Historical Traveller Reviews of Tamarind Cove Hotel
We arrived at this resort on April 15th in the morning. After being assured they were holding a wonderful room for us, we waitied until 1500 to finally get a room. They switched our room 3 times and after much discussion with the truly "unfriendly" front desk, we were given an ocean front room. We quickly discovered ocean front was a nightmare. Room occupants are not allowed to have keys for the beautiful doors leading to the beach from your room and musy wait on housekeeping to open or lock these doors. We waited an hour for them and then they front desk acted shocked that we wanted them locked. Signs onsite clearly tell you not to take valuables to the beach - so why would we want to leave our room doors unlocked?! Not a first rate resort - when was the last time a resort gave you a pencil to use for room correspondence! And the bathrooms are from the dark ages. Walking in this area is very hazardous! AVOID THIS PLACE!!
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from A TripAdvisor Member
Having read the reviews of the Tamarind Cove Hotel after booking we were a little nervous of what we might find when we arrived. We certainly needn't have worried.
Our room overlooked one of the 3 pools and from the balcony we had superb views over the ocean. The staff were friendly and service orientated, restaurant service was sometimes slow, but not an issue as it gave time to enjoy a relaxed meal - the food was excellent, with fresh buffets at breakfast and lunch and mostly al a carte in the evenings. We took advantage of happy hour in the bar with views of the sunset and were even given a kettle and tea for our room when we asked.
The staff managing the watersports (all of which were included in the room rate) couldn't have been more helpful and we can recommend trying out the hobicat (crewed for us), snorkelling, swimming with the turtles (which was amazing and one of the highlights of our holiday) and if you're feeling adventurous try the banana and biscuit rides.
Fellow guests were friendly and whilst the hotel is very quiet after about 10.00 p.m. we did sample the local nightlife at Oistins (on Frtiday - try marlin at one of the stands fronting the beach, at the back of the car park) and the Crocodile Den - a bar just across the road.
The Esso garage across the road can supply most basic needs, from bottled water (although the bar staff will also fill a small bottle for you) to coffee and milk. We found that shopping / taxis etc. could be paid for in Barbados or US $ with no hassle experienced.
For souvenier shopping we headed to Holetown - the Chattel House Village is colourful and we had very good reports of the cake at the De vine cafe (we ate too much at the tamarind Cove to try it!)
- Walk the beach to the north (takes about 40 minutes to walk along past the Sandy Lane Hotel and back)
- Swim with turtles
- Take the water taxi between the other Elegant Hotels - great way to see the coast line
- Try the watersports at the hotel
- Join in the Wednesday aquacise class in the Sasso pool
- Go back again!
Will return soon
March 2004 We spent a wonderful week at the Tamerind cove in the old section and the room was clean and large with a view. The staff friendly, except for the front desk where they always seemed bothered and uninformed with the activities and entertainment. The hotel is large but we met many people. The watersports are included and that is not really known . The Beach is big and sandy, the swimming area great. We did not take a food plan and had many wonderful meals out, Angry Annies, Ragamuffins, Olives, Tides and the Cliff and all were outstanding. The hotel is great for lunch and breakfast .Take the bus and get into the local flavour of the island, it is safe, cheap, entertaining and convient. The only complaint is really check your bill over. When we arrived they had us down for the whole meal plan something I never requested, and when we checked out they charged us the rack rate which was double what I got from the internet. They fixed the bill but still got it wrong and finally on the third time got it right. I would return again, the location is great but I would eat out at the local restarants and see more of this wonderful island and its wonderful people.
Mixed bag of review
from A TripAdvisor Member
My stay of three weeks was in July 2003. If you can make your trip during Crop Over (Carnival) it certainly will enhance your experience.
I have been to Barbados many times for 2/3 day trips or as a stop over to the Grenadines. I am glad I didnt read too many reviews before booking the trip. I dont care what anybody says - Bajans, even the Caribbean do not enjoy the pleasantries of serving. Some staff can be great fun - others cant force a smile if you tickled them under the foot. Dont expect a welcome with open arms and lovely white teeth.
Treat the disdained with disdain and the smilers with a broad smile.
Reasons for this pick and mix - possibly a throwover from slavery days - or jealousy for the price you have paid for your trip or probably pure tiredness for working so many hours for a pittance. The hotel itself is an excellent 4 star. The beach is long and playful enough. Do yourself a favour and hire a car - get out - sample the delights of Bajan food in real Bajan resturants and you will certainly enjoy!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from 9 days at Tamarind Cove and what a wonderful time we had. I admit that after reading earlier reviews I was feeling very anxious about our vacation (had not checked the site before booking!) and at one stage was tempted to change hotels. However, we were not disappointed. The setting was perfect - beautiful and well maintained gardens, palm trees swaying in the breeze .... etc. Also, the hotel room was pleasant and had an extremely comfortable bed. On the whole the service was excellent, good food, happy hour sipping cocktails watching the sun go down ..... what more can I say. The majority of staff were extremely friendly and helpful - those that weren't were not unhelpful but chose not to make conversation !! Yes, there are some boulders in the sea, but the beach is beautiful and extremely clean. For those worried by the boulders there is a section of sea clearly marked for safe swimming and I can say it was perfect.
