Tamarind House - Reader Reports & Opinion
These reports are a combination of questions and comment posted in our Tamarind House forum and visitor reports added via the 'Add Report' tab above. The votes awarded are weighted by volume and date to give a truer representation of reader satisfaction [more details].
Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 10 votes = 4.6 (max 5)
Roy Hewlett from U.K. visited in August 2012 and awarded
We were absolutely delighted with Tamarind House. The accomodation far exceeded our expectations. Beautiful sunsets each night from the decking and luscious rainforest behind with the call of parrots filling the air. Parlatuvier beach is still very local and we can recommend the fish straight from the boat that lands at 4.30pm every day. We wanted to get away from it all and the lack of commercialism made that possible.
Dr Ahmad A Khan from Trinidad visited in April 2012 and awarded
Tamarind House is an executive style villa located in the picturesque village of Parlatuvier. The accomodation provided by the villa, namely three bedrooms with an available annex downstairs, is of a very high standard and the grounds and other ammenities included with the villa make staying there a comfortable and relaxing experience. You can cater for yourself if you wish, or just ask Sharon the housekeeper to pamper you with her delicious fare.
The best part of the Tamarind House experience though is its locale. Situated on a hillock overlooking Parlatuvier Bay, one can simple sit on the veranda and watch the sun rise magically out of the sea in the morning or disappear behind the western hills on the evening.
On calm days, Parlatuvier Bay is excellent for a cool evening swim and soak, more so after a long day of exploring the other facinating aspects of Tobago's cultural, historic and natural heritage. If sea food is your thing then fresh fish is available each day at the fisherman's jetty on the eastern side of the bay.
Parlatuvier Bay and Tamarind House.....a world away from the madness of Southwest Tobago. Definitely worth a stay if your batteries need a recharge.
Inger Johanne from Norway visited in January 2011 and awarded
It's actually not needed to add a report because the previous reports does the needed summary. My family four, husband and to five years old boys stayed at Tamarind house for one month last january-february and had a lovely lacy time. The only thing I miss from the previous reports is the mention of Miss V, who runs the restaurant just below the house. She is the most lovely lady, who coocked us local meals on recuest. She is only coocking when you tell her that you are coming. We hope to get the possibility to go back to Tobago, and the boys insists to stay in Tamarind house.
Ralph from U.K. visited in August 2010 and awarded
We, two adults and 2 teenagers (13 and 16) spent 2 weeks at Tamarind house from the 9th August 2010 and had an excellent time. The house and facilities are excellent and lived up to our expectations. The view from the veranda is the best I have ever had from a rented holiday property. The village, Parlatuvier, felt totally safe and very relaxed, everyone we meet was friendly and helpful. I spent a lot of time out fishing with a local fisherman which was really good but if you don’t fish fresh fish is available from the jetty everyday and it tastes great. The kids had a great time by the pool and snorkelling on from the beach. The walk in the rain forest with the gardener is also highly recommended. Even they said it was the most relaxing holiday they had ever had. If you are looking for a relaxing non commercial holiday this ticks all the boxes. Lesley the owner was brilliant answering all of my many questions very promptly and making the booking process very smooth.
Anne Chequer from U.K. visited in February 2010 and awarded
We stayed in Tamarind House in February 2010. We were a party of 5 - 3 generations – grandparents, parents and a 15 month old toddler.
The house which not only has an amazing location with spectacular views but also is extremely comfortable, was perfect for us. The villa is very well equipped with a spacious living area kept cool by fans.
We appreciated the air conditioning in the bedrooms.
However we spent much of our time on the large shaded terrace which is equipped with wooden chairs and a hammock. In addition there are sunbeds and garden chairs in the pool area. The pool, though not large, is, like the whole property, beautifully maintained.
After only a few days we felt part of the small community of Parlatuvier- everyone was so friendly and helpful.. Although there are no real restaurants in the village, good, local food can bought at the bar by the beach. This is cooked by Sharon the Tamarind House caretaker who will also cook for you at the house. (we used her service twice and the meals were delicious) We also bought excellent “roti” from Joanna who lives in a house on the shore and cooks in her home.
We would strongly recommend both Sharon’s and Joanna’s food.
However most days we catered for ourselves and bought fish from the fishermen on the shore and cooked it either on the BBQ or in the kitchen.
Fitzroy who looks after the gardens at Tamarind House came on our first morning to introduce himself and to offer his services as a Rainforest guide. He took us a guided walk in the forest and pointed out many birds, plants and insects which we would not have seen or been able to identify without him. He tailored the walk to our abilities.
However you do not need to leave the terrace of the house to observe many interesting birds. (eg Hummingbirds, bananaquits, grackles, tanagers and many others.) We were awoken each morning by the screeching of the parrots and chachalacas as well as the local cockerels! Other creatures which can be seen around the property are lizards and, at dawn and dusk bats flitter across the terrace.
We hired a car for part of our stay to visit other parts of the island but we also enjoyed exploring the village and the immediate area on foot and travelling by the local bus to Castara.
In summary if your idea of a perfect holiday is tranquillity, a beautiful location and a taste of rural life whilst enjoying the comforts of a luxury villa then Tamarind House is for you! Enjoy it as much as we all did!