Large beachfront resorts are a dime a dozen in the Caribbean. These hotel picks have a more personal touch.
While it lacks beach access, the four-pearl The Villas at Stonehaven offers an infinity pool and a poolside restaurant. The 14 stand-alone villas are among the most upscale and feature-rich accommodations in Tobago. They include full gourmet kitchens, personal housekeepers, and private pool terraces with stunning views. The gated hilltop property feels worlds away from the tourist hustle of downtown Crown Point. Some guests may find the lack of entertainment or activities underwhelming, and dining here doesn't earn the best marks.
A peaceful, boutique property overlooking the ocean, Blue Haven is a popular choice among couples; though it does not have a full spa, massage services are available and the property is quiet and tranquil. Rooms feature elegant decor (picture hardwood floors, light materials, and four-poster beds), ocean views, and flat-screen TVs, but the bathrooms are small and the free Wi-Fi is almost impossible to connect to (guests have much better luck in the lobby). Though waters on the Caribbean side of the island may be more appealing, Blue Haven does grant access to a nice beach with a bar.
Located on a quiet residential road five minutes from Store Bay and the airport, the three-pearl Native Abode Hotel is a typical bed-and-breakfast with only the most essential amenities. The vibe is akin to spending the night at a relative’s house, where the focus is on the charming atmosphere and in-room comforts. The property has five modern guest rooms with free Wi-Fi, large, 3D flat-screen televisions, and kitchenettes. The English-speaking Tobagonian owners are hands-on, serving made-to-order breakfasts and chatting with guests in the common areas throughout the day. For a small hotel with additional amenities, travelers should check rates at the nearby Bacolet Beach Club.