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Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 May 2014

I have recently got back from my stay at the Tamarind and what a great place to stay! The service is exceptional, with a rum punch on arrival. The beach and location were superb and the rooms were very comfortable, with great storage facilities.

My only grumble would be the room service menu - there wasn't a great selection on it. But then I suppose this is to encourage guests to eat in the restaurant. Moving on to the restaurant, whilst the food was nice, I felt it was overpriced compared to the quality of food at similarly priced restaurants nearby.

Also, if you have a room above the restaurant, the bands can be quite loud but these are generally finished around 10pm. Might not be so great if you have young children with you though - or trying to sleep off the jet-lag!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

Tamarind Cove Hotel is beautifully situated at the white, sandy beach of Paynes Bay. The hotel was refurbished a few years ago and the beachside dining area is a big improvement to the previously indoor/outdoor dining hall. The rooms are specious and if you book a room with a seaside view you will get a magnificent view over the garden, beach, the sea and the breathtaking Caribbean sunset. The food is very good and the staff friendly and attentive. This is a hotel to return to ( which we now have done for the ninth time). The Tamarind comes highly recommended.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

The staff and service at this hotel are possibly the best I have come across. The facilities and small touches make your stay really relaxing and enjoyable.
However, the buildings, rooms and amenities, whilst clean and cosmetically up to date - are in need of an overhaul. The loungers at the beach and pools are lovely, new, clean and comfortable. The beds in the rooms are large and luxurious. The wifi connection is fantastic in rooms and throughout the property. In room air con is great.
But the rooms themselves, whilst clean and well structured, are old. The bathrooms have had cosmetic renovation but the baths, basins, toilets and tapware are old.
Also the food is 3 star. The variety is great but the quality and presentation of breakfast is average (although to be fair probably 4 star). But I was particularly disappointed with the upscale restaurant which has an amazing location and ambience (deck overlooking the beach) but the food is really average, not good value for money.
The spa menu and treatment are fantastic (arguably 5 star), but the amenities are at best 3 star. So it takes away from the overall experience.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We've just got back from a weeks' holiday at the Tamarind. The hotel is in a great location... The beach is fab. The pools are lovely and warm. Even though people were out at 7am to reserve sunbeds, there were always plenty available. The beach service was great and the fresh fruit, ice lollies and cold towels were a bonus. The food was all of a good quality - the a la carte restaurant was in a great setting and the lobster there was very reasonably priced. Watch out for the rum punch at happy hour.... It certainly had a kick!!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We have just visited Tamarind for the fourth time having been married there in 1995. Our holiday this time was even better than our previous stays. We were made to feel so welcome on arrival and immediately we felt comfortable and relaxed. The hotel is in a fabulous location with beautiful views. Our room was above the reception area and looked out over the garden and beach - at no point were we aware of the road behind - it has never been a problem because when in Tamarind we forget we are on a road at all. The sound of the waves and the birds were generally all we could hear. We are a couple with no children and Tamarind ticks all our boxes - our spacious and clean room was fabulous with an amazing view of the gardens and the sea. We ate dinner each evening (and also had some lunches) at the 246 restaurant which is located right next to the beach with pretty lights and fire torches at night - so lovely to hear the sea lapping at the beach whilst eating. The food was of good quality with plenty of variety and the entertainment most evenings was excellent. The buffet style breakfasts provided so much choice including lovely fresh fruit every morning - there was something for everyone. The staff were so accommodating with a very refreshing can do attitude - they take so much pride in their work whatever their role. We felt we were amongst friends. The pools are kept beautifully, the beach area is also well kept - and we appreciated the fresh fruit and ice lollies which the beach attendants brought round to us throughout the day. We feel that Tamarind has a magical feel and cannot wait to get back there.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Moved to Tamarind from another hotel for the 2nd half of our Easter holiday. The rooms are just fab and if lying on a lovely lounger listening to steel band music is your idea of a wonderful time......this is the place for you ! Pool area great but the highlight is the beach with it's watersports - we did snorkelling and water skiing - just ace, he got both our teenage girls up first time on ski's. Food really nice, but watch the wallet. We had one issue over dinner one night, but the manager sorted it the next morning and was really concerned that we had a great experience. Not much night life close by so if you want to rock and roll get a taxi to Holetown or the Gap.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Andy H
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Tamarind is a fantastic hotel for families especially with young children but also for couples because of its location and also the entertainment and romantic setting. I think the best thing about the hotel is the brilliant staff who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. To make but a few... Paul in food and beverages knew that my mum liked a type of Danish pastry and would bring them to our table every morning at breakfast even if they weren't out on the buffet. Andrea, who is also in food and beverages is a credit to the hotel, she is welcoming, professional and had the time to speak to us every time we saw her, she remembered our names and made us feel special. We had dinner several times at the hotel on her recommendation and must say the quality of the food was excellent. The surf and turf night was a particular favourite of ours, we had lobster tails that were delicious yet very reasonably priced. It was lovely listening to The live band sapphire whilst having dinner overlooking the beach.
Arden, the barman makes the best cocktails and brings happy to the happy hour! Thank you for being so welcoming and professional.
In fact all the staff here are great and made such a fuss of our 3 year old. I know he will miss them for sure!
I must also mention The kids club as it's fantastic. The staff are brilliant and I had no problem leaving our son there for an hour a day although you can leave them there much longer should you wish! They have daily activities to suit kids of all ages and my son loved it. A big thank you to all the staff there! Charlie really enjoyed himself!
Our room in the hotel was large and spacious. We had a ground floor junior suite right near the main pool and beach which was ideal for us with our 3 year old as had easy access back to our room. We also had a pull out sofa bed which my 3 year old slept on and the room didn't feel at all cramped with it out. The rooms are modern, clean and well equipped.
We used to stay here many years ago and have seen many vast improvements over the years. Kim, the hotel manager seems to have really upgraded this hotel and There are lots of little touches that make your stay special. For example complimentary fresh fruit, cold towels and ice lollies delivered to your sun loungers a well as better beach towels and sun loungers.
Thank you Tamarind for a wonderful stay yet again, we hope to return next year!
Amy, Sue and Charlie xx

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Address: PO Box 429, Paynes Bay, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish > Paynes Bay
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Paynes Bay
Price Range: £188 - £883 (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
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