We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

“Another Great Holiday in Barbados!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Best prices for -
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Staten Island, New York
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Another Great Holiday in Barbados!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

My buddy and I just returned from a week's vacation at the Tamarind Hotel located in Paynes Bay, Barbados. Trip dates: 10/27 to 11/4/12.

The Tamarind is a lovely, upscale (but not pretentious) Mediterranean-style hotel located on the West coast of Barbados. The staff at the hotel are all lovely, accommodating and oh so sweet. They are always pleasant and friendly no matter what you ask or need. The guys at the beach are all nice as well and not intrusive in any way. The grounds are beautiful and spacious. The beach is lovely especially with all the trees under which you can bathe in the sun without getting scorched. If the surf is up, you may want to pass on a swim because the shells and rocks can be a little dangerous with the churning waves. However, when the sea is calm, you must go for a long swim...absolutely lovely water.

The rooms are very nice and have all the mod cons. The view from the "oceanview" balconies are all lovely. We were the only Americans at the hotel which was nice for a change of scenery. There were mostly families and couples staying at the hotel during our visit but this didn't bother we gals at all. There is a great adult pool if you don't want to hang with the kiddies. This pool was fantastic, clean and very serene...it was really our favorite spot. We opted for the breakfast plan and glad we did. The buffet each morning was delicious and diverse. Coffee was fab too!!! If the coffee (and rum punch) is great at a hotel, you know it is going to be a decent holiday. :) We dined out each night and this gave us an opportunity to also explore a bit of the island whilst driving to/from the restaurants on the west and south coasts. I would highly recommend the Fish Pot up north in Six Men's Bay and the Waterside Restaurant down on the South coast. Mr. Vic's across the road from the Tamarind is a nice little spot for drinks and local food...nice owners and good eats. Surfside up in Holetown is a fun place for post-shopping, beachside cocktails, decent eats and local chats. Eating out can burn a few holes in your wallet...but heck, we are on vacation after all...right? And there are so many good restaurants from which to choose. The bar and restaurants at hotel were all good too if you get lazy and want to stay local.

Last but not least, do hire Livington if you want a great driver for the week. He is a lovely, honest man who we would highly recommend to any traveler who would prefers the convenience of taxis for the week. Just tell the receptionist at the hotel that you would like Livingston as your driver. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
Helpful?
3 Thank ballinspittle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

975 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    622
    261
    65
    15
    12
See reviews for
319
478
11
16
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (349)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Myself, my wife and 3 children have just returned from a one week stay in room 228 and found it a fantastic holiday. The food has improved significantly since our last visit 6 years ago. The staff are very helpful and friendly and we felt it was a safe and happy place to take our children, aged 4, 6 and 12 years. The location of the hotel is fantastic for being central to the high quality restaurants on the West Coast, and with a beautiful beach this well run hotel is an excellent package for families and couples alike.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Tim O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York
Level Contributor
56 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Staff are very nice and accommodating however the property itself does not look like the pictures on website in reality. Needs a little updating. Can't swim in front of the property, have to walk down further due to a coral reef that will cut your feet and makes the water rough. The water sports are nice, see Ovie for that. Definitely recommend swimming with the turtles and renting a car for the day to go to easy coast. Stunning views. Resort is kid friendly so if you're trying to escape your own them don't stay here at high seasons or on holidays and if you do ask for a room away from Raikas bar which is where the kids hang out most. On the other hand if you ate bringing your kids then great property for them. They have activities for them. To get around town I recommend the yellow bus AKA Reggae Bus. Taxi's are a bit pricey. Hole town for shopping and going to Limegrove for a bar scene. Right across the street from hotel is Mr. Vic's. a must to have dinner one night. Very homey and casual and the good is great!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank sunshine7373
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars 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
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank james r
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
    • 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
Helpful?
3 Thank simonandlinzi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lifton, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Sue L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jocelyn P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Paynes Bay
0.1 mi away
The House by Elegant Hotels
The House by Elegant Hotels
#2 of 26 in Saint James Parish
5.0 of 5 stars 525 reviews
0.2 mi away
Beach View
Beach View
#1 of 26 in Saint James Parish
5.0 of 5 stars 891 reviews
2.3 mi away
Colony Club
Colony Club
#2 of 3 in Porters
4.5 of 5 stars 488 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
8.3 mi away
Ocean Two Resort & Residences
Ocean Two Resort & Residences
#2 of 8 in St. Lawrence Gap
4.5 of 5 stars 1,694 reviews
0.5 mi away
Crystal Cove
Crystal Cove
#5 of 26 in Saint James Parish
4.5 of 5 stars 1,625 reviews
1.8 mi away
Mango Bay All Inclusive
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Tamarind by Elegant Hotels? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Property: Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Address: PO Box 429, Paynes Bay, Barbados
Phone Number:
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Expedia, Hotwire, Cheap Tickets, Hotels.com and Jetsetter so you can book your Tamarind by Elegant Hotels reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
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

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing