Barbados's hidden gem: Luxury without the price tag
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Chic and contemporary yet maintaining a traditionally tropical, colonial feel, the four-star Tamarind Hotel has to be one of your best bets for a relatively affordable luxury stay on the glorious west coast of Barbados.
For a start, its location is hard to beat. Nestled on the southern end of Paynes Bay, you're most definitely on one of the best beaches on the island (Sandy Lane, Barbados's most famous beach hotel, is only a teeny bit further up the coast, so you're rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous).
Sitting right on the white sand, with the gently lapping sea never more than a few steps away, this is the sort of hotel you dream of staying in. Arriving at reception, you can't help but be lured straight onto the sand, reached via a little walkway, flanked by lawns and tropical flowers.
What's to love?
The Tamarind has a lovely laid back atmosphere, aided by the courteous staff, the pleasing breeze from the sea, and the soothing decor. Bright oranges, greens and pinks mix with muted tones to give the place a vibrant but relaxed feel. Terracotta tiles and little latticed corridors dappled with sunlight and tropical flowers make the hotel a pleasure to explore and the pretty gardens, huge white parasols, sun loungers and giant hammocks scattered around entice you to stop and chill out wherever you are.
The little touches are there, too: think cool flannels and freezing iced lollies handed out around the pools and on the beach. There's even a discrete flag system so that you can get the waiter's attention without ever having to leave your sun lounger, and there's always plenty of complimentary iced lemony water to dive into whenever the need takes you.
This place is perfect if you..
... want to experience the luxury of Barbados without taking out a second mortgage.
I want to go! How do I get there?
Seven nights in Barbados with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick or Manchester direct to Barbados, accommodation at the Tamarind by Elegant Hotels on an all inclusive basis with transfers included starts at £1,129 saving up to £420. Prices are per person based on two adults travelling and sharing a junior suite, price includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Prices are based on departures 01 – 11 Dec 2012.
See the full review of the Tamarind Hotel below!