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

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5

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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 165 reviews Location
    • 4.5 based on 166 reviews Rooms
    • 5 based on 169 reviews Service
    • 4.5 based on 167 reviews Value
    • 4.5 based on 166 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (170)
    • Very Good (18)
    • Average (3)
    • Poor (2)
    • Terrible (0)

The House is amazing! The Staff make this the most fantastic place to stay! We can't wait to return! There is only one place to stay on Barbados for us now and it's The House!! Need I say more...

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5 of 5 stars
Jul 20, 2014 - El J -

The House is amazing! The Staff make this the most fantastic place to stay! We can't wait to return! There is only one place to stay on Barbados for us now and it's The House!! Need I say more... Read more ! Unfortunately we go home tomorrow but we will be booking to come back soon!! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Jul 20, 2014 - GBBerks - Berkshire

The House is a truly fabulous place, great breakfasts and afternoon tea, super service and lovely treats during the day! You can eat breakfast right on the beach and stay there all day if you choose... Read more to! It was a magical spot to watch the sunset too. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Jul 20, 2014 - NJASH - New Jersey USA

My wife and I just landed after a week in Barbados so this review is fresh off my headBarbados is a lovely island and I'd absolutely recommend staying on the West Coast. A Sunset Cruise... Read more My wife and I just landed after a week in Barbados so this review is fresh off my head...Barbados is a lovely island and I'd absolutely recommend staying on the West Coast. A Sunset Cruise (especially one that includes diving with Sea Turtles) is really nice but you get that everyday at The House. Sunset cocktails and Canapés everynight from the open air lobby or your seafront room balcony. The beach is beautiful ( a bit rocky so bring your sea shoes) and an underwater coral formation makes swimming with really colorful very cool. Here's a summary of Pros and Cons...Pros: Service is remarkable...find Kerrie (actually he will find you) or Richard or Ricardo......all genuinely nice guys (Ambassadors) who absolutely make sure that you want for not. Food and Drink, really good. Daily. Tea Time and Daphne's Restaurant boarders the House and is not to be missed...the Rum Punch is lovely but remember there is Rum in that Punch :). Finally this is a boutique Hotel, just 34 rooms so with 68 guests maximum, you will really appreciate that special attention. Cons: It's a stretch but all of Barbados's beaches are public and that brings a decent amount of solicitors, but this isn't unique to The House. Finally, Barbados is a pricey island but it is beautiful, filled with friendly people and has great restaurants. If you can afford a more expensive Holiday ( i actually say vacation but after a week with the Brits it rubs off), I'd recommend it and specifically The House! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Jul 19, 2014 - Phil265 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

My wife and I have only one day remaining of our two week holiday at The House. Much has been written extolling the virtues of this wonderful hotel and we would support all of the previous, highly... Read more praiseworthy comments. We were allocated room 374 which is on the second floor overlooking the pool and deck area onto the ocean beyond. The views from the balcony are truly spectacular with the occasional sunset completely awe inspiring. Everything about this hotel is carefully done to create the perfect ambiance of tranquility and quality and it is the staff who deliver this on a completely consistent basis. Every single member of staff we encountered was warm, friendly and totally professional, a real credit to the hotel and its training operation. Thanks to them all for making this holiday so pleasurable, we will return! Read less

2 of 5 stars
Jul 15, 2014 - ChristenDubai - Dubai

After reading the reviews of The House we were very excited about our stay but unfortunately left disappointed. Not surprising with such high expectations but I think we would have still been... Read more disappointed if it was a poorly reviewed 3 star hotel. FIrstly, we were given the room next door to the bar/restaurant so that the breakfast buffet was right outside our door and we were woken before 7am with the breakfast being laid. We complained and were reluctantly given another room but I don't think this space should have been a room at all as every guest would have the same problem. We spoke to the couple next door and they were also awoken before 7am every day by the breakfast service - not exactly something you come to the Caribbean for. Unfortunately our problems only started there. Items were lost on the room change by housekeeping and were only located after many calls, and this became a pattern, it just seemed to take many calls/talks with staff before action was taken on anything. Our room was not serviced until after 4pm so it was 5pm before it was clean - I haven't experienced this in any other hotel - I find spending the whole day in the day before's mess unacceptable. The hotel did not seem to think this was a problem and indicated that this was normal so I had to ask for an 'early' service, which predictably resulted in the 8.30am knock at the door. The restaurant was extraordinarily slow, especially with drinks and it was always impossible to catch anybody's attention. I think the issues stems from this Ambassador service they have, which was never explained to us, but they are locked in a room rather than having a reception or concierge desk so whenever you can pin one down they are always walking through busy with other matters. The Manager was no help whatsoever, she seemed excellent at gliding through the lounge while not making eye contact. On one occasion we had an issue with our lunch, she was talking to the next table and saw the issue, but simply walked away leaving her staff to deal with it. We spoke to other couples who said the service had been better the week before but that something was obviously wrong that week, I don't care, service should never be that bad. I would like to make the exception of Christopher, who was the only truly professional staff member we encountered. Read less

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