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At a Glance
A relaxed 4 star feel and family friendly suite accommodation
Flying Fish children's club for kids aged 3 to 12
Next to Daphne's restaurant, one of the best on the island
Great value on the fashionable west coast of Barbados
Adult-only pool to get away from the kids if you so wish
A great base from which to explore with nearby catamaran cruises, exceptional dining and rum distilleries
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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Offering warm temperatures throughout the year the Caribbean is a perfect year round destination. With an average of 9 hours sunshine a day the peak season runs from December through to April which is the dry season when you can expect very little rainfall. May to November are the slightly wetter months where you will find an increase in rainfall as the summer season goes on and with that some humidity, however the Summer months are still a great time to travel as the temperatures are hot and the rain tends to come in short heavy bursts but not all day long. The wettest months with the most humidity are September and October and these are the most probable months for hurricanes to occur in the region although many islands have not experienced hurricanes for a number of years. The average daily temperatures range from the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime.
Tamarind is a family friendly hotel on the gorgeous Platinum coast on the west of Barbados. Set on a stunning beach, Tamarind is a real Caribbean gem and an ideal place from which to explore the island.
Tamarind enjoys a great location on the glamorous west coast of Barbados, and boasts a beautiful beach. It has a good range of accommodation for families.
Guests eat in style by the beach at one of Tamarind's great restaurants and can also choose to eat at one of the resort's sister hotels. Or you may want to have a private dinner for two right on the beach. For those who love to make eating fun, there is the Sunday Beach Party featuring a grill station, steel pan music, local cuisine and a mini beach bar for the adults.
There is a host of activities at the Tamarind both in and out of the resort. From exploring the Platinum Coast or the island itself which the concierge team can help arrange, to a variety of complimentary watersports including kayaking, snorkelling and sailing. The Royal Westmoreland, an 18 hole Robert Trent Jones designed course, is nearby for keen golfers.
Children will love it here too, with the Flying Fish Kid's Club for children aged between 3 and 12 years, and the Tamarind Club for the older ones, ensuring kids of all ages are kept entertained for the duration of their stay.
Tamarind's 102 guest rooms and suites offer vibrant, modern décor, spacious floor plans, spacious balconies and panoramic ocean views. There are seven different types of guest rooms and suites, each offering individual features, but all rooms at Tamarind include access to on-site recreational activities and are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities: flat screen cable TV, iPod docking station, air conditioning, fridge, safe, hairdryer and bathroom with bathtub and shower.
|Pool or Garden View||
These rooms have a king-sized bed, and can accommodate one child on a sofabed. Partial ocean views may be available in select rooms.
Suitable for up to two adults with a king-sized bed.
|Ocean Front with Sleeper Chair||
Suitable for up to two adults with a king-sized bed and one child with a sofa bed.
|Junior Suite Pool/Garden View||
These suites either have a view of the pool or the gardens. They feature a king-sized bed or two twin beds, a spacious living area and are suitable for two adults and two children.
|Junior Suite Ocean View||
With their fabulous ocean views, these suites have one king-sized bed or two twin beds and spacious living area. They are great for families with two children.
|One Bedroom Suite Pool/Garden View||
Ideal for a family with up to three children, these suites have a pool or garden view and a separate living area.
|One Bedroom Suite Ocean Front||
These suites have fabulous ocean views and a separate living area. They feature a king-sized bed and sofa bed, and can accommodate a family with up to three children.
|Family Connected Ocean View Junior Suites||
A great option for families, this room type guarantees connecting Ocean View Junior Suites and offers the fabulous ocean views, with one king-sized bed or two twin beds and a spacious living area. Connecting suites can accommodate 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children.
Tamarind Barbados welcomes children of all ages. The Flying Fish Kid's Club (open from 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and some Sundays in High Season) provides age specific activities for children between the ages of 3 and 12, while certified nannies are on hand to look after your younger children. The hotel's nannies can help guests out with small children by the pool, and they are also on hand to provide babysitting in the evenings at an extra charge. Younger children can also take part in the kid's club activities when accompanied by an adult. Older children will be entertained in Club Tamarind, a family lounge equipped with Wii, table football, table tennis and other games. There are also organised activities such as chaperoned movie nights at the local cinema and organised pool volleyball games for older children as well a wide range of outdoor activities, including complimentary watersports.
Tamarind Barbados has a good choice of restaurants and bars. Breakfast is served in the Sugar Cane Room - an open-air restaurant serving a full buffet breakfast and local Bajan delights to get your day off to a flying start. Rilaks Deck is a South Beach Miami-inspired outdoor lounge that serves light snacks and cocktails. Or take in spectacular ocean views from 246, a beachfront restaurant offering all-day dining and a fresh fruit and vegetable bar as well as à la carte dining with chef's specialties, themed evenings and live poolside music on select evenings. Zagat is an ocean-fronted, fine dining restaurant creating gourmet Italian fare. Guests can also take part in the Elegance Dine Around Programme at the Tamarind's sister hotels along the coast, getting there and back with the complimentary water taxi service (during daytime hours). The Tamarind Barbados restaurants also have children's menus.
The spa is small offering a range of treatments or choose the beach side spa cabana location for a relaxing outdoor massage.
Guests can enjoy a variety of activities at the Tamarind. Try exploring the Platinum Coast using the hotel's complimentary water taxi, or the island on your own by renting a car, bicycle or scooter. The concierge team at Tamarind Barbados can arrange catamaran cruises, rugged safari tours, glass-bottomed boat rides, deep sea fishing and more. Keen golfers are close to the Royal Westmoreland, an 18 hole Robert Trent Jones designed course, as well as the 18 hole Apes Hill course.
From the beach, guests have a whole range of complimentary watersports at their disposal, including waterskiing, banana boating, snorkelling, sailing, boogie boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding.
The concierge team are also very helpful in putting together family friendly itineraries. From adventures such as swimming with turtles, to educational marine programmes and golf lessons, there are plenty of ways to have fun on a family holiday in Barbados.
Victoria Douglas (Staff)
Being utterly honest, in other destinations Tamarind doesn't sit in the same league as most Scott Dunn approved hotels, however if you are looking for a family friendly property in Barbados that is on the beautiful and glamorous West Coast then this is a good value option. Especially given that they have a great kids club with extremely passionate staff eager to give the parents time to relax. The T-shirt printing is particularly popular!
The rooms are pretty functional but they have interconnecting family suites that are excellent for ensuring that as a family you have the right amount of space which is often of greater importance when travelling with kids than the aesthetics. The beach is great and there are an array of watersports and even a sea trampoline to enjoy. You can also take the free water taxi to the other hotels in the Elegant chain for a change of scenery any time you like, so all in all for families this is a good lead-in option.
Clare Leigh (Staff)
Very much a family hotel, the Tamarind has one of the best kids clubs - Flying Fish - for 3 - 12 year olds and there is also Club Tamarind for 12 years + offering a really cool place to hang out and make friends. Tilly the Turtle is still there and providing inspiration for the t-shirt design that the children can do.
The rooms are very traditional in decor and some of the bathrooms are yet to be re-furbished. What is great is that the rooms have a mini fridge which isn't stocked so you can either order drinks and snacks through the hotel or you can go to the nearby store in Holetown and stock your fridge yourself. There are some great restaurants to dine in close by if you want to leave the resort.
Melissa Channe (Staff)
Tamarind is a great resort for families. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Take the complimentary water taxis to the sister resorts where you can dine and use the facilities. There are no boats allowed on the beach at the resort, which makes it quiet and good for snorkelling.
Kirsty Harper (Staff)
Tamarind is a brilliant family friendly hotel, they offer one of the largest children's clubs I have seen on the west coast and have a lovely stretch of beach and an option of pools. Hop on one of the hotels complimentary water taxis to visit their sister properties.
