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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 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: 01 Feb '15-28 Feb '15
7 nights: 19 Dec '15 06 Jan '16
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We recently enjoyed ten days at The House and I have to say that writing a review leaves me somewhat torn and I am not really sure how to go about reviewing the hotel because it was neither great nor... Read more really bad, so letâ€™s start at the beginning. You arrive at the hotel along a narrow wooden bridge and the staff are there to greet you, your imminent arrival having been called in by the taxi driver some moments previous. You then cross what you might describe as a drawbridge through the gates of the perimeter wall, through a garden/water feature and into what I would best describe as the hotel lobby. Except that the lobby has no doors, it is open on both ends, rectangular in shape and leading onto a decking area which then merges into the beach. The location is great. The â€œlobbyâ€ serves as a multi-purpose facility. It is the reception area, breakfast area, dining area, lounge and bar. There is no reception as such and all staff (Ambassadors) are there to help and deal with all