Starfish Tobago Resort

Tobago, Caribbean

Virgin rating

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

  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Babysitting service
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • No Smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

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.

Due to Covid-19, guests must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide proof in order to dine at the hotel. Unvaccinated children under 12 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated guardian.

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. Restaurants may alternate. Please note: dress codes apply (please see additional information).

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. motorised water sports* (off-site), including pedal boats, snorkelling, kayaking and sail boats. Scuba-diving*. Bike and car rental*(off-site) 18 hole golf course*(off-site).

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

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.

Restaurant dress code: breakfast and lunch – casual T-shirts and regular shorts for men, modest wraps for ladies. Dinner – smart casual with long trousers or Bermuda style shorts and collared shirts for men. Swimwear 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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May 18, 2022 Vijanti B Trinidad

Reservations were booked and paid for in advance. On reaching the hotel we were informed that vaccination cards (or proof of) was required plus our toddler is to undergo a PCR Test. This information was not relayed to us prior to booking, not via email confirmations or phone calls, which were both engaged. If we were privy to this information we… Read more
Reservations were booked and paid for in advance. On reaching the hotel we were informed that vaccination cards (or proof of) was required plus our toddler is to undergo a PCR Test. This information was not relayed to us prior to booking, not via email confirmations or phone calls, which were both engaged. If we were privy to this information we would not have booked simply to avoid subjecting our toddler to a PCR Test for a hotel stay. The manager at the time, Marita Huggins, took no responsibility for their lack of information prior to this. On requesting our full refund, we were told that the payment could not be found on their system. After making calls to the bank to confirm, the receptionist notified that they found our payment. No assistance was offered otherwise. Booking a new hotel at the last minute proved to be a challenge. Read less
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May 9, 2022 Jaudaan

My family and I spent two nights at the all inclusive resort, it is a simple but relaxing experience, the staff was very welcoming, the food simple but great 👍, I don't mind recommending, want to return in July
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May 4, 2022 sapphire580 London, United Kingdom

In its heyday (before Covid) I imagine the Starfish Tobago Resort was alive, exciting and vibrant. However, in mid-March 2022, it was dead. I believe the airport had been closed for the best part of 2 years resulting in no tourists = no money. The hotel was clean but dingy - everywhere needed a coat of paint. Only one restaurant was open and… Read more
In its heyday (before Covid) I imagine the Starfish Tobago Resort was alive, exciting and vibrant. However, in mid-March 2022, it was dead. I believe the airport had been closed for the best part of 2 years resulting in no tourists = no money. The hotel was clean but dingy - everywhere needed a coat of paint. Only one restaurant was open and at the most there were about 20 guests. This obviously limited the choice of food making it repetitive and boring. The most exciting thing was the leatherback turtles were coming ashore to lay their eggs. However, despite many requests to the Guard on duty to wake us up to witness this miracle of nature, not once did they bother. On the positive side, there was never a problem getting a sun bed as the pool was always deserted - and there was never a jostle to find shade under a tree on the beach. On the whole, the staff were pleasant enough but they weren't exactly overworked. The island is small and can be explored in a day or two. Depending on what sort of holiday you are hoping for - this can be ideal - or a disappointment as it was for us. Read less
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Apr 21, 2022 Y2543ITstephenb Jersey, United Kingdom

My wife and I had a great five night stay and loved it. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Water pressure is not great but a decent shower was possible. The staff are generally very friendly. The food is OK and we would probably eat out more on our next visit. The location is fantastic on a beautiful beach. The star of the show were the… Read more
My wife and I had a great five night stay and loved it. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Water pressure is not great but a decent shower was possible. The staff are generally very friendly. The food is OK and we would probably eat out more on our next visit. The location is fantastic on a beautiful beach. The star of the show were the leatherbacks. There were 9 who laid their eggs one evening. We both saw turtles laying their eggs. The beach guards who look after the turtles on their visit were great . We recommend this hotel and will come back. Tobago is a great place to visit. Read less
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Apr 21, 2022 azerty31x Aberdeen, United Kingdom

this was our 5th visit to the Starfish (Rex Turtle Beach) over 20 years. It is difficult to review this resort because more than most places, it really depends on who you the visitor are. We are relaxed, take-it-as-it-comes people. If for one day the bar can not sell alcohol because they forgot to renew their liquor licence, that's fine, we… Read more
this was our 5th visit to the Starfish (Rex Turtle Beach) over 20 years. It is difficult to review this resort because more than most places, it really depends on who you the visitor are. We are relaxed, take-it-as-it-comes people. If for one day the bar can not sell alcohol because they forgot to renew their liquor licence, that's fine, we understand, it could happen to anyone. If the restaurant opens a little late for breakfast, perhaps someone's kids were late getting up for school, or a car broke down. That is OK. We are only on holiday, you guys are working, coping with Tobago, Covid, families, staff issues. You do your best. We love the Starfish people, reception, bar, restaurant, housekeeping, security. Many of our fellow guests are nice too. It's the people who matter. Read less