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.

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. 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.

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Beach Front Resort

May 1, 2020 JonathanCho Barbados

The beach here is absolutely lovely. When we were there the beach was calm and incredibly clear. It is a wonderful view to wake up to in the morning. Make sure to wake up early and take walks on the beach.
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Apr 6, 2020 nadiya a Toronto, Canada

We traveled as a couple for my husband's birthday. The resort is a little older, but still very clean. We had the Turtle Beach Room on the 3rd floor, which was very clean and had comfortable beds. All the rooms had ocean views, which is nice. The fridge was filled with soft drinks at the beginning of our stay but was not refilled during the week.… Read more
We traveled as a couple for my husband's birthday. The resort is a little older, but still very clean. We had the Turtle Beach Room on the 3rd floor, which was very clean and had comfortable beds. All the rooms had ocean views, which is nice. The fridge was filled with soft drinks at the beginning of our stay but was not refilled during the week. There was also free wifi all over the resort, which was a nice plus. The beach had dark sand that got very hot during the day. The water was also very warm, but there were quite strong waves, which made getting into the water a bit more difficult. The swimming pools were small and shallow, but clean. The resort normally has a lot of leatherback turtles that visit the beach, but during our stay in March, there was only one. The food was good, but had a limited selection. We didn't have trouble getting something good to eat though. We didn't sample many of the drinks, but only had the beer, and red/white wines, which were fairly good. For my husband's birthday, the resort staff sent us a bottle of champagne, which was very appreciated. We also paid extra to have a lobster dinner at a gazebo behind the restaurant. The staff were very friendly and hard-working. We booked an island tour through Sunwing, where they took us around various spots around the island. The flight is almost 7 hours on the way back with no meal, so bring some snacks with you. Overall the location is great and there's a lot of potential. With a renovation, this can be one of the best resorts in the area. Read less
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Mar 27, 2020 Gary G Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Travelled at the end of February 2020 for 10 days and had a wonderful relaxing holiday at the Starfish Resort. It is a lovely seafront resort, yes a little dated but all the more charming for it. All rooms are sea facing and our room was on the second floor.It was quite spacious and the beds were super comfortable with the air con being nice and… Read more
Travelled at the end of February 2020 for 10 days and had a wonderful relaxing holiday at the Starfish Resort. It is a lovely seafront resort, yes a little dated but all the more charming for it. All rooms are sea facing and our room was on the second floor.It was quite spacious and the beds were super comfortable with the air con being nice and quiet, the room was cleaned daily to a high standard with towels replaced if required. All the staff were really friendly and worked hard to make sure you had an enjoyable stay, to many to mention, Cheryl in D'Bay, Ruth in the restaurant.and Trevor & Selwyn in the bar (Trevor don't forget to put Stella's Sundowner on the Cocktail list!). It was lovely having breakfast looking at that amazing beachfront view watching the pelicans diving, sunset from the terrace was also spectacular. All meals were buffet style but could have had more choice at lunch and evening, occasionally had to wait a little while for food being replenished. It was nice to have nightly evening entertainment that was very enjoyable. We were also extremely lucky to witness a giant leatherback turtle laying her eggs one night. Yes it is a 3* resort but you could pay double and would not have a better location or staff, you would not be disappointed staying at the Starfish and recommend visiting before it is replaced Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beach lover’s paradise

Mar 22, 2020 Escape28157803945 Vaughan, Canada

We visited the resort from Feb 27 to March 5, 2020. This was our 4th Starfish resort, so knew, more or less, what to expect. Guest’s age group: mostly retired. The resort’s age shows everywhere. The food is consistent with the other Starfish resorts, good quality with limited choice. The servers are mostly friendly. The only restaurant never opens… Read more
We visited the resort from Feb 27 to March 5, 2020. This was our 4th Starfish resort, so knew, more or less, what to expect. Guest’s age group: mostly retired. The resort’s age shows everywhere. The food is consistent with the other Starfish resorts, good quality with limited choice. The servers are mostly friendly. The only restaurant never opens on time. There is a second, beach grill, opened from 11 am to 6 pm, where you have to pay to eat something half-decent. The bartenders were friendly and fast to serve you. The bar had also a price list for the most popular cocktails. Rooms: we stayed in a Turtle category, which was comfortable and properly cleaned. Surprisingly great Air conditioning. Nightly entertainment, with one Reggae night exception, was very limited. The beach is amazing, with grey sand and tints of black (volcanic), very wide and about a mile long. It is naturally clean, there was no seaweeds and the water is crystal-clear. For shade, there are palms, mangoes and almond trees. The umbrellas are mostly broken. The Sunwing rep, Eva, has gone far beyond her duties to help us. The resort was short-staffed. The Food Manager, Mr. McEwan filling in everywhere. There is no reef or snorkeling on the hotel beach. We only took one trip to Pigeon Point Park, Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool, which includes snorkeling, and I do recommend it. Conclusion: we recommend the resort to beach lovers on budget who are not fussy about food choices or entertainment quality. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Little Tired but Fabulous Quiet Resort - Not Disappointed!

Mar 16, 2020 PROSCALER Burlington, Canada

Stayed here Feb 27 - March 12/20. There were a few hick-ups along the way but nothing that would warrant a negative review! Room was spacious, clean & plenty of hot water. Staff are friendly & helpful - engage with them in a friendly respectful manner & you'll receive the same in return. Grounds are lovely & cared for. Meals were at the main… Read more
Stayed here Feb 27 - March 12/20. There were a few hick-ups along the way but nothing that would warrant a negative review! Room was spacious, clean & plenty of hot water. Staff are friendly & helpful - engage with them in a friendly respectful manner & you'll receive the same in return. Grounds are lovely & cared for. Meals were at the main buffet, with additional choice of D Bay Grill for lunch for burgers, fries, salad, pizza. Cheryl worked super hard to serve everyone in a timely manner. A few nights were open for a la carte (included) by reservation. Items at extra cost were clearly indicated. The food was average to good & wine was good! There was absolutely always something to enjoy at the buffet restaurant: fantastic soup, fresh rolls, salad, several veg, fish plus 2 meats. Ask for the homemade ice cream! Shurla & Nakeesha in diningroom were super! Damien & Gabriel: best Pina Coladas, hands down. Damien was always working hard to ensure food/beverage department ran smoothly. Pool is lovely but needs a little TLC. Do seek out Ellis (offers tours on the beach): Excellent all day private tour including Lover's Beach and Pirates Bay. Beware of Blade! We appreciated the fact that evening entertainment and the bar at the resort shut down by 11:00 p.m. If you're looking to be entertained by loud music and activities all day long, then this resort is not for you! If you want a lovely peaceful holiday, then this is the place! We would definitely return. Read less