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Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Great family hotel ,lots of water sports activities. Amazing views ,amazingly helpful staff all polite.
great fun for all the family. Food was great and a great pool temp.It is so relaxing you could fall in love .Considering we were only there for 8 days it wasa great family holiday.Westayed in roon 314,great views.would definatley come again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed at the Tamarind for 3 weeks during October 2012, and got married at the Hotel.
Every thing about the Hotel and the service is first class. A huge thankyou to Sophia the wedding co-ordinator. If you are considering getting married at the Tamarind, you will not be dissapointed. The whole process is stress free due to Sophia's organisation and calm professional manner, nothing is too much trouble. The resident photographer Bill, took some amazing photo's, and would highly recommend him.
Kim the General Manager is very attentive to all the guest's and always had a big smile for you.
Arden at the 246 Bar is one hell of a guy, make sure you ask him for one of his special cocktales. All the staff are really friendly and helpful, which made our stay very special.
The hotel, rooms and grounds are kept spotless all the time, with plenty of sun loungers and fresh towels. During the day you are treated to ice cold towels, fresh fruit and ice creams, and a great bar service, all from the comfort of your sun lounger.
If your on the beach, enjoy the free water sports. At some point you will be greeted by Ovy, top guy that rents his jetski. You will also come across the beach sellers, selling everything from hand made jewellery to foot massages. If your not interested a simple "No thankyou" is enough, be nice, they are just trying to make a living.
If you fancy eating out, there is the great Mr Vics a short stroll up the road, or scarlets which is a real Gem.
We will be back next year, It's too good to miss.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank simonandlinzi
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We only had a week here but immediately felt relaxed when we arrived. Hotel rooms nicely furnished, well appointed with fridges for personal use, great air conditioning and spotlessly clean. Fab views of the ocean & spectacular sunsets from the balcony. Staff and management extremely friendly and helpful. Great buffet breakfast, delicious baking. Sadly the service at lunch and dinner didn't match the rest of our experience - it was too slow and food, though OK, was overpriced. So much so we opted to eat out at local restaurants (of which there is a great choice) for most of our stay. That said, on a B&B basis, it's a great place for a family holiday, great pools, garden and proximity to beach for the kids. Excellent watersports facilities, all in the price (including motorised) which was a real bonus. Great location for visiting other parts of the West coast - bus stop for the 'reggae taxis' right outside. Would love to return ...

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Sue L
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Tamarind from 15th to 29th October. This was our first visit to this part of the world and we loved it! From the moment we arrived at the hotel, everyone was so friendly and welcoming. We stayed in room 122 and loved being able to just walk out across the lawn to the beach. Our room was well appointed and the bed very comfortable indeed. The bath and shower were rather tired looking, but everything worked well. There was lots of storage room for clothes and bags, so it was easy to keep the main room tidy. We did have a couple of minor issues with housekeeping, but they were soon resolved. The food was excellent and we enjoyed the Bajan touches at breakfast, particularly the flying fish with hot pepper sauce! (There is a very wide choice though) We stayed full board and even though we were there for two weeks, there was enough variety in the menus to ensure we didn't get bored with the same food. This is a well run hotel, with friendly staff and a wonderful setting. We thoroughly enjoyed a very relaxing two weeks there and we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Last month (September 2012), we spent a fantastic 10 days at the Tamarind. This was our first visit but it most definitely will not be our last. Our favorite place to vacation will probably always be Hawaii but Barbados, and the Tamarind in particular, are a very close second. The service at the Tamarind is excellent. The people who work there are not only professional but extremely friendly. Our room, a junior suite, was extremely comfortable with amazing views of the sunset. And the balcony? And the view from the balcony? To die for :) I could go on and on but, suffice it to say, we will definitely return to Barbados (although it won’t be soon enough) and, when we do, it will be to the Tamarind. Oh, did I mention that, while we were there, we had a wedding on the beach? And, when it’s time to renew our vows, we’ll be right back there!

Room Tip: Higher floors have better ocean view because the plantings block the view on some of the lower floor...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Had a lovely time at the tamarind hotel in Barbados, staff were extremely friendly and helpful, none more than Miss Antonia, a must for any traveler .you must visit Harrison's cave only a short drive away , well worth a visit

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jimcranwell
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our stay was Sept 19-23 2012. We stayed in room 337. Upon pulling up to the property I was not impressed. From the outside it looks a little raggedy. The inside looks much better than the outside! Check-in was easy, they offer a welcome Rum punch and a cold towel to cool you down(mine smelled weird so I didnt use it). The room was wonderful. It looks as if the room was renovated but you can tell overall it is an older building. No elevator. The room was a nice size, nice size bed, large balcony overlooking the pool area. Great space to sit out. The bathroom was a decent size, I didnt really understand the tub/shower door (when you take a shower water goes everywhere.) The included water sports were a great addition! Water skiing was fun! The included breakfast was also great. Some of the food changed everyday but for the most part they always had the omelet station, fruit, pancakes, bacon/sausage and breads/pastries. Wonderful way to start the day off! I just wish breakfast started earlier and ended later. The business center and fitness facility were great and we did put those to use. The managers cocktail hour on Wednesday was fun, great finger foods and delicious drinks! Everyone on staff at this hotel is super friendly and always willing to help.(almost to the point of irritation). Overall very nice stay, very friendly staff, good food...and good fun!

Room Tip: Higher floor less likely to have crawly friends creep under the door.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: PO Box 429, Paynes Bay, Barbados
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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Price Range: $278 - $994 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tamarind by Elegant Hotels 4*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tamarind rests on a 750-foot crescent of premium West Coast white sand beach and is as family-friendly as it is an exclusive adult hideaway. Tamarind features contemporary guestrooms, an intimate spa and relaxation space and two restaurants. Contemporary sun loungers, day beds and decks, transform outdoor spaces into outdoor 'living rooms' providing flexible spaces for dining, drinking, relaxing and events. Complimentary features include: motorized and non-motorized watersports, daily buffet breakfast, WiFi in rooms and throughout property, fitness center and classes and water taxi to other Elegant Hotels' west coast properties. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tamarind By Elegant Hotel Paynes Bay
Tamarind Cove Saint James
Tamarind Cove Barbados
Hotel Tamarind Cove
Tamarind By Elegant Hotels Barbados/Saint James Parish

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