This was our first trip to Barbados and the Tamarind did not disappoint us overall.
The hotel is ideally located on the west coast Paynes beach (which is a strip of up market hotels and apartments) The beach is great (although coral gravel at some points where the surf breaks can make getting in and out of the sea uncomfortable - take some cheap diving booties) The waves usually lap but the surf can get up and indeed while we were there many a costume removed by the undertow!
Non motorised water sports are free and those involving jet skies and the like are reasonably priced - the chaps at the water sports centre are really nice and will make sure you enjoy!
Holetown and the many excellent restaurants is a $20 taxi ride away (10 mins) or if you are slumming it a $2 bus away.
Further afield is Speightown in the north and Bridgetown in the south both worth a visit and by bus - yep $2 (get the yellow bus as this has fun driving and great reggae music the blue bus is the state one and for old women only!
The hotel itself is a sprawling low rise affair and I think its quite large although it seems small and fairly intimate. There are 3 pools (1 for adults only although a brit mother chose to ignore the signs clearly indicating this until it was pointed out – reading not her strong suit possibly)!
The hotel is on the beach itself and so many ground floor rooms open onto the pool/beach/garden areas and the rooms on second or third floors will mostly have at least some "ocean view".
Some of the rooms need a little TLC and our shower screen leaked onto the floor so the shower mat was soaking every day a small niggle realy
The breakfast buffet is splendid in it variety and completeness and I have to say the scrambled egg is the best "mass served" that I have ever had. Eating al fresco inevitably leads to small birds trying to steal food, and they are determined I will give it to them. I have seen complaints on here about that - so stay at home and go to Butlin’s FGS you are in Barbados it happens! The staffs are attentive to this and cover food and drink if they can.
Lunch can be had for the pool side bar and in the restaurant but interestingly the beach seems to clear at 12 and remains empty until about 3 pm. Very few folk tend to have a snack (club sandwitch) on the beach - we did as I really don’t see the attraction of a table at lunchtime when a bottle of chilled wine flying fish on salt bread and fries can be had by the lounger on the beach!
Dinner is themed on most nights with a buffet.
All the staff are wonderful and so nice helpful and polite and this is one of my over riding memories of the Tamarind that they really cannot do enough to ensure you are happy.
The down sides - the WiFi is pitiful with an number of free hotspots around the site these are slow and you need to log in each and every time and agree the terms etc etc so WiFi keeps dropping and you need to keep signing in as you move around - unless of course you subscribe to the Tamarind superfast WiFi which is throughout the resort but costs...wait for it...$100 US for a week. This is nonsense and they need to get with the program. I haven’t had to pay for broadband WiFi for 2-3 years now across Europe and the far east so I was disappointed with this lot.
Next this is a "family friendly hotel" if you are a couple then look at "The House Hotel" next door which is adults only and run by the same group.
Despite booking a start date to our holiday before the schools broke up (we have done the kids bit some time back) we were surprised to fine a large number of school aged British children who had clearly been taken out of school early so their parents could enjoy a Caribbean holiday at term time prices! No it wasn’t to "broaden the kids minds" as they remained round the pool or beach every day and had pasta and chips or burger and chips. Very sad and what message does it give children I wonder. So if you are looking for a quite possibly romantic holiday at the Tamarind go in the very depths of term time.
All in all - Good
- 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/Paynes Bay