Alice Moseley (Staff)
An excellent hotel for families located on a wonderful stretch of beach. Good accommodation options, great kids club and dining options. For those after water sports, this can be enjoyed from the beach at Tamarind. Conveniently located close to other restaurants in the nearby area.
Formerly called the Tamarind Cove Hotel, the Tamarind reopened in late 2010 after a major overhaul. Now with a chic and contemporary look, it's one of the best bets for a smart but informal, and relatively affordable, west-coast stay - and its location is hard to beat.
The hotel backs on to a lovely long stretch of shaded golden sand towards the southern end of Paynes Bay, a strong contender for the very best west-coast beach. (It does, however, get busy in season, with catamarans bringing trippers to swim with turtles in the bay). A wide selection of complimentary watersports is on offer.
With bright orange cushioned sofas and livid green sun loungers on the hotel's beachfront lawns, and tables set on wooden decking under big white parasols, the Tamarind aspires to bring a slice of Miami Beach style to Barbados - and by and large it succeeds.
Staff are young and keen, but not always as clued in as they could be.
With abstract art on walls, striking floral-patterned cushions on beds, and leather sofas and armchairs, the bold modern look extends to bedrooms. Bathrooms, however, have not been given a makeover and look a bit tired by comparison. If you want to splash out, go for an Ocean View Junior Suite, a corner room with sea views in two directions.
Food & drink
Dining options are more flexible than at most Barbados hotels, with an extensive all-day menu featuring the likes of salads, pasta, crab cakes and roti. Guests on half board or full board get credits towards food and drink at three sister properties in the Elegant Hotels group.
Value for money
Rates are not at all bad for a hotel of this style in such a prime location - especially if you factor in the hefty discounts that are often on offer for stays of four nights or more. Free wifi is on offer. Rates include breakfast.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes - there's a children's club offering interesting activities (some off site) for 4-12 year olds, a games room for teenagers, and a children's menu.
Gemma Dobson (Staff)
Tamarind is a great choice for those wanting to be on the prestigious West Coast in a great location and at a reasonable price. I love the stretch of beach here, with its gentle waters it's perfect for swimming with young children and the sand is gorgeous. From here you can also walk along the beach to discover some other nice restaurants and hotels.
I have stayed at Tamarind several times as it is somewhere that I find comfortable and very family friendly. The rooms are a good size and can easily accommodate additional beds for younger children. They have a great kids club too!
There are three pools to choose from - one of which is the adult only spa pool which is very peaceful and nice to escape to with a book when the children are not with you! This hotel does have a resort feel to it but at the same time never feels crowded as during the day guests are spread out on the beach and between the pools or off out exploring the island.
I really like Barbados as an island, everything is very easy to get to and there are so many different places to visit and great restaurants to choose from - it's an island that you will never get bored of.
Taxis around the island are very reasonable and for those who want to travel like a local there are many frequent buses. From right outside Tamarind you can catch a bus for just $2 Barbados Dollars (about 80 pence) up to Holetown or down to the South Coast and it's a fun and inexpensive way to get around.
Katie May (Staff)
Tamarind offers fantastic value for families after a beach front location, with a great kids club. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, and the children's club is amongst the best I have seen in the Caribbean. If you're not spending time on the beach, there are three pools to chose from, one of which is adults only. The children's club offers a varied and fun programme, which includes pool time, and off site excursions.
Mount Gay Rum Tour and Lunch
See how the oldest rum of Barbados is made, and discover the history behind Barbados’ finest and most celebrated spirit.
Private Island Tour
The Private Island Tour gives you the opportunity to take a tailor-made trip around the island.
Tiami Catamaran Cruise
Take a private catamaran cruise along the Barbados coastline.
Location & directions
Located on the stunning Platinum coast of Barbados on the west of the island, next door to famous Daphne's Restaurant.
How to get there
9-hour international flight (non-stop) to Grantley Adams International airport, followed by a 40-minute road transfer to Tamarind Barbados.