We found the Tamarind by searching boutique hotels in the Caribbean. We enjoy small resorts with great food in a peaceful beach side setting. And that's exactly what we found with Tamarind. Getting there is not easy. Having to connect through Barbados meant an extra night on either side of our trip in NYC because of connections. That being said, I would go again in a heartbeat.
The property is small, with ~40 rooms. As others have said, we were automatically upgraded to a suite, which was gorgeous. We were obviously there during low season. The food and beverage manager said last winter, they were full for 4 months straight. Large sitting area, beautiful bedroom in a plantation style with dark wood, white walls, and beamed ceilings. Huge balcony with 2 chairs and 2 chaise longues overlooking the ocean. Very comfortable king size bed. Large TV with cable. Spotty Wifi signal. The wall AC in the living room was sufficient to keep the whole suite cool. My only wish for the room would've been a coffee machine.
We participated in the food plan, which was well worth it to me. Beverages, including water, are not included. Our average bottle of wine was $50/night. Water is $6 per liter bottle. We weren't told anything about the plan when we arrived. On the last day, the food and beverage manager told us that some of our breakfast items weren't included, which would have been nice to know about ahead of time, but was ok with us. In the meantime, we enjoyed lobster, great fish dishes. The seafood brochette and the fish in banana leaves are worth special note. We weren't fans of the pizza, except for the giaderneri pizza. The main restaurant is "business casual" and doesn't accept shorts at dinner. The pasta at the Pirate Cove bar was excellent. The sandwiches at the beach bar were average. The open faced tuna sandwich was plain tuna with american cheese halfway melted on top. But the fries, and the hot dog, were excellent. Drinks were on the pricey side $7-9 with very low alcohol content, but great tropical flavor. No mojitos were available :( When we asked the front desk, they said tips were not included in the meal plan. That being said, we weren't billed on our final bill for all the gratuities we left. ??? Music playing at the beach bar and the Pirate Cove was usually Celine Dion/Elton John Disney type love songs, which was a little incongruous to us. There was a nice happy hour on Wednesday night with free chicken wings and 2 for 1 drinks with a DJ and good dance music.
The beach was wonderful! Very well maintained, great swimming right off the beach. We snorkeled off the beach daily, but there wasn't much to see except for shells. Good beachcombing! The beach is public, so was a little busier on the weekend. But, being low season, during the week we were often the only ones there. Despite that, we always had prompt delivery of beach chair pads and towels as soon as we walked on the beach. Kayaks and paddleboats were available at the beach stand, as were fins and snorkels, although we brought our own.
The service was excellent. From the very friendly front desk staff, to the beach attendants, and every server at the restaurants. Housekeeping came twice a day with fresh flowers on the bed and around the room, fresh towels, and were great about keeping the sand level low in our room. Given how much we were on the beach, quite an accomplishment!
My husband jogged almost daily around the island. He was denied access at the big resort, but otherwise saw the entire island. There are goats and chickens roaming around. We had a rooster behind our room who crowed all hours of the day. However, the sounds of the surf at night meant that wasn't a problem and I couldn't hear him from our bedroom. The people of the town were very friendly. We got limited groceries, mainly water, soda and beer, at a small shop in town. Beware of buying wine at these stores because it wasn't refrigerated and one of our bottles had "turned" in the heat.
The weather was gorgeous, especially at the beach. It did get warm and very humid away from the beach. But there was always a nice breeze at the beach and we spent most of the trip in our bathing suits. We had 2 brief rainstorms in the early afternoon. The umbrellas on the beach were sufficient, and it was warm enough, that even the rain didn't mean we had to leave the beach.
The snorkel trip to the Tobago Cays was incredible and a must do! We wanted to go again, but they were unable to book a catamaran for us and we would've had to go on a speed boat, so we declined. There is a 4 person minimum on a huge catamaran at $125 per person for about 5 hours. All you can drink and a nice lunch were included. Not only did we snorkel the Cays and see turtles and sting rays, but they took us to Mayreau, which was beautiful and had great swimming. We also stopped at a coral reef, which was excellent snorkeling with lots of fish. And we made a brief stop at another beach. Beautiful turquoise water, gorgeous islands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club is a lively beachfront oasis with 40 seaside hideaways, surrounded by tropical gardens, on a long white sand beach. The low-rise property features two thatched-roof restaurants/bars: the "Palapa Restaurant", with a delightful open terrace right at the water edge, offering Italian and West Indian cuisine and the “Pirate's Cove” an informal Bar serving lighter fare. Beach bar, water sports (hydro bikes, windsurf, canoe and sunfish) and massage facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Beach Hotel And Yacht Club
- Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club Canouan, St. Vincent And The Grenadines