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“A wonderful way to spend Christmas and New Year”

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Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 January 2015

The Tamarind has everything in a quintessentially beautiful Bajan manner. I have stayed In many fine hotels around the world and I want to go back to this one. The setting, friendly professional service, fused together with the bajan, "No problem sir, you relax, we'll take care of it for you," attitude is worth every penny. The sea, beach, beach beds and towels, along with the complimentary watersports are of a high standard. The Tamarind is small and this adds to it's relaxed yet stylish ambience. A very safe hotel both for families and lively enough for couples without children. Everything is clean and tidy with any imperfection adding to the Tamarinds charm and character. There are many extras such as the water taxi to its sister hotels. It is no wonder the Tamarind was recommended to me by a frequent visitor to Barbados and has a repeat ratio of guests above 70%. The food was full of flavour and presented well. The rooms, bathrooms and amenties are all of a good standard, though a little tired in places. The Tamarind is well located to literally step out of the hotel and enjoy some really fabulous bars and restaurants. We are already planning a return visit and we only left 18 hours ago. Finally, the wonderful Omelette, poached egg and boiled egg chef who is in attendance nearly every morning needs a special mention. Ether , you put a smile on my face and make the most fabulous omlettes to start the day on. Thank you Ether and everyone at the Tamarind for making Christmas and New Year really speacial for me and my family.

Room Tip: Ask for a 2nd or 3rd floor rooms with pool/garden view and you will have wonderful sunsets to enjoy...
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  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Marco Romano S
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Reviewed 2 January 2015 via mobile

10 days in room 330 by Rilax Pool. The room was a refurbished one day and kept extremely clean throughout our time by housekeeping. The hotel is well maintained and clean throughout but we can see the other comments that some rooms back onto the near by road, which would be noisy and some common parts could do with further refurbishment.
The food, ranging from breakfast, pool meals and the top end 246 Restaurant was all of a very high standard. The high point being the Christmas turkey, which was really very good. Do be aware/ask about prices of any buffet as it can be high.
Our children, 8 and 6, had a lovely, safe time and thoroughly enjoyed the Flying Fish Kids Club.
The staff are exemplary as many other comments have noted.
We would recommend and happily return.

Stayed: December 2014
3  Thank HenryCLD
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Reviewed 1 January 2015

Just returned from a Xmas break at the Tamarind. The staff really made this holiday fabulous, our particular favourites were Andrea and Keimar but many others were great fun and very friendly. The hotel itself is in a great location with the beach practically on the doorstep. The Watersports were greatly enjoyed by 2 teenage boys. The only downside was our suite which looked a bit tired, in particular the bathroom. We also requested late check out when the hotel was booked weeks ago, but was told that this was not a guaranteed option, in the end the hotel was full and we had to check out at noon and wait a few hours for our pick up for the airport. Great food and great weather. The nightly entertainment was also very enjoyable. Many thanks - The Rae Party

Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
4  Thank Jane R
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Reviewed 30 December 2014

We stayed at the resort for a week in late October 2014. This was our second visit to the resort and we are already looking forward to our next visit. The resort itself is on a great beach with lots of areas for swimming in the ocean. Can also take long walks in either direction and explore the coastline. Our room itself was spacious and the view from the balcony was wonderful, overlooking the ocean. What a great sight to wake up to each morning!

The staff at the resort are outstanding. Within 24 hours of our arrival, the restaurant staff knew our names and our room number. We are fans of the local cuisine and discovered that we could special order fish cakes each morning for breakfast - what a treat and thanks to the staff for taking care of that each morning. Hotel management were also great, knew our names, knew we were returning guests. The front desk staff also took care of numerous dinner reservations for us which allowed us to spend as much time as possible on the beach instead of making our own reservations.

The water sports are included at the resort and we took advantage of the wide array of things to do. Really enjoyed going out in the small catamaran - went out several times in the afternoons - great view of the coast from the water.

The food at the restaurants is excellent and the menu contains something for everyone. Bar service was also great. Enjoyed happy hour at the end of the day while watching the sun set from the beach.

We had a great vacation at the resort and will definitely stay there for our next vacation in Barbados. Thanks to the Tamarind staff for welcoming us back and ensuring that our vacation was relaxing and memorable.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view room - the view is well worth it.
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  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 30 December 2014 via mobile

I would like to thank all the staff at the tamarind for making our return stay wonderful once again ..
From check in to checkout this hotel has it all ..a great front of office manager Neil ..
Great rooms !! Great beachfront !!
Great waters sports !! Great food !!
Great staff !! Just great in every way !!
Breakfast was always a pleasure with a wide selection of choices and the worst egg and omelette maker in Barbados ETHER !!
I would personally like to thank all the bar and food staff for always smiling and making the best cocktails on the island !!
Hardon !Josef !mark ! And Mr Chelsea !! And all the bar staff are just class and I can't wait to return for the banter again next year !!
I would like to thank Mr a grant for a great stay and it was a pleasure to meet him and listen to his exciting plans for the future !!
He was always around and available and hosted a great cocktail party ..
The main reason for our return to tamarind was the way we were treated and looked after last year from the wonderful ANTONIA ....
She is what every hotel needs .. Friendly caring professional and always on hand for your every needs ..
I wish her all the success in the world and can't wait for the exciting news regards a brother or sister for the her little one ...

Ok for the slightly negative bits which I raised with management etc !!
Like bathrooms and updating certain things around the hotel !!
I was pleased and reassured that all was being taken care off and that refurbishment was currently underway throughout the hotel ..

For anyone wanting a great break in Barbados my only recommendation is the tamarind !

Keep up the hard work everyone and myself and my family cannot wait to return again next year !!!!!

Thank you all Mr campion and family .

Stayed: December 2014
4  Thank Scott C
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Address: PO Box 429, Paynes Bay, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Paynes Bay
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Price Range: €214 - €986 (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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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

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