The Best Family Beach Vacations
at Tamarind Barbados

What are your chances of experiencing the best family beach vacations at Tamarind Barbados?  They're not just good, they are excellent.

Let’s face it. You know you’re onto something good when over 26,000 visitors (and counting) rate a hotel 4 ½ out of 5 stars. 

Now that’s impressive!

Tamarind Hotel Barbados is one of the five Elegant Hotels properties in Barbados.  The other four are The House, Crystal Cove, (all-inclusive), Colony Club, and Turtle Beach (all-inclusive South Coast property).

Tamarind is a timeless piece that demonstrates consistency at every turn.  It is a great fit for families, couples, and those who are tying the knot and/or honeymooning.  This lovely hotel is equally suitable for meetings, small incentive groups and executive retreats.

Tamarind Hotel Barbados

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Location: Paynes Bay, St. James  - Barbados West Coast - Highway 1A 
Travel time to Bridgetown: 20 minutes 
Travel time to Airport:  35 minutes 
Beachfront:  Yes
No of Rooms: 104
Self-Catering:  No
Nearby Beaches:  Heron Bay, Paynes Bay Beach, Holetown Beach, Fitts Village Beach 


Formerly known as Tamarind Cove, this hotel has been around for a long time and despite its longevity, it remains one of the top hotels for the best family beach vacations in Barbados. 

Being so close to the water is great (from the visitor’s standpoint), but this calls for tremendous up-keep.  Salt water erosion can wreak havoc on everything, including appliances. 

That said, I am extremely thrilled with the management’s continued efforts to maintain the high standards of excellence, not only in the hotel’s maintenance and upgrades but also in the customer service areas.

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Romantic waterfront dining at Tamarind Barbados
Rilaks pool area at Tamarind Barbados
Tamarind Barbados spa pool
Best Family Vacations at Tamarind Barbados pool
Tamarind Barbados - Alternate view of Rilaks pool area.
Oceanview junior suite at Tamarind Barbados
Tamarind Barbados - ocean view one-bedroom suite
Tamarind Barbados - yet another stunning oceanfront suite
Modern bath at Tamarind Barbados
In-room coffee station at Tamarind Barbados
Business center at Tamarind Barbados
In-house gym Tamarind Barbados
Tamarind Barbados meeting room for business travelers
Tamarind Barbados - fun time at the kids club with in-house staff
Tamarind Barbados kids club
Tamarind Barbados - lounge area for younger kids
Tamarind Barbados kids club lounge area
Tamarind Barbados - Alternate view of kids club


The hotel lies at the bottom of Holders Hill in the area known as Paynes Bay on the West Coast of Barbados. 

Paynes Bay is an area with a wide array of hotels, guest houses, fine and casual restaurants, and great beaches.   What I love about this area is that you can practically walk to everything.

It is also minutes away from First and Second Streets in Holetown where music and entertainment come alive most nights and on weekends.  

Tamarind’s sister property, The House, lies right next door.  Daphne’s restaurant serves as the main artery that connects the two. 

Barbados Beaches - Tamarind BarbadosIt's a Glorious Day at Tamarind's Beach!


Tamarind salutes you with the vibrant colors of the Barbados sunset  - deep red, orange and gold tones.  The rooms are spread throughout the property in two-story blocks.

The main reception area provides direct access to the beach, pool and restaurant. 

Several clues give away the hotel’s theme, from the beckoning hammocks and wicker chairs spread out on the lawn amidst the regal coconut trees to the peaceful indoor pool lying adjacent to the spa. 

Then, there’s the Rilaks Deck. 

Oh, yes.. the theme here is definitely relaxation.  Not a bad theme when you’re looking for the best family beach vacations.

Room Categories

  • Pool/garden view
  • Ocean front
  • Ocean front with sleeper chair
  • Junior suite pool/garden view
  • Junior suite ocean view
  • One bedroom suite pool/garden view
  • One bedroom ocean view suite

Tamarind Barbados - entrance to beachEntrance to your beach, massage area and 246 Pool and Deck

Dining Options

The Rilaks Deck is an open area conveniently located next to the Rilaks pool where you can grab light snacks and beverages from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

The 246 Bar and Restaurant is located adjacent to the main pool and provides front row seats to the best beachfront dining experience possible.  The view is spectacular.  Opens from 11:00am to 9:00pm and serves dinner from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

Get your complimentary full breakfast at the Sugar Cane Room from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.

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Daphne’s Italian restaurant also falls under the Elegant Hotels Group and is available as an alternate dining option for those who would like to have a little variety.

The Dine Around Programme is another great way to get those taste buds going.  Guests staying at Colony can have lunch and dinner at Tamarind and costs can be transferred to their room at Colony. Guests staying at Colony can have lunch at Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach Resort for a cost of US $30 per person.

Tamarind Barbados 246 Deck246 Deck and Beach Lounge Area

Just for Kids

Let’s face it.  Kids can be tough, and it gets even tougher when you have no idea what they’re interested in. 

This is your time to relax. 

There is something for every age range at Tamarind and the staff members’ level of enthusiasm at the Flying Fish Kids club will keep your kids engaged and entertained for hours on end. 

There are lots of fun activities including arts, crafts and beach games.  Age range is 4-12.  Hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm.

There’s something really special for the older kids too and this is sure to enhance their stay and give them with the best family beach vacations.

Club Tamarind is a large indoor air-conditioned room complete with computer station, flatscreen TV, Wii games, air hockey, pool table, foosball and a cozy lounge area. 

The kids will love the privacy and I hear it’s pretty soundproof too.  You won’t even know they’re there.

Opening hours are 10:00am to 9:00pm so there’s more than enough time for the kids to entertain themselves.

Room Amenities

  • King bed or two twin beds
  • Flat screen TV/cable
  • Air conditioning
  • Ipod docking station
  • Clock radio
  • Mini fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Telephone
  • Clock radio
  • In-room laptop safe
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Separate sitting area (junior suite only)
  • Separate living room (one bedroom ocean view suite only)

Hotel Amenities

Massage at the Spa Pool..What a great way to Relax!

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  • Beach front property
  • Three swimming pools including adult-only relaxation pool
  • Complimentary full breakfast daily
  • Two restaurants/bar
  • Pool deck
  • Taste of Elegance dine around program with Elegant Hotels sister properties
  • Complimentary motorized water sports including sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boards,  water-skiing and banana boats
  • Water Taxi transportation between Elegant Hotels West Coast properties 
  • Spa
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Center
  • Massage and yoga instruction
  • Business Center/Guest Library with computer and free internet access
  • Flying Fish Kids Club – ages 4-12
  • Club Tamarind – 12+ 
  • Wedding coordinator
Beach Yoga

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Hotel Packages

There are several in-house packages to choose from including:

  1. The romance getaway package
  2. Golf getaway package
  3. Honeymoon memories package
  4. Family-moon getaway package
  5. Spa indulge package

The best family beach vacations come easily when everything is in sync – great beaches, lovely accommodations, great food and service.

Tamarind Hotel Barbados is definitely a winner and I can’t say enough good things about it.  Be sure to flag this hotel and add it to your favorites list.  You won’t be disappointed.

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