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Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Charlestown
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Reviewed March 12, 2006

I've just returned from a solo trip to Canouan, having spent 5 nights at the Tamarind. I almost hate to talk about what a great place this is because much of the island's charm results from its obscurity, and I'd selfishly love to keep it that way.

I arrived by plane (at least a day-long exercise for those of you not arriving by the more common sail boat--it took me 3 flights to get there). This being the case, be prepared to endure the hassle of the travel--it's worth it.

The resort is competent, friendly, comfortable, and situated on a postcard-perfect beach. There is a restaurant, beach bar and larger bar connected to the restaurant. The food is perfectly fine, nothing extraordinary, but nice--my favorite discovery was the conch samosas (little pastries filled with seasoned conch meat).

Traveling alone, I made efforts to befriend the locals and find out what island life is really like. I found most people here to be exceptionaly warm, kind, sweet, and possessed of a calmness I've never seen anywhere else--surely a result of living in an utterly stress-free environment. Crime seems virtually non-existent. (You couldn't get away with doing anything bad on this island, because everyone knows everyone!)

The sea surrounding the island is so blue, you'd think they put food coloring in it. I was in stunned disbelief--and this was not my first trip to the Caribbean. Rent a kayak and go for a spin around the lagoon.

I have nothing bad to say about the Tamarind, and plan to go back very soon.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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21  Thank dc1965
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Reviewed November 18, 2005

We stayed at the Tamarind for 1 week in November 2005 and it met all our holiday criteria of a peaceful, relaxed beach side holiday on a quiet Carribean Island.
We stayed in a deluxe beach front room (the lowest class) which was plenty big enough with powerful yet quiet air-con. The beach was at our patio doors. The sea could be noisy for some at night as the doors and windows are made from wooden slats.
The beach was deserted most of the week, but the staff were ever present to provide towels and cushions for the sun loungers.
Nice bar on the beach, open from 10am 'til 5pm.
Only one restaurant which served excellent local food but had a staple menu of pizza and pasta since the manager/owner is Italian. I suggest you stick to the local specialties especially the lobster which was sensational.
Staff typically Carribean in attitude, they take their time and often appear over relaxed but that adds to the experience.
Not much to do in the evenings if that's your thing.
Prices as expected for this part of the world, $5 for a beer with service charge.
Dive Centre right next door for those into SCUBA.
If you're looking for peace and quiet, this is the place for you.

14  Thank John_and_Alison
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Reviewed November 5, 2005

The hotel itself is quite nice. Our suite was roomy and panelled with dark wood. The a/c was in the sitting room and because of the shutters it was a little difficult to really cool it down in the room. The shuttered doors could be opened for more light and the breeze, but, also would let in the mosquitos. The bed was comfortable, but the shower was small.
It appeared to me there was a security issue. We were asked to sign a supplemental "security" form stating there would be no hotel security on the beach after 6pm. There were security cameras around the hotel.
There is no room service here. If you want ice or an electrical transformer, go get it yourself from the front desk.
There are also no irons or ironing boards available.
The food and restaurant service were very good.
Lounge chairs w/umbrellas on the beach as well as a beach bar with some tables and chairs.
A beautiful beach really with turquoise water.
This would be a place to get away from it all and do NOTHING...cause that's all there is to do on this island.
We had some issues with a boat charter we booked here.

10  Thank dbeatty
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Reviewed May 12, 2005

[This is partly a review of the Tamarind, and partly of Canouan Island in general, since it’s kind of hard to separate the two…]

My husband and I are independent types who prefer choosing our own adventures to mass-marketed travel. So when we saw a promotional fare to Canouan, an island we’d never heard of, we were intrigued. Even more so when we looked at the pictures for the Tamarind. Our vacation was fantastic, but we definitely encountered the realities of going to a location so remote from the U.S. [One unplanned night on the floor of JFK, and one unplanned night stuck in San Juan due to cancellation of the afternoon’s Canouan flight.]

First, the Tamarind itself: gorgeous setting, and as pretty (if not prettier) than the photos. I’d figured the room photo I’d seen online was one of the “top tier” rooms at the hotel. Actually, our room looked exactly like the photo. Really one of the prettiest rooms I’ve ever stayed in, and it definitely felt tropical and far away. Extremely clean, extremely picturesque, ocean view, and open to the sounds of the frogs and the waves. My only critique of the room was that the adjacent room had a television (most don’t), and we could hear it occasionally due to the open-air set up.

