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Tamarind Barbados in Saint James, Barbados
An extraordinary resort where European style artfully blends with tropical allure, Tamarind on the west coast of Barbados lures guests with privacy and relaxation in an exquisite setting. Do as you please with ease at this elegant beachfront retreat: Wander extensive grounds composed of Mediterranean courtyards, marble fountains, fragrant gardens, hidden pools and secluded corners, indulge with complimentary water sports, or simply stay cached away in a luxurious ocean view suite.
Barbados offers a seductive mélange of culture, cuisine and lifestyle. Attune to the rhythm of the Caribbean starting with a countryside drive to Sunbury Plantation House, one of the island's legendary great houses. Set out on a 4x4 expedition or trek the protected rainforest of Welchman Hall. Scale the heights of Mt. Hillaby and enjoy stunning island views. Discover the sheltered bays of the area's eastern shores, experience the thrill of big game fishing, and then stylishly unwind with an in-room massage or a visit to the hotel's fitness center.
Location of Tamarind Barbados
Nearest Airport: BGI
Amenities for Tamarind Barbados
- General Information
- 110 Guest Rooms
- Room Service
- On-Site Amenities
- Beauty Salon
- Business Center/Services
- Children's Programs
- Active & Adventure
Reviews for Tamarind Barbados
Originally going to visit Barbados last year but the prices were exorbitant so we ended up going to South Africa for half the price. This year ,for some reason, the prices were reasonable and we decided upon this hotel and werenâ€™t disappointed. A really warm welcome with cool towels and rum punch with an immediate upgrade to a suite. The room was large, huge bathroom, coffee maker, I phone dock, safe and fridge. Lovely balcony. The grounds and gardens are impeccably maintained, two pools, and the adult pool which no one used bar us, which was an oasis. Beach outside the hotel with free water sports, we used the speedboat, snorkelling on the reef, water taxi to the Colony club. Also used the beach lads to swim with the turtles and over the ship wreck, a delightful way to spend a morning. The guys in the water sports hut were really helpful, especially at low tide which saved a few cut legs on the reef when they showed me the safe way to get over the coral. Reception was brilliant booking restaurants for us, and arranging our car hire. The staff everywhere at this hotel were so helpful, nothing was too much bother, and always with a smile and a chat. The beach ambassadors with the melon mid morning, ice lollies in the afternoon and waiter service on the beach, brilliant. Lunches at the bar were good and the rotis were our particular favourite. We were initially put off by other guests to try eating at the restaurant at night.Eventually we ate there twice , and the food, service and location on the beach was as good as many of the restaurants we ate at. I would go so far to say that the Caribbean food night was one of the best meals we had all holiday. The hotel is situated well for exploring the island, we visited Bathsheba, Welchmanâ€™s hall gully, Forest flowers, St Nicholasâ€™ abbey, Bottom bay and Crane beach. Also ideal for getting the Reggae buses as well as the national ones. Used them to go to Bridgetown and the garrison,as well as late at night form restaurants. We loved the holiday and the hotel, the staff, the food, ambience, location, weather and the people really made this a wonderful Caribbean experience. More laid back and friendly and totally safer than we expected. I hope we will be back to Barbados in the not too distant future.
