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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.
Beachfront location at Paynes Bay in St James. Bridgetown is a 20-min drive. Transfer time from airport: 45 min.Larger Map
All 34 suites 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 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
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.
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*.
Dress Code: Smart casual after 6.30pm (no shorts, T-shirts or flip flops please).
Under 18s are not permitted.
*Denotes local charge.
5 nights: 01-28 Feb '15/16
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.
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As regular visitors to the house we have seen some noticeable improvements since our last visit three years ago.The service by the ambassadors has always been good but is now excellent. The... Read more management are more evident and interested in the hotels performance. Beach service, spacing of sun beds and housekeeping have all improved(though never bad before!) The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and efficient. All the staff this year were excellent but special mention to Kerrie for his fantastic beach service(and weather forecasting!), Jefferson and Raoul. We had a great holiday. David and Barbara B Read less
We stayed in The House over 18-25 Feb for our wedding anniversary and were initially concerned as some of the more recent reviews were a little mixed. On reflection whereas i can appreciate to some... Read more degree the concerns expressed the decoration could be refreshed etc overall from our experience they can be set aside. Its a 5* B+B with dinning and a country house weekend atmosphere. Interaction between the guests is almost expected but never forced. We had room 366 an ocean view suite with sea view. Although above the bar lounge area we were never disturbed by noise from either. The double balcony was a bit wasted on us with one eating and one sitting area but the latter was great to be private and soak up the uninterrupted with of the sea. The staff are overwhelmingly helpful and we never missed the absence of a dedicated concierge. Breakfasts had some mixed reviews but to our needs it was a lot more than sufficient with plenty of choice and a call order cooking for anything needing eggs. We ate once on the beach which was delightful and romantic. The bar wines list could be be brought up to date with fresher less heavy weight block buster Reds but Daphne's next door has some elegant wines. The pick up service room the airport is a must to avoid queues on arrival and the 'ambassadors' at the hotel prompt at finding taxis and suggesting where to go and where to eat. Read less
We got married at The House on Saint Valentines day in 2015.The effort, care, support and thought the staff put into day was exceptional and beyond any conventional standards of customer care. The... Read more service took place on the beach, we then had a cocktail party with a steel drummer then dinner on the beach, all of which was of the highest standard. Our friends who had flown out for the wedding were stunned by how it all went. This typified our whole 10 days at The House. The facilities are excellent but it's the quality of the staff, at all levels, that makes The House what it is. Read less
We have just had the most amazing stay at The House and could not recommend it more highly. We arrived and were greeted by Andrew who offered us a glass of champagne each whilst we booked in. Our... Read more room just lovely, overlooking the Caribbean with two balconies and wonderful living room and bathrooms with great spa toiletries. Breakfast on the terrace by the beach each morning with a glass of champagne was what dream holidays are made of. The buffet selection was perfect with cold meats, smoked salmon, yoghurt, fruit, cereals, eggs cooked to order, pastries, croissants and much more. If you wanted an English breakfast you could get that too! The beach was just as you expect but what made it the best was the attentiveness of the staff. There was regular bottles of chilled water brought to us and then every so often little treats such as coconut water, fruit salad, rum punch and ice cream to mention just a few. Complementary afternoon tea was served at 4pm with your choice of tea. We wanted to go on an island tour and just mentioned it in passing to Teddy who arranged the most fantastic day with a cheerful local taxi driver who gave us a day to remember. We ate at Daphne's next door a number of times who serve delicious and nicely presented meals at reasonable prices. I am so glad that we chose The House for our stay in Barbados. It is wonderful in every way but you have to stay to experience the level of service that it prides itself on. We are now planning our trip to Barbados next year and will definitely be going back. The hotel is marvellous but what really makes it special are the truly exceptional staff. Read less