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Trinidad + Tobago Hotels

$200-$299
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Asa Wright Nature Centre
Blanchisseuse Road
Arima , Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 667 4655
asaright@tstt.net.tt
www.asawright.org

Experience a completely different island at this former coffee-cocoa-citrus plantation deep in the rainforest about an hour's drive from Port of Spain. The Great House at the heart of Asa Wright has a land-that-time-forgot atmosphere, derived not just from its antiques and shabby rugs but also from its seclusion. A long veranda with grandstand views of the Arima Valley treetops provides the only entertainment, but people fly from around the world to sit there—bird people, that is. The geeky point of Asa Wright is spying on as many of Trinidad's avian species as possible—squirrel cuckoos, toucans, tufted coquettes, and the big celebrities, a breeding colony of guacharo, the rare nocturnal oilbird. People sit there all day, being served afternoon tea and a sunset rum punch (included in the room rate along with three hearty meals per day). You don't have to be a birder, although a passion for nature is an asset since all there is to do is hike and wander the tropical gardens and take a dip in the swimming pool—a natural grotto fed by a rainforest stream. The two rooms in the Great House and the 21 wooden cottages with verandas are simple to the point of austerity, with twin beds, no TVs (although there is Wi–Fi), and pastel print drapes, but you're not here for decor tips.

$200-$299
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Bacolet Beach Club
Bacolet Bay
Scarborough , Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 639 2537
info@bacoletbeachclub.com
www.bacoletbeachclub.com

The vision of Tobago native Gloria Jones-Knapp, a former international fashion model, this 20-room boutique hotel east of Scarborough is an exclusive retreat for honeymooners and style-minded couples who want to avoid the package tourist scene on the southwest coast. The rooms are outfitted with classic Caribbean four-poster beds, private verandas overlooking the infinity swimming pool or the sea, bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and travertine marble, and high-tech amenities such as flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and Wi-Fi. A stone staircase leads from the pool down to placid Half Moon Bay; a hidden beach there is shaded by almond trees and backed by the open-air Rok Bar, thoughtfully positioned to fulfill your libation and luncheon needs. The on-site restaurant, Club Havana, has a breezy, loungelike vibe and a contemporary Asian-Cuban menu, with dishes ranging from chicken satay to tuna-tartare taquitos.—Chris Cox.

$200-$299
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Blue Haven Hotel
Bacolet Bay
Scarborough , Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 660 7400
reservations@bluehavenhotel.com
www.bluehavenhotel.com

Devotees of the Turner Classic Movies channel may recognize this restored 1940s hotel from Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison and Fire Down Below (which were shot here), or from studio clips of Rita Hayworth and Robert Mitchum lounging around the pool. Literature fans may remember Bacolet Bay as the inspiration for the castaway shore where novelist Daniel Defoe stranded the title character of Robinson Crusoe. But never mind the backstory: Blue Haven's 55 rooms and suites stand on their own—a brilliant mix of colonial style and midcentury modern, done simply with dark-stained teak floors and mahogany four-poster beds. The hotel faces the sea on three sides, and all rooms have breezy balconies with unrivaled blue views. A domed bluff-top lobby descends to the ocean-view pool, then down one more level to the beach (where Disney's Swiss Family Robinson was filmed) and its No Problem bar. There is also a tennis court, fitness area, children's playground on the beach, and the elegant Shutter's Restaurant on the bay.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$199 or less
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Blue Waters Inn
Batteaux Bay
Speyside , Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 660 4341
bwi@bluewatersinn.com
www.bluewatersinn.com

Few tourists venture to the east end of Tobago, but that's where you'll find this secluded 46-acre beachfront resort on a bay that's always calm and safe to swim in. There's a single sleepy bar, a restaurant too far from anywhere to host anyone but guests, and no TV or phones in the 38 rooms—although a common room has cable TV and Internet access (for a fee). All this is invaluable to the divers, bird-watchers, and nature lovers who prefer things quiet. Blue Waters has a full-service P.A.D.I. dive shop with its own dock—the island's best—and easy access (a ten-minute boat ride) to the adjacent bird sanctuary that is Little Tobago. There's also great snorkeling, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and tennis. The generic-Carib rooms have no pretense toward style but they all sit right on the oceanfront (there are no second floors) and have whitewashed walls and either twin or king beds. The West Indian-Creole food at the Fish Pot restaurant is good, which is just as well since the nearest fishing village is a 15-minute drive away and hasn't much in the way of cafés.

