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Situated in the Tobago Plantations Estate, adjacent to the luxurious Tobago Plantations PGA-designed golf course, this sumptuous resort offers a fantastic island getaway complete with golfing, nature trails through the virgin mangrove forest, and breath-taking ocean views. The resort offers a wide range of onsite leisure facilities, including floodlit tennis courts, a spa and fitness centre, a PADI dive centre with training school, and complimentary bicycle rentals. The stylish rooms are decorated with vibrant, tropical colours and dark wood furnishings, all featuring high definition flat-sc...More details
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Great Golf course and food
Reviewed 13 may, 2022
178 room hotel consisting of a 2/3 storey blocks running along the Atlantic coast in the Lowlands district of Tobago. The hotel was bought by the government 12 years ago from the Hilton chain and is currently up for sale. The hotel never closed during Covid, manging to survive by pivoting to locals and people from Trinidad. All the rooms have a sea view and pleasant balcony. Best features: 1/ Golf - The hotel currently has the only golf course on Tobago and international competitions are held on it. The 18-hole 6000yd par 72 course is challenging and visually quite stunning (see attached pictures): many holes run down to the sea, with breath-taking views of the Atlantic surf; the numerous lakes (with lurking Caimans) and mangrove swamps are home to many an errant ball; and the greens are kept to a high standard. Buggies are obligatory because of the length of the holes, and the distance between some greens and the next tee. Lapwings nest in the rough, and will mob you when you get too close. Hummingbirds, red squirrels, and many other interesting birds can be seen. It is quite expensive (£150 for two people to do 9 holes including buggy, clubs and balls). 2/ Food - The hotel has 3 restaurants (2 a la carte and one buffet) and a bar with burgers and pizza. The food is at its best when serving local dishes: the delicious calf’s heel spiced stew was a first for me; Maui Maui (local fish) on the grill, pumpkin soup, bread pudding, Jalapeno pepper omelettes. It is very popular with locals for family celebrations, the evenings with singers and karaoke, and the “all you can eat” breakfasts. One of the great joys for me was watching the locals get stuck into plates of food at breakfast. We ate at a few of the best and most expensive restaurants on Tobago (Seahorse, Makuro, Jemma’s) and found the food at the hotel just as good. Comparing the Creole Shrimp (what we’d call big prawns in the UK) I’d say Jemma’s was the best, with Magdalena and Makuro equal second, and Seahorse 4th. The Chef Kyle cooked up some fantastic lamb chops. Desreen and Alysson run the lovely coffee shop that provides pastries and every variety of coffee from 10am to 6pm. 3/ Surfing – The hotel sits on a 2-mile sandy bottomed beach with good waves for the body surfer like myself (fins and hand board). Occasionally you will spot turtles as they nest on this beach. Unfortunately, during the dry season (roughly November to June) great quantities of seaweed drift onto the shore and, although the hotel employs diggers weekly, this is a thankless task as it builds up again immediately. As a result, very few guests go in the sea at this time of year. They have given up clearing the seaweed from the beach south of the hotel which makes quite a smell, and I would not recommend a room in the south wing. 4/Pool – there are 3 pools, one very large pool, a small one in the south wing, and a pool for the divers at the north end (currently closed). The main pool by the restaurants is vast, with many interconnecting sections. There is a gentle sloping access with a bar to hold onto; an “in pool bar”; and other features. Because of the seaweed situation most guests use the pool. We were told by Vinod (the General Manager) that he had just received funds to renovate the hotel, including fixing the pool filters. Kerwin, the pool boy, does a fantastic job of presenting a crystal-clear pool. The staff are all very helpful but a special mention should go to: Mikheisha the concierge who organised a round the island trip with driver Michelle, and Wendell who often ferried us to the golf course was a mine of information on the flora and fauna (he was very happy to take detours to show us some special bird or crab). Nigel was a constant help, and seemed to work everywhere. Our room (340) in the north wing was perfect, on the same level and close to the bar and reception, with great views of the sea and dawn from the 3rd floor.
Nice place to visit
Reviewed 6 may, 2022
I really enjoyed my time at this hotel and would have given it a 5 star review if it wasn’t for the following issues. The hotel advertises that the rooms and resort areas offer wi-fi. Well, the wi-fi is spotty at best and I spent a lot of my time trying to find an area that had the best signal. I felt the rooms were nice, but could use a little renovation. The bed was comfortable and I loved the pillows. Having to use 2 remote controls to work the tv was a little weird, I also had a nest of mosquitos that took over my bathroom and came out at night to attack us. The girls at the front desk were very nice and extremely helpful. The breakfast waitresses were very friendly and attentive. There was also a gift shop in the lobby that sold the cutest custom gift sets. I purchased a gift set that included a candle, body products and beverage. I didn’t want it for a gift, but used most of it while I was there for a romantic evening. The young lady in the shop, Mrs Marin was so helpful and friendly. It was pretty upscale for a lobby store. The breakfast buffet was standard and I thought the evening buffet price was too expensive. However, but the pizza we ordered one night was absolutely delicious and made to my specifications. There was an evening show with 3 lovely ladies performing. They we very good and engaged the crowd really well. All and all, it was a good visit and I will return. Just fix the wi-fi, jazz up the rooms a little, and spray the rooms for mosquitoes and you’ll be just fine.
