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Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort

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The, 4 Star, Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is located on Tobago Plantations Estate, a 750 acre gated community, and offers 178 Deluxe OceanFront Rooms and 22 One and Two Bedroom Suites. All accommodations are Ocean Front with private balconies. This beachfront resort offers an 18-hole PGA Golf Course, its own Dive Center, Spa, and the largest amount of banquet & meeting space on Tobago. Complimentary wireless internet is available throughout the resort.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Golf course
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
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Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
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Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
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24-hour security
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Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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Princess J wrote a review Yesterday
England, United Kingdom1 contribution
It was a nice Trip! When we got to the hotel the check-in process was very slow, but that didnt stop up from enjoying our vacation! The food is great 👍 the staff is great! A few shout outs to the pemboi's staff Petrina especially, and the males!! I didnt get their names. The Pool deck was full of interesting activities, good music and Nicolas was always helpful, the pool is large and spacious they also have 2 more pools which I was too busy to visit. One side the elevator isnt working which makes it hard when its raining, but once you get past all that, you will 100% enjoy yourself. They have a great view from the pool deck you can see Scarborough where the boats dock, and the really big Cruise ships. They have a free shuttle to pigeon point, which I made use of, pigeon point was a great sight, Their entertainment at night needs some work and the bar closes a bit early, they should work on that. Overall it was a good stay, the rooms are clean, only problem was the towels, we somtimes didnt get fresh towels in our room.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Jonelle R wrote a review 15 Apr
Brooklyn, United States14 contributions6 helpful votes
The staff at this resort genuinely care and are committed to making sure you have a great experience during your visit. I was traveling with my senior age mom and aunt. Several accommodations were made to ensure that we were comfortable. Marc and Diamond were especially attentive to our needs. We really enjoyed our stay!
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Phil G wrote a review 11 Apr
Crete, Greece14 contributions3 helpful votes
Spent two weeks here, all inclusive. From the first minutes in reception to the last in the restaurant it was just non-stop hassle and problems. The buildings and grounds are lovely and generally well-maintained but the staff are atrocious, across all departments. There seems to be an aversion to providing information, and if you do get some it's usually wrong. A trip was planned and when I arrived at reception at the allotted time I was advised that the time had been changed by 45 minutes and the minibus had departed... no-one had informed me of the time change! Literally every single day there were problems, housekeeping can't remember to leave fresh towels and toilet paper, pool maintenance is very poor and when I reported dangerous practice to two members of senior management nothing happened. The food is generally satisfactory but restaurant staff so incompetent, from speaking so quietly that you don't know what they're saying to asking how was your food.... BEFORE YOU RECEIVE IT!!! Meals became very stressful and you're lucky if you're not asked your room number at least 6 times each meal! In my opinion this hotel is not geared up for European guests, and there were only about 8 couples from the UK there during my stay. Interestingly food quality and breakfast service improved dramatically when all the Caribbean islanders arrived for their Easter holiday. In summary this could be a lovely hotel but the lack of management, organisation, information and staff training made my stay extremely disappointing and stressful.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Phil B wrote a review 8 Apr
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OK - lets start with the oil spill. We knew about it and contacted both the booking agent and hotel separately about the effect it had on the facilities and we were assured it was operating normally (apart from beach) and therefore decided to still travel. This is a lie. The adult pool is closed, 1 bar & 1 bar/restaurant was closed, the buffet was only open 2 evenings, and of course the beach is fully out of bounds. The food; The breakfast is the same every day and very limited, although the fresh made omelettes were nice. Lunch was the same menu every day and very limited choice. The evening, we were limited to the bar meals in the Robinson Crusoe bar, which are geared for american market, chips with everything! or the Kalina "fusion" restaurant which is again very limited, but on the whole the food was very good although the only fusion we experienced was to have Jerk sauce