My wife and I spent ten days at the Tamarind Beach Hotel this month (February 2014). We have taken winter vacations in the Caribbean on and off for the past 30 years, and every year for the past five or six years. We are in our 60s and have no children. The Tamarind Beach Hotel is for us the best place we've been, It was just about perfect, although it is probably not for everyone. The two negatives that I can see are: (1) there is absolutely nothing to do other than sunbathe, swim in the Caribbean (which is right outside your door), and drink daiquiris and read novels while sitting on the comfortable veranda looking out at the sailboats moored in the bay; and (2) you have to eat most of your meals at one of the two restaurants in the hotel (or, incongruously, there is a first-class Italian deli on the premises which has wonderful cheeses and cold-cuts (superb mortadella) and they will make you great sandwiches as a change from the restaurants. The hotel is owned by Italians and the gracious and charming hotel manageress is Italian, as is the food service manager, which I suppose explains the deli. Still, it's a bit like finding a lox and bagel shop in a Texas border town.) (There are two or three restaurants in town, one of which is only open on Wednesday, but that's about it.) The food in the hotel's restaurants is very good, and the menus are reasonably extensive, so we didn't find the limitation to be much of a problem. There is a large new resort on the other side of the island, and it is possible that next year you can eat at one of the several restaurants that will be attached to that facility.
Both of these possible problem issues arise from Canouan's size, which is just three square miles, and which was part of the attraction for us. We live in the middle of New York City, so going to a place so away-from-it-all seemed a plus, but for those who want more facilities such as a pool or gym, these things aren't available. On the other hand, as I mentioned, the Caribbean is right outside your door, and the sand leading to the sea is soft and there is virtually no surf (the hotel is on the leeward side of the Island) or undertow.
The hotel is very well run. The rooms are kept spotless by the warm and welcoming staff, and the service at the restaurants and beach bar is first-rate. The entire facility is charming and designed to fit into the landscape, and it is beautifully maintained. I walk with a cane, which the hotel manageress noticed when we checked in and she immediately moved us to a first floor room from the second floor room to which we were initially assigned. The first floor facility was fancier than the room we had booked, but it was available and we were given it at no extra charge. That's the sort of thing that brings you back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club is a lively beachfront oasis with 40 seaside hideaways, surrounded by tropical gardens, on a long white sand beach. The low-rise property features two thatched-roof restaurants/bars: the "Palapa Restaurant", with a delightful open terrace right at the water edge, offering Italian and West Indian cuisine and the “Pirate's Cove” an informal Bar serving lighter fare. Beach bar, water sports (hydro bikes, windsurf, canoe and sunfish) and massage facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Beach Hotel And Yacht Club
- Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club Canouan, St. Vincent And The Grenadines