Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club was recommended by a friend in the travel industry as the perfect honeymoon spot. It was described as a place to get away from it all. After six nights, I have to agree with my friend.
But it should be noted that Tamarind is not easy to get to. We had to take a puddle jumper from Barbados, and even then, the landing in the twin-engine, 50 passenger plane was not too smooth. But it was worth the stress when you finally see the beach and the rooms on Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club.
My new wife and I were upgraded to a suite that would remind you of the home from the Swiss Family Robinson show, except outfitted with most of the amenities that you would expect in an upscale property. It should also be noted that there is no pool, no kids club and no game room at Tamarind.
The hotel serves an experienced and international clientele. Everyone wants to swim with the turtles at nearby Tobago Cays. But be sure to go during high season so all you need to do it secure a few spots. if you go during low season, you are probably going to need to hire your own boat, which will be pretty costly. The more people that book on the same excursion, the more cost-effective the trip is.
There are water and sailing based activities if you like, but don't look for a bowling alley or movie theater on this small island. There are only a handful of restaurants and there is no hospital, only a clinic. There are barely 1,500 people on the the three by one and a half mile island. You can easily walk it or hike it in a few hours.
There are impressive views from the tops of the mountains. But the most secluded part of the island is the furthest from the airport. it is a private village with a hotel. You have to pass through a manned security gate. There is a golf course on that side of the island. My wife and I were able to take a tour and soak in the views but we mostly stayed on the Tamarind side of the island, where most of the locals live and where the few restaurants and stores are located.
The point of going to Tamarind is to relax and we did a fair amount of that. A majority of our day was spent on the beach with a cold drink in hand, watching the waves lightly crash against the store. You can snorkel along the shore. Edgerton loans out the equipment and can chart a safe and fun route for you. Peter runs the beach bar and can take a lunch order or make you a drink. Floyd is an ex cricket bowler. He stands six feet five inches tall so he is tough to miss if you need an extra towel or anything else.
The food is one of the best attractions of Tamarind. There hay have wood-burning pizza oven that serves up some great thin crust. It's kind of strange to enjoy such good pizza in the middle of the caribbean but it all makes sense because Tamarind is Italian owned and operated. The Palaba restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, I recommend the fruit plate, complete with papaya, mango, watermelon, passion fruit and pineapple. The french toast is also really good and goes great with the island blend coffee.
For lunch, I would order either a burger or a salad from the beach bar. For dinner, the seafood of the day is whatever the fishermen were able to catch. My wife had the barracuda wrapped in banana leaves and she really enjoyed it. There is also a restaurant/bar called "Pirate's Cove" which has a great wednesday night happy hour. They offer two for one drinks and play some popular dance hits.
When you are sitting on the beach, you can watch the catamarans take off from the bay, or just watch the crabs scurry from their sand tunnels. We pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves. We got a great massage from the lady in room 305. We were also able to use the free internet access provided by the hotel to check our email on my tablet. There is no internet cluster provided by the hotel.
The people who work at Tamarind make it very special. Berchall, Dalia, Felix and the manager Cinzia are all very warm and welcoming. You are sure to have a relaxing and enjoyable time but don't dare look for a Señor Frog's or Margaritaville! Canouan island is off the beaten trail and that's why we liked it so much.