’s acclaimed walking routes. Former cocoa house, the Rainbow Nature Resort is just as serene, set as it is within a 25-acre organic farm on the island’s east coast in the foothills of Main Ridge – the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. Waterfalls, canyons and forest walks are all within easy reach of the estate, which is home to over 62 bird species.
Single travellers and couples will adore Native Abode, a family-run homestay offering bed and breakfast accommodation that lavishes guests with authentic Tobagonian hospitality. Owner Stephanie Trotman offers three comfortable bedrooms to guests from all over the world and takes them out to pick their own exotic fruits for breakfast from the backyard – a real treat. Other homestay options can be found at homestay.com – there is a small, but growing, section on Tobago.
Keen to do your own thing? Some of the best places to stay in Tobago for independent travellers are the condo or villa rentals, which give you the freedom to rise, sleep, eat and do exactly as you please! Some offer daily rates but better deals are offered for longer stays so don’t be afraid to haggle. Choose from picturesque inland cottages, villas with coastal views or modern apartments at mytobago.com.
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