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“Paradise in the Jungle” 5 of 5 stars
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Josiah's Bay | East End, Tortola   |  
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Ranked #16 of 28 Hotels in Tortola
Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Paradise in the Jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This was our second stay at the Tamarind Club. If your looking for a 5 Star resort, stay on St. Thomas. If your looking for a clean place run by a family who takes excellent care of their guests, then this is your place. The facilities are good and the ambiance will take your stress levels to record lows. With the jungle sounds, the swim up bar, and charming rooms, you expect Hemmingway to wander in and sit down.

Cindy and Eric have combined this setting with a kitchen that is outstanding. The wonderful ladies that happily prepare your meals do things that rival any meal you will get in the islands, including that 5 star place on St. Thomas, which by the way, we stayed at on our way home.

They also arranged a wonderful surprise party for my wife's 50th birthday complete with live music, decorations, and a wonderful buffet for 24 of us to enjoy.

We will return again, and again, and again ...

Room Tip: By the pool is convenient, the other rooms will be more quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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New York City, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Reviews for places you love are tricky. Do you tell the world so they can experience the awesome or do you keep the tip to yourself? After all, there are only so many rooms at the Tamarind Club and I would hate to cause a sell out when *I* want to come.

Fortunately for you, I am in a generous mood! :)

This place flat out rules! The staff is amazing both in service and friendliness. This is not the place to come if you want a super quiet atmosphere, it's buzzing with activity and a FAVORITE amongst the locals. This is the place to come if you want to genuinely experience Tortola, find out where the best beaches are and drink amazing cocktails made by Clint, one of the owners. He goes beyond the description of a bartender and can actually make you a drink that you never knew you wanted but was perfect for whatever mood you are in.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Prattville, Alabama, USA
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

If you like smelly outdoor furniture, a rude bartender and a hotel that is hard to find, this is your place. Finding it is an adventure, since the two posted signs are so faded you have a hard time telling which way the arrow is pointing!! No parking, just a field and no sign of the outside to let you know you have found it. We called twice asking for directions. I don't know how the bartender could have been any ruder. Lots of dogs roaming around. We sacrificed our deposit and did not stay!!

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Palm Harbor, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had just finished 6 nights on a 48 ft Marine Max cat and wanted to stay somewhere close-ish to airport for early departure the next morning. I had found this hotel on internet and we had 4 couples. When we pulled up, they all looked at me like are you crazy!! We walked up to the bar and met Cat, who quickly told us to chill. It was noon and figured rooms wouldn't be ready. Actually 3 were ready with the 4th very soon after. Cat made us drinks and we spent the entire afternoon hanging out with the wonderful folks!! It was Cindy's birthday and they were planning a surprise party so we got right in the mix. Since we had celebrated a 50th bday on our trip, we gave them our banner and "fixed" it up to show Cindy's name:) Cat and Clint took great care of us all afternoon, the food was AMAZING and we even celebrated Cindy's surprise with all of their friends. I had read a lot of reviews and while it won't be like staying at Waldorf or W, no where is in the islands. It was very clean, hefty working AC and awesome pool. We had a wonderful Saturday and thank the folks at Tamarind Club a ton!! Enjoy your time off now:) The FLORIDA crew

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tyler, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you are staying here you will need plenty of bug spray! Having said that, I enjoyed my stay considering the price. BVI is expensive. I was visiting the island to look at sailboats, so knowing I would be spending my time away from the hotel I wanted to save some money. Tamarind Club is close to the airport and cost effective for BVI, however, a cab ride to anywhere you would want to go is going to cost about $25.00. The pool is well done and even has a little swim up bar. It is set back in the trees away from everything, so it is very peaceful. The food is really good off the menu. The provide some toast and boiled eggs complementary for breakfast, so don't get your hopes up in the morning. The hidden gem of the place is the proximity to Joshua's Bay and beach. Very nice beach that usually only gets locals. I went for a morning swim and was the only person on the beach. Great place to read a book or catch some sun. The staff was very nice.

Room Tip: Get a room without a sliding glass door as the entry way.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moorestown, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Saw some less than great reviews and just had to chime in. I just booked our 4th stay here and this time for 9 people, two families. This is a spectacular find in Tortola. We are boat charterers and have spent the night before our charter here whenever possible. It is a short hop from the airport and the marinas.
You look forward to vacation, go through the hassle of travel, luggage, heat and sweat with your luggage, finally arrive at the Tamarind, dump your luggage in the room, hit the swim up bar before you even unpack, Clint makes you the best Rum Punch that you will have in the BVI, and you are officially on vacation. Food is great and everyone in this family run hotel is great. It is true island flavor.
Let me say that this is not the Four Seasons. I love the Four Seasons and I love this place. They are just two different experiences. If you are looking for a pedicure, massage by Jacques, not a single area of chipped paint on the wall, and an entirely pristine resort experience, then you should go elsewhere. Having everything perfect is not the idea.
Having the family arrange for a taxi to pick you up (without even asking), having a beautiful pool and swim up bar with a bartender who trusts you to settle up in the morning, having an excellent meal, and playing trivia with the local expats is the idea. I would not recommend this for a week. However, for 1 to 3 days for a couple or family who wants a nice island hotel, it is not to be missed.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Conifer, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed at the Tamarind Club May 14 following a bareboat charter. It was recommended to us by a native Tortolan friend who understands we aren't cookie-cutter resort hotel types. After 10 days of sailing, we had the island vibe and didn't want to spoil it on our last night.

This family-run place is a find. The open-air poolside bar was helmed by our able and inventive bartender Clint, who immediately prepared a complimentary welcome drink for us. HIs sister Cat showed us our choice of rooms and helped us settle in. The dinner menu was surprisingly expansive; we chose tapas and everything was quite good.

We had a second-floor corner room overlooking the pool with sliding glass doors on two sides. It felt like a treehouse in the jungle. Nothing is matchy-matchy here (e.g. linens, furniture) but that's the islands, mon.

Roosters are ubiquitous in the BVIs so we weren't so surprised when the chorus started well before sunrise. Next time, earplugs, perhaps.

The only downside for us was that we were only able to stay one short night.

Room Tip: Ask to see the rooms then choose the one that suits you.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Josiah's Bay | East End, Tortola
Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 28 Hotels in Tortola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hillside Hotel with views over Josiah's Bay Beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Tamarind Club Hotel Tortola
Tamarind Hotel Tortola
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The Tamarind Club Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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