Magdalena Grand Beach Resort Lowlands, Scarborough, (866) 353-6222. 178 rooms + 22 suites. 3 pools; 2 saunas; fitness center; health spa. 4 restaurants; 3 bars.
Situated on a former sugar cane plantation along 2½ miles of beach, this gorgeous resort has a guard gate and offers an array of facilities that includes a PGA-designed 18-hole golf course, two tennis courts with lights, a kids' club, a children’s playground, a dive center, complimentary bicycles, nature trails, and horseback riding, plus a complimentary shuttle to Pigeon Point Heritage Park and beach twice daily (note that the surf can be dangerous on property, and there is no lifeguard).
Guests are greeted with a welcome fruit punch or rum punch cocktail and a cold towel in the hotel’s open-air lobby that is cooled by island breezes. Spacious guest rooms all offer ocean views Petitrou Bay and private balconies and feature tiled floors, comfy beds, and both air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Bathrooms have both a shower and a long raised tub, a granite vanity, and luxurious thick towels. An all-inclusive meal-plan is a worthy option, and the main restaurant serves an inventive menu of regional favorites. And because the hotel has its own water treatment plan, the water is safe to drink.
It is interesting to know that people who have strokes walk on the sand here because it has many minerals that are supposed to help the condition. Also, Columbus called Tobago "La Magdalena" when he sighted the island on his third voyage to the New World in 1498 and then landed in the nearby Charlotteville area. The hotel’s name gives a nod to this fact.
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|bathroom at Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Scarborough, Tobago|
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|view from guest room balcony at Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Scarborough, Tobago|
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