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Reviewed 27 July 2012

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We are a Scottish couple in our 50s whose kids have grown up and moved out. We holiday about three times a year and have visited the Caribbean quite a few times over the last few years (Antigua, BVI, Grenada, Turks and Caicos, Grenadines) as well as southern Florida and the Keys. This is our fourth holiday in Barbados (Almond Beach village about 10 years ago and Sandpiper and Butterfly Beach more recently).

Overview
We were very pleased with the Tamarind Cove. Our room (307) was clean, spacious and comfortable. The (king) bed was nice and firm with excellent bed linen and the air conditioning was effective and quiet. The bathroom was more than adequate with a bath/shower and two wash hand basins. There was a large balcony with two large cushioned chairs and a single matching leg rest, a small table and a clothes horse for drying trunks, etc. Daily cleaning was fine with no problems encountered. Without exception, we found the staff very pleasant and they went out of their way to be friendly, never passing without a “good morning”.

Restaurants
Breakfast is a normal buffet style affair with the usual choices, including hot dishes, eggs, omelettes, etc. Dishes are cleared away very rapidly and returned indoors. This housekeeping greatly minimises the normal Caribbean bird problem. Dinner is usually outdoors (weather permitting) and very competent. The west coast eating isn’t cheap though so be aware, especially if you like a bottle of wine with your meal. You can also eat from a more restricted menu at the bar. We were on B&B terms and ate out every second night or so.

Pools, Beach and Loungers
There are three separate pools in the hotel. One beside the restaurant area, an adult only one in the centre of the hotel (outdoors but surrounded by the hotel building), and another near the water sports area (Rilaks Deck, a play on words). We never saw anyone really using the adult only pool and the other two were just comfortably busy. We spent most of our hotel days at Rilaks and got together with fellow guests for happy hour (4pm-6pm, half price) cocktails. We were well looked after by Natasha here.

There are lots more chairs and loungers than there are guests and we never once had any problem getting a lounger and some shade if we wanted it. There are a variety of loungers around every pool, all through the gardens/patio and all the way along the beach. The beach is very nice with just a little coral gravel to get over to get in, although it shelves quite steeply in the first few feet so probably not good for non swimming toddlers. There is excellent snorkelling straight off the beach within the buoyed swimming area. Of course, being on the west coast, it is almost always flat calm.

Water Sports
The hotel water sports are complimentary and cover “self drive” sailing (one Hobby Wave), captained catamaran sailing, water skiing, tube rides, banana rides, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. The water sports guys were pretty helpful and we did at least one thing every day.

Outside the hotel
Daphne’s is right next door but we didn’t use it. There’s a brilliant restaurant for foodies called “Scarlet” about 100 yards down the road and, for the more adventurous, the (carry out/café) Roti Den is just across the road. The petrol station shop sells the usual goodies plus Pizza slices etc. Other than that you need to get the bus ($2BDS to anywhere) during the day, or a taxi to other restaurants at night.

We would definitely return and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank island_timers
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

From the minute our limo stopped at the door way, we found all the staff to be so caring and helpful. Kim has a well trained team that makes your stay at the Tamarind a special occasion every day of your stay.

You get a chance to know the staff and as the days go by, they become part of your holiday, always willing to listen, enquire how they can make your stay better and ensure you are getting that 'special' treatment to ensure a great stay.

Each night we had well prepared food, although a couple of times it took a little longer than we would have liked, but at least Philip the Chef came to see his clients to ask how the food was. With staff like Anthony, Safiah, Lana, Paulette, Akeisha, Tracey Anne and more names i could mention they all made the holiday go well.

This was our second trip to Barbados we selected the Tamarind as it is well laid out, great water sport facilities for kids and teenagers and has had a recent refurbishment to a very good standard.

If i had just one criticism and this is not the hotel's fault as all the beaches are public, it was the incessant beach vendors that are so close to the beach front. They are a daily battle even when you said no thank you the day before, but getting to know some of them a little better, thank you Dennis/ Govey they became a daily feature to your holiday... along with fresh fruit, iced facecloths and ice lollies which were a welcome treat.

Great food, not too overpriced, variety of evening entertainment and overall one of the best family holidays to Barbados we have been on....thanks Kim and the team, you did everything we asked and even came to say goodbye which was a nice touch.... you want a good Bajan holiday with excellent customer service then Tamarind is a good place to start looking...

