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  • Intimate, contemporary chic for adults only
  • Champagne breakfast daily
  • Fine dining
  • Ambassador service

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The House by Elegant Hotels

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Set on a pristine stretch of white sand on Barbados’ West Coast, The House is the beachside version of a hip downtown hotel. On a design front its combination of smooth lines of teak, curved lanterns and modern lighting set a mood that is suitably exotic. Yet it’s a beautifully intimate place with plenty of privacy for romantic dining. For food lovers The House itself may be one of the best hunting grounds on the island, because the most acclaimed addition to the Barbados restaurant scene is the adjacent Daphne’s. Located bang on the beach, this satellite of the famous London restaurant serves a metropolitan version of Italian dishes, with an emphasis on seafood and is regarded by many as better than the original. Let your Hotel Ambassador organise your arrival massage, a round of golf at nearby Sandy Lane, spa treatments in a beachside cabana or next door at the sister property, Tamarind or try your hand at the complimentary water sports. The service extends down to the beach and The Deck with complimentary afternoon tea and Daphne’s all-day dining menu.

Where is it?

Beachfront location at Paynes Bay in St James. Bridgetown is a 20-min drive. Transfer time from airport: 45 min.

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Room information

All 34 suites have recently been refurbished with custom-made wooden furniture, French doors, graciously appointed baths that feature exquisite rain showers and body jets. Junior and 1-Bedroom Suites spread over 3 floors, each providing contemporary simplicity and comfort with your choice of ocean or tropical garden views, recently refurbished with custom made wooden furniture, french doors and graciously appointed baths that feature exquisite rain showers and body jets. With either 1 king-size bed or 2 doubles all suites sleep max 2 adults, with air-conditioning, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod dock, aromatherapy candles, bathrobes and luxury linens. Gardenview Junior Suites have a private balcony or patio with views of the gardens or pool area. Oceanview Junior Suites with comfortable living areas and a private balcony or patio with a beachfront view. Garden View 1-Bedroom Suites have separate living area with TV and DVD player, roomy balconies and lovely views of the tropical gardens. Oceanview 1-Bedroom Suites are spacious with roomy balconies, separate living area with TV and DVD player, 2 bathrooms and stunning Caribbean ocean views. Suite Dreams Programme: All 1-Bedroom Suites now include: • Increase jet-lag massage to 1 hour • Nespresso™ machines in all 1-Bedroom Suites • Meet & Greet at the airport • Luxury VIP meet and greet transfer one way • Upgraded bathroom amenities

Eats and drinks

Daphne's Restaurant situated next door to the hotel, offers all-day menus* and serves dinner and a light snack lunch menu (Italian/Bajan fusion; à la carte), and The Deck lounge bar providing complimentary afternoon tea and canapés served every evening.

Fun and games

Freshwater swimming pool, whirlpool, Spa services* (in room, poolside, or in beachside cabanas), fitness centre, tennis (at sister properties), free water sports offered next door at Tamarind: water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, boogie boarding and snorkelling; Nearby: scuba lesson*, parasailing*, boat cruises* and deep-sea fishing*. Free Internet access in some public areas. Library. Golf is available nearby at Sandy Lane or Royal Westmoreland courses*.

Handy stuff

Ambassador service.

Additional information

Dress Code: Smart casual after 6.30pm (no shorts, T-shirts or flip flops please).

Under 18s are not permitted.

*Denotes local charge.

Minimum stay

5 nights: 01 Feb '15-28 Feb '15 

7 nights: 19 Dec '15 06 Jan '16


Good general access around the property: properties that offer good general access for those guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. There are 2 steps at restaurant and bar. The Virgin Holidays Special Assistance Team can be contacted by e-mail at or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

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The House by Elegant Hotels

  • What to Expect:
    • 5.0 Location
    • 4.5 Sleep Quality
    • 4.5 Rooms
    • 5.0 Service
    • 4.5 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (204)
    • Very Good (23)
    • Average (3)
    • Poor (2)
    • Terrible (0)

Just returned from The House and I have to say I'm very split on this hotel some excellent bits some average and some you would just not expect of a Hotel with such a good reputation; Good bits...

