8 Top-Rated Resorts in Tobago

One of the two islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Tobago is famous for its beaches. Both Trini citizens and tourists come here to soak up the sunshine and relax at the resorts.

Although you won't find any true 5-star properties or any all-inclusive mega resorts, you will find some fantastic old-world glamorous boutique resorts and smaller properties with all-inclusive packages. Whether you are on a romantic vacation, with a group of friends, or on a family holiday, you'll find a resort to meet your needs.

Tobago is a small island, and it's easy to get around. The island's largest city is Scarborough. The ferry terminal is located here. Just a few kilometers from Scarborough is Bacolet Bay, home to some of the best resorts in Tobago, as well as a gorgeous beach.

Bacolet Bay also served as a film location for the 1926 Robinson Crusoe movie and Swiss Family Robinson in 1960. Tobago's airport is in Crown Point, about a 25-minute drive from Bacolet Bay.

Check out our list of the best resorts in Tobago.

1. Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort

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One of Tobago's top resorts, the 4-star Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is set within the Tobago Plantations Estate. The residential community is home to an 18-hole PGA designed championship golf course known as Plantations.

The resort sits on 2.5-miles of gold-sand-meets-turquoise-sea beachfront. The grounds also include a mangrove forest and nature trails and canopy walks wind throughout.

The hotel can be booked room only, but it also offers an all-inclusive package that makes sense if you plan to eat meals here.

Catering to couples, families, and friends, the resort has 178 rooms and 22 suites. All face the ocean. Rooms have either king beds or two double beds (great for families or friends traveling together). The suites have either one or two bedrooms and private hot tubs on large terraces or balconies.

There are three swimming pools (one is adults-only) with sun loungers, as well as direct beach access. Guests can also borrow bikes to explore the estate, or get a workout at the fitness center. If you are traveling with children, there is a kids' club and playground. The on-site spa has a full range of treatments and a beauty salon.

With five restaurants serving everything from a large buffet breakfast to romantic, Caribbean fusion fine-dining fare, there is no shortage of dining options here.

Address: Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago

2. Bacolet Beach Club

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Accommodation: Bacolet Beach Club

For a boutique resort experience, check out the luxe Bacolet Beach Club. Set on a secluded bay by the same name, the beachfront property's grounds extend for 4.5 acres filled with coconut palms and almond groves.

Whether you are on a romantic vacation or a family getaway, the resort offers multiple room and suite configurations. In a modern glass tower facing the sea, the Tower Suites are the most exclusive lodging on-site. Spacious and chic, they feature floor-to-ceiling windows, marble tiling, and wrap-around verandas with chaise lounges. These suites have two bedrooms, each with a king bed.

There are another 60 rooms in the tower. These are done up in eclectic global style and also have sea views and four-poster king beds. There are more rooms in the main hotel building for travelers looking for less expensive accommodation.

The resort has two swimming pools and access to a third at its sister hotel Half Moon Blue. Guests in need of a massage can also book at the property next door.

Accessed via a small bridge, the on-site restaurant is set on three levels, each with panoramic ocean views. The menu focuses on local and international fare and also serves some interesting Asian-Cuban dishes.

Address: Bacolet Street 73, Bacolet Bay, Tobago

3. Blue Haven Hotel

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Accommodation: Blue Haven Hotel

Right on Bacolet Beach, about a 20-minute drive from Tobago's airport and five minutes from the port where ferries from Trinidad arrive, Blue Haven Hotel is another charming, romantic luxury choice that has hosted its share of film stars since opening in the 1940s.

The resort can be booked room only or with different meal plans ranging from bed and breakfast to half board and all inclusive.

The rooms and junior suites here are spacious and colorful. All have ocean views from private balconies. The wall of floor-to-ceiling windows also lets in lots of light. Polished hardwood floors, wood and rattan furnishings, and four-poster beds with crisp white sheets and blue accent pillows all add to the Caribbean-flavored allure.

Junior suites have furnished lounge areas and come with either a king bed or two double beds, which are great for families.

Amenities include a restaurant, swimming pool, a tennis court, and a workout room. Babysitting can be arranged if parents want a night out.

Address: Bacolet Street, Bacolet Bay, Tobago

4. Coco Reef Resort and Spa

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Just a five-minute drive from Tobago's international airport in Crown Port, Coco Reef Resort and Spa is set on the island's southwestern coast.

Located between two gorgeous beaches — Store Bay and world-famous Pigeon Point — it is also set on its own stunning stretch of sand, Coconut Beach.

Coco Reef has an impressive lobby area. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by 30-foot-high bamboo palms, fountains, and statues looking out onto the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

There are 135 rooms, suites, and villas to choose from. All have an island elegant ambience with hand-crafted wicker furnishings, wall stencil art, and Saltillo tiled patios or balconies. Most of the rooms also have ocean views.

For something special, check out the Sunset Villa. It sits on a promontory surrounded by tropical gardens with sea views. It has a large king bedroom with its own private patio. There is also separate living and dining space; marble bathrooms; and floral-patterned drapes, bedspreads, and couch cushions (this look might be a little too old-fashioned for some).

