After extensive renovations in 2010, Tamarind was reopened with a brand new, sleek look. From the spacious, open-air lobby with high ceilings and marble tile floors, guests glimpse the beachfront gardens and sea straight away. In the general Reception area is a small gift shop, jewellery boutique, mini mart and beauty salon.
The hotel's layout is such that the resort seems bigger than it actually is. The attractive Mediterranean style buildings contain three storeys of accommodation and are situated so that they surround one of three pools on-site and/or overlook the neatly landscaped gardens. The beachfront grounds are quite spacious and there are plenty of corners where guests can pull up a sun lounger and chill out. On the southern side of the resort is the Rilaks Deck, a "South Beach Miami inspired" raised outdoor living area scattered with lounges and daybeds that overlook the water and the Rilaks Pool. (the "quiet" pool). We must applaud the person at Tamarind with the very clever idea of ensuring that each pool claims its own area within the resort.
Towards the centre of the hotel is the adults-only pool, clover-shaped with water jet features and nestled in lush gardens. This tranquil area seems miles away from the hub of activity at the beachfront. Next door is the resort spa; guests may opt for treatments in one of the two private rooms, in-room, on the beach or by the pool.
The largest pool is at the northern end of Tamarind, between the bar/restaurant area and only metres from the beach. The pool deck is strewn with contemporary outdoor furnishings; while on an adjoining deck of the 246 Restaurant (see Food and Drink) guests enjoy alfresco dining with water views.
For the younger guests, the Flying Fish Kids' Club is a bright, supervised playroom for children aged between 4-12, with dedicated games and activities for each age group (4-7 and 8-12). Older kids can hang out in the Teen Den, with comfy couches, funky light fittings and bright green walls. There's Internet access, gossip magazines, a pool table, shuffle board, foosball, a Wii console and a huge flat screen television. Once a week there's even a teen disco.
Other facilities include a large, well-equipped gym (with flat screen TV and complimentary water), and a small business centre (free Internet access and local phone calls). The latter, with only two computers, gets quite busy and there can be a wait to use a computer. WIFI connection at Tamarind is not complimentary.
There are no traditional sports on offer at the resort which is a shame, however there is a variety of free activities for those holidaymakers that want to keep moving but don't want to slog it out in the gym. Tamarind organises regular sessions of "Yogilates" (yoga meets Pilates of course!), cardiostick and pool sports (basketball, water polo, etc.). There is also regular live entertainment such as jazz bands, steel pan orchestras and salsa groups so guests only need to get their dancing shoes on!