Bacolet Beach Club
What We Love
- Secluded but easy to get to: 15 minutes from the airport and five from Scarborough, Tobago's capital
- Beautiful infinity pool overlooking Sandy Bay
- Lively on-site beach bar and restaurant
- All rooms have enormous sea-facing balconies
What To Know
- The beach can only be accessed only via stairs from the hillside location
- A small boutique hotel, it lacks some amenities of larger resorts
- The tropical-style interiors feel a little dated
- There isn’t much in the way of Tobago nightlife; even lively bars close early
- Valet parking is available for no additional cost
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Bacolet Beach Club in Scarborough (Bacolet), you’ll be minutes from Fort King George and Tobago Museum. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Dwight Yorke Stadium and Scarborough Botanical Garden.
Make yourself at home in one of the 35 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies. 38-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spend the day on the private beach or dip into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and wedding services.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar.
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
The staff were very friendly and accommodating at the hotel but not at the bar, the place needs an upgrade there were no lights at the pool and the beach bar had cats sleeping in it. When it was time for our lunch my husband got a dried wrap with dry chicken and a green salad which wasn't even dressed instead of a tropical chicken sandwich with fries and a coke slaw!
For a first time experience it wasn't a great one and I will not be returning to Bacolet beach club.
The front desk service was really great, the room was ok, the ac needs to be topped up and the tv needs to come wit a remote to adjust the volume. The food was nice but limited and the alcohol liscense was expired so no alcohol for about a day...i went out and bought my own....bfast was also limited and so was the menu...if u had scrambled eggs u cudnt hv special requested eggs...other than that the stay was relaxing and its not too far from the town.
The hotel was as advertised and we had a lovely room with a pool and beach view. Staff at hotel very helpful and accommodating.
Word of warning though, the Havana Restaurant attached to the hotel is expensive.Luckily we hired a car as there are not any places nearby to eat and the nearest place is by taxi ride.
We booked Bacolet Bay through Blue Bay Travel. It was described as all inclusive 4 star resort on the Caribbean Sea. Comments:
1. It was not all inclusive. There were only certain meals you could choose from in the only place to eat in the resort. Any other menu items had to be paid for. The only spirits you could have were local rum based. Any others had to be paid for. The only free wine available was from a box.
2. This should not be described as a 4 star hotel. It is at best an unloved 3 star. The 'restaurant' was very disappointing, not just for the food choice. Weeds abound around the property, and rooms are tired. We were given a room change but still not up to 4 star standards.
3. Hotel is not on the Caribbean sea. The beach is lovely but has strong waves and no snorkeling as you would expect from Caribbean side.
4. Dogs bark incessantly from property opposite.
5. We asked to change hotels but neither Blue Bay travel nor hotel were accommodating as far as this request was concerned, so we stayed having been moved to another room.
6. Location is not suitable for infirm or young children as there are many steps to the beach and to rooms and pools.
7. Management are focused on costs rather than customer satisfaction. Little was done to appease us during our stay. We were not the only ones who complained during our stay.
8. We have been to many locations in the Caribbean (mainly Sandals). This was by far the worst experience we have had.
9. On a positive note we enjoyed the island tour organised by the hotel, and the golf organised by the owner at nearby Plantations Golf Course.
I had read mixed reviews of this beach club before we booked it, but we needed a hotel last minute (literally for the next night). Express deal from Priceline to the rescue ( I would NOT PAY more than that however) and it actually turned out great... except for the not sleeping and the not eating and the can't really walk to town, stranded on a cliff part. But to be fair, gorgeous fresh flowers decorated the room with petals strewn about a super-cute, king-size, 4-poster, canopy bed. Total island feel, complete with sheer, beaded curtains providing exactly enough window coverage but not so much as to distract from the gorgeous view below. The balcony had lovely chaise lounges that the sun drenched perfectly about the time of check-in. I grabbed some much needed vitamin D and after a short rest we were eager to explore. Walked to the market around the corner...super tiny but had cold drinks. (If you have not often visited tiny island markets, please be advised it is probably attached to someone's home and you should expect one refrigerated cooler and a couple of shelves of local snacks.) We headed down to the public beach next door where they supposedly filmed some of Swiss Family Robinson. (SFR was filmed all around the island but alas no zebras or ostriches to ride here; just an epic jungle beach complete with driftwood and black rocks where I was awaiting the arrival of pirates at any minute! It was pretty much awesome!) After photographing a bit we headed back to the hotel beach. It's exactly as you would expect if your hotel was tucked into the side of a cliff and you needed to get down to the beach. Little wooden stairs with tree canopies galore and coconuts, mangos and lizards aplenty. Indigenous birds filled the air and fragrant flowers dotted the path. (Cue music for "In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room") LOTS OF STAIRS (I think we counted 85 to beach 115 in total from hotel lobby) but this is part of the "stranded on a deserted island with your significant other" fun! A tree swing, porticos carved into the side of the hill and a beach bar with no one else in sight. High tide is high (imagine that) so make sure you don't leave your shoes on the sand or they will wash down the beach. We found them but we should have known better. Again, the beach was amazing. You are on the Atlantic side so there are waves (and although I appreciate a tranquil turquoise sea, I actually prefer some wave action) but nothing to prevent you from swimming like other reviewers have mentioned. We spent hours in the water without a care in the world. You can swim/wade out pretty far; enough to watch the sunset spread its golden hues around the bay eventually enveloping the entire sky with its reds, pinks, oranges, and purples. Waves were gentle enough to float but a bit too small for body-surfing although I made it work regardless. They just don't have enough power behind them to take you all the way to shore. Jagged black rocks jutting out of the water meeting the cliffs and trees above provided the best backdrop ever and exactly what I had hoped for. Thankfully we were so tired from frolicking on our own private beach that we didn't notice just how terrible the bed (well mattress really) was until the middle of the night. It was more like a futon mattress which basically left our backs and hips in disrepair. I am not old enough to say that previous sentence but I find myself saying it anyway. We tossed and turned all night and departed pretty much exhausted. Seriously, I think it left bruises. Also, hotel dinner and drinks were less than mediocre...crazy expensive and still not quite sure what we were served but it was terribly bland and not much of anything. Don't bother with the rum punch. We didn't finish either meal and went back to the room to eat our snacks from home. I highly suggest you travel with snacks as the town is a 30min. walk easily and on a dangerous, narrow and windy road (not safe for pedestrians). The hotel staff did end up reimbursing us for part of dinner in lieu of a complimentary breakfast they mistakenly told us was not included in our stay. After showing them their error and it was included, it was too late to eat. Money exchange rate at hotel was up to par and the taxi service was only slightly more expensive than booking on our own. I highly suggest you pay in TT$. The grounds are lovely but this is not a 4 star resort by any means on an "American" or "European" scale so do not expect that. I have read some beds are really comfy so find that room. Expect great scenery (and possibly pirates although Captain Jack Sparrow never did show up) and an older but chic boutique hotel that is trying hard. Do NOT expect a 4star resort. One night was perfect. I wouldn't suggest 2 unless you don't mind insomnia, bruises, have a rental car or don't mind getting a taxi. We like to explore on foot and in that case you are very secluded, plus there is little to do, only one restaurant and not enough yoga in the world to ease the back pain (although I tried.)