The Tamarind Club
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... were only 3 so it was not a difficult day and in fact we had a nice two dives on the RMS Rhone wearing Santa Hats and getting great skit from all the other divers we bumped into around the wreck on the dives. After work we grabbed a beer from the back room and wandered home in the sun toasting each other, the sun, the chickens and anything else that we came across. Next it was a snooze and a shower and we headed ...
... ride to Soper's Hole and located our charter company (Voyage Charters) at the marina. They directed us to our boat for the week, Freedom, and we were greeted by our hosts, Bob and Debbie (the same couple who had been with us on St. Thomas the night we arrived). The four of us mixed cocktails and worked on provisioning the boat (groceries, ice, beer, cleaning supplies, liquor, etc.). Soon enough we had everything in order and were moved out of ...
... I gave him a knowing smile - and he returned the same, I thought it was a special moment - "I know who you are, but my lips are sealed". Then I second guessed things and wondered is I had just cruised Miss R. Oh well - either way I'm a winner.
The night's performance was Andy Bell (who was the surprise guest start on the previous years January cruise - that I was so bummed to have missed). He did a great set - opening ...
... in, she said they didn't have. So I got "stuffed chicken" and Greer asked for BBQ chicken but was told later they were out, and was offered some sort of sliced pork dish. The seating was outside and it was very buggy and hot and we were both very hungry. Then, this little kitty cat walked up to me and rubbed against my leg, giving me a warm meow greeting; the poor thing's eyes were all gunked up and it looked like it's nasal passage was severely swollen. It ...
Tortola was much more developed as compared to our last island, with plenty of stores to occupy yourselves with shopping.
We all hiked on over to Speedy's Ferry service about a 10 minute brisk walk to catch a boat on over to Virgin Gorda, BVI's 3rd largest island. An included taxi service by Speedy's takes us to what are know as "The Baths", given this name due to the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Tamarind Club Tortola
What a Place to Relax In!
I was in dire need of some peace and quiet and I found the Tamarind Club perfect. I know the area's well known as a sailing mecca with the related activities--plus all the surrounding islands have places to shop and see--but I was content to; go for long walks on the gorgeous nearby beach, read my books seated in the casual main area surrounded by the dining room, bar and pool, swim in the pool and chat with the friendly staff and guests from all over the world.
All of the tropical lush plants and flowers on the property created a natural setting it was hard to stay uptight in. I even saw tiny hummingbirds on several occasions. The atmosphere was casual and informal and the owners and staff made sure everybody felt very welcome. One night each week they have a dance with live music and I enjoyed joining in.
Even the meals were relaxing. I took mine in the more casual side main area--there is a more formal side on the other side of a pool containing plants and a property pet "Myrtle the Turtle". My first night I had the rack of lamb and it was as tender and tasty as it was beautiful to look at. I enjoyed the luxury of a lobster another night and it was luscious and succulent. With other meals I had I loved the homemade fries they served: I couldn't seem to get enough of them. Occasionally I travelled out to other wonderful restaurants there on the island. If I needed an ice cream or a trip to the bookstore, I could get Ritzell, the cab man, to take me to town nearby. Everything was easy at The Tamarind Club. I highly recommend it.
A Magical Night
The Tamarind Club exceeded my expectations by a long shot. It wasn't much to look at from the driveway, but once we were up to the pool/bar/reception area, we felt like we were in a whole different world. The bar tender insisted that I put my luggage down, made us a welcome drink, and gave me the firmest handshake ever before showing us to our room. The atmosphere was conducive to the guests interacting around the pool and the swim-up bar. The restaurant served gourmet food, and, as we were there on a Wednesday, there was a band and dancing. We had the honeymoon suite, which contained a small refrigerator, a wicker cushioned couch set and a patio with a hammock. The room is more rustic than what you might expect in the USA, but this is usual for the BVI. The band could be heard from the room, as mentioned below, but we didn't feel this was a negative. Also, the owner told me to tell her if it was too loud. The pool was very deep, which you don't find much anymore. It was nice for diving. It was a perfect end to our week of sailing in the BVI.
Really enjoyed Tamarind!
This was my first stay at Tamarind. I found the staff very friendly! They served complimentary breakfast of coffee, tea, fresh fruits, english muffins, and asstd. muffins. The grounds were filled with lush foilage. The bar was managed during the day by a very outgoing & professional local. Several evenings the bar was attended to by the son of one of the owners who created the best stuffed olive martinis I believe I have ever had. I had several dinners there which were very good. The lobster was exceptional.
I stayed in #1 which was actually a living room w/ sofa, and separate bedroom with another sitting area. A/c and ceiling fans.
I felt like I was part of the family and look forward to my return.
If you like LOUD MUSIC 16 hours a day, STAY HERE
Do not consider staying at the Tamarind Club if you are seek quiet countryside, the sound of chirping birds or afternoon siestas. This place plays LOUD music 14 or 16 hours a day, emanating from the bar area which adjoins the pool and all the rooms that surround it. (On the other hand, if you want to listen to Peter Tosh and the Gypsy Kings and old pop hits played at Force 9 all day and night, you will love the ambience) Unless you shut down your windows and doors tight, and crank the small air conditioning unit in your room, you don't have a shot at eliminating the noise. We had the misfortune of staying in the Honeymoon Suite located a few yards behind the bar the night the local entertainment set up their speaker the size of a refrigerator, and even with our room shut down tight and the a.c. blaring, the music was loud enough to shake our bed and our bones. The management was adamant about their right to play music at such hideous high volumes until after midnight; They gave me a pair of foam ear plugs! Had we been able to find another room nearby, we would have been outta there really fast.
Very nice family run hotel
We spent two nights in November at The Tamarind Club. We were very impressed with the pool, relaxed setting, food, drinks and most importantly the wonderful service. This is a small, nine room, family run hotel and you are made to feel very ciomfortable right away. Josiah's Bay is a beautiful beach only about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Surfers love Joisiah's Bay for the waves, but its also a great place for non-surfers to hang out. Try this hotel, you will love it.
Great place to cool down on a hot day!
My husband and I and several others stayed in the Josiah's Bay area after our sailing trip. This was a great place to stay...not fancy, but just what we needed for a night or two before our flight out. The room had a wall unit air conditioner which was really a nice extra, as well as a pool which was much appreciated on a very hot day. The dinner we had there was also really good. This hotel is also extremely convenient to the Beef Island airport.....it was about 10 minutes by taxi.
Everyone thought my choice was brilliant!!
In addition to the sailing part of our March 2004 charter adventure in the BVIs, I wanted our two night vacation wind-down to be perfect.
Well, the Tamarind Club didn't let us down. Seven hot and sweaty Canadian sailors arrived in the afternoon at the Tamarind and were promptly presented with a free rum punch and a wonderful greeting from the owner Dawn and her staff. Over the next two days we swam, read, explored, drank and ate extremely and, perhaps, too well. Most important of all, we felt relaxed and at home. We met lots of other sailors and locals around the bar; kidded with Mo the chef (a fellowCanadian)and Lydia the excellent waitress; and reminsced about our perfect seven day catamaran charter. This is about as laid back and welcoming a small resort as I can imagine. We loved its funky rooms and slightly faded Caribbean elegance.What grabs a traveller about a hotel depends on their personal style. This bunch of baby boomers found that it fitted ours perfectly. Hope to be back there in January 2005 for a couple of more nights!
OK--but get a room on the second floor
Overall this was an OK place to stay for a night or two. My husband and I stayed for one night before catching a plane out the next day. The hotel is very convenient to the airport.-The staff are friendly and accommodating, the pool is a great place to cool off on hot days, and the continental breakfast is a very nice touch. -The room was a little worn but clean. Which, in general, sums up the hotel. The pool while large is clearly older and could use some attention. There were also no amenities except bar soap and a towelI had hoped for shampoo at least.-There were two negatives. When we asked about a key we were told they would give us one if we wanted, but that someone was always around and our stuff would be safe. When we looked closer at our room we realized there was no way to lock the rear entrance to the room we stayed in anyway. While I know Tortola is a safe island I still would have liked to have been able to control access to my room. Especially given that the back door was easily approached from a driveway without going through the hotel courtyard. The second negative was the thin curtain on the front door (the doors were both patio doors) and the light right outside that door that stayed on all nightmaking a restful nights sleep impossible.I would stay there again in a similar situationbut I would request a room on the second floor with no rear entrance and a thicker door curtain.
A peaceful place in the Country.
My wife and I spend at least one month in the BVI every year. We have stayed in many hotels and resorts here, however, the Tamarind Club is our favorite home away from home. We love Dawn, the owner, and her smiling staff who have become our friends. This is a small Country Inn.
It has a great pool, a great bar, good food, a small number of rooms with reasonable prices. You will be welcomed to their home with a warm and honest smile. If you want a peaceful country atmosphere this is the place. A lot of sailors stay here before and after their sailing charters in the BVI. Who knows we may see you there. Paul and Pam Olson
A relaxing, well run hotel
We spent 8 days at the Tamarind Club in late summer 2002. Most hotel guests are there for a day or two, before or after a yacht charter, but we enjoyed our longer stay. The rooms are comfortable if basic, clean and well maintained. The rooms surround a very pleasant swimming pool. There is a bar restaurant adjacent to the pool. The staff was extremely competent and friendly, and gave us good recommendations for snorkel charters and other activities. The restaurant was excellent, with new specials each night; a little pricey, but comparable to most Totola restaurants. We particularly enjoyed rolling out of bed and enjoying the Continental breakfast before getting started on our day's activities. We found plenty to do on the island, but be sure and rent a 4WD to get around; the resort is relatively isolated on the island, and you will drive most places, except perhaps for the nearest beach which offers fine swimming, decent snorkling and a small snack bar/cafe. We were completely relaxed in a couple of days and never regretted our decision to stay at the Tamarind club for our entire Tortola vacation!