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The Tamarind Club
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Josiah's Bay | East End, Tortola   |  
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Ranked #10 of 28 Hotels in Tortola
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best place in Tortola”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Wow! We just returned from a fabulous vacation in BVI which included staying at this gem of a place. Cannot say enough good thinks about the friendliness, hospitality, food, pool, comfort they provided. Many thanks to Clint, Katie, and Sean for providing local information and seeing that our needs were taken care of. You guys are great, see ya next time!

Room Tip: We loved Room #9
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cruz Bay, St. John
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I love the Tamarind Club. I've stayed here several times and each time was wonderful. The place is beautiful, but not in an overly manicured fake Disney world kind of way. Their pool is surrounded by comfy chairs, there is a quaint bridge that arches over the pool, and there are even bar stools in the pool where you can order drinks. Plants and vines grow everywhere. The place is all open-air and set in a jungle. It reminds me of a secret tropical paradise that has deteriorated over the decades to become a laid-back joint. Admittedly, everything from the dining area to the rooms is a bit run-down, but that only makes me like the place more. It has character that insinuates a long and interesting history.
The rooms vary a bit in atmosphere, if possible check a couple out before choosing one.
The food is good in general. Their burgers are exceptional. Hands down best burgers on the island. They are not only hand packed but are ground from shavings off of their steaks and other beef.
And it's a brief drive to Tortola's best beach, Josaiahs.
Do not expect the staff to wait on you hand-and-foot. Tamarind isn't that kind of place.
Downsides: mosquitoes and roosters.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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oshawa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

You never get a second chance to make a first impression so finding the Tamarind Club in the dark was almost impossible as the unlit sign is so small and the place so hidden that you're not really sure if this is the place. Then the driveway so bad you almost need a wheel drive makes you wonder what you've gotten into.
There appears to be no reception area so you have to go to the bar and talk with Cat - the owner's daughter. Cat is the welcoming person..her mother and step father appear to absolutely care less if you stay or not. Our room had no way to lock it from the outside and the breakfast offered is for the diet conscious as you won't have a problem NOT overeating.
The pool is nice but has permanent pipes all over the top of the deck creating a tripping hazard and a lawsuit waiting to happen.
At night the entertainment consisted of locals with their dogs attempting to fight each other and one local throwing a ball across the dining room fo rhis dog to fetch despite the fact that the servers were trying to take orders and deliver food. I will say they have good crab cakes.
We were told the place was a hangout for British ex pats but even they have long since departed.
The resort could be nice but the whole place exhibits an air of " we don't give a ss" which is a shame because you can see that at one time it was a beautiful place.
The same air of indifference was shown when we checked out and you left feeling..." well if they don't care why should we?"
Cat and the other gal at the bar were great and the place wasn't a totasl disaster...just not cared for and if you can live with that...go for it!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

My wife and I stayed here at the close of our charter to get our land legs back. Great fun, met some cool people and the bartender recommended a great reastaurant in the east end. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We needed somewhere to stay for one night, as we were travelling on to Virgin Gorda the next day. This hotel is just a short drive from the airport, and after a particular gruelling journey with a missed connection, long delays and a 'couldn't car less' attitude by the local airline staff, all we wanted was a drink and bed. Having telephoned ahead to explain we were late, but still needed a room, the owner welcomed us with a drink on the house, and while we let go of the tension from travelling, he carried our bags to our room. After toast and coffee in the morning, we got another taxi to Trellis Bay for the ferry to the next island - easy peasy. If you have an overnight stop on Tortola, I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Decatur, Alabama, USA
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

This resort is on the North side of the island in an area called Josiah’s Bay. It is about a mile walk from the bay, which is very pretty. The benefits end there.

Upon arrival at the resort, after reservations were made via email months before arrival and telephone conversations to confirm only two weeks prior to arrival, we were met by Eric, whom I presumed to be an owner or manager. All of my prior correspondence had been with Cindy. Eric looked at his reservation book and asked rather gruffly if we made reservations to which I responded with my printouts of previous emails (This isn’t my first rodeo). After walking away from me with a brooding expression and returning with the same expression, he informed me that he would be placing us in a poolside room since he had no garden room available, which we had initially reserved. There was some type of lifeboat drill going on in the swimming pool at the time with a contingent of what I was told were immigration officer cadets.

I might mention here that this resort is very remote. There is absolutely nothing within walking distance other than the beach and cabs are very expensive on Tortola. It was a $36.00 cab ride from town for two persons ($18 each no matter how many people you have), so if you plan to shop, eat or visit anywhere other than the resort and the Josiah Bay Beach, plan your finances accordingly.

Eric’s mood did not change for the two nights we stayed with them. If asked a question, it’s as if he considered it the dumbest question ever asked (i.e. - Do you have hot tea? What time does the restaurant open? Could I get a beer?) and answered in a short, curt manner so he could return to his brooding. Not at all pleasant and we really felt like we were an imposition anytime we approached him.

The restaurant food was surprisingly good, however the continental breakfast left a lot to be desired. We had appetizers at the bar twice, the included continent breakfast one morning and the Full English Breakfast one morning. We caught a cab for the other meals. The continental breakfast consisted of a few pieces of fruit, some bread and a toaster and coffee or tea. Nearly all of the sugar packets both mornings had been gnawed on by some type of critter. There were holes chewed all the way through and the sugar would spill out if you weren’t careful. I just searched through the packets until I found a couple that weren’t chewed on.

As soon as I walked into our room, we noticed some debris on the covering of the sofa. It looked suspiciously like rat poop, but after discussing it with Cindy, the other proprietor, I was informed it was just lizard poop and there was nothing you could do to stop them from coming in, which I totally understand. However, the lizard poop remained on the couch until the linens were changed by the maid sometime the next day.

Long story short, if you ever watched the old British sitcom “Fawlty Towers” and wanted to stay there so you could be abused by Mr. Fawlty (Eric) while having pleasant and helpful conversation with Mrs. Fawlty (Cindy), you will love it here. We did not.

Room Tip: Don't, just DON'T.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Memphis
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Horrible place! I am beyond offended by the attitude and rottenness of this place that pretends to offer a service. It is the kind of place where the taxi driver knows it's reputation and says here is my number in case you change your plans (overnight!). Never had seen a cockroach that large before, never had felt that I should burn my cloths when I leave, and it is unsafe to close your eyes. No locks and so it invites theft and strange people showing up at 5:30am at your sliding door. Mold and mildew are the ambiance along with the crazy staff that try to work on their "Cool" answer to any problem that comes up. We heard roosters crowing all night along with cars screening up the driveway all night next door despite the fact that you are in the middle of nowhere. Head to a resort that has a reputation to uphold. Tortola is a gem but some crazy business's owners drink a little too much of their own rum.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Josiah's Bay | East End, Tortola
Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola
Amenities:
Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 28 Hotels in Tortola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Tamarind Club 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hillside Hotel with views over Josiah's Bay Beach. ... more   less 
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