The New Barbados: Elegant Hotels Group’s Tamarind Opens and Transforms Island’s West Coast

The former Tamarind Cove Hotel reopened on November 3 as the new ‘Tamarind,’ following a multi-million dollar renovation.

Tamarind is set on one of the most beautiful stretches of beachfront in all of Barbados, and when combined with Elegant Hotels’ stylish adjacent boutique hotel, The House, and neighbouring beachfront Zagat rated Daphne’s Restaurant, the re-launch marks the arrival of an entirely new and affordable destination on Barbados’ West Coast. With new or recently added direct flights to Barbados from cities including New York and Dallas, the new Tamarind promises to accelerate the island’s ‘discovery’ by U.S. visitors.
Tamarind features fully renovated and modernized guestrooms, the addition of an intimate spa and relaxation space — with a range of body services inspired by local ingredients, such as Bajan sea salt and Barbadian Moscovado brown sugar– and two completely redesigned and reimagined restaurants. Pool and communal areas at Tamarind feature contemporary sun loungers, day beds and decks, transforming outdoor spaces into outdoor ‘living rooms’ providing flexible spaces for dining, drinking, relaxing and events. Tamarind simultaneously offers a romantic atmosphere for couples and great amenities for families.
The changes at Tamarind are not limited to physical amenities alone, as the hotel is rolling out a series of new programs that will become available across the entire roster of five hotels in the Elegant Hotels Group collection on Barbados. These include the new “Aqua School,” offering complimentary watersports and instruction ranging from stand up paddle boarding to snorkelling, waterskiing and more, along with “The Flying Fish Kids Club,” which encourages a range of fun filled activities for kids, while the ‘”Club Tamarind” teen lounge provides a “cool” place to hang out with large-screen Wii, popular game consoles and “disco” nights. Tamarind will also be the launching point to explore the highlights of Barbados thanks to a wide range of packages and opportunities made available to guests, including “Discover Barbados” excursions, and the “Surf Barbados” package. Through the signature “Taste of Elegance” program, guests are privy to dining options at multiple hotels and restaurants in the Elegant Hotels collection during a single stay, made easier by way of an exclusive daytime water-taxi service.
New restaurant options at Tamarind include ocean front dining at 246 Bar & Restaurant, catering to sophisticated palates with a menu of inspired international cuisine, while Rilaks Deck turns out trendy small plates and cocktails in an outdoor living area evoking South Beach Miami. Evening events include Sunday “Jazz and R&B” nights, a “Caribbean Asian Buffet,” on Mondays, the “Signature Seaside Grill” on Wednesdays, and of course, the “Caribbean Rum Bar” on Fridays.
Elegant Hotels Group owns and operates five of the finest hotels and resorts on the Caribbean Island of Barbados. Set on the most desirable of the island’s legendary beaches on the west and south coasts, each hotel features unique attributes and a distinctive personality. Together, they offer styles to suit every taste, from classic to contemporary, family-friendly to adults-only and traditional to all-inclusive. The hotels share a commitment to superb service and fine culinary experiences, and provide the ultimate beach and water sports environment for their guests, including the Elegant “Beach Ambassadors” program. They offer upscale accommodations that remain welcoming and unpretentious, or “elegance with a twist,” a casual elegance that embodies the best of Barbados. Elegant Hotels include The House, Colony Club, and Tamarind, as well as the two premium all-Inclusive Crystal Cove and the all-suite Turtle Beach. The group also includes the acclaimed Daphne’s restaurant on Barbados’ west coast — sister to Daphne’s restaurant in London.