Room Tip: Rooms near the 246 BAR facing the pool are to my mind the best all round value.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Nicholas S
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

My 4th time in Barbados but my first staying up near Holetown and my fiances first time in Barbados and we couldn't have picked a better hotel to stay. The room was great overlooking the pool and the sea with all the usual that you would expect from a top class hotel. The bar and restaurant were good but what really makes this hotel is the staff and the little touches. Bringing round cold flannels on the beach twice a day and fresh fruit in the morning and ice-lollies in the afternoon was a really nice touch. The visibility of the senior managers was also refreshing. They made themselves known and available throughout the day to deal with any queries or issues.
The hotel is located on the beach on the main coast road and only a short distance from Holetown, so restaurants such as The Mews, The Tides, The Cliff, Cin Cin, Lonestar etc. are all within a short cab ride, as is Lexy's Piano Bar in Holetown.
Half price drinks at the bar from 4pm - 6pm each day ease you gently from a hard day on the beach into the evening. There is a managers cocktail party every Wednesday which is worth going to, particularly if the Caribbean Buffet is being served in the restaurant afterwards.
Turtles swim in Paynes Bay so it is possible to get some snorkel gear from the watersports centre and swim out to them from beach although the currents are strong so you might want to go out and back on either the glass bottom boats or kyak out there.
We had a great holiday and would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again. The other guests we talked to said the same things so go and enjoy it!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Baggieman63
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

The answer can be described in 3 ways :

1. Fundamentals, 2. Nice touches. 3. Magic Moments.

Fundamentals :

The hotel is based facing on to a beautiful beach - great for swimming and long walks

The buildings have easy on the eye, almost Spanish/Italian colours, max 3 floors – creating an intimate/warm ambiance

Well manicured, tropical grounds that are not dense anywhere.

Very good food standards, with a great breakfast to start the day. ( – whilst gazing out at a gorgeous view across one of the pools/garden areas towards the beach ! )

Our beach front room was well equipped – though our bathroom shower control was a bit basic – it worked ok. ( And what a view from our balcony !)

Water sports galore – run by skilled and friendly staff

Led by Kim Lewis, General Manager, the staff are so welcoming and seem to genuinely to care that you are having a good holiday : only once did we come across an exception to this, which was soon sorted !

Nice touches :

E Mailing ( re room choice, menus etc ) from their website proved fruitless, but we came across a free phone number on the web for their HQ in Fort Lauderdale ( 0808 189 3973 ) and had great help from Tania ( surname ? ) and Juliana Kelman. Thank you ladies, so much !! )

A room safe big enough for a lap top computer

A discrete clothes airer on our balcony to dry bathing costumes etc

An abundance of fresh, quality bath and other towels, and similar for the beach

Cold water on tap in the grounds, flavoured with slices of either lemons, oranges or grape fruit – plain water can be so tasteless !

Different colour designs for the very comfortable cushioned sun beds in different areas of resort

4 large hammocks to lie in and snooze away !

Flags by your sun bed to plant upright if you need a drink.

Cold /moistened face cloths brought around each day and also at other times ice lollies and later sliced fresh fruit.

A regular, very comfortable, stable, free water taxi service which can take you to and from the group’s other hotels – a lovely way to see the coast. Colony Club is well worth a visit.

Magic Moments :

Evening Dining : imagine at night - a clear ( most nights in our experience ) , star studded, moonlight sky, palm trees swaying in the breeze. You can hear the sound of the sea waves coming in and out on the beach close by. There are beautifully decorated, candle lit tables on decking right close to the beach, and surrounded by lighted torches. Live Music on many nights, but on one special night …..

…..we had a buffet of Caribbean food served by the hotel chefs. Two female singers, one with a stunning voice and” disco “ controlled background music, set by one of the pools. And later : fun trying to copy Sharon, The Limbo Queen of Barbados. A night that will live long in our memory !

Snorkelling right off the beach and seeing turtles swim by you and a lovely variety of small, coloured fish ( nearby, catamarans come in each day to a spot where the crews feed the turtles so their guests can swim with them )

Whizzing along above the waves on a Hobbie Catamaran with an experienced skipper. Many thanks Marinus, Stephen and Ken !

And what did other guests think ? :

Whilst “passing the time of day “ with some of them and asking them if they are were enjoying themselves, a number of them called this place a “ Paradise “ .

Long may this enterprise prosper !

Recommendations :

Bring or buy locally (called : " Off " ) anti midget sprays etc – not had much mosquito troubles !

Bring /buy water shoes – swimming areas are mostly free of coral, but you do come across the odd stone, and you may find such shoes helpful if you snorkel amongst the coral reefs ( there is a shop near the Cave Shepherd Duty Free shops on the way to Holetown that sells them at a reasonable price ).

Future guests may find this contact helpful : Antonia Hinds, Guest Relations Manager, e mail address : ahinds@eleganthotels.com

Send us a private message ( PM) for further advice

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Beachandsea
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Tamarind is both good and not so good. It's a great location right on the beach and not too far from everywhere. The rooms are good especially if you have the suites overlooking the beach where there are superb watersports available. The food is so-so and their idea of a sea view might be different to yours unless you get a little assertive. They also seem to have a habit of leaving trays of leftover room service food on the staircases and landings which isn't very pleasant.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a sea view if that's what you paid for
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Cookiemonster171
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