The hotel beach was lovely, with plenty of watersports equipment. Don’t count on snorkeling on the island, though. That was our main disappointment with Canouan, given what we’d read about Grenadines snorkeling. But the Tobago Keys offered amazing snorkeling, and it was definitely worth the hair-raising speedboat ride across massive waves to get there.

Back to the Tamarind. Dining was lovely, but basically limited to the hotel restaurant. Good, but pricey if you’re eating every meal there. We were unprepared for the literal absence of development on the island, which was part of the original appeal, but – wow – we had no idea. We’d intended to venture out into the village for provisions, but the island shares one food store that was the size of our hotel room. (Conveniently enough, on the Tamarind property.) We did some walking around the island, but tourism barely exists there, and so it’s a reality that you will stick out like a sore thumb, and you will be stared at outside of the hotel grounds.

Without getting too long winded (too late), going to the Tamarind on Canouan Island is not for everyone. We stayed 5 nights and loved it, but we brought lots of books. It’s a gorgeous setting, but you’re limited unless you have a yacht, since there’s blessedly little to do. We figured that’s why the Grenadines are a top SAILING destination, versus a place where you pick one island and stay several days (what we did). We envied the yachties coming and going to and from islands we could only see in the distance.

If you want a place where sea sponges and giant conch shells line the beaches, and find smug delight in the fact that even airport ticket agents say, “Can-a-WHO?,” then you’ll enjoy Canouan. Part of the wonder of being there is just being so amazingly far away from it all.

  • Stayed: January 2005
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28  Thank sarahstclair
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Reviewed February 3, 2005

What a pleasant surprise the Tamarind Beach Resort was! We came to the Grenadines to do a bareboat charter with The Moorings (adjacent to the Tamarind), and last year, this was the only choice since the Raffles resort was under construction. We actually found the Tamarind to be the highlight of our trip. It's a small, intimate resort with a nice bar and restaurant - the pizzas are great! If you are looking for constant entertainment, kids programs, and the pool with a swim up bar and waterslide, this ain't it. What you will find is a great little hideaway with gorgeous, huge rooms, steps from the beach and a friendly and caring staff. It is obvious that it is run by Italians!

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Barbados, West Indies
Reviewed December 12, 2004

We stayed at the Tamarind Beach Hotel overnight with 2 other couples.

We were all impressed with the wonderful service we received. We arrived in Canouan at 10.00am and the hotel van was waiting to take us to the hotel, 5 minutes away. When we arrived, they were waiting for us with the check-in documents laid out for us to complete and the room keys ready. We had a welcome drink and were then shown to our rooms.

The rooms are beautifully furnished and come with a complimentary fruit basket. We were on the beach by 10.30am.

The restaurant is wonderful, the service is great and the food outstanding, the pizza's are amazing. The prices for the food and drinks are very reasonable.

We checked out early the next morning, leaving our luggage with reception and spent Sunday doing a Catamaran Cruise to the Tobago Cays and Mayreau, when we arrived back at the hotel at 4.00pm, they gave us a room to freshen up and we were then transferred back to the airport.

We highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing beach holiday.

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New York, New York
Reviewed June 5, 2003

If you're looking for an authentic Caribbean paradise to just chill out and relax on a gorgeous beach, with beautiful rooms, great food, wonderfully attentive service by friendly natives, and reasonable rates, Tamarind Beach Hotel is perfection! No plastic, pretense, or marble here, this place is just big on the important things. All 40 rooms and suites are beach front and have terraces, are decorated with beautiful dark polished wood set off with white wicker furniture and fine white Frette linens, and are kept immacualte by twice-daily maid service. The Italian chef prepares great pastas, pizzas, and daily seafood specials. Lots of yacht people come here for dinner, or just to watch the fabulous sunsets. Watersports and sailing trips to nearby islands are the main diversions. The hotel is run by a charming Italian woman with a personal touch, who seems to know just what it takes to do it right.This is a real get-away-from-it-all destination. There is no shopping and the town is truly authentic Caribbean, with goats and donkeys roaming the streets. If this is what you are seeking, I suggest you go soon! They have big plans for this island. I just spent a week there, enjoyed every minute, and returned feeling totally rejuvenated.

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Address: Grand Bay | Canouan Island, Charlestown, Canouan
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Location: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Canouan > Charlestown
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Charlestown
Price Range: $305 - $426 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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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