Tips from 35,000 Feet: Tobago

By: Katie Manning

January 11, 2013

Tobago Cays Sunset Panorama

When it comes to hotels on the island of Tobago, we always check in to the Coco Reef Resort – perfectly positioned between the island’s most scenic beaches, Store Bay and Pigeon Point. We also love the resort’s own white sandy stretch, Coconut Beach, which is deservedly famous for sailing, snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving and fishing. In each of the hotel’s 135 unique rooms and suites, fountains, paintings, textiles and statues are individually chosen to reflect local Tobagonian culture, which is perfect for getting into the spirit of Tobago. Also, if we ever want the VIP treatment, we just request the classic Rolls Royce airport transfer before enjoying a glass of fizz in the ritzy Champagne bar. A perfect way to start a holiday in Tobago, in our opinion!

Sea Horse Inn | Tobago
Beachside lunch at Sea Horse Inn © Sea Horse Inn

To experience the ultimate relaxation in Tobago, we can highly recommend the Coco Reef Saluda Spa. Not only is this a haven of scented massages, scrubs, facials and the obligatory oversized fluffy robes, but also anonymity is guaranteed. Why, we hear you ask? Well this might have something to do with its stellar guest list that sparkles with names like Sylvester Stallone, Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin and Halle Berry.

Horse Riding | Tobago

Horse Riding at dusk on a Tobabgo beach © Friendship Stables

If you’re looking for a place to have a delicious meal with a view, there’s nowhere better than the Sea Horse Inn on Grafton Beach Road. This much acclaimed restaurant mixes elements of the local culinary style, Indian influences and some serious French-Creole panache, resulting in some truly inspiring creations. While tucking into some seafood (we recommend the blackened fillet of grouper, coated with freshly ground Creole herbs and spices and drizzled with neon-orange chili oil) there’s also the view to enjoy: the magical sight of Leatherback turtles nesting on the beach. We suggest sampling their superb cocktails and making a reservation beforehand to avoid (huge) disappointment.

Scuba Diving | Tobago
Scuba Diving at Kelleston Drain © Official US Navy Imagery

Just south of the island of Little Tobago, a dive site called Kelleston Drain contains the largest recorded brain coral on the planet at 10-ft (3m) high and 16-ft (5.3m) wide – we never leave Tobago without paying it a visit. The diving around this island is amazing and we also love exploring the shipwreck of the M/V Maverick – a ferry between Trinidad and Tobago, which is located in Mt. Irvine Bay.

Have you visited Tobago? Where are your favourite beachisde hangouts?


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Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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