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Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 429, Paynes Bay, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Paynes Bay
London, United Kingdom
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“We couldn't have asked for any more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was our third visit to Tamarind with our two daughters (aged 2 and 4) and we felt that we couldn't have asked for any more from this holiday. We had a ground floor ocean view suite which, in addition to having the luxury of gorgeous views of the ocean, proved relaxing and practical with the girls in tow as we were stumbling distance from the beach and could easily pop back to the room if needed. We also made use of the terrace as a nice place to sit and eat lunch (the room service menu was very good and the service infinitely more reliable than when we first visited four years ago). As well as being a beautiful place to stay, we were hugely impressed by the warmth, friendliness and professionalism of all of the staff at the hotel. Our four year old loved the Kids' Club: fantastic staff, great activities and the opportunity to play with other children (and yes, it gave us a bit of a break for some of the time as well!). Tamarind manages to strike an impressive balance of being a place that kids and adults can enjoy on their own terms - they loved it; we loved it; we all hope to come back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

we stayed at Tamarind in March and April 2013 for our honeymoon. We had an Ocean View Suite. The hotel, the beach, the staff are really very nice. We visited the restaurant from the Tamarind several times and also the Daphne which is only two minutes beside the Tamarind hotel and is also part of the Elegant Hotels. Both restaurants are fantastic!
It is a hotel we always come back to!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in an Ocean View Suite, which was very comfortable!!!
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at tamarind in may 2010 so a while ago now. We stayed just before it was refurbished. Great hotel, wonderful staff and wonderful surroundings. The location was good but quite far in my opinion to restaurants unless you wanted to eat at expensive restaurants. We ate in the hotel quite a bit and was great, especially the BBQ. Theirs a petrol station opposite hotel for the essentials such as crisps or chocolate.
There wasn't much evening entertainment at all just the occasional steel band which was nice to listen to.
The beach was lovely as was the sea. There are a lot of clear crabs that scuttle all over the beach which was a bit off putting. Water sports was good especially the jet skis.
Only a sort distance from airport.
Overall a great holiday just wished it was all inclusive.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was my wife and my first visit to Barbados. On the recommendation of our travel agent, we chose to stay at the Tamarind. It was exactly as described. Tasteful without trying too hard. Hotel was very clean, rooms reasonably sized (with functioning air conditioning), beaches were nice, pool was nice. We ate at the 246 restaurant on multiple occasions. The food was good and the menu rotation was pleasant. Overall absolutely no complaints with the property. The one thing to note is that the hotel was not in close proximity to a variety of dining.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This hotel has a lovely beach, the rooms are very pleasant and it is maybe half-mile down the beach from the uber extraordinary Sandy Lane. One of the best things about the Tamarind is that it has 3 pools, so not everyone is sitting around one big pool--with noisy kids, etc.
The negative is that it doesn't have a large property, so some rooms are overlooking the road. Also there are not a lot of food options without taking a taxi (not terribly expensive). But the restaurant that is attached (but I think different management) while quite lovely is very expensive. Actually all the nice restaurants on B. are very expensive. So be warned.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

A great Hotel, the staff, rooms and location are the best. To have a reef just off the beach within standing depth and large ray's swimming past you is awesome. I would recommend a B&B stay, and then use the yellow buses to travel the short distance for lunch or dinner. We are soon to visit there again. can't wait for Happy hour and the BBC cocktail.

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

I know I've already posted a review on the Tamarind but it doesn't feel right not mentioning some of the exceptional staff by name who clearly love their job and what they do.

With them, the Tamarind is world class and you should all be very proud.

To all prospective future guests of the Tamarind, you'll love thishotel and the staff and you will be very lucky to be looked after by:

Kim (GM)
Dwain (beach)
Matthew (beach)
Troy (beach)
Paul (F&B)
Tania (F&B)
Steve (F&B)
Antonia (Guest Relations)
Everet (Water Sports)
Marinus (Water Sports)

There are a few others too I really wish t mention such as the girl at the beach bar with the wonderful hair and smile plus the (F&B) guy who used t be at the Sandy Lane who remembered me from 9 years ago but I just can't recall their names. It's always dangerous naming people because those you forget can easily be offended but to all the staff who looked after me and my family - a BIG thank you.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Also Known As:
Tamarind By Elegant Hotel
Tamarind By Elegant Hotel Paynes Bay
Tamarind Cove Saint James
Tamarind Cove Barbados
Hotel Tamarind Cove
Tamarind Cove
Tamarind By Elegant Hotels Barbados/Saint James Parish
Address: PO Box 429, Paynes Bay, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Paynes Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Paynes Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tamarind by Elegant Hotels 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Redesigned and reimagined, Tamarind rests on a 750-foot crescent of premium West Coast white sandy beach and is as family-friendly as it is an exclusive adult hideaway. Tamarind features renovated and modernized guestrooms, the addition of an intimate spa and relaxation space and two completely re-imagined restaurants. Contemporary sun loungers, day beds and decks, transform outdoor spaces into outdoor ‘living rooms’ providing flexible spaces for dining, drinking, relaxing and events. ... more   less 
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