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4 of 5 stars
Oct 21, 2014 - Tony T - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Just returned from The House and I have to say I'm very split on this hotel some excellent bits some average and some you would just not expect of a Hotel with such a good reputation; Good bits... Read more ; location is fantastic right on the beach, rooms were very nice front suite overlooking the bar and beach area. Rooms always kept clean and tidy. Earl the driver/Taxi was great like our personal chauffeur for the week. Lovely complimentry massage as good as we've had anywhere. Average bits; Breakfast was nice but very basic and never changed, one choice of yogurt & minimal choice of everything else ! I've never stayed in a hotel of this calibre with so little breakfast options. Staff Ok but not great onlyAndrew and Earl looked like they enjoyed the job. Pool area is small but as your right next to the sea it's no issue, the issue is the pool is not great tiles missing all over and needs a complete make over. Bad Bits; Firstly my wife has a cat phobia and as soon as we arrived I was horrified to see 1 and sometimes as many as 3 roaming around. Nothing was done to help this in anyway which resulted in us trying but not being able to eat or drink in the main areas. We took breakfast and even tea up in the room ( which we were charged for). I'm not sure that any hotel or restaurant serving food could ever hope to keep customers if they have wild cats roaming around, but that's us , I imagine there are plenty of people who this does not bother at all. Our room supplies of tea and coffee were NEVER replaced during the whole weeks stay I had to go and ask each time we wanted a cuppa ( which was quite a lot with the cat issue). We even had to ask for Cups which were taken but not replaced. Bar service like another reviewer has mentioned was pretty poor, you had to go to the bar to ask a waiter what you wanted rather than being asked and waited on ! Painting and maintainence was going on for 2-3 days on our landing , why was this not done in the off season ? We had maids knocking on the door with the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. Come on .... One of the days was very stormy and a lot of seaweed was thrown up on the beach which made for a pretty poor sight. My wife and I walked along the lovely beach and outside every other hotel or apartment complex they were out picking up and cleaning the beach not to my surprise when we returned The House was the only one that never bothered. While we really enjoyed our stay I would say that the staff training and attention to detail is poor to non existent , location is brilliant and I'm sure if they worked on the things that make a holiday special I would stay there again because at the moment it is just pretty basic. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 20, 2014 - Usaphobes

The House is a very special place with very special staff, we stayed for a week which wasn't really long enough but we will go back. We had a garden view suite but our friends had a sea view room... Read more which we would recommend booking if possible. The breakfast with unlimited champagne is lovely, afternoon tea is a nice touch and the beach service with complimentary cold towels, water, fresh fruit and ice cream is marvellous. The setting is gorgeous right on Paynes beach but what really makes it are the staff who are friendly helpful and charming and your every whim will be catered for. A truly relaxing holiday experience. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Oct 17, 2014 - Mikesfx - London, United Kingdom

We stayed 2 weeks at this hotel and overall we had a great time. My main impression was that it definitely needed some TLC. The breakfast was unbelievably monotonous, although served by great staff... Read more , the basic fare became very tedious towards the end. Catering within the hotel is supplied by Daphne's next door, this means the limited menu items are very good indeed, However when Daphne's is closed, on a Monday in our case, there is virally no room service in the evening, we could not even order a club sandwich !!!! The rooms are overall very tired, reminding me of some 70's joint, although the turn down and room cleanliness was spot on. TV options in the room were very limited again. On a positive note the attention you get whilst lying by the pool was great, with bottled water, ice cold flannels and I ice cream being given out throughout the day. The pool itself was missing some of its tiles, which I thought was not a good look. This all seems very negative I know, BUT, the staff are amazing and friendly, I wouldn't return until they get their act together and start acting like a 5 star instead of pretending they are Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 16, 2014 - linda227124 - Bracknell, United Kingdom

The House is very informal, no reception, just a seating area dining area and outside seating. It's an adult only hotel. It's on a beautiful beach, complimentary kayaks, catamarans, snorkels,and jet... Read more skis. Champagne breakfasts, afternoon tea sandwiches cakes and canapés in the evening all complimentary. The food was from Daphne's restaurant adjoining hotel. The food is superb. We also dined at Daphne's and the Cliff. All the food was amazing especially the fish, the freshest tastiest fish I have ever tasted. Although the Cliff expensive it was a beautiful setting/ experience. Everywhere we went on Barbados the happiness of the people shone through, not just service orientated staff but everyone at the hotel, taxi drivers, restaurant staff are all genuinely happy people that will do anything to help. Would recommend this hotel, it's small but outstanding. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 10, 2014 - Redruss789

Stayed for 10 nights ,could not fault this hotel,all aspects from rooms,to staff made it a great holiday, Breakfast was always good,no rush ,eggs station and great selection,champagne if you... Read more like.Nothing was to much trouble for them,dinner reservations,car hire,service all done by professional and very pleasant staff. Plenty of comfortable loungers,towels with a great beach,water sports included Some good restaurants Daphne's next door probably the best,service and food great,Scarlett's opposite cool chilled with good food even the little roti hut was good for a quick lunch Thanks to everybody front of house and back who make this one of the best hotels on the island. Read less

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