Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club
What We Love
- Breakfast is included in the rate
- Authentic Caribbean experience at this small beachfront hotel
- Friendly staff and a warm clientele of repeat guests
- All rooms are on the beach
- On-site Pirates Cove Bar and Grill is the island’s hottest spot
- Activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and more
What To Know
- Canouan is a small, less developed and laid-back island — not for Type A travelers
- Rooms are not lavish, though all have air conditioning, safes and patios
- Tamarind receives many day visitors, especially sailors
- There is one massage room
- No pool — but with the beach right there, who needs it?
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Canouan Island (Charlestown), Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club is convenient to Trump International Golf Club and Mysore Bay beach. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of South Glossy Bay Beach and Mount Royal.
Make yourself at home in one of the 39 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar.
Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Tamarind Beach Hotel is a solid 4 Star Hotel, doing practically everything with great attentiveness. The reception staff of Afeisha, Marcia, and Dalla are welcoming, attentive, and genuine people who will do anything for you. At arrival we were quickly checked in within 5 mins. At this point they also inquired about our departure plan 5 days later. Seeing some missteps in my plans they suggested another option and by the next morning had it all arranged. We asked about a snorkel excursion and they researched my options and arranged everything - with charges on my account instead of me having to pay separately at a lower exchange rate. They even arranged another complex transport request with a simple “We’ll take care it!”
Rooms: Our room, a suite, ranks amongst the best we’ve encountered in the Caribbean; meticulously clean, updated, and warmly inviting. Irma and Karen did a wonderful job keeping our room stocked and clean. All rooms face the beach and have a terrific view of the water with no obstruction from the palm trees. Rooms are about 50 yards from room to water so we are lullabied by ocean waves. I’d recommend a top floor room because other guests on lower floors said they could hear top floor guests moving around.
They have 8 suite rooms and I was happy to have the extra space to spread out. Bathroom fixtures were all functioning well; we elected for short showers because “water is precious like gold here”. The king bed was comfy and all linens felt new. Air conditioning was cool and well functioning. The suites have small TVs with 50 channels including HBO and Cinemax. Reception was fuzzy to very clear depending on the channel. We watched one TV show the whole week.
WiFi is quite strong in the room and even on the beach, not so for the restaurant. Like everywhere on the island the internet can be sporadic. Rooms have safes and ours also had mini refrigerator. The balcony was nice and shaded during most of the day.
Beach: The beach is lovely and very nice for swimming. There are waves but quite gentle most of the time. Attendants do an excellent job to rake up the seaweed twice a day and keep the beach pretty. Cudos to those guys doing this never ending job! The beach attendants, Floyd and Clinton, do an excellent job creating a nice beach experience for you. Everyday they set up your lounger with cushions and towels and anticipate your other needs by what you requested the day before. BTW, the loungers are sturdy wood with quality pads, something I’ve seen only at high end hotels. Your lounger can be under your individual shade or in full sun. A beach bar serves your every drink need with whatever casual food you’d like from the restaurant. They also walk around making sure “everything is OK?!”
Snorkeling in this area isn’t great but the swimming is wonderful. The area has sailboats coming and going daily but they’re moored away from the beach and just create a picturesque scene, not a nuisance. We saw no jet skis or runabout pleasure boats.
Occasionally a cruise ship will anchor offshore and bring Day guests over (happened once, with about 15 cruise guests). The beach is plenty big enough and Floyd was very attuned to making sure his hotel guests had the preferred spots. I very much appreciated this attention.
The hotel grounds are really lovely and the crew is very busy keeping everything clean and orderly. There are 2-3 common areas under cover for you to gather with others outside of the sun. The hotel dock welcomes guests from sailboats and other private water craft.
Restaurant: In our visit the hotel was only 1/3 full so they used one of their two restaurants, Pirates Cove. Being an Italian owned resort there are many excellent Italian dishes, all with pasta handcrafted on site, with delicious taste. There are a variety of seafood and other choices and all of our meals were very good. Special mention about the Lobster pizza - amazing flavor. Prices are common for the Caribbean- $25/ person +\-. The service here is immediate and very customer focused. Matteo, the food and beverage manager, is incredibly attentive to patrons and workers alike. He’s truly happy to share his dining experience with you, while also training wait staff to a new level of service and intention. You see him carefully giving guiding directions and encouragements throughout the evening and the restaurant seems all the better because of it. Gregory at the bar can mix any drink you can suggest and does so with real interest.
There is s small Italian deli at TBH that sells unique hams, cheeses, wines, and a variety of Italian sourced items that are truly delicious.
Breakfast (included in our rate) was eggs, bacon, potatoes, and a variety of house baked pastries and bread - really the highlight for me. I’ll mention Zaide specifically because he was everywhere with a smile and helpful attitude.
