Coco Reef Resort Spa

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Coconut Bay, P.O. Box 434, Scarborough, Tobago, Caribbean

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    Wonderful beachfront haven


    If there is one place in the entire world that I would long to return to it is to Coco Reef.

    Perched on its own perfect stretch of beach, surrounded by its own man made lagoon filled with pond like warm crystal clear water, it truly is heaven on earth.

    Utterly luxurious it is not, but discretely upmarket and relaxed with staff that work on instinct it is. Just picture yourself wallowing in the still lagoon waters, chatting away to someone you didn't know this morning, while the ever dutiful Angela delivers your favourite cocktail before you've even asked......... Imagine your lounge chair under the shade of a leaning coconut tree with the mouth watering odour of the lunch time barbecue teasing your nostrils as you snooze with that book slipping from your lazy fingers.

    You reach the hotel through a long and elegant driveway which meanders its way through immaculately tended gardens. Walking through the beautiful lobby I was struck by the colourful paintings rising through the open atrium and the manner in which the lobby extended directly to the open balustraded verandah with its sweeping stairway to the beach. At high tide the pondlike sea laps the lower steps of that same staircase.

    A few steps up and you are in the main restaurant which is also open to the beautiful Caribbean, with one area entirely sheltered from the weather. This is where we ate our sumptuous breakfast each morning and a delicious dinner each evening. On days when it rained we also had lunch here. Other than that we indulged in the wonderful beach barbecue and buffet.

    After dinner each night we had the choice of having an evening drink on the verandah to the sound of steel drums or else we would retire to the tiny Baccahanals bar beside the restaurant. This turned out to be our favourite because it was so small that it was like a large sitting room at home and we could chat with our fellow guests. As the holiday went on friendships developed and our nightly post dinner drink turned into a regular singsong.

    On rainy days we often found ourselves on the upper verandah where we would sip a cooling cocktail and nibble tasty sandwiches.

    We booked the all inclusive package which proved to be incredible value for money.

    Unique Quality: Everything about this hotel is special, but it's prevailing quality, in my opinion, is that it's the sort of place where the other guests become like part of your family very quickly. Naturally you can chose to be alone if you wish, and there are manys secluded corners, but it also lends itself to a wonderful cameraderie. I have not come across anyplace like it in all my years of travelling.

    It is absolutely no surprise that Coco Reef has become a preferred retreat and haven for the rich and famous - pop stars, heads or State, and British Royalty.....but without the prices to match.

    Directions: Five minutes from the airport but without the noise.

  • Superb Service


    Would definately recommend this hotel, the service was superb, the location excellent.

    Unique Quality: There is a man made breakwater, not glamourous, but excellent for snorkelling as marine life which lives on it is quite varied. Also means that swimming in the protected bay is good.

    Directions: Near the airport

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best resort on the island

by freddie555 about Coco Reef resort

Travelled in September 2007. Very nice resort, rooms were very good. Food was excellent under the guidence of kenneth Thomas (head chef). Staff was very friendly. It may be close to the aiport but you are not disturbed at all by the aircraft landing (there's not many anyway). The best feature of the resort is the beach area. Great private beach plenty of loungers and shades and it's own private mini harbour for clients to swim in water is warm and clear. Pool is hardly used due to beach area.

best resort on the island

by freddie555 about Coco Reef resort

The resort was first class along with the staff. rooms where very good, so was the food under the eye of head chef kenneth Thomas. Very relaxing resort.
Did not use the Spa so I can't comment. The best part of the resort is the beach area. Has it's own private beach and mini harbour. Plenty of loungers, shades and room, and the sea is warm and clear. The lunch restaruant is right on the beach so you don't have to go far. Just the best beach I've been to.

No woman no cry at CoCo Reef

by A TripAdvisor Member

I aggree with all the positive reports written here. No doubt, the service is outstanding if not overwhelming. Everything is ultra clean although we experienced somewhat low water pressure in room 208. But we got the sand off anyway.

All in all very well organised with beautifull gardens as I would expect from a 4seasons on Nevis.

One thing that made me upset, realy upset, was the following:
For making the reservation you are charged for two nights in advance, right? No, that´s OK. Nevis-4seasons charges 3-4 nights if I remember well.
But upon arrival at the reception desk I had to pay the full price for the 11 days stay. Well, I was obliged to pay the the rstin 9 days, standing in the humid heat with my long trousers and the sweaty shirt - thursty - tyred.

As I brought my own Vodka I could cool myself down after a while. And we were luky with the room...