$199 or less
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Coblentz Inn
44 Coblentz Avenue
Port of Spain , Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 621 0541
coblentzinn@tstt.net.tt
www.coblentzinn.com

Tucked away from Port of Spain's busy main drag—but close enough to walk to Queen's Park Savannah—this boutique gem delivers the personality and charm that neighboring hotels sometimes lack. Each of the 16 rooms is decorated according to a theme and reflects the melting pot history of Trinidad; all come with kitchenettes, complimentary minibars, and DVD players. When available, book the Central Room, which pays homage to Trinidad's Indian community with vibrant red tapestries and Hindu imagery. Public areas are homey, with colorful antique furniture and a library stocked with Caribbean authors such as Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul; there's also free Wi-Fi throughout. The inn's indoor-outdoor restaurant Battimamzelle has a solid rep for refined Caribbean cuisine.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$400 or more
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Coco Reef Resort
Coconut Bay
Crown Point , Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 639 8571
cocoreef-tobago@trinidad.net
www.cocoreef.com

Coco Reef's 135 rooms, suites, and villas occupy a prime stretch of beach between Store Bay and picturesque Pigeon Point. A winding road dotted with white Grecian statues leads to the porte-cochère, where the hotel's two classic Rolls-Royces (one for tours and airport transfers, the other for decoration) are parked. Entwined in bougainvillea and alamanda blossoms, the low-rise gingerbread-trimmed resort exudes privileged style, although the spacious, saltillo-tiled rooms—most with sea-view porches or balconies—can feel slightly worn. Rates include breakfast buffet and use of the pool, beach, tennis courts, and (nonmotorized) watersports equipment. Guests gather in the evening to rehash their diving and birding adventures over cocktails in the mezzanine lounge, or over dinner at the Tamara restaurant.

$199 or less
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Half Moon Blue Hotel
Bacolet Bay
Scarborough , Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 639 3551
holidays@halfmoonblue.com
www.halfmoonblue.com

One of Tobago's most appealing boutique properties, this plantation-style resort occupies a rarefied perch above Bacolet Bay, a secluded, semiprivate beach stocked with umbrella-shaded loungers and well-staffed with drink attendants. The interiors, designed by owner and former fashion model Gloria Jones-Knapp, are a tasteful blend of traditional (wooden shutters, rattan chairs, four-poster canopy beds) and modern (white leather sofas, flat-screen TVs). The grounds feature an infinity pool surrounded by lush bouquets of bougainvillea. Opt for the Junior Penthouse when available—for a nominal fee above the standard room rate, it affords a much better view of the bay from its private veranda. Amenities include the use of the facilities at the nearby Bacolet Beach Club, with its colonial-themed restaurant and preponderance of British expats on holiday (think tea, toast, and tomatoes for brekkie).—Aaron Barker

$199 or less
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Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre
Lady Young Road
Port of Spain , Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 624 3211
reservations.trinidad@hilton.com
www.hiltoncaribbean.com/trinidad/

Known to locals as the "upside-down hotel," the Hilton Trinidad is literally built into a hillside, so the entrance and lobby occupy the top floor. Unique configuration aside, the 418 rooms and suites themselves are rather corporate, although an ongoing multimillion-dollar renovation has added a host of stylish amenities such as Scandinavian teak furnishings, glass-enclosed rainfall showers, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Facilities include a 5,000-square-foot fitness center with two saunas, tennis courts, and a pair of well-landscaped pools—one for the kids is shaped like Tobago, and the other roughly resembles Trinidad. The atriumlike formal restaurant, Pool Terrace Garden, serves international dishes with a Caribbean twist, like Trini shrimp cocktail and a hearty coconut milk–based callaloo soup.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$199 or less
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Hyatt Regency Trinidad
1 Wrightson Road
Port of Spain , Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 623 2222
www.trinidad.hyatt.com

Billed as the only waterfront hotel in Trinidad's capital, Hyatt Regency Trinidad is a swaggering glass newcomer that dominates the city's skyline. Its 428 rooms and suites aren't exactly unique, but the bright interiors are packed with creature comforts, such as whirlpool soaking tubs, iPod docking stations, and LCD flat-screen TVs. The Caribbean-inflected restaurant places a smart emphasis on seafood (try the plantain-crusted sea bass), but tastier and less overpriced cuisine can be found a short cab ride away along Ariapita Avenue. The sprawling marble lobby and adjacent bar are something of a hub for visiting conventioneers; for privacy, head upstairs to the fourth floor, where an infinity pool and a deck of chaise longues overlook the harbor. Book an upper-floor room, if possible: As the tallest building in town, the hotel has fantastic views out to the Gulf of Paria and toward the city center.—Aaron Barker

$199 or less
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Kapok Hotel
16-18 Cotton Hill
Port of Spain , Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 622 5765
stay@kapokhotel.com
www.kapokhotel.com

This midrise hotel on the upper edge of Queen's Park Savannah offers a prime location for Carnival goers, just steps from the festival grandstands where the judging takes place. The rest of the time it caters mostly to business travelers, so expect on-the-ball service. The 94 rooms come in a variety of categories, from standard to suites with balconies or kitchenettes. The decor could use a spruce-up: Bedspreads and drapes in carnival colors come across as either charmingly old-fashioned or slightly dated, depending on your taste. The public areas fare better in the style department: A bistro and bar spill onto a pleasant terrace, and the swimming pool deck is ringed by lush tropical foliage. The top-floor restaurant, Tiki Village, has a delightfully retro Polynesian theme, with dishes like South Sea curried shrimp—and panoramic views of the city.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$199 or less
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Kariwak Village
Store Bay Local Road
Crown Point , Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 639 8442
kariwak@gmail.com
www.kariwak.com

Allan and Cynthia Clovis's holistic mini resort is a place of contradictions. First, for a property that's all about healthy living (huge organic kitchen garden, water purified by an on-site ozone system), this eco-retreat is mighty near the most toxic spot on the island: the airport. Second, this totally hippy-dippy, au naturel hotel abuts the noisy Store Bay/Pigeon Point tourist zone. Yet somehow it all works—people adore this place. Kariwak's 24 cabana rooms are pleasantly minimalist, with bamboo-wicker accents, tiled floors, and expansive patios. The only amenities are AC, phones, and safes, although nobody spends much time in their room anyway. Instead, guests congregate in the Holistic Health Centre (the thatch-roofed ajoupa where tai chi, yoga, and meditation take place) around the ozonated pool and garden Jacuzzi, and in the semi-open, excellent Carib-Creole restaurant decorated with local artwork.—Updated by Aaron Barker

$400 or more
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Villas at Stonehaven
Black Rock , Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 639 0361
stonehav@tstt.net.tt
www.stonehavenvillas.com

Tobago offers a number of gated villa communities; this one heads the field and includes a top-notch restaurant on the property. Like its villas, the Pavilion Restaurant clubhouse—overlooking an infinity pool—is designed in French plantation manor style by the late architect Arne Hasselqvist. There are 14 three-bedroom villas, each with a private infinity pool and balcony overlooking green hillside dipping into the Caribbean. All accommodations have a breezy flow-through layout with terra cotta tiled floors, heavy wood furnishings, four-poster beds, and modern kitchens. Color schemes come in blue, coral or beige. Guests who like to sleep late should be aware that the housekeeper arrives at 9 am to prepare breakfast.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.