TrevitTreels - Alnmouth, United Kingdom
We travelled from London Gatwick November 23rd 2017 spending 10 days at The Tamarind. It was an early start to my 50th Birthday celebrations. I chose the west coast of Barbados for our holiday mainly because of the information I had read on the the beaches and gentler bathing conditions compared to the other coasts. The Tamarind is on Paynes bay next to The House, along from the famous Sandy Lane. I will start with the not so good points then the better ones so here goes, I want to be honest as I really wanted a dream holiday but firstly I was disappointed with check in!! That was not a good start as it is your first impression of the accommodation you have chosen. I booked our rooms through Virgin holidays, they only offered a garden/ pool view room or suite when I booked and nothing in between ie, sea view room. I spent hours reading reviews after booking and decided I would like a seaview room, so I emailed the hotel and reserved a seaview room with them, they sent me confirmation of this and recommended I keep the email as proof of upgrade. So on check in I asked what room I was getting and they said garden/ pool view and I said NO you reserved me a seaview, they said we could not of guaranteed you that, I said I have the email as proof, they were shocked and said that it was from central reservation team and not the hotel directly?? This does not add up to me as what is the point of going to all the trouble of sorting a better room, them confirming it and then saying no sorry when you get there!! We had obviously paid for our original room. We were told they were full and maybe able to put us in a seaview room in a few days, I said forget it, I will take my original room and stay there and believe me, We had a partial seaview anyway, if I had known this view was going to be so nice then I would not of even bothered trying to upgrade, so be mindful of this, some people expect free upgrades but I would never expect it you may be disappointed. Also SUNBED situation is very bad, don't believe anything else, we had to get up every morning at 6.30 it was a joke. The beach is relatively small and there are lots of free water sports available. As you know all the beaches are public, but they are taken over (not literally) by owners of the jet skies! These guys are mainly nice guys they wear licenses around their necks and they don't hassle you much, you can have a laugh and a friendly chat and we never ever bothered with jet ski the whole time. They are NOT free & these guys like to get their bit of business on THEIR stretch of beach and if another jet ski owner turns up and gets the business off the customers they don't like it, there was an argument and swearing on the beach one day, this was not my idea of peace and relaxation, but hopefully was a one off. The Tamarind itself is lovely, the building and the grounds are beautiful, the pics and reviews do not do it justice. We stayed bed & breakfast & the famous Ether and her egg station lived up to expectation, thank you Ether xx now this hotel has a huge return clientele of a mainly older age group. Many retired people, that holiday to Barbados a few times a year, this is a fairly expensive Island so you can imagine the type of person. We met some lovely friendly great people & it wasn't overly pretentious. Happy hour at the pool bar was good 5 ish watch the sunset & get your cocktails in at that time then again at 10 pm. The evening entertainment is poor, it was dead quiet most evenings, except for a few evenings when they have an all you can eat special food night ie Caribbean and you pay separately they lay on a special evening. Paul from guest relations put himself out for us and had fresh flowers delivered to our room, also a handwritten apology about our room not being available, and a bottle of prosecco. There is a good little fridge in the rooms and we got the Reggae reggae bus to the new supermarket and stocked up on drinks and snacks for our room. We had 2 days of rain in November and we thought it would never stop, it was in literally for nearly a whole day. We had some delicious meals out, and a fabulous catamaran trip, see my other reviews.
englandmichelle - England
The best think about travelling to Barbados our of season is the lack of other tourists. The Tamarind had plenty of sun loungers, sunshades & space on the beach for everyone! Swimming off the beach was amazing, one area of water was perfect for swimming ( sandy bottom) or standing in to cool off. The other area had a couple of reef areas & two floating pontoons. The range of fish & number was impressive! All the staff were very helpful & had time to chat as well as provide great service. Loved the water taxi to other resorts in the group & also the three organised trips ( snorkelling with Turtles, Friday Fish Fry & one touring the North & East of Barbados). Given the time of the year, we had no problems getting reservations at the top West Coast restaurants ( Daphneâ€™s, The Tides, The Beach House etc). We always use the local Reggae Bus to get around & this stopped just outside The Tamarind so very convenient & cheap! Also had a great evening at Surfside with a Steel Pan band & lots of Cocktails
GirlsOnTour36 - London, United Kingdom
We are two of the many holidaymakers who return to this hotel time after time. We return for the position of the hotel on the west facing coast, which is good for swimming and watching the sun go down each evening. As long as it is not high tide, a walk along the beach past the Sandy Lane hotel is very pleasant. The hotel is on a bus route which makes visiting nearby restaurants easy if you want a change from eating in. A ride along the coast on the water taxi to other hotels makes a change, and water sports are included. The breakfasts are good, with fresh fruit, traditional hot British and Bajan dishes, and eggs and omelettes cooked to order. Our room was well furnished, well-cleaned every day, and still retained the lovely traditional tiles in the bathroom. I hope these are never replaced! The grounds are spacious and the gardens and outside of the hotel well-maintained, The staff are friendly, helpful and remember their visitors from year to year. All these features make a another visit to the Tamarind highly likely!
MWdevon16 - Devon, United Kingdom
Marvellous place. Staff are really attentive and friendly. You have everything you need on site. Restaurants are very good. We went out to eat most nights, food is really of a high standard everywhere we went. Rooms are a bit tired but again all you need, comfy beds, decent shower, tele, Free WiFi , that is too slow Iâ€™m afraid? The Breakfast Buffett has everything plus some! So we would definitely come again,a lovely time to come, get away from British cold!
KingswellWendy - London, United Kingdom