Watch out for what they call ocean view !
Everything is ocean view room, although you see some water on the horizon over a fence with some nice rosty barbed wire on it.

Anyway, we have seen alot of the island and the CoCo is the best resort available especially as concernes the staff and personal attention.
Tamara´s is also VERY good !
The staff is excellent, excellent, excellent and breakfast realy made me happy every day.

If the CoCoReef was a bond I would rate it AAa+


PD: One thing that made me almost wee from laughing was the fact that at least once every evening the musicians played the song: "Nooooo woman no cryyyy (with chorus and multyvoice)".
Having in mind that 99% of the hotel guests are families or honeymooners....

Just returned from a very relaxing holiday at the Coco Reef

by A TripAdvisor Member

We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Coco Reef Hotel. The staff are the best in the Caribbean in our experience; so friendly, gentle, attentive and cheerful. Nothing is too much trouble.

Our beds were beautifully decorated with flowers spelling 'Welcome' - just one of the small touches that make a big difference. The rooms were very clean and were tidied twice a day. It was lovely to return to a tidy room after dinner.

The beach is lovely and very safe. The sand is raked each morning. There are umbrellas but you do have to get up fairly smartish to be sure of a shady sunbed. It was wonderful not to have to leave the comfort of one's sunbed to get a drink as bottles of water and drinks are brought round several times a day.

We found the food very good, if a bit repetitive. The evening entertainment consisted of singers and musicians, and one night we were treated to limbo and fire eating. All the entertainers were extremely talented.

We had adjoining ground floor ocean view rooms for ourselves and our three children but were disappointed that we could barely see the ocean and the rooms were quite dark. Definitely go for second floor rooms which, I feel sure, would afford a better view. Also check the water flow of the shower before you unpack, as we were forced to move rooms to get more than a dribble. It was explained that water is precious on Tobago so power showers are obviously out of the question, but some rooms seemed to be better served than others. Lack of storage space was a problem and the bath towels were tiny and had definitely seen better days. Our original rooms also had an odd smell about them.

We took five children ranging in age from 9 - 18 years and they all had a wonderful time. There aren't many organised kids' activities, it's not that kind of hotel, but snorkels, kayaks and pedaloes are all available to hire free of charge and there are two very good floodlit tennis courts with racquets and balls available to borrow. There is also a good diving school at the hotel. The food at Tamaras wasn't always to our 9 year old's taste, so we popped down to the beach bar and ordered a cheese burger/hot dog which was duly delivered to our table in the restaurant. As I said before, nothing is too much trouble for the people working at the Coco Reef.

We hired a mini bus with driver/guide to take us along the Atlantic side of the island. Argyll Falls and Jemma's Tree House restaurant are both well worth a visit. We were guided up to Argyll Falls by Roger who was very knowledgeable and interesting. On another day we did part of the Caribbean side by a trimaran named 'Nautical Mystic'. This was a great day out and we were so lucky to see more than a dozen pilot whales not more than ten feet away.

Although the island is only 27 miles long and 7 miles wide we were advised that it would be too much to try to do all the sights in one day. The roads are very windy and it takes ages to travel a short distance. Best to take your time - it is the Caribbean after all.

Our honeymoon

by A TripAdvisor Member

We had just got married on the 22nd August 2004 and was heading off to our first destination which was Tobago. We stayed at the Coco Reef hotel which was excellent. We orginally booked a delxue room with breakfast only, which was called a beachfront view, but decided to upgrate to a suite. I must recommend anyone who is on thier honeymoon to upgrade, as the rooms were very spacious, the room was cleaned 3 times a day and was very comfortable. Staff were very friendly and willing to help. We had a taxi driver called Andy, who was extremely helpful and made our stay very enjoyable, as he offered to take us around the island and sample some of the islands food. He also took us to the local parties in the area. Thoughly enjoyed our stay at the Coco Reef, will go back again. I would recommend this hotel, as it is very good value for money.

Pure Luxury!

by TripAdvisor Member Green_One

We have stayed in a lot of Carribean resorts and Coco Reef rates among the best. The beach is excellent. Since Tobago is such a "laid back" island, my husband didn't take long trousers and guys must have long pants for dinner. They seated us on the patio which was just fine. There were a lot of nice touches in this resort. We will return.

