Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Situated on an idyllic 750ft crescent of beach on the Platinum West Coast of Barbados, Elegant Hotels proudly re-introduce Tamarind. A fusion of Mediterranean warmth and Caribbean spirit coupled with serene outdoor spaces give it a distinctive personality. It is a perfect holiday destination for couples, honeymooners and families seeking a stylish retreat. There’s an array of complimentary water sports and activities for all ages, kids' club, family lounge, fitness centre, an intimate spa and relaxation pool (adults only) and access to acclaimed golfing nearby. Culinary experiences include the 'Taste of Asia', 246 Fridays and Caribbean buffet nights, and a series of chef-inspired à la carte menu options with live entertainment five days a week.

Amenities

  • Kids Club
  • Wheelchair access
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa

Where is it

At Paynes Bay, St James. 20-minutes to Bridgetown. Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

104 rooms on 3 floors with no lifts. All with balcony or patio, air-conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, radio with iPod docking station, fridge, complimentary WiFi access, safe, iron and ironing board, bathrobe, and hairdryer. 

Pool/Garden View Rooms have 1 king-size bed and a sleeper chair, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. All rooms are non-smoking.


All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch, all-day dining options, afternoon tea and dinner. All beverages and cocktails (excluding champagne and fine wines). Room service is also available at a supplementary delivery charge. Complimentary motorised and non-motorised water sports, and fitness classes. Guests can enjoy access to the amenities and facilities at the hotel's sister properties (subject to availability, exclusions may apply).

Oceanfront Rooms have sea views and 1 king-size bed. This room type is not available as a twin, and sleeps maximum 2 adults. 

Oceanfront Rooms with Sleeper Chair, featuring 1 king-size bed and pull out sleeper chair. This room type is not available as a twin, and sleeps maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Junior Suite Pool/Garden View featuring a living area with sofa bed, and either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suite Ocean View featuring a living area with sofa bed, and either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Wheelchair accessible Room with roll-in shower.

1-Bedroom Suite Pool/Garden View featuring a separate living room with sofa bed, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

1-Bedroom Suite Oceanfront featuring a separate living room with sofa bed, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Connected Oceanview Junior Suites are available and consist of 2 Junior Suite Oceanview Rooms, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children. 

Sugar Cane Room — open-air restaurant serving full breakfast buffet, traditional breakfast choices as well as local Bajan delights. Rilaks Deck & Bar — South Beach Miami-inspired outdoor lounge serving light snacks and cocktails with music including R&B, jazz, Caribbean, and soul. The 246 Deck — oceanfront restaurant serving local and international dishes for lunch and dinner. Room service*. Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme* at select sister properties (drink and meal supplements may apply, exclusions may apply).

Live entertainment 5 days a week, including live bands, solo artists, and steel pannists. Saturday special BBQ buffet nights.

3 freshwater pools including an adults-only relaxation pool. Boutique spa*. Fitness centre. Yoga, aqua aerobics, and fitness classes. Complimentary motorised and non-motorised water sports including water-skiing, tubing, banana boat rides, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, hobie cat sailing, and kayaking. Water trampoline. Flying Fish Kids Club. Tamarind Teens Den with outdoor activities, water sports and local educational activities.

Boutique. Jewellery store. Gift shop. Complimentary WiFi in rooms and throughout the property. Daytime water taxi service (subject to availability and weather conditions) stops at select West Coast Elegant Hotels. Beach and Pool Ambassador service.

A Tourism Fee will be charged per bedroom, per night and will be collected at check out. The rate is subject to change by the Government, and varies by hotel room. Fees currently range from 8.75 Barbadian dollar (approximately £3.90) to 35 Barbadian dollar (approximately £16.00) per bedroom, per night. 

Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

1 night between 5 Jan-21 Dec and 5 Jan-31 Oct.

7 nights between 22 Dec-2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Special assistance

Please note: child ages from 2-12 years.

Dress code: elegantly casual in the evenings.

Please note: over Christmas and New Year, a dinner credit of $90 per adult and $45 per child will be given towards the cost of the gala dinners.

Please note: the Dine Around Programme is only available at select properties and may be subject to an additional cost. A complimentary water taxi to select west coast Elegant properties is available during daytime only and subject to availability and weather conditions.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A really bad holiday.