Area: The resort occupies a long private section of beach about 1/3 mile. There’s really not much around it. Town is a 5-10 minute. The main island dock is a 3/4 mi away and the little bit of activity is almost unnoticeable from the resort. The resort feels very safe with 24 hour security and a gate at the only land entrance. We ventured into town on foot a couple times with no concern for safety; people were friendly and glad to see tourists. Renting a golf was quite fun and allowed us to see the island, community, and eat a couple meals with local residents. Canouan doesn’t offer many distractions other than a hike to the mountain top, and an island tour. But I do recommend getting out to see it. A note on the golf carts; they seat four but the hills can be so steep I’m not sure it could do it loaded with 4!
1/2 of the island is privately owned by the Mandarin Resort (locals still use the old name, Pink Sands) and that entire side is limited only to their guests, insulated from the rest of us, I guess.
Tobago Cay is a 30 minute boat ride and is worth your time and money. The snorkeling is quite beautiful and you see sea turtles large and small eating and swimming in their natural habitat. The hotel can help arrange this for you on the Tropical Storm with Angus and Julius - two really good guys.
Summary: I’ve written a long review here because I think TBH deserves more attention than it’s getting. It’s a first class hotel that is doing practically everything to the highest standards. The people here are delightful and do an excellent job of providing a carefree escape from your daily life in the beauty of Canouan. If you’re doing a Grenadine swing spend a few nights here, use it as a base to explore Tobago Cay, then head out to Bequia or Union.
Overall, unimpressed. The highlight was the check-in staff, super friendly and charming. They went out of their way to make me feel welcome. The food, service, and rooms are mediocre, at best. Thank you, but not a place I’d return.
My wife and I arrived at the TBH on December 1, 2018. We were greeted at the airport by a driver from the hotel and transferred immediately to the hotel. He was pleasant and answered any questions we had during the short 5 minute trip.
We were greeted by Alicia and Mauricia who bent over backwards to make our stay awesome. We had some fun with them too.
We had breakfast every day which was included in the room rate and were served daily by Caselia and Jenecia (the girl with a constant smile on her face).The breakfast was always awesome and we enjoyed being right down by the beach and listening to the waves coming in. We had lunch every day either at the beach bar or the breakfast and lunch restaurant and the menu was varied and there was always something new to choose. Again, no issues with the food. Dinner was at Pirates Cove restaurant and we were served daily by Rosalie who was always professional and spot on, however, I did coax a big hug out of her on our last evening. Jenecia was always there smiling too.
Our room was very comfortable and roomy. The view was spectacular, bed was super comfy and the water was always hot for showering. The room attendant did a fabulous job and made special characters made with towels and flowers.
The beach was so beautiful. There were plenty of loungers with comfortable chair pads and nice clean towels as needed. I must shout out to my brother Floyd who was in charge of the beach area. He worked tirelessly keeping the seaweed off the beach and grooming the whole area. He is a real people person and provides help and company without being overbearing. He watched out for us the whole time we were there. Roland in the beach bar turned out to be a really great guy and was very good at his job as a bartender and customer service representative. We really wanted to snorkel at the Tobago Cays but the boat the hotel usually deals with was broke down so Floyd called a friend Cosmos "the Specialist" and he picked us up with his boat and took us out to the Cays. He turned out to be a real gem so thanks Floyd for that.
A big thanks to to Marcia. I was whining about playing golf at the Canouan golf course but didn't want to pay the big bucks. They have a driving range and she set up a chance for me to go up and drive some balls which also turned out to be a tour of the course with Alex. Amazing experience for me so thanks Marcia for that.
The Island tour was spectacular and we got some awesome pictures that we will treasure always.
A special thanks to Matteo, the food service manager for his attention to us and to detail. We're confident his leadership will be an asset to TBH and it's continued growth.
We really had a good time with our new family at TBH and look forward to our next visit.
Ernie and Irene
We happened upon Pirate Cove on our way back to our catamaran after provisioning in Canouan; where we first ran into Shawn who let us now about the 1/2 price happy hour cocktails that evening. He arranged for a nice table by the waterfront and provided flawless service throughout the evening, always accommodating and very friendly. We also met Matteo who provided excellent wine and menu recommendations; the food was delicious, the portions larger than expected whether having local fish or the authentic Italian thin crust pizzas (highly recommended). Matteo also made special arrangements for us to have breakfast at La Palapa which was appreciated by all. I'd also like to call out Zade for outstanding service both at our dinner and during our breakfast. This turned out to be one of the highlights of our 10 day cruise through the Grenadines as we hadn't planned on much more than topping our water tanks and getting some provisions. What a lucky find; a fantastic evening of great food and the company of the friendly, welcoming team at Pirate Cove...well done!!
The staff was fantastic! Matteo was so attentive and the service was 5 star:) went hiking with a great guide named Floyd. He was very knowledgeable about the area and escorted us on our hike up the mountain. Best views ever!!!