A Tropical Paradise

by TripAdvisor Member balbus

A beautiful restful paradise. This hotel's assets are it's staff who are impeccable and well trained. We loved our room no 205 where flowers adorned our pillow on arrival saying welcome.We had a sea view balcony festooned among palm trees and beautiful shrubs and every morning at around six am I sat on the balcony reading and also doing some serious bird watching - there are 230 varieties in Tobago. The room was well appointed but the lighting was rather dim,the airconditioner noisy, and the shower was rather undecided as far as the temperature of the water. The food and service in the restaurants were excellent. Breakfast was a huge variety of dishes to choose from. A lovely lady cooked my omlette in front of me every morning. Not liking self service in the evening we used Tamaras where we found the food and service very good but rather repetitive after the third night. Baccaniels during the day was fineand we either had the barbeque offerings (including excellent quality steaks) or the hot food which included cajun prawns to die for. Beach area superb with lovely sand, swept every day and the sea was clean enclosed in a lagoon and was safe for swimming . We used the diving shop and went snorkelling. The boat trips the hotel offers are wonderful. Also went on a rainforest tour for $45 U.S. at 5am dissapointed not to see any snakes but saw a lot of birds,spiders and wonderful palm trees and plants. Not much to do outside the Hotel everyone was wonderful no trouble or problems. Went to the Sunday School (Steel Band show street party) and was thrilled with the skill of the musicians. Also went to Englishmans Bay. The beach is like the one in the film Castaway but beware the currents which are very strong. Overall we found the Coco Beach a stunning resort full of comfort and a very resful atmosphere. This is a place where you feel pampered for your every need. There is a small group that plays on the terrace every night until about 10-30 and there is a well stocked air conditioned bar. This is not a resort for clubbing. We would go back to Tobago and the Coco Reef and look forward to our next trip.

Soul less hotel, you could be anywhere in the world

by A TripAdvisor Member

Having spent the previous week seeing some of the beautiful island of Tobago we decided to spend the last 3 days of our holiday here. That was 3 days too many.

Whilst Coco Reef obviously strives to portray an image of luxury, they seem to fail in almost every area. Everything about the place is artificial, resulting in no atmosphere whatsoever.

All the staff seem like robots, coming out with 'have a nice day' and 'your welcome' to almost everything we said to them. If only the management would allow staff to demonstrate some of their own personality then this could be a much more enjoyable place to stay.

We had read good reviews of the Tamarad restaurant so decided to give it a go despite the expensive price tag. The food was appalling for a restaurant of this (or almost any) quality. The starters were standard pre-prepared fodder that required no innovative cooking whatsoever i.e. basically prawn cocktail etc. The main courses (I had Beef and my wife fish) were totally tasteless and over cooked. Not what you would expect from a quality hotel.

The only good thing about our stay (apart from leaving) was lying on the beach and swimming in the lagoon, very relaxing. Having said that even the beach and lagoon are artificial.

If you want to experience the real Tobago don't stay here.

Its the little touches that makes the place special

by TripAdvisor Member Pete&Hev

May 1stt to 15th 2004

This is our 2nd visit to the Co-Co Reef in 6 years which has just again won Best Carribean Resort.
Having heard some bad reviews on Tripadvisor we simply emailed the hotel who confirmed our room would be ready etc so at least we had something in writing if there were any problems!
The room 5/5 - We were escorted to our Ocean View Room where we were greeted with Fruit & Wine And "Welcome Back" written in Orchid Petals on the Bed. It had 2 Queensize beds, Satellite tv and Remote Air con. The aircon is about 8 years old but does its job. We did have to call out maintenance as it was a bit noisy but the problem was sorted out in 5 minutes. The room is cleaned late morning and early evening when you're at dinner. Beach towels are provided.
The beach - is pure white sand, private and cleaned daily. There are some shade spots but you need to get your beach towels on the sunbeds by 7:30 if you want one of these otherwise there are enough sunbeds for everyone. Snorkelling is superb. There are so many varieties of fisk such as Sgt Majors, Puffa and Parrot fish.
The fish - Love to be fed. Stock up with rolls from breakfast and lunch and watch them swim and eat the food.
Diving Shop/School - The resident school is very good and goes out daily for superb scuba diving. Snorkel equipment is also available to borrow at no cost.
The staff - Are superb and cannot do enough for you. Most of the staff have worked at the resort for several years. Ester one of the Restaurant Managers remembered us and even our conversations from 6 years ago. This went along way as we were spoilt several times with Champagne in the Restaurant. 5/5
Tamara's - The ambience is very good, the food is superb with a varied menu that changes every night. The staff attends to your every need.
Baccanials - The lunch menu is ok but does become a bit tedious as reported in so many other Trip-advisor reports. This restaurant in the evening has a different Theme every night and the food is good, although the self-service does make it remind you of lunchtime. 3/5 It's cheap and safe to eat outside the hotel for a bit of variety.
The Gallery - A nice place to chill after some sun or dinner where you can have Tea or a Cocktail.
The Boutiques - Are a bit expensive but then you have to expect this within a hotel resorts.
Around the hotel - the locals are friendly and its safe. There is an Internet Café (which is very cheap) and bank just outside the hotel. There is also a supermarket about 100 yards further on. There are plenty of cheap Restaurants and Café's. Store Bay next to the hotel has plenty of small souvenir stands and a good beach. There is also a good souvenir shop in Pigeon Point Road about 200 yards from the hotel.
Entertainment - Is provided nightly and includes Singing, Dancing and steel bands.
Out & About - There are plenty of sight seeing places to visit, either by an organised trip, hiring a taxi or hiring a car. The hotel has on-sight vehicle hire which is cheap. The vehicles are driven on the left so same as the UK. Places to visit include, Angel Falls, Scarborough, Fort King George, Pigeon Point, Buccoo Reef, The Sunday School trip, Englishman's Bay and seeing the Turtles at Turtle Beach to name but a few.
Overall - The resort is superb (as is Tobago). It’s the small touches that make this place so special like having your name printed on the menu when it’s your last night at the resort or the restaurant staff remembering your name. There are quite a few repeat guests which says it all. We loved it (again).

