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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

Accessibility

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 special.assistance@virginholidays.com 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 based on 180 reviews Location
    • 4.5 based on 178 reviews Rooms
    • 5 based on 193 reviews Service
    • 4.5 based on 181 reviews Value
    • 4.5 based on 176 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (194)
    • Very Good (18)
    • Average (3)
    • Poor (2)
    • Terrible (0)

Spent our second week of of our honeymoon here and we were extremely impressed. The hotel is immaculate and every single member of staff works incredibly hard to answer any guest queries or book...

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5 of 5 stars
Aug 26, 2014 - SGLondon1984 - London, United Kingdom

Spent our second week of of our honeymoon here and we were extremely impressed. The hotel is immaculate and every single member of staff works incredibly hard to answer any guest queries or book... Read more taxis. Lovely front room type seating area with sofas for afternoon tea. Such a relaxed atmosphere. Fantastic and varied breakfast with more than just the usual options. Really enjoyed having the dumplings and plantain for breakfast. The massages and facials in the spa were also absolutely fantastic. We absolutely adored watching the sun go down each evening and being able to swim in the beautiful clear sea each day. Barbados is a stunning island that leaves a very lasting impression. Truly hope to be lucky enough to return one day. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 24, 2014 - topblue99 - Cambridge, UK

This hotel suited us perfectly. It's small ( about 30 rooms) and right on the beach, which is wonderful. There's no competition for sun beds - we could come down to the beach at any time of the day... Read more and easily find a sun bed. The hotel's standard of service is very high. The rooms (ocean view suite) was excellent, being well appointed and comfortably air conditioned. There's a small pool but with the sea right there (calm, right temperature) I can't imagine why anybody would want with the pool. Apart from the generous range of (free) water sports, are no real "things to do" at the hotel, nor arranged entertainment, which again meant it was peaceful and what we wanted. It's adult only and seems to attract a good type of visitor (quiet, respectful etc). I would normally include a few negatives with my hotel reviews, but it is really hard in this case. Possibly the only thing I would say if that the (free) wi-fi was generally slow, although that might just be because everybody was using it at the same point of day. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 24, 2014 - billybonkers - Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

We visited The House for our 3rd wedding anniversary. When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely staff. We were given a welcome cocktail and checked in. We had booked an ocean view suite which... Read more is recommended. The views are beautiful. Throughout our stay all the staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The breakfasts were excellent with a glass of champagne. Cold drinks and ice cream were served to you on your sunbed every day and afternoon tea was lovely. Would highly recommend this hotel and we can't wait to return. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 21, 2014 - nyc1acc - New York

We stayed at the House on the 2nd leg of our honeymoon. Rocky start, we reserved an ocean view room they overbooked and put us in a garden view suite. This was very upsetting but the staff there was... Read more very helpful and nice. They were able to move us to an ocean front room the next day. It is a small quiet boutique hotel, nice and quiet and relaxing. Breakfast is included. It was nice that through your the day they stopped by and offered ice tea, water, ice cream. I believe we were the only Americans there on our visit mostly English, so they have tea time daily. Included massage was heavenly. Everyone that works there is just wonderful. Drinks at sunset are a MUST, the views are just absolutely breathtaking! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 19, 2014 - Sandra R - Cypress, CA

I just returned from a great "girls weekend away" at The Hotel on Paynes Bay. There were four of us, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay at the hotel. The hotel is definitely adults only... Read more and only two are allowed to a room. My daughter and I shared a one bedroom oceanview on the third floor. Our unit contained a large livingroom, two separate balconies and two full baths, each with a bath/shower combo, the shower having numerous nozzles and jets. Our other two travel companions shared a junior suite oceanview. I read the Tripadvisor reviews prior to planning this trip, especially the ones that expressed concerns. And yes, I agree the air conditioning unit in the bedroom can be annoying. While the champagne breakfast buffet may have been somewhat mundane (the basics of most buffets), I did like that the some of the hot items changed daily and included some local fare: plaintains, or curried chicken, or flying fish. I also thought an egg station that went beyond the typical omelet/scrambled/or boiled egg choice was a nice touch. Rarely have I had a buffet that included eggs benedict as a choice at the egg station. On the day of our arrival, the chef planned a seven course tasting meal for dinner which was quite delicious. He even came out and mingled with the guests. Many have lauded the attention of the Ambassadors, and I wholeheartedly agree. All of the Ambassadors are amiable and helpful. It was slow time at the hotel and perhaps they had more opportunities to interact with guests and helpful. Most impressive is their ability to engage guests in conversation. Most hotels instruct the staff to at least say "good morning" or "good evening" and that's about as conversant as they get. The Ambassadors that work the open areas are able to draw guests in conversation if so desired or know when to leave the guest alone. Without taking away from the service provided by all, I especially want to cite Vannitta, Christopher, Kerrie, Andrew, Rawl, Andrew as examples of the fine service provided by the Ambassadors. My friends and I, probably known by them as "the ladies from California," truly appreciated our interactions with them and their service to us. One another note, I would like to make two observations that are not under the control of the hotel but worth noting since they did contribute to our experience: First Observation: I rated the hotel a 3 for location even thought it does not necessarily control where it is built. The hotel is on the west coast of the island which is also known as the "platinum" coast. The restaurants in the vicinity are also upscale with upscale prices. If you are looking for less expensive restaurants with perhaps more local fare, you have to travel to other parts of the island which necessitates a cab fare. While I understand that if one chooses an upscale hotel, one should expect restaurants in the area to reflect this. However, my friends and I did not want to be prisoner to the hotel and its vicinity, we also wanted an opportunity to sample some of the restaurants where the average Bajan might go. We did go to Fish Fry on a Friday night in the village of Oistins which definitely provides a variety of opportunities to sample authentic Bajan dishes and a chance to mingle with hundreds of local residents (note; if you do not like crowds or noise got to Oistins on a weekday) Second observation: We were there August 14-18. This was a very slow time on the island with not many tourists. That is both a plus and a minus. The minus side is that many establishments are closed for renovation (to prepare for high season in November/December) and/or have truncated hours. For example, I was highly disappointed to learn my favorite restaurant in Barbados, Pisces, was closed for renovations during my recent stay. All in all I would return to The House and encourage others to stay. I can only attest to the experience my friends and I had, and it was not colored by free drinks, ice cream or massages. I guess I would say different strokes for different folks! We had a totally positive experience. Thank you Ambassadors and all at The House and the citizens in Barbados for contributing to a great girls weekend away! Read less

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