I would just like to comment first on this great site. It is very interesting to see all the reviews (good and bad). It has made a big difference on our traveling choices.
We stayed at Tamarind Cove (Island Inns) which is located on the West Coast above Bridgetown.
The resort is quite lush and well maintained. We also found the staff to be quite helpful and friendly. Some people commented on slow service while we were there, but frankly we are in a different country not to mention on vacation (who cares). Whether my drink arrived in 5 minutes or 10 minutes wasn’t a big deal.
We found our standard room very spacious (the bathroom was huge) and clean. Our room was on the ground floor facing the pool (complete with patio and sliding doors), which we found very convenient given. Due to the clay/cement building, it was also very quiet.
The beach was clean and chairs were plentiful. There was quite a bit of coral which made swimming a little dangerous on the feet and legs sometimes. But I managed to find some good spots. You can also walk quite a distance up the beach (which is gorgeous) and see all of the other resorts.
The only negative with the resort were the pools. They were quite small. We like to swim and found this a bit disappointing.
We enjoyed eating at all of the restaurants as well as the buffet. We even ventured to the other Island Inn hotels along the coast and found the dining experience similar. We especially enjoyed the omelets in morning topped off with the local made hot sauce.
There was one night with local entertainment, but other than that the hotel did not have additional activities. Although considering how safe it is to go off the resort, we had a great time at the local bar across the street.
We found the location of the resort great. The public transportation was easy to use, with shopping in Bridgetown and Holetown. However, if you are into getting good deals etc., I don’t think Barbados is for you. I am not much of a shopper, so it wasn’t a big deal
There are also a number of activities available (we loved the Jeep Safari – we will definitely going on these excursions again, you learn so much about the country you are in).
All in all, I would definitely go back to Barbados. It is a wonderful island, with beautiful sandy beaches, lush surroundings and extremely friendly residents.