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Review of Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club

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Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Charlestown
Certificate of Excellence
New York City
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

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.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Connecticut
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78 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

This is a tough review for me to do. The location, beach, staff, and the food were all exceptional, especially the staff. From the front desk, to the wait staff, to the beach help, they are the friendliest and nicest people I have ever met....absolute first rate!

But...

I had read a review on here about the sound of the ocean at night, and this reviewer was dead-on. You had better like the sound of the ocean waves at night because it's coming right through your windows. Actually, the wall of windows facing the water are not windows...they are ALL screens covered by wood shutters. The cool factor of walking a few steps to the water from your porch is great and all, but holy cow! at night, the sound is relentless! My fellow crew members were fine with it, but I really had a hard time with it. So if you love that sound, by all means, you will love this hotel.

Like I said, this is a tough review for me. I could have left that off, but then I wouldn't be giving my usual "Honest and Direct" review. And isn't that why we all use trip advisor?

Room Tip: I thought it would be nice to be on the 2nd level, but being able to walk right out to the beach fro...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

great place, perfect service, friendly people, clean rooms and everything you imagine you want as in the movies, you'll find it there in tamarind beach!! we'll definatly be back soon hoping to pass an other couple of days there (nextt time longer)

Room Tip: all rooms are with sea view and right in front of the beach and most lovely cristal clear water, lov...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Romana M
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Heraklion, Greece
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Excellent restaurant with charming staff in a great setting on the beach. Much pricier than local fare, but good for a splurge. Also home to a good little Italian delicatessen and a dive shop (not working at time of visit).

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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763 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

If you want to enjoy some peace days away from every kind of society, this is the place. Of all Grenadines Islands, I found Canouan the one most explored, which makes this a paradise. You can relax in the beach the whole day and see nothing but blue sea. The infrastructure of the hotel is very good, offering good quality food on the restaurant or the bar (the beer is quite expensive though here), the rooms are comfortable, new and beautiful.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank CaduJardim
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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77 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

While moored of of the Tamarind Beach Hotel we had lunch at the main restraunt. The food was excellent, and the service off the scale for the Caribbean. In four months in Grenada, which we loved, we never had service that even came close. The view is spectacular and did I mention the service was immaculate. They also have a small, but spectacular delli with Italian meats that you wold be hard pressed to find anywhere in the Carribean.

Ignore Unhappy- they love yachties, and have the only dinghy dock on the island. Who is surprised that a small kitchen took some time to make 10 pizzas? Who expects a discount for take out pizza? In most of the Caribbean, they include a service charge (usually 10%, and always listed on the menus) in lieu of tips, so I would not expect to get out of it. Grow up.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 95rangerover
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Woodbury, CT
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162 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

I just spent 2 night at the Tamarind Beach Hotel. It was lovely. The rooms are reasonable size and comfortable. The restaurants were excellent and the staff was most helpful. That's it in a nutshell. It is right on the beach so if you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs since the surf doesn't rest at night. If you are a golfer, bring your clubs. There is a beautiful course 5 minutes away and they will pick you up.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club
Address: Grand Bay | Canouan Island, Charlestown, Canouan
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Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Canouan > Charlestown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Charlestown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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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