May 23, 2024 raylZ1358FN

We arrived after a long flight and were told the room was not ready having been booked months before after 2 hours it was ready, not what you would expect. A few days later the lock broke and we couldn’t get in the room, this was fixed and shortly after the safe had the same problem and had to be replaced then the door lock broke again. The hole… Read more
We arrived after a long flight and were told the room was not ready having been booked months before after 2 hours it was ready, not what you would expect. A few days later the lock broke and we couldn’t get in the room, this was fixed and shortly after the safe had the same problem and had to be replaced then the door lock broke again. The hole place was falling apart to top it all we had no hot water for 4 days I believe we should be compensated for this but nothing! Read less
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Apr 26, 2024 FGAZSussex Sussex

Loved our stay at The Tamarind. We had a huge room off the adult spa pool with a patio and view of gardens and ocean. Incredibly comfortable bed and kept very clean with beach towels left in the room daily. Food was superb, could possibly do with more vegetarian options. Buffet some nights and themed a la carte. All the staff were hard working… Read more
Loved our stay at The Tamarind. We had a huge room off the adult spa pool with a patio and view of gardens and ocean. Incredibly comfortable bed and kept very clean with beach towels left in the room daily. Food was superb, could possibly do with more vegetarian options. Buffet some nights and themed a la carte. All the staff were hard working and friendly. Liked the pool ambassador getting drinks occasionally and handing out ice lollies in the afternoon. We enjoyed the free water sports and the water taxi to other hotels in the group was a real bonus- we went to Waves for lunch one day. Very different hotel and we preferred the Mediterranean style of the Tamarind and the fact it was spread out along a couple of beaches giving a spacious feel. Sea was really warm and we saw loads of fish just off the beach when snorkelling. I know the hotel is due to be refurbished but nothing detracted from our stay. Would definitely return. Read less
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Apr 20, 2024 Shalom C

Very nice hotel. Fabulous. Very spacious. 3 pools & beautiful rooms facing Caribbean Sea Very helpful & friendly staff from management, reception, bar & dining. Absolutely wonderful experience to stay at the Tamarind Hotel. Highly recommended Shalom & Margrit
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Apr 19, 2024 Keepmywifehappy Somerset, United Kingdom

This has been our fifth stay at an Elegant Hotels Group hotel in Barbados, and so we had a good idea of what to expect. We have not been disappointed. Our interconnecting rooms are spacious, with fantastic views of the sea. We are above the reception, but you wouldn't know it - there isn't much noise. The free water sports have been brilliant. We… Read more
This has been our fifth stay at an Elegant Hotels Group hotel in Barbados, and so we had a good idea of what to expect. We have not been disappointed. Our interconnecting rooms are spacious, with fantastic views of the sea. We are above the reception, but you wouldn't know it - there isn't much noise. The free water sports have been brilliant. We did the rings (or tubes as they are called in America), the kayaks and paddle boarding, while we took the sea taxi to a couple of the other hotels. My wife overdid it on the rum and cokes one night. The very helpful pharmacy is only a short walk away in Holetown, as is a supermarket and two banks. The rooms look tired, but as Marriott has well documented, the chain is about to undergo an upgrade, so we weren't surprised by the condition of certain parts of the hotel. Most of the staff have been great. Although it's an all-inclusive hotel, don't forget to tip the staff now and again. It looks really pikey if you don't. My only concern is for the future wellbeing of the staff. A number of guests have asked the staff what is going to happen to them in the intervening period between the closure and reopening of the hotel, and they don't know. I really hope that Marriott looks after the staff. If they don't, it could be a PR disaster for them. It is something which we and a number of regular Elegant Hotels guests will be keeping a close eye on. Read less
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Apr 15, 2024 vicjoynt

Currently staying at the Tamarind in the junior ocean view suit (316). The room is large, cleaned every day with fresh towels and has a great view. Yes the hotel is a bit tired in parts but this has not impacted on our stay. No issues getting beach towels or sun lounges. The food has been varied, we haven’t had a bad meal yet. Most of the staff… Read more
Currently staying at the Tamarind in the junior ocean view suit (316). The room is large, cleaned every day with fresh towels and has a great view. Yes the hotel is a bit tired in parts but this has not impacted on our stay. No issues getting beach towels or sun lounges. The food has been varied, we haven’t had a bad meal yet. Most of the staff have been friendly especially Ray at the bar! The free water sports are great. Sea visibility clear and snorkelling off the beach fantastic- wide variety of colourful fish. Read less