There are two restaurants on-site. Tamara's Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner buffets that focus on international fare using local ingredients and flavors. Bacchanals Bistro serves lunch and dinner, and the menu here features Caribbean cuisine, with seating on wooden decks by the beach.

Amenities here include the Coco Spa with a full range of treatments. Guests can also take out kayaks, SUP boards, and snorkeling equipment.

If you want to golf, special rates are offered at the 18-hole course, located at Coco Reef's sister property Mount Irvine Bay Hotel, located about 15 minutes away.

Address: 434 Scarborough Tobago, Crown Point, Tobago

5. Cuffie River Nature Retreat and Eco-Lodge

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If you prefer rainforest to beach, then pay a visit to Cuffie River Nature Retreat. Located at the edge of Tobago's lush green, mountainous rainforest, this eco-retreat in the Runnemeade valley is a remote place to get away and commune with nature.

Here, guests can hike to waterfalls or take guided birding adventure tours among other activities. If you do want to get out on the water (or in it), the resort can also organize snorkeling and fishing trips.

There is a saltwater pool set atop a ramp overlooking the forest that is a mellow place to relax. The small resort has just 10 rooms. While not incredibly fancy, each is spacious and comfortable. Expect cheerful forest-themed colors, lovely tile floors, and furnished balconies.

Book a treatment at the spa, set right on the Cuffie, where you can listen to the soothing babble of the river as you get massaged. The restaurant focuses on cuisine from Trinidad and Tobago. Dishes are tasty and comprised from a lot of locally sourced produce.

Location: Moriah, Tobago

6. Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort

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An adults-only property with an all-inclusive plan offered, Le Grand Courland Spa Resort has a hillside location overlooking Stonehaven Bay in Black Rock.

The resort features king rooms with ocean or garden views, and double rooms with garden views. All have tile floors, colorful décor, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling window doors opening onto a private furnished patio or balcony.

The property also has a full-service spa. It offers European-style treatments ranging from body scrubs and wraps to hot stone, Swedish, and other massages. Hydrotherapy baths, aromatherapy, and salt body glow treatments are also offered.

Before or after, get a workout at the state-of-the art fitness center featuring air-conditioned squash courts. You can also play tennis on the outdoor courts or arrange a surf, kayak, fishing, or diving excursion.

There are multiple restaurants on-site. They serve a mix of Caribbean and international fare. Check out The Pinnacle to dine under 36-foot-high cathedral ceilings looking out at the water. While Waves Restaurant is set on the beach and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

Address: Shirvan Road, Stonehaven Bay, Black Rock, Tobago

7. Mount Irvine Bay Resort

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The sister property to the above-mentioned Coco Reef Resort, Mount Irvine Bay Resort sits on an old sugar and coconut plantation spread across 154 acres.

Facing the Caribbean Sea, the mid-range hotel is a top choice if you want to golf on a Tobago vacation. There is a par 72, 18-hole PGA golf course on the well-maintained grounds.

Mount Irvine offers all-inclusive plans, which are recommended if you plan to stay mostly on property. The menu features everything from burgers to Tobago-style curries.

Popular with couples booking destination weddings, the property offers multiple places to exchange vows, including the beachfront.

There are five classes of accommodation. Book standard or superior rooms, suites, and two types of cottages. All rooms are contemporary and comfortable with private balconies facing either the sea, pool, grounds, or golf course. They also feature blue and white hues, tile floors, and dark wood furnishings.

The cottages offer more privacy and come with open or enclosed patios, two double beds, and separate living space.

If you need some pampering, head to the spa. It offers a range of treatments, from massages to facials. Yoga is also offered; you'll just need to book a class at the front desk.

Guests can also book water sports with partner Undersea Tobago, which runs snorkeling and diving excursions around the island, including to reefs at both ends of the bay the hotel is located on.

Address: 78 - 86 Grafton Road, Mount Irvine 901124 Tobago

8. Blue Waters Inn

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Accommodation: Blue Waters Inn

At the northeastern edge of Tobago, Blue Waters Inn has a secluded location on a beautiful beach. Set on 46 acres of lush gardens, the boutique resort has just 38 rooms, suites, and bungalows. All offer views of the ocean.

Even the most basic room class has a comfy vibe, with dark wood bed frames, tile floors, and unique art on the walls. We like the one-bedroom bungalows for more space. They have views of the sea and Little Tobago and Goat Island in the distance. The bungalows have separate living space and full kitchens.

Blue Waters' location is ideal for exploring. There is great diving and snorkeling in the area. And you also have easy access to the island's Main Ridge rainforest. If you are looking to learn how to dive, the property has a 5-star PADI dive center on-site. Other amenities include an ocean-facing pool and Jacuzzi.

There are also two restaurants. The Driftdeck is more casual and serves al fresco meals. The more formal Aqua is only open a few nights per week. Breakfast is complimentary.

Address: Batteaux Bay, Speyside Tobago

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