Peter & Hev - Thurrock, England.

Forum Posts

Attire on Tobago

by skh99

Hello, My husband and I will going to Trinidad and Tobago in February for our honeymoon. We're staying mostly on Tobago at the Coco Reef. Would like to know what kind of clothes to bring. Is it mainly casual? Should we pack more formal clothes?

Thank you.

Re: Attire on Tobago

by ellielou

It's been a few years since I"ve been in Tobago, and have mostly spent time in the fishing village of Charlotteville, but I can't imagine that you need to wear anything other than very casual clothes.

Have fun in Tobago. Will you go to Trinidad at all?

Re: Attire on Tobago

by TriniGrl

Hi there:

My husband and I were in Tobago exactly a year ago at this time. Tobago is extremely laid back and relaxed country, and the dress code suits this. Bring lots of lightweight casual clothing and you'll be fine. If you plan on dining at nicer restaurants at nite, you can definitely get away with casual clothes.

Trinidad is a bit different -- you will notice a much faster pace. People there dress to the nines when they are going out at nite, so I would bring something a bit dressier if you plan on taking in the nightlife, fine dining or any shows.

You will have a great time on both islands. Tobago is our all-time favorite destination! Enjoy :-)


Re: Re: Attire on Tobago

by skh99

Thanks. We'll only be in Trinidad for 2 nights. The first night of the trip and the last. We're staying at the Hilton. We won't have much time there. Really only there because we couldn't fly direct in and out of Tobago. Any suggesitons for restaurants?

Re: Re: Attire on Tobago

by ellielou

I think that the food in Trinidad is among the world's best.

the best thing to do is to ask a local where to get good rotis and doubles. there's also this amazing place for breakfast called "The breakfast shed." It's full of stalls, colorful, and not to be missed.

If I think of the names of the roti places, I'll post again.

Re: Re: Attire on Tobago

by ken-chi

hot shop roti shop

homes roti shop

patraj roti shop

Re: Re: Attire on Tobago

by ellielou

that's it: hot shop roti shop!

my favorite, though, was way out somewhere far from PoS called Hi-Way Roti. Still dream about those....

It's all coming back to me now....
here's also a pretty good Chinese restaurant close to Hot Shop.

and, if you get to it, shark and bake at Maracas Bay...

Re: Re: Attire on Tobago

by TriniGrl

There is a really good chinese food restaurant facing the queens park savannah in port of spain.....I can't remember what it is called but wow, it's great. Also, next to the chinese place there is an awesome thai food restaurant. Both of these places are pricier, but worthwhile.

Definitely make sure to get some local food...roti, doubles, pelau etc....Trini food is the best :-)

Re: Re: Attire on Tobago

by skh99

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I wish I was there now. How about restaurant suggestions for Tobago. Nightlife? Any must-see thinsg on the island?


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 Coco Reef Resort Spa

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Address: Coconut Bay, P.O. Box 434, Scarborough, Tobago, Caribbean