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Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

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Oceanfront resort with family-friendly amenities like a kids club and free water sports equipment
Some say the cuisine is disappointing
Tamarind offers tailored experiences to a range of travelers. Kids can participate in educational activities through the Flying Fish Kids Club or join their parents on the family-sized daybeds surrounding the three pools. Meanwhile, lovebirds can indulge in a sunset cruise for two or a couples spa treatment. Tamarind also boasts Caribbean-inspired rooms and suites with oversized balconies or patios, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and free Wi-Fi access. Another bonus: Because Tamarind sits on a 750-foot strip of Paynes Bay Beach (on Barbados' western coast), guests have access to plenty of complimentary shoreline activities, including snorkeling, water skiing and paddleboarding. When it's time to eat, travelers can indulge in a beachfront feast at one of the three on-site restaurants. Though recent visitors praised the family-friendly dining atmosphere, many said the dishes were subpar at best. For a change of scenery, hop on a free water taxi and try the cuisine at the other Elegant Hotels properties throughout Barbados.
St. James
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 104 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Ocean



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Other Awards

  • Frommer's Very Highly Recommended



One of seven Elegant Hotels properties in Barbados (six on the island's west coast), this sleek Mediterranean-style resort, which sprawls along 750 feet of prime west-coast beachfront, is large enough to cater to active families and sophisticated couples, including honeymooners. Teenagers enjoy hanging out in Club Tamarind, with its large-screen game consoles, and participating in other age-appropriate activities on and off the resort grounds.


With three pools, a long but narrow beach, an on-site spa and salon, and both family and adult-only areas, the resort has wide appeal. Its location just south of Holetown on the scenic and ritzy west coast is convenient and scenic.

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1448 have reviewed the Tamarind by Elegant Hotels, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1448 reviews 4.5 (based on 1448 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels offers both guest rooms and suites with colorful Caribbean-inspired decor and large balconies or patios with pool, garden or ocean views. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, minifridges and combination showers and bathtubs.
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Some rooms have pull-out chairs
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located on the western coast of Barbados on a 750-foot stretch of Paynes Bay Beach, Tamarind sits within walking distance of several sister properties, including The House by Elegant Hotels and Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels. Guests can also reach various bars and restaurants on foot from the property.
  • Complimentary water taxi service to all nearby Elegant Hotels outposts
  • Roughly 15 miles northwest of Grantley Adams International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet at Tamarind's open-air restaurant, the Sugar Cane Room, or via room service. At the resort's signature restaurant, 246 Bar & Restaurant, diners can enjoy Caribbean-inspired dishes for lunch and dinner while taking in ocean views. The eatery also hosts themed dinners and offers poolside dining. The third on-site restaurant, Rilaks Deck & Bar, serves lighter dinners, snacks and cocktails and offers a relaxed vibe by the beach.
  • Room service available from 7 to 10 a.m.
  • Rilaks Deck & Bar has happy hour specials from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily
  • Additional dining establishments at sister properties
  • Private beach dinners (fees apply)

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Latin American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


Tamarind features three swimming pools, including an adults-only spa pool. Ambassadors are on hand at the pools and the beach to assist with fresh fruit and popsicles, chilled towels and tropical drinks. The beach is where guests can also borrow kayaks, snorkel gear, Hobie Cat sailboats and paddleboards.
  • Room rates cover banana boat rides, tubing and water skiing
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The on-site spa offers various massages, facials, body treatments and nail care. The spa menu also features specialty services, such as couples massages and kids and teens treatments.
  • Poolside massages (additional charges apply)
  • Adults-only spa pool

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


In addition to its family-friendly accommodations, children's menus and standard amenities, Tamarind offers the complimentary Flying Fish Kids Club for children ages 3 to 12. The club hosts supervised activities like arts and crafts, pool games and beach walks. Meanwhile, teens can play video games and billiards inside the on-site teens lounge.
  • Babysitting services (charges apply)
  • Free loaner water sports equipment like kayaks, Hobie Cat sailboats and snorkel gear
  • Complimentary baby blankets, tubs, night lights and more available upon request; wipes and formula can be reserved in advance for a fee
  • Children's spa services
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The resort houses a 24-hour fitness center with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. Plus, Tamarind offers beach volleyball, football and cricket, plus free water sports equipment, such as kayaks and paddleboards.
  • Complimentary yoga, Pilates and aqua aerobics classes
  • Tennis courts at several sister properties
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


Tamarind offers two dedicated meeting and event spaces, the Palm Room and the Oleander Room, as well as several outdoor venues for dinners and receptions. The largest meeting room can accommodate up to 100 guests, and the resort offers a fully equipped business center with computers, printers and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
  • Audiovisual equipment

Number of meeting rooms2

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Tamarind offers several wedding packages, including a wedding-for-two package and a vow renewal package that includes a magistrate, a bridal bouquet, a boutonniere and a Champagne dinner for two. Popular ceremony venues include the tropical gardens and the property's white sand beach. Packages are available for up to 10 guests and include a variety of options, from photography and catering to live entertainment.
  • Custom quotes for groups with 10 or more guests

Maximum wedding guest capacity10

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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