Wow....what an amazing experience at the Magdalena
Reviewed 5 may, 2022
Wow....having just returned from 2 amazing weeks at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort, Tobago, I just had to write a review to say how wonderful this holiday was for all of us. The rooms were amazing, overlooking the sea and Faith from House Keeping was impeccable looking after us. I can honestly say every member of Vinod Bajaj (General Manager's Team) were magnificent, nothing was too much trouble and we were left wanting for nothing during the whole of our stay. The chefs even came round to our tables to ask if we needed anything else. My husband and son played golf on the PGA golf course a few times and enjoyed the challenge. (If you find a few balls around the large palm tree to the left of the first hole, they are Connor's!!) The hotel is situated in a great position with easy access to local attractions including Pigeon Point and other quieter and breath taking beaches. (The Seahorse Restaurant is local for a special meal and well worth a visit) The spa at the hotel was also magical and we all had a number of fantastic treatments which were really amazing value. There is a wonderful gift shop within the hotel lobby and a cake/tea shop to the side of the drive way serving delicious freshly baked cakes and cookies together with a shop selling lovely beach wear for all shapes and sizes. The entertainment at the hotel was also brilliant fun over the weekend's we were there and although all the staff were fabulous, I would like to say Adanna & Nigel at the swim up bar (lil nylon pool) were the best we have every experienced, together with Troy, Hollis Moore, Pamela, Kathleen, Emmanuel, Shernice, Breanna, Lystra, Darion, Kerline and Kareem were awesome - Vinod and your amazing staff, keep up all your fantastic work - we really appreciated everything and for anybody thinking of going to an un-spoilt magical island in the caribbean - it has to be TOBAGO - these memories have come back with us to Kent in England and will last a life time - safe travels everyone.....
Reviewed 3 may, 2022
Stayed at the Magdalena Grand Beach @ Golf Resort recently for a week. What a wonderful experience it was. The rooms are spacious and very clean. With a nice balcony looking out to the sea. The hotel has great amenities. The golf course was in a very good condition and very enjoyable to play, though quite challenging. The view on the third hole especially is amazing. I have been coming to the Magdalena Grand for many many years, already when it was still a Hilton hotel. I always had a good time. One thing however this time around outdid my expectations. The care and service of the staff. I was so surprised to find the cook in the restaurant remembering the second day how I wanted my omelette. Or the staff in the restaurant knowing what tea I want and what wine. The transport to the golf course was perfectly coordinated, as were other logistics, by the lobby staff, especially Kareem, who has been there for many years and has an amazing memory of the guests. It was all such a personal touch that I felt moved by it. Undoubtedly the General Manager Vinod Bajaj has put his personal stamp on it all as he seems to be very respected and loved by his staff, even though he is very “hands on”.
Needs a lot of improvement for the price
Reviewed 2 may, 2022
We stayed here for my sister’s wedding. I appreciated that there were no carpets, but the floors were slick with something, probably the cleanser they use. My mom slipped and almost fell flat had she not been able to hold onto the table. When I went down on the floor to check, there were droplets of that cleanser solution. I wiped the floor up and the napkins were BLACK! So take note, don’t go around your room barefoot. The room itself is quite dark, with lights only from the table lamps and at the alcove and closets, so we kept the curtain open during the day to have more light. Bathroom fixtures are almost falling apart, and hot water is intermittent to none. For $300 a night, the room needs to be badly renovated. We almost got locked out one night when the door knob decided to have a tantrum. The staff that came just forced it open and said it sometimes gets stuck as if it was the norm. Food is good. We’ve tried the buffet breakfast at Pembois, Robinson Crusoe, Salaka Grill. Menu choices are pretty much the same except Salaka offers grilled items with buffet style sides. We enjoyed Salaka the most. Robinson Crusoe service took sooooo long plus there were mixed up orders, but apologies from the staff was greatly appreciated. The advertised pizza in the lobby doesn’t answer calls so we didn’t get to try it (I even took a picture to save the number). Staff are overall really nice and accommodating, which is probably the saving grace of the place hence the 3 stars. In terms of convenience, sure, it’s okay for a huge gathering since it has all the amenities (except beach access), but if you’re not there for an event, you might want to reconsider other hotels. I do hope they renovate. It has its charm, just hidden behind things that need fixing.