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Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Have just returned after spending Xmas at Tamarind. Have nothing but praise for the place. Obviously it's Barbados and you don't get the glitz and glamour of Dubai but that's why we choose to go there.
Agreed there are parts of hotel that are a little tired but its not a major problem. The service from every single member of staff was outstanding.
Location was great and so easy to get out and about in the evening for dinner. Loads of loungers on beach and by pool. Could go on and on about it but all 100%.
We left on 29th December and it had got so much busier but obviously that was to be expected.
Loved it so much have booked again for 2014!
Well done Kim you should be very proud of what you and your team have achieved and are planning to achieve.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We've just returned from 7 nights at the Tamarind with our two grown-up daughters and, although we've had an enjoyable holiday in Barbados, we all felt a little disappointed with the hotel. On the positive side, it is situated in a good location, most of the staff were very polite and friendly and it is obviously an ideal place to stay if you have a young family. It was also great to get free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. For us though, it just lacked luxury. We booked fairly late last year so we had to have two pool view rooms which, although not uncomfortable, were very tired and in need of refurbishment, in particular in the bathrooms where the grouting was stained and the fittings in need of modernisation. We found the rooms noisy, both inside due to the old fridges, but also outside with traffic on the busy road, early deliveries arriving at Daphne's, which our rooms backed onto, and doors banging early in the morning when other guests were up for the grab a sunbed trip. We seemed to be last on the housekeeping rota as they were never cleaned before 4.00 pm, only a few hours before they were turned down again in the evening. The stairs and corridor areas around our room were also ugly and dated.

Our main issue though was regarding service. One evening we dined at the nearby Sandpiper hotel. On arrival, we had a drink at the bar. We chose cocktails from the menus on the table, were bought nuts and olives, got our drinks straight away and as soon as they were gone, were asked if we wanted another. This was just so relaxing and just so different from the bar in the Tamarind. Rather than sitting and chilling, we had to keep trying to grab the staff's attention to get a menu, were offered no nibbles, more long waits both to order and for the drinks to arrive and then another battle to get attention to sign for it all. Lunchtime in the bar was even worse, where you could wait a good hour before getting anything to eat and when the food did eventually arrive, it was often cold as it had been left on a table waiting for someone to bring it to us. Having been to the Caribbean before, we understand they do have a more laid-back style and of course, when you're on holiday you should slow the pace down but this was beyond a joke. Whether it was due to the hotel being busy with a higher number of larger family groups than usual or whether staff were having to take on different roles with it being Christmas, I'm not sure. Certainly on our last day, when the hotel seemed quieter, we did get better service both at lunch and when having a last drink before we left, even getting offered nuts and crisps with our drinks for the first time.

Before we left, we had a courtesy phone call from Reception to find out whether we had enjoyed our stay and we were honest and said it had been ok and told them why. To their credit they had obviously passed our comments on to the management who asked to speak to us before we left so they do care about their guests. I just think that without spending money on refurbishment and looking at their service levels, the experience they're currently offering is not a luxury 4 star one. Looking at other reviews on this site, they do obviously get a lot of guests who return year after year. Would we - unfortunately not.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE, UNBELIEVABLE PLACE TO STAY. The way the staff treat you. the hotel it's self everything. I've been on a lot of vacations 4 per year, this place was great. FREE fruit and frozen eucalyptis towels in the afternoon by pool side, Nice touch. I love this place and will be going back every year.


Christian, Toronto, Canada

Room Tip: Get close to pool it's 10 feet from door, love it.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Christian E
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

My wife and I went to the Tamarind Cove a couple of years ago, we stayed on a half board basis and the whole experience was first class. The service was excellent and the Menus at the various restaurants extremely delicious. I would not hesitate to go here again and probably will do in the future. The evening entertainment and the water sports are there if you want them and no irritating sales boys on the beach. Service around the pools and beach was spot on and you were not kept waiting long. No question from the welcome drink to leaving the hotel catered for and cared for our every need.

Room Tip: Hire a car and see the island.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank JazzytLondon
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Christmas at the Tamarind with our family was really excellent as the staff looked after us with genuine friendly service and there was something for all ages. The kids club was very well managed and our 2 grandsons 7 & 4 1/2 loved Akeshia and all the helpers. The older members had water skiing, catamaran sailing, snorkeling and body boarding, all included. The spa outside pool always seemed to be empty which was a joy for gentle exercise although waterfall brilliant for massaging shoulders. I did not visit the spa for treatments so cannot comment. Our room for which we paid extra for the sea view and balcony was wonderful, worth the extra and cleaned very well each day. We tried to be eco friendly with towels as requested but they still seemed to change every day. Food throughout hotel was good, afternoon tea wonderful and Daphnes next door to hotel was really good with excellent service.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank 390DonnaB
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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

For the most wonderful relaxing!! stress free week of the year !!! Tamarind had it all for us..
From the moment we were meeted and greeted on arrival to the wonderful send off at the end !! All credit goes to all Kim and all the staff for making our stay as relaxing as possible ..

Stunning beach walks right on your doorstep and simply beautiful dining at sunset on the beachfront restaurant deck 246 !!
Antonio I must thank you for making our stay extra speacial with your constant attention to your guests needs !! Always asking and making sure everything was just going perfect on our holiday !! We wish you all the best on your new arrival and i hope you find time to put your feet up and get a hard well deserved break!!!
The days just seemed endless whilst choosing either to just sit and relax or hit the beach and do some activities !!

The staff were always there to make made sure there was Dailey iced cold towels at the pool!! and wonderful fresh fruit served throughout the day and of course the refreshing ice lollies served on the beach just when the sun is as its best !!!
Our room was amazing!! which was only a few steps to the shoreline or the pool area sun deck !! It was just perfect !!!
Limitless water sports including waterskiing banana rides snorkelling equipment !! Everything you could wish for was just there to be used !!


I could go on forever about our stay but I will leave up to you to decide for yourself but I've already booked our next visit to tamarind for next year !!!!
Once again thank you for a wonderful stay !!!




Stayed: December 2013
7  Thank Scott C
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Tamarind is ideally located on the West Coast and it is a nice small hotel right on the beach. For me it is perfect. the rooms are a nice roomy size and the balcony is quite a good size. We took an ocean view suite and it was ideal. The staff are very helpful and extremely peasant. We travel alot and I dont like to visit the same hotels twice but I think we will definitely stay at the Tamarind again. The buffet breakfast in the morning has lots of variety. You can walk along the west coast to Hole town quite easily and it is very close to some of the best restaurants. The front desk staff organised our reservations every night and were very responsive. The one thing that I did not find to be value for money was the spa. It is pretty expensive but quite ordinary. I would not visit the spa on a return.

Room Tip: An ocean view definitely worth it!
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Trinitraveller88
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Price Range: $263 - $988 (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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Tamarind By Elegant Hotel Paynes Bay
Tamarind Cove Saint James
Tamarind Cove Barbados
Hotel Tamarind Cove
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