on a couple of things and really lacked any atmosphere. The buildings were undergoing some refurb, but this really is just "painting over the cracks". Our room, although spacious with a nice balcony to view the sunrise over the Atlantic was marketed as an upgrade to "deluxe". There is no such thing as all the rooms are the same, apart from a few suites. The decor is incredibly tired, the bathroom furniture was falling off the walls, WC handle about to fall off, and the cleaning levels very poor. The very small well used shower cubicle had limescale everywhere and door was rusted. The window by the bed let in all the light from the walkways with limited covering. The golf course was a big plus though, just £30 to hire some very old clubs, but for a fun round, didnt bother me. They don't provide any balls, tees etc, so if you're planning to play, bring your own. We used the free shuttle to Pidgeon Point twice which is certainly worth a visit as the beach is stunning. We were told to convert our USD to TTD to use at beach, but in reality they do take USD. The staff in general are friendly considering the challenges they face.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Twiz999 wrote a review 1 Apr
London, United Kingdom8 contributions9 helpful votes
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Avoid this place at all costs Short review: It’s unusual to absolutely loathe a hotel in the first few seconds after arrival, but the Magdalena Beach achieved this remarkable feat and then went on disappointing with meticulous regularity. In short, if you’re due to stay here you MUST check the situation regarding the oil slick, including: the state of the beach, whether the JCBs and trucks are still operating all day on the beach, whether there is any beach access at all, and whether the chemicals are still being applied to the rocks by fully hazmat clothed workers just a few feet from the pool deck. Get a clear response from the hotel and make sure every line of their reply is correct when you arrive. If not, get a refund! Actually, thinking about it save yourself the trouble and go somewhere else. Long review: As you drive onto the estate you pass a sign shouting ‘Welcome to Paradise’. It’s a bold claim to make and from a marketing point-of-view is genius or pure stupidity - you’ll soon find out which. We pulled up to the front steps of the hotel and, of course, had the expectation that someone would greet us with a broad smile and a ‘Welcome to the Magdalena Beach, are you here to check-in?, let me help you with your bags’. Reality was somewhat different. As soo as I got out of the car and popped the trunk open a security guard incoherently barked ‘You can park there’. I smiled and replied that ‘I’m not parking, just dropping the bags’ The barking continued, ‘YOU CAN’T PARK THERE’ My smile had dropped but I tried again to explain ‘We’re not parking, we guests, here to check-in, just dropping the bags’ Again, barking, but this time too incoherent to actually understand. I figured the bell desk would send someone out to help, but no, it was clearly un-manned and so I had to lug all the bags and cars up the steps into reception and … just leave them resting against the wall with everyone else’s whilst our favourite security idiot glared at me. The only person who seemed to have a clue what was going on was the lady serving the welcome ‘cocktail’. She mentioned that there was parking around the corner so I parked where she suggested. By the time I got back to reception there were cars parked in the Restricted Zone, but for some strange reason they weren’t being shouted at. So the room wasn’t ready - that’s OK, we were a little early and were bluntly told to sit downstairs until 3pm. And this is where reality bites! The hotel was largely deserted, absolutely no atmosphere apart from (or possibly due to) the constant tinny ring of reggae muzak. Only two people on the pool deck, assuming you don’t include the fully hazmat clothed workers spraying the rocks a few feet from the deck with high pressure just of liquid designed to break up the oil slick that has devastated the beach. (Check the pictures). They looked like the worst ever Ghostbusters tribute act that had crossed the streams. One or two guests passed us and said hello ‘Checking in?’ they asked, ‘that’s right’ we nodded. They looked at each other in disappointment, like broken prisoners caught in a dystopian nightmare. LEt’s just say after 15 mins they had clearly and accurately briefed us on just how bad this hotel is. We had booked a suite, but had been warned not to accept any rooms on the south wing of the hotel as the diggers, trucks and Ghostbusters were most active there. So we declined the room and asked to move to the North wing. Our Suite was exchanged for a family room with a cot. And the rooms are really tired, the wifi a complete joke, and air-con rattling 24 hours a day. It would take too long to go into every gory detail. But guess what, the diggers and trucks are just as bad at this end of the beach! There’s a 2nd pool which is probably the saddest little deck area at any hotel I’ve ever stayed at. No covers for the plastic loungers but you can go to the main deck to sign for a couple of beach towels, which are rally just small thin bath towels. To cut a long story short we checked out at the first opportunity, and it’s difficult to find anywhere decent on the island that has availability as everyone in-the-know has already snapped up places and cancelled the booking at the Magdalana beach. Other low-lights include the catering which is on the whole dire (although the Kali’na dinner made a reasonable attempt at being acceptable). A special place in catering hell should be saved for the utterly incapable staff in the Robin Crusoe Pub. After 90 minutes only one drink had arrived and we finally gave up on any food. The manager said she could get it to us in 5 minutes so with seconds to spare two styrofoam takeaway boxes arrived with a special treat of an undercooked inedible burger and chips, and next to it (see the picture), that’s the lovely shrimp!! Now I hope you’re sitting down because I have to tell you that one glass of beer, one watery cocktail and those two boxes of rubbish cost…. US$70. That’s SEVENTY US DOLLARS! So, we checked out at the first opportunity and flew to Trinidad. So in summary this is probably the worst hotel I’ve stayed in in 40 years of travelling for business and leisure. The staff are rude and incompetent, the facilities were once cutting edge, but that was in the 80’s and now th whole place is dirty and tired. Add to that the debacle of the oil spill and the shameful lack of communication to my travel bookers and you have a destination which deserves to slowly fade from the map.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Darren D wrote a review Mar 2024
Trinidad59 contributions23 helpful votes
The management of this hotel must be clueless. People come seeking a peaceful retreat- to enjoy the serenity of the gold course and ocean. Instead there is an ongoing pool party with music blasting and bass that is rattling buildings across the estate. I have no idea how anyone can think this makes sense and is the reason why tourists get turned off from this kind of establishment. It is abhorrent and should be investigated by the environmental agencies for noise pollution. Shame on all involved for this.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tour540564 wrote a review Mar 2024
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Stay elsewhere! This place was a total disappointment. From the poor customer service everywhere on the property. To the dirty rooms, floors, toilet and boxed eggs for breakfast. Even the girl making the omelets at breakfast wasn't friendly. Just a blank look on her face like she hates her job! The place is old, no money spent on upgrades at ALL! You are better off at an AirBNB!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Eileen H wrote a review Mar 2024
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Just returned from Magdalena Grand after a lovely week there The staff are lovely, everyone very helpful and friendly They were very unfortunate to have an oil spill in the sea close by everyone worked so hard to clean up the area. We had minimal disruption and can report its all cleaned up. The pool is very large and great to swim in. The food was lovely and the staff in the restaurant were so friendly, lead by the very kind Pamela. Thank you to them all for good service Tobago us a lovely Island Thanks also to Mr Hollis for his help when we had a mishap Thanks to all the staff fir looking after us Eileen and Alice
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Carol H wrote a review Mar 2024
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The pictures on the website make the hotel look like any other high-end resort in the Caribbean (and we've been to quite a few). Even if you take into account the terrible catastrophe that the oil spillage has clearly brought to the beach, and thus impact to the hotel, I would still be writing this if this oil spillage hadn't happened. The hotel is tired - needs money spent on it in all areas (to the extent that the toilet used to support the lobby entrance area didn't flush) and given that the first words uttered by the first member of staff we encountered at the hotel entrance was "you can't park here" with no explanation as to where we did park in order to unload suitcases seemed to indicate that urgent customer-centric training is required. We never did find out why a car was parked to block the other lane used for unloading. We work hard for our time away in paradise - so much so that we cut our losses, checked out early and put our custom for the rest of our stay in Tobago elsewhere.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Maria M wrote a review Mar 2024
Trinidad60 contributions60 helpful votes
Overall the hotel has a nice layout. You need a vehicle if you need to move around. Breakfast items are basic, basically the same items every. Check in process was slow. More attention needs to be taken when cleaning room. We always had to ask for clean towels which was ‘dingy’ & rough on the skin. Tiles in bathroom floor needs to be cleaned properly.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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S$331 - S$439 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Nearby attractions include Nylon Pool (7.4 km), Pigeon Point Beach (7.4 km), and Argyle Waterfall (5.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tobago Paradise Travel and Grill, Edge of the Reef, and The Pasta Gallery Tobago.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort King George (6.1 km), Fort James (8.0 km), and Courlander Monument (8.0 km).
Does Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.