The only problem we envisaged was the large no. of birds flying around the resort and in the eating area (Tangiers). Our only complaint was the lack of tea/coffee making facilities in our room, particularly given that we were up at very early hours with our baby and missed our early morning cup of tea !!
At the recommendation of Liberty Travels, we stayed at Tamarind Cove for our anniversary. We were very disappointed with the large property as a whole (our ocean view was of a large/over-grown bougainvillea) and were told how lucky we were. The staff and management were of very little use and unknowledgeable of general courtesy. We were not appreciative of the mosquitoes and lizard that made its way into our room. However, we did call the travel agent in the US and had us transferred over to the next door property called The House. It was a bit better, but overpriced. We didn't mind since we didn't incur the difference in price. Much of the island is slow and not service oriented. This isn't the island for service - choose another!
We stayed at the Tamarind Cove in Barbados from Feb 18, 2004 thru the 23rd. On the first night we were there, we were robbed. Our room safe was not usable, I found out a day too late that there is a key block obtainable at the front desk for a security deposit of $250 US which fits into the safe to make it operable. Our room was beachfront, maybe 100 ft from the ocean and on the second level. Beautiful balcony and view of the beach and ocean by the way. We left our slider door partially open for the ocean breeze. While we slept, someone entered our room thru the deck slider, took my wallet, dropping a few credit cards in the process and made off with all our cash, over $500 US dollars. I found my wallet and credit cards scattered below the balcony on the ground, (they only took the cash). The hotel called the police for us and said they were sorry but that was the end of their involvement and concern. The police came and took a statement and told us that leaving the slider unlocked was an 'invitation'. Strange customs in Barbados! Aside from that horrible event, the beach was nice, as was the water, although the coral boulders in the water were somewhat hazardous. We met some very charming and colorful people at the hotel, mostly Brits. The food was good but although there are two restaurants on the meal plan, only one is open on any given night. There is a restaurant next door named Daphnes, which is associated with the hotel but is not eligible for the meal plan. We tried it once good but not great, and overpriced. You can use the meal plan at the sister resorts but you need to take a taxi. There is a free water taxi for the hotel but it only operates until 4:30PM. The drinks were good as long as you stick to what they know, rum punches and the like. The service is incredibly slow, you usually have to flag down a waitress at the morning buffet or you will never get your coffee. The problem is that the 10% service charge is automatically included so they don't have to work for it and they know it. There is also a 15% additional VAT (value added tax) added to all the meals and drinks and a 7.5% VAT added to your nightly room charge.
Management changes reflect the careless attitude of staff
from A TripAdvisor Member
Our stay at Tamarind began 3 years ago. At that time there was a general manager who had been there for a while. Then they got another one, who seemed to get the place up and running and staff to be friendlier and more efficient. Now it is in local management and is horrible. No one cares if you are there, no one wants to know if you are enjoying yourself. You might as well check into a cheaper hotel and get better service. Tamarind needs someone to watch over the hygene and staff cleanliness. I would not go back. Needs better overall management.
Very Nice People, Place and Hotel
My wife and I had a wonderful long weekend at Tamarind Cove. The staff is very pleasant, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the grounds are a tropical delight. The food at Daphne's next door is truly outstanding, and expertly served. We attended a wedding at the hotel, and it was put together brilliantly by Sandra and her staff. Thinking about returning to Tamarind Cove in the future as a homebase for the Barbados Jazz Festival. The Esso gas station accross the street is actually a plus...cheap water, beer and snacks to keep in the fridge in the room.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Tamarind Cove for a week in November '03. The resort layout is pleasing with very well kept gardens and a pretty beach, though quite small. We had a sea view room which, while it afforded a good view, was a bit "past it". We asked for some problems in the room to be fixed but it never happened. As a whole, the staff were very pleasant and the actual food good but the "dining experience" was a big disappointment. The hotel boasts 2 restaurants, 2 bars and the facility to dine at their sister hotels if you wish (2 sister hotels are minutes away so in theory this is a big plus). In fact, only one restaurant is open each night and the smaller more elegant one is only capable of taking all guests in 2 sittings and even that is a scrum. We booked before anyone else each night and had a poor table the first night. The second time they had lost our reservation so we ate 90 minutes late on leftovers. With regard to the dining options in other hotels, their accommodation was full so that was ruled out at the start. Therefore, 4 restaurants (2 in house, 2 at sister hotels) is in fact only 1. Be warned.
Top Local Tips for Bridgetown
Go to Daphnies (next door) - superb food and service - dinner with a decent bottle of wine (say £50) will set you back £150 for 2. Well worth it - dress code but we saw shorts and slip flops ....don't risk it spoil yourself.Try the yellow buses to get to Bridgtown cost $1.5 (40p) for a white knuckle ride with reggae music. Come back by taxi $30 for a more sedate trip with lovely taxi drivers
Long the top dog on the island, we felt the Cliff was not a comfortable dining experience. The food was excellent, and the view and environment were truly stunning, but for what was nearly double the $$$ of other meals at fine restaurants on the island, we felt suffocated by the staff. It was a good experience overall, but we wouldn't make this a first choice restaurant in the future.
Eating Out/Cocktails Out
Visit any other hotel; Especially try cocktails/dinner at Sandy Lane Hotel, The Cliff Restaurant and Lone Star Restaurant