Tamarind House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Nick Turner from U.K. visited in August 2009 and awarded
Great place to stay with wonderful grounds and pool and views which are just perfect. to the front views of the beach and sea and to the back the rainforest.
very well maintained quality place to stay with wonderful pool and patio area also with large gas BBQ which was great to cool fresh fish on (just caught by the fishermen on the beach that day)
very well done inside each apartment all with aircon.
the housekeeper sharon is great always willing to helpout and was very friendly enough to introduce us to some of her friends around the little bar on the beach with one of two classes or the local rum.
please note there is no TV in the place, but you get over that after a day relaxing.
i would recommend getting a car if you stay here as you will need to drive to get food and drink as the local shops are a bit limited for fresh food and all the needs you may have.
overall very cool place, very well maintained, probably much better constructed and maintained than other places. well worth paying that little extra to stay here, try to book the whole place so you can enjoy the pool on your own. great.
Shakira Van Aar from Netherlands visited in June 2009 and awarded
Our stay in Tamarind house was really good.
We had the downstairs apartment, which was spacious, but a bit dark. The surroundings and view beautiful! Nice people in Parlatuvier.
The airco was more needed in the livingroom than in the sleepingroom. Very nice showerblock! And the little swimmingpool was just perfect!
For a tour into the rainforest you can ask Hyacinth in the stall just left of the house. The Restaurant close by has been shut for a while.
Arabella Edwards from U.K. visited in June 2008 and awarded
For a week in June 2008, my boyfriend and I stayed in Tamarind House, a ‘5 Star luxury paradise villa' in the remote fishing village of Parlatuvier. The villa had much more to offer than just the day to day household necessities – there were impressive views of not only the bay, but also the surrounding rainforest in which we found ourselves becoming deeply absorbed. Although we stayed in the well equipped downstairs apartment, we still had the luxury of eating breakfast on the veranda which over-looked the bay with a million dollar view that could never tire us.
One of our favourite features of the house was the small, but more than sufficient, outdoor swimming pool, a fantastic place to cool down and watch the sun set after a long day exploring the island. The pool was also the perfect place to spend a romantic evening, sitting under the starry Caribbean night sky accompanied by the serenading sounds of the tropical night-time nature.
The best thing about the apartment was the huge, open spaced shower area decorated with mosaic tiles in different hues of blue. The air-conditioned bedroom with mosquito netting over the bed made for a great night's sleep.
Just a short walk from the end of the drive, is a great little parlour selling delicious Roti, a local lunchtime snack. If what you are wanting is a quick, filling, tasty yet affordable lunch which is also a Caribbean 'delicacy' - then a trip to the Roti hut is a must .
When it came to exploring the island, we did it in true Che Guevara style - via a motorcycle. We rented out a 125cc motorcycle and had a blast! It was a great way of travelling and gave us a real, close-up sense of Tobago. We found ourselves constantly pulling up at the side of the road to embrace those exquisite views and take photos. Probably not such a good idea in rainy season though!
Neighbouring Englishman's Bay really is a spectacular place to soak up the sun and splash around in the sea. If you are really lucky and get there at the right time, you may have the whole beach to yourselves. I completely understand how Englishman’s Bay was once voted one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Overall, we had a wonderful trip to Tobago and could think of no better place to have stayed than Tamarind House. The fact that the owners are willing to share it with others is something that should definitely be taken advantage of - it has to be seen to be believed.
Cory Hughes from U.S.A. visited in March 2008 and awarded
My wife and I stayed at the Tamarind House in March '08 and it was amazing! The location of the house is the best. It was nice and quiet with close access to little stores and restaurants in the bay. We felt safe and comfortable during our stay. The whole place is wisely designed and feels cozy. The property was very clean, and the landscaping is exactly what you see in the pictures, beautiful! Views from this hilltop villa are great, because you’re basically staying at one of the highest points in Partlatuvier Bay. Watching the sunset every evening from the second story wooden deck is a must!
The small downstairs apartment is well equipped with everything you need (although the fridge could be bigger), and the air conditioner (with remote) in the bedroom works extremely well! We found ourselves using the grill and pool area everyday, it was nice to be able to cook outside and soak-in the scenery. Also there’s a wonderful 5-10min hike to a beautiful waterfall starting from just across the edge of the driveway of the Tamarind House. The owner’s of the Tamarind House are very friendly and respond quickly to inquiries. The customer service provided by the property managers was excellent! They just couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful whenever we needed them. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone I know.
The best party in the area is on Wednesday night in the nearby town of Castara (15-20 min drive from Tamarind House) at the Boat House Restaurant for the best Steel Drum players you’ve ever heard and the tastiest all-you-can-drink Rum Punch in the Caribbean. And the food is really good too. The best snorkeling is even closer at Englishman’s Bay, go all the way out to the tips of the bay on both sides. The hot roti & chicken curry at Eula’s Restaurant on Englishman’s Bay is yummy! (watch out for the hungry kitty cat) Drive to Blue Waters Inn, Speyside and check out the Frank’s Glass Bottom Boat tour to Little Tobago and hike to through the bird sanctuary (snorkeling included) for only $17 US. Enjoy your stay at Tamarind House! I know we did!
Janine Turner from U.K. visited in December 2007 and awarded
My daughter and I stayed at Tamarind house for Christmas and new year and we had the most relaxing and interesting holiday ever.
The house and location are very beautiful. The house is spacious and furnished and equipped to a very high standard. The views of the palm tree lined sandy bay and the rain forest art quite wonderful. The village is pretty and quaint and the people friendly and helpful. We hired a jeep for the whole two weeks so that we could explore the wonderful and exotic countryside, idyllic bays and waterfalls. The evenings were spent chilling out in the pool and cooking fish on the Bar B Q or sipping rum punches on the wonderful terrace gazing at the sun setting on the bay. Sharon, the housekeeper was friendly, helpful and kept everything looking lovely. I can highly recommend Tamarind house as the perfect place to have a truely chilled out holiday in an exotic location.