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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.
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
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 expect for 01-07 Jan'12 and 19 Dec and 06 Jan '13 when it is 7.
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Do you want to feel like a customer in a hotel or like a guest in your host's home? The House ambassadors treat you like a guest in their home. From the minute you arrive they are the perfect hosts... Read more and hostesses. Extremely attentive yet very discrete' these ambassadors do everything for you. We always had a luxury sun bed and your time is spent enjoying a champagne breakfast instead of worrying about reserving sun beds. Anthony makes sure we have complimentary bottles of water and drinks all day, Wade and Diana make our restaurant reservations, any of the ambassadors book our taxis and Andrew provides the laughter. Anthony have us the confidence to use the local bus service and experience the reggae bus, had the time of our lives doing what the locals so whilst bopping on the bus. Already looking at booking our return trip next year and we haven't even left yet! Our 6th visit to the beautiful island and if you are thinking of coming to barbados don't bother looking at other hotels as we've done that for you already and can say this is simply the best. You won't be disappointed however high your expectations are. Read less
I had heard the legend of the hotel room booked on Expedia but had never experienced it until my stay at The House. We had researched many hotels in Barbados and even though at the time there were... Read more several bad reviews on Trip Advisor (which seemed to have disappeared since) we liked the idea of having an ambassador assigned to us to help us make this an amazing vacation. Before our arrival, we called ahead to make arrangements for an airport pick up and to set up a private beach dinner. We were told that we would be picked up in a “luxury vehicle”. For the latter, we were transferred to Daphne’s to arrange the dinner. We arrived at the airport and Leroy was there to pick us up but when Leroy came back to get us with his car, my partner and I looked at each other. “Luxury vehicle?” We arrived at the House and it was beautiful. We were greeted with glasses of rum punch and sat down for about forty minutes until a hotel representative arrived to show us to our room, which was right next to the lobby. It was what we booked, room 162, a garden view studio which had a private path to the deck and the beach. I did notice a stain on the couch in the room, which was gross. We relaxed, showered and headed out to enjoy Barbados. We quickly learned that the promise of an “assigned ambassador” wasn’t true. No one was assigned to us and when we tried to call concierge around dinner time, no one would pick up. We would have to leave the room to flag someone to help us. Since we were right near the lobby that wasn’t too difficult but finding someone around this same time was nearly impossible. From breakfast until tea time, the ambassadors were attentive and helpful, but it would seem around 4pm everyone disappeared and it stayed like this until around 6pm. We were calling concierge because our room had only 2 towels and 1 wash cloth. We wanted just an additional wash cloth. We finally got someone on the phone and when someone came by, she had 1 towel. Upon the second call, we got some extra towels and wash cloths, but the next day, we were back to one wash cloth. When we showed up at Daphne’s for our private beach dinner, we were told that that was arranged for by the House and they did not have our reservation. The House did not know about our private beach dinner and couldn’t cater to us because there was a large beach dinner that same evening. My partner reiterated that he was transferred to Daphne’s and the reservation was made. After waiting about 15 minutes, we were finally shown to a table. On our second night at the House, around 2am, I started hearing a loud noise, like a generator and the walls of our room started shaking. My partner got out of bed, got dressed and walked out of the room. He returned after speaking to someone who works there and was told that they were power washing the kitchen at Daphne’s. We were appalled and very tired. The next day, we brought our issues to Joanna, the property manager. She quickly moved us to a new room on the second floor, room 271. The room was much larger and was an upgrade and we were really appreciative for her help. However, when we were getting ready for dinner, I stepped into a substantial puddle outside of the bathroom. After inquiring with my partner if he had spilled water, I felt the ceiling and all around a light fixture, the sheet rock was wet and dripping. It did appear as if this was patched several times before. We went downstairs to tell Joanna who assured us someone would look into it right away. The following morning, Joanna said someone had overflowed the tub above us and she was very sorry for the problems we were having while we were at the House. The 30 minute jet lag massage was a nice touch, but after trying to book it at the spa with no luck, we decided to have it on the beach which was nice, but there is no privacy, so if you are a woman, be prepared to get naked near where everyone is hanging out. We also discovered that things like complementary ice cream was only available during the day which wasn’t anywhere on our documentation. If you want a scoop of ice cream in the evening, you have to order it from Daphne’s which isn’t complementary. I will say that they do make bottled water accessible and we never needed to ask for water. The ambassadors Christopher and Andrew were awesome when they were there. Everyone who works at the House is friendly and attentive. I will say that the lady who picks up the phone, Bibi, isn’t so detailed oriented and we would have to call multiple times for simple things, like wash cloths as I mentioned earlier. The House is a lovely setting for your vacation and is perfect for a romantic vacation. Barbados does not have private beaches so you may encounter children on the beach even though the House is an adults only resort. Its sister resort next door, Tamarind, is an all ages resort and if you wish to go kayaking or snorkeling, you have to go to the Tamarind which has children. Don’t expect to be assigned an ambassador because you aren’t, unless that is just not a perk when you book on Expedia, even though the reservation said we would be. Read less
Arrived with high expectations which were exceeded. The ambassadors at the house make it a home! They are all so friendly, and attentive, nothing is too much trouble! They really work together as a... Read more team and it's obvious they love their job!! Loved the quirky things too..Such as.. no reception!! Attention to detail- on arrival, greeted with cool towels and rum punches! Champagne breakfast, fresh fruit sticks, yummy ice cream, great club sandwich, cold bottled water on tap, afternoon tea! The rooms are lovely! What a wonderful view from our balcony!! The grounds are beautifully landscaped! Fantastic beach location.. A little bar on the beach to walk to! A couple of traditional restaurants/bars nearby, but most a short (10 min) taxi! Such a fantastic holiday! We will most definitely be back!!!!! Read less
Like other travelers, I was skeptical this place wouldn't live up to all the glowing reviews, but had to find out. So happy we chose The House. The service so low-key wonderful - everyone is... Read more genuinely friendly and helpful. Champagne breakfast not to be missed, complimentary massages, steps to the beautiful beach, abundance of fresh towels and lounge chairs, water, frozen fruit, little spritz bottles brought to you throughout the day ...all you have to do is chill. Fantastic ice cream at Sprinkles across the street, the Backyard Barbeque is awesome, and Cin Cin is the restaurant worth a cab ride. Read less
The minute you walk in you are made to feel at home by the fantastic ambassadors who cannot do enough for you. This is by far and away the best hotel we have ever stayed in and we wouldn't hesitate... Read more to recommend it to our friends - in fact we already have and we've only been back a week! Thankyou Joanna and the team - you were great. Read less