Mount Irvine: The jewel of the Caribbean

Tucked away in the southern Caribbean, Tobago is a gem of an island that offers the opportunity for a high-end travel experience. In addition to a number of beautiful sandy beaches, which retain their natural and verdant backdrop, Tobago is also home to the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere.

If you’re looking for sporting events or cultural experiences, Tobago has it all – even goat racing! The Tobago Jazz Experience is one of the Caribbean’s most anticipated events, while a weekly street party – on Sundays no less, offers a flamboyant glimpse into island life. If the sea is your passion, then surfing is excellent in Tobago, as is life beneath the waves exploring one of the island’s renowned diving spots. Or you can simply go for a leisurely swim in the jewelled waters of the world-famous Nylon Pool.

In the midst of all that Tobago has to offer lies Mount Irvine Bay Resort – a luxury hotel that first opened its doors in 1972, and quickly became the iconic Tobago hotel, frequented by the international jet set and sophisticated locals alike. Today, the hotel is the largest privately owned resort on the island and, with recent and extensive renovations and upgrades to its rooms and grounds, it is reclaiming its rightful place as a high-end destination for those seeking to experience all that is beautiful about the Caribbean, while escaping the crowds and tourist traps.

At Mount Irvine Bay Resort, world-class accommodation meets the unique charm of the Caribbean. Set within 156 acres of gently rolling greens, on an old sugar and coconut plantation overlooking the azure blue of the Caribbean Sea, this resort gives visitors all the space needed to completely unwind. At check-in, guests are welcomed with a complimentary drink in the hotel’s renovated lobby – a voluminous space that features exquisite local wood craftsmanship. Guests will also enjoy elegant rooms, suites, or garden cottages – all of which are air-conditioned and with private balconies – as well as a number of memorable experiences, including fine-dining under the sweeping rafters of an 18th century sugar mill and great meals in the resort’s restaurants and lounges.

A range of lavish spa treatments is also available for those looking to fully luxuriate: in addition to standard massages and facials, guests of the hotel can also enjoy aromatherapy, body waxes, polishes, and hydrotherapy. And, of course, there’s the option to hit the greens – Mount Irvine boasts an award-winning, 18-hole golf course that features an abundance of towering coconut trees and breathtaking views of the sea from every hole.

If you’re there for New Year’s then Barefoot on the Beach – the hotel’s exclusive, glitzy party – is the place to be.

Memorable wedding setting

Mount Irvine’s lush grounds, private beach, large pool deck, great weather and immense charm make it the ideal destination for those looking to say “I do”. The resort offers one of the most comprehensive and polished wedding services available in Tobago, with an event planner, food and beverage manager and reservation manager who work together to tailor elegant weddings that suit a range of styles – no matter how large or small the celebration.

Because of the size of the resort and its impeccable grounds, there are many places that make the perfect backdrop for nuptials and receptions. There are indoor options, like the resort’s ballroom and other event spaces, a rooftop terrace that overlooks the Caribbean Sea, the golf course and swimming pool; a gazebo on the golf course; and a poolside terrace. Other breathtaking venues for weddings include the resort’s private beach or its natural amphitheatre, which sits under a canopy of trees and is surrounded by lush vegetation.

Getting married at Mount Irvine means a stress-free wedding – the hotel’s team of experts handle all technical details, including décor, bar services, guest favours, photography, entertainment, spa, hairdressing, and makeup and will also liaise with legal and religious authorities on behalf of the bride and groom. Additionally, the bride and groom will enjoy special, luxurious touches, like wedding packages that include a one-bedroom suite, complimentary bottle of wedding-night champagne and a champagne breakfast in bed the morning after.

In addition to looking after the needs of the bride and groom, Mount Irvine also offers a number of options to keep wedding guests entertained before and after the wedding. These range from golf packages and spa parties to poolside dinners featuring live music, rooftop cocktail parties with canapés, horseback riding and a specially tailored lunch on a remote beach.

And, for the honeymoon, bride and groom can head out and explore so much of what Tobago has to offer, or opt to completely relax at the resort, where every need will be taken care of. Whether hitting the greens or immersed in the big blue, a sundowner by the pool or just one more wave, a stay at Mount Irvine means falling in love with the Caribbean – truly, madly, deeply.

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