Tamarind by Elegant Hotels
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Tamarind by Elegant Hotels in Holder’s Hill (Parish of St. James), you’ll be minutes from Paynes Bay Beach and close to Barbados Polo Club. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Sandy Lane Golf Course and Sandy Lane Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 104 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 outdoor swimming pools and a 24-hour fitness center. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the resort’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.
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Really nice hotel, lovely staff who are always attentive, they even come round with an ice pop and fruit mid afternoon which is a lovely touch. food and drinks were pretty expensive though, akin to London (UK) prices.
I found two issues which is why I have given only three stars:
1/ NOWHERE on the website does it say there are no elevators/lifts. We were on the third floor and it was a real pain (physically as well as literally!) to climb up and down three flights of stairs two or three times a day. I suffer from arthritis in both my knees and while I am generally ok and do not feel the need to make a 'thing' out of it and request a ground floor quite yet, I do think it should be clearer that there are no lifts at all. I'm pretty sure that if I had asked reception, they would have moved us but we came in late at night after a long flight from London and had already unpacked and settled in before i realised it would be a problem for me.
2/ The beach.... one of the reasons we wanted to stay here was the west coast beaches are supposed to be among the best in the world. We were given two answers to why there was only about 4m between the back of the beach and the waters edge - both by staff members. One said the hurricane in July '18 had swept the same up the coast and anther said it happened annually, where the sand got washed up the coast by the tides, either way - the beach was very disappointing and extremely steep, two steps into the water and it was at waist height.
Deciding whether to return to one of two ER hotels for a celebrating birthday trip involved a difference of opinion.
Thankfully we went with one with Tamarind losing. However whilst on the Island we visited to see if we’d chosen correctly.
Tamarind is a shadow of its former self. The place looks like it’s lacking a good proud manager and it’s general standard of upkeep and staff enthusiasm is lower than it should be. Maybe Elegant have moved all the key staff to Waves.
It’s a sad looking place.
We have been returning to the Tamarind for quite a few years and always been happy with the level of service and facilities - this year we noticed a definite decline in both - maybe it was our last visit
The rooms (or at least our Junior Suite) have been refurbished since our last visit and the comfort and quality were good
The beach has been ruined - presumably by storms and surges over the hurricane season - the once lovely sand is covered in rocks, tree stumps or broken coral - with significant erosion of the sand and a steep incline to the sea, there is little room for sun beds which are now crammed together at the top of the beach
During the welcome party we mentioned this to the hotel manager - he said "its OK the sand will come back soon" - maybe it will, maybe it wont ?
At previous welcome parties the manager headed a team of senior hotel staff who mingled with the guests - this time he was on his own, fairly unwilling to engage and dressed down - we were less than impressed
One or two staff at breakfast were pleasant and welcoming but most gave the impression we were a bit of an inconvenience - the included breakfast was uninspiring with little choice and poor quality
All in all we were very disappointed
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in October, despite the rain. Staff were excellent. There were a few things that would have made it better: a bit of music by the pool (no atmosphere); people not being allowed to reserve sunbeds (a pain when you saw them empty for several hours); and not cancelling the manager's drinks due to rain (it could have been indoors). Also a few more exercise classes would have been very welcome as we used the gym every day. Much more should have been made of this. Pilates was great but we missed the Yoga as it wasn't clearly advertised. Something every day would have been great.
I enjoyed a lovely stay here a while back, the hotel is clean and well looked after. Nice variety of places to eat within the hotel, although I felt the food, like the hotel, was a bit overpriced. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Pool and poolside area quite small, but luckily it wasn't busy when we visited so this wasn't a problem. The beach is beautiful, a long but a narrow stretch of white sand, a short distance from Sandy Lane. Couple of small shacks selling drinks and souvenirs on the beachfront.
Very little outside the hotel in close proximity, was worth travelling to other parts of the island, particularly the south, for a little more life.
Rooms were a fair size, with comfortable beds and lovely views.
Would stay again, but would probably prefer to stay further south.