We stayed here at the end of September 2012.
This was our 8th visit to Barbados and although we knew where Tamarind was (and what to expect) we'd never actually stayed there before. We arrived early evening off the Manchester flight and were greeted with rum punches and cold flannels in reception, which was a nice touch.
We had booked an upgraded Ocean View suite which was exactly what it said on the tin. We couldn't fault the room at all. There was 2 chairs and a sleeper bed on the balcony, and AC in the room keeping it cool.
The breakfasts were great and buffet style, with a good variety of continental (cold) food, and also hot breakfasts with eggs and pancakes cooked to order. We had lunches in the hotel (nachos and club sandwiches) but we didn't eat there in the evenings as the hotel restaurant was a similar price to independent restaurants away from the hotel, so we would eat out for a change of scenery. There is another restaurant adjoining the property called Daphnes, and we ate there a couple of nights, which was very good, but not as good as Cin Cin by the Sea which is only 5 minutes by taxi down the coast.
The hotel grounds were immaculate, as were the swimming pools. My only complaint was that the main swimming pool was closed (and drained) whilst they were repairing the decking. But the hotel was only a third full, so there were was plenty of sun loungers round the smaller second pool and on the beach, to go round.
The drinks at the hotel aren't cheap, but this is the West coast of Barbados so as to be expected. A beer was $8 and cocktails were around $20-24 (US $), but every evening they had happy hour where the drinks were half price, which was quite popular, as you would expect.
The staff were very friendly and were always happy to chat - we have to say thanks to Diana who at 35 weeks pregnant did a wonderful job of running the smaller pool side bar.
The location of this hotel is perfect - 5mins in a taxi to Holetown, or 5mins down the coast to the Cliff restaurant and Cin Cin by the Sea. In the day, we would walk 20mins up the beach (around the rocky bit) and you were on Sandy Lane bay which was amazing. Sandy Lane was closed for the month for renovations, and we had the entire beach/bay to ourselves most days. It was perfect. The beach at Tamarind is good, but Sandy Lane bay was beautiful.
On the day of checkout we didn't have to leave the hotel until 6pm, and they let us keep a free courtesy room, which was perfect.
We'll definitely be back to this hotel. I would say it's a (caribbean) 4* hotel, but the staff and location make it feel like a 5* hotel.
- 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