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The Tamarind Hotel, Barbados
  • The hotel sits on a quiet white sand beach, which is shaded by palms and baobab trees. One of the joys of this hotel is the free water sports: choose from banana boats, donut rides, catamaran tours. For an extra cost, you can try waterskiing too - and you can also swim with turtles.

  • Eating al fresco is a joy. Fresh local dishes are served up, either a la carte or, on some evenings, as a buffet. Like most hotels in Barbados, restaurant prices are pretty high - it's well worth going for the hotel's all-inclusive deal if you are planning to spend all day at the hotel. You can do this on a day-by-day basis for around 99 Barbados dollars (approximately £63) per day.

  • One of the best things about the hotel is that it's family friendly without feeling like it's been completely taken over by kids. The kids' pool and free watersports on the beach mean that children are kept busy and happy all day, and the live entertainment appeals to all: the limbo dancers in particular will go down a storm for all agegroups!

  • The hotel is strung along the beach, with three separate pools (one for adults only), each with its own atmosphere. The main pool is where you'll find the action (if you can call it that: this is all very low key). There's a little bar and terrace for cocktails, two friendly outdoor restaurants, one of which serves the buffet-style breakfast, and it's here that the live entertainment is shown: it ranges from limbo dancing to shows from local singers.

  • A jolly good breakfast is served at the Tangiers restaurant, which overlooks the pool and the sea beyond. Buffet-style dinners are also served here.

  • The three pools, each with their own atmosphere, mean that overcrowding is never a problem - there's always a sunlounger free!

  • The Tamarind has 110 rooms, ranging from budget rooms with pool views to luxury oceanfront suites.

  • A range of spa treatments is on offer: there are two treatment rooms as well as a tranquil spa pool. Treatments involve exciting concoctions such as Barbadian Moscovado brown sugar and Bajan sea salt...

  • Cocktails on the beach or by the pool as the sun sets are a must -  and evenings start off as they mean to go on - don't miss happy hour, between 4-6pm.

  • Rooms are tastefully decorated, with tropical colours mixing with muted tones. Rooms are spotlessly clean. Tip: There is nightly live entertainment in the evenings during peak season. If you are planning quiet, early nights, ask for a room away from the main pool area. Do splash out on a sea view if you can (this is the Caribbean after all).