The Best Hotels in Trinidad and Tobago

Bacolet Beach Club is an intimate resort that invites you to unwind on white sands
Bacolet Beach Club is an intimate resort that invites you to unwind on white sands | Courtesy of Bacolet Beach Club / Expedia
Mariette Williams

If you’re familiar with the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, chances are you’ve heard of its carnival, which rocks the streets of Port of Spain from February to March. Off the coast of Venezuela, this dual-island country is a magnet for Caribbean beach-lovers seeking pristine sands – not to mention verdant mountains and friendly people. If you’re planning on heading over, we know the best resorts, hotels and places to stay in Trinidad and Tobago.

1. Kapok Hotel

Hotel

Outdoor pool with two handrails and four cushioned loungers beside it at Kapok Hotel
Courtesy of Kapok Hotel / Expedia

This place started out as a family restaurant in 1964, and now it’s got not one, but two dining spaces serving delicious food – including dim sum at Tiki Village. It’s expanded, too, to include 94 guest rooms, all crisp fabrics and wrought iron beds. In Port of Spain, it’s a dream for anyone needing a handy base for the carnival held in Queen’s Park Savannah. Choose from a standard suite with two double beds, or a kitchen suite with separate king-size bedroom and living room.

2. Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort

Resort, Golf Hotel

Large outdoor pool with handrail at Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort; many shaded loungers beside it and the sea beyond
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Trinidad’s sibling, Tobago, is home to this beachfront biggie, with its funky live music – ideal if you fancy an all-inclusive getaway, with its all-in meal-and-drink option. Rooms are serene: soothing green walls, rattan furniture, and neutral tiles. Pick one of 178 oceanfront kings and doubles, or stretch to a roomy one or two bedroom suite. Hungry? Four of the eight restaurants are part of the all-in deal, among them Kali’na, its menu influenced by Tobago’s culinary past.

3. Mount Irvine Bay Resort

Resort

Above Mount Irvine Bay Resort; large outdoor pool with handrail and several loungers in the middle; the sea beyond tall trees
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At this southwest Tobago resort, draped over landscaped acres, the secluded cottages with florid curtains and sofas are hugely popular. Even if you opt for a simple room, you’ll get blue views (pool or sea) or the lush green of the grounds. R&R make you restless? You can surf or rent scuba gear, and dive the reefs around the island. Your appetite will be no match for the six places on offer for food and drink, including the Sugar Mill Restaurant for casual Caribbean cuisine.

4. Anise Resort and Spa

Resort, Boutique Hotel

In the northwest extreme of Trinidad, the Anise Resort and Spa wows with views of lush terrain and neon-blue sea. It’s an intimate getaway in Sans Souci (translation: without care) with only 11 rooms, and appealing interiors that nod to the locality: bamboo furniture, hardwood floors, walls and fabrics in tropical tones. The focus here is on peace, but kids of all ages are welcome, and during turtle season (March to July) they love to spot leatherbacks from the Turtle Deck.

5. Blue Waters Inn

Inn

Outdoor pool with handrail by sandy beach at Blue Waters Inn; there are several loungers and tables with seats
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By the waters of Batteaux Bay, Blue Waters Inn is a century-old hideaway beside a curve of golden Tobago sand. The aesthetic of the 38 guest rooms is cool, classic Caribbean: clean, white walls and ceilings, and dark wood furniture. Spend your holiday blissfully beachside, or sign up to explore the area. There’s birdwatching, kayaking, and tours of cocoa plantations. The highlight is the (seasonal) Rock Lobster Dinner on the deck at Aqua restaurant, with still waters below.

6. Coco Reef Resort and Spa

Resort

Seaside dining area outside Coco Reef Resort and Spa, with several wicker chairs by tables, and palm trees nearby
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If you can’t stay still on vacation, you’ve picked the right place; the activities list here makes it one of the best hotels in Trinidad and Tobago for active types. You can relax, too, though – the beach sprawls, and the palm-edged pool is very inviting. Try tennis lessons, perhaps, or explore the nearby rainforest and waterfalls. The rooms, suites, and villas are classical-tropical: coral walls, Spanish tiles, and vibrant printed fabrics. Dinner means local flavors, too – outside, under the stars at Bacchanal’s Beach Restaurant.

7. Starfish Tobago

Resort

Large outdoor pool area at Starfish Tobago, with many loungers, a shaded swim-up bar and a bridge across the water
Courtesy of Starfish Tobago / Expedia

Seeking hotels in Trinidad and Tobago for the whole family? Young ones will be in their element at this all-inclusive resort of nautical-tone modernism, lapped by the shallows of Great Courland Bay. The Kids Club pulls out all the stops, with daily arts and crafts, and sessions on Tobago culture. That leaves you free to get stuck into sailing and snorkelling – or head off for a session of scuba diving or golf. Our favourite activities here? Eating and drinking: five prime spots include Courlanders, for delicious coconut-curried fish.

8. Blue Haven Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Outdoor pool area with loungers beneath tall palm trees by the sea at Blue Haven Hotel
Courtesy of Blue Haven Hotel / Expedia

Hollywood cottoned on early to this piece of palmy heaven on Bacolet Beach in Tobago; as far back as the ’40s and ’50s, the likes of Rita Hayworth and Robert Mitchum were drinking rum cocktails on the terrace. Now it’s a boutique beauty of 55 rooms with sea views and color palettes of blue, white, and brown. From breakfast to (all-inclusive) dinner, the chefs can cook up pretty much anything you want. Oh, and a masseuse is able to bliss you out on the warm-breezy deck – perfection.

9. Bacolet Beach Club

Boutique Hotel

Outdoor pool area with several loungers at Bacolet Beach Club; a tree towers poolside
Courtesy of Bacolet Beach Club / Expedia

You’re assured exceptional views of the hotel’s private bay from this intimate bolt-hole, 2km (1mi) from Tobago’s capital, Scarborough. It’s handy for key attractions such as the Botanical Garden and Argyle Falls. Closer to home, the beach club has two sparkling pools, an opulent spa, and rooms with gauze-draped four-posters. The mood is equally chilled at Cafe Havana, with Latin and Caribbean menu influences, the likes of tropical chicken sandwiches and creamy curried shrimp.

10. Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Yellow-painted exterior of the two-storey Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel, with planters outside every window
Courtesy of Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel / Expedia

Want to feel right at home in the nation’s capital, Port of Spain? Then book Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel in a suburban part of town. In its 17 rooms. the islands’ Caribbean and East Indian legacy shines – in pink-and-green walls, and bamboo furniture. Or you can stay in the Cocoa House with its chocolatey decor and nods to the old main export. The sunny yellow and blue restaurant, Battimamzelle, is named after a dragonfly native to Trinidad. We recommend you try the tasty guava barbecue kingfish.

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