Starfish Tobago Resort

Tobago, Caribbean

The hotel

This friendly, modest resort is tucked away on its very own beach on Courland Bay. The Starfish Tobago Resort is a family orientated resort, offering the Caribbean experience at excellent value for money. All guest rooms are sea-facing and there is a lagoon-style swimming pool with swim-up bar and whirlpool located right next to the beach. Between March and July, there's the chance to see Giant Leatherback Turtles laying their eggs on the beach at night, which is an incredible and not-to-be-missed experience!

Amenities

  • Children's Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Bar
  • No Smoking
  • Babysitting service
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Restaurant
  • Snorkelling
  • Families
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Internet Access

Where is it

On Great Courland Bay, 15 minutes to Scarborough. Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

125 rooms in 2 buildings (1 building with 3 floors and 1 building with 2 floors) with no lifts. All with balcony/patio overlooking the ocean, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities and hairdryer. Standard Sea View Rooms have a fridge (unstocked) and either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Rollaway beds are available on request in certain rooms. Please note: some of the Standard Rooms are interconnecting.

All Inclusive option: includes full buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and buffet dinner. Unlimited local drinks, soft drinks and house wine by the glass with dinner (bottled water, premium spirits and champagne not included). Non-motorised water sports. À la carte menu included some evenings (speciality grills, lobster and some other items at a supplement).

Turtle Sea View Rooms offer a beachfront location and beautiful sea views. These rooms are located in a quieter area, further along the beach, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. Please note: some of the Turtle Sea View Rooms are interconnecting.

Deluxe Sea View Rooms are in a beachfront location and have all the amenities of Standard Sea View Rooms but also include an extra single bed in a partitioned room, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. These rooms do not interconnect.

  • Booking bonus: book by 11 May '19 to receive up to 50% off the accommodation cost for travel between 1 Apr–31 Aug '19. 

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  • Booking Bonus: Book by 28 Feb '20 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 17 Apr '20 –8 Apr '21. 

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  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Oct '19 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 21 Dec '19- 16 Apr '20.

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  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Oct '19 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 21 Dec '19 –16 Apr '20. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

Kiskadee Restaurant (a selection of buffet, barbecue and à la carte dining, supplements apply on some items, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Courlanders Seaside Restaurant (open-air terrace serving tea/coffee throughout the day and afternoon tea, with entertainment during the evening). D'Bay Grill (grilled snacks). The Crusoe Bar and lounge for pre-dinner drinks. Surf Bar overlooking the beach and pool with swim-up counter. Please note: restaurants may alternate.

Weekly manager's cocktail party and private repeat guest party every other week. Regular evening entertainment.

Lagoon-style swimming pool with swim-up bar and whirlpool. Separate children's pool. Spa*. Non-motorised water sports*, including pedal boats, snorkelling, kayaking and sail boats. Scuba-diving*. Motorised water sports are not available because of the protected status of the lagoon.

Gift and sundries shop. Internet access*. Laundry valet*. Babysitting* available (on request). Cots available (on request). Room service*. Small beauty salon*.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

3 nights at all times.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: breakfast and lunch: no swimwear, casual t-shirts/vests and regular shorts for men, and modest wraps for ladies. Dinner: elegant casual, with collared shirts, long trousers/tailored shorts and shoes for men — swimwear and sleeveless shirts/vests not permitted.

Please note: the hotel operates a non-smoking policy, except in designated areas.

Please note: child ages are up to and including 12 years. 

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Jul 12, 2019 WelshbabeTonypandy Tonypandy

Ok we visited in June as a married couple we decided on this resort after visiting their sister resort in St. Lucia last year and thought it would be the same. Sadly not the case. Positives this hotel is right on the beach and the view is fantastic we stayed in room110 which was fine I had emailed the resort before hand and asked for a ground… Read more
Ok we visited in June as a married couple we decided on this resort after visiting their sister resort in St. Lucia last year and thought it would be the same. Sadly not the case. Positives this hotel is right on the beach and the view is fantastic we stayed in room110 which was fine I had emailed the resort before hand and asked for a ground floor room due to my husband having slight walking difficulties. Check in was great we received a rum punch while we were waiting to check in our room was great no issues at all spotlessly clean and cleaned daily and fresh towels every day, there was a fridge and the room was air conditioned very much needed The whole hotel was clean and spotless the pool was lovely and warm we had no trouble with sun beds but the hotel was at this time of year not at full capacity. The food was great I thought there was plenty of choice but then again I am not a very fussy eater and as long as there is fish on the menu I’m happy. The drinks were all fine but I am a cocktail kind of girl and these were great plenty of choice and my husband informs me the beer was great also. The highlight of this holiday was indeed the turtles one night 6 of the leatherback turtles came up to lay their eggs it was an amazing sight, I was with one lady one night and we were walking along the beach and saw a baby hatchling trying to get down to the sea and she rescued it it was just amazing. Ok now the problems all the facilities offered on their website were not available throughout all of our stay the D Grill was only open for about 4 of the 14 days that we were there the lounge bar wasn’t open at all and they only opened the other restaurant twice for the al acarte. I didn’t see any non motorised water sports at all then I heard another person say that all the pedaloes, kayaks etc were by the side of the D Grill no one to assist you though. The entertainment was sparse but what they did put the singers etc were great. They did run out of food one night in the restaurant and a couple of nights they ran out of gin, dark rum and tequila before the bar shut! They then put the al acarte menu on twice running in the night and explained it was cheaper for them to do that than put the buffet on as there weren’t many people staying there. To me that is not an excuse you book a holiday on what is being offered on their website if they are not offering all the facilities at all times of the year then they should state that. We stayed at their St. Lucia resort at of season last year and they had everything open and there were only at one point 34 of us staying there for the first 5 days. The restaurant staff were great especially Cheryl they should clone her all the bar staff need to be sent on a customer service course. I realise that it was a quiet time of year but that is no excuse if they don’t want to offer all facilities during quiet periods then shut the hotel but don’t stay open and give not such a good service. Read less
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Jul 7, 2019 aliciasa45 Trinidad and Tobago

I visited Starfish for the first time in the Month of June with my family. We were initially disappointed when we arrived. The place looks a lot more dated and old than the pictures online. Check-in was not that great as we found that generally the receptionists were unwelcoming. On the bright side even though check in wasn’t satisfactory we… Read more
I visited Starfish for the first time in the Month of June with my family. We were initially disappointed when we arrived. The place looks a lot more dated and old than the pictures online. Check-in was not that great as we found that generally the receptionists were unwelcoming. On the bright side even though check in wasn’t satisfactory we received our rooms almost 2 hrs before check in time which is at 3. Our family had both family rooms with double beds to accommodate four and single rooms for two. We found that the family rooms were more updated than the single rooms which were rather antique looking on the inside. In addition neither the toilet nor the AC in the single rooms were functioning properly - we called for maintenance who never came but we happened to notice one guy and asked him for assistance - Collin (great guy and he fixed everything for us in a jiffy). The pool is lovely and quite big. The beach is also lovely; almost always calm, but doesn’t have the white color sands that you would get from other beaches like Storebay and Pigeon Point. The food was generally great and the seating area has a lovely view of the ocean. We would have read reviews pertaining to the adherence of a dress code for dinner but we found that they were generally lenient regarding such. The drinks - all inclusive but not that great. Scotch for instance was McCarther’s not Johnny. Nevertheless they do have a variety of mixed drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Shout out to Raul and Reuben at the bar - great service always. One memorable thing about this resort is the turtle watching. If you’re here during the period in time when the turtles lay their eggs, it’s definitely worthwhile. They come up at night and if you’re going to bed but want to see them - you can always give your room number to the front desk and they usually call if there are any sightings. Overall, with improvements in customer service and updates to the hotel, this has the potential to be a great vacation spot in Tobago. Read less
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Jul 2, 2019 Angel H

It was wonderful time , the food was great wish it had more varieties. The location is wonderful an the sea view nice but was block off by trees overall my stay was quite and nice will surly return soon.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating WONDERFUL LEATHERBACK EXPERIENCE - Plus trying to support Starfish out of season

Jun 30, 2019 Awayfromhome2019

We (married couple) stayed at the Starfish Resort Tobago June 2019. Had a couple of problems just after arrival which were quickly solved i.e. no safe in room on arrival - one installed very quickly. Second night "dressing room" area flooded - apparently due to loose pipe fitting under bath - fixed whilst we were having dinner. Lovely large room… Read more
We (married couple) stayed at the Starfish Resort Tobago June 2019. Had a couple of problems just after arrival which were quickly solved i.e. no safe in room on arrival - one installed very quickly. Second night "dressing room" area flooded - apparently due to loose pipe fitting under bath - fixed whilst we were having dinner. Lovely large room with lots of storage, efficient 'fridge & air conditioning. OK sealant around bath could do with replacing, but this is a 3 star hotel, which has just been taken over. Very comfortable bed and pillows. Good quality towels (as were the beach towels). Viewed at least 9 or 10 adult Leatherback Turtles during our stay. Watched some of them coming ashore, digging their nests in the sand, laying their eggs and making their way back to the ocean. Also rescued my own little hatchling who had been separated from his siblings on the beach. Eternally grateful to the volunteer Conservationists for their kindness and dedication to preserving the Leatherback Turtles. Was delighted to be able to purchase one of their "Save our sea turtles" T-shirts. To those who are less than satisfied with their experience at the Starfish Resort, I would point out that earlier today I visited the BA website and viewed the prices for the same holiday in July! I know that there were problems with food not always being available in the D Grill or beach bar, but we visited out of season and most of us got a really good deal! If we feel in need of a really relaxing break in the future, would definitely return to this resort. Love the fact that a cockerel and chickens live happily just outside our rooms and that bulls and cows roam along the beach. Tobago is one of the most unspoilt islands I've visited in the last 20 years - long may it last! If you come to this resort - JUST GO WITH THE FLOW! Read less
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Jun 24, 2019 Carol S

I was happy because it was my birthday and my 4 th time staying so I knew SOME staff and they knew me.The food was good but some dishes can be better, there is always room for improvement like booking on line and a lesser price for nonalcoholic drinkers.There were some hiccups and stuff that you had to be at them to fix but generally I was happy… Read more
I was happy because it was my birthday and my 4 th time staying so I knew SOME staff and they knew me.The food was good but some dishes can be better, there is always room for improvement like booking on line and a lesser price for nonalcoholic drinkers.There were some hiccups and stuff that you had to be at them to fix but generally I was happy and I will return. Read less