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InsightThe 200-room former Tobago Hilton, located on the island’s Atlantic coast south of the capital of Scarborough, reopens at the end of November as the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort.

Hilton managed the property, located on the grounds of a 750-acre former sugar plantation, until November 2009, after which the owners operated it independently as the Vanguard Hotel until it closed in May 2010.

Miami-based EFM Hospitality Solutions will operate and manage the property, according to John Murphy, executive vice president. General manager is Vince Angelo, formerly hotel manager at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in the Bahamas.

The resort, whose new name represents the original name of Tobago, has undergone a $25 million refurbishment of guestrooms and public spaces in addition to infrastructure repairs due to erosion and corrosion damage from saltwater and sea blasts.

The pool at Magdalena Grand Beach Resort“In preparation for the opening, we have hired more than 225 employees locally,” Murphy said. “At a time when many hotels and resorts are cutting back or even being forced to close, we are providing jobs to the local community and beyond.”

The Magdalena Grand will feature five restaurants, a lobby lounge and piano bar, an English pub called Robinson Crusoe, a delicatessen, two swim-up bars at the pools, tennis courts, a kids’ club and meetings space.

Guests will have access to the nearby 18-hole Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club.

Guestrooms will offer ocean views, balconies and free WiFi. The 22 one- and two-bedroom suites will feature private Jacuzzis.

The resort will offer optional full meal plans, but it is not billing itself as an all-inclusive resort.

Winter rates from Jan. 5 to April 14 start at $330, per room, per night, single or double, including breakfast, taxes and 10% service charge.

A 20% introductory discount is in effect from the opening date through Dec. 20.

The website at www.magdalenagrand.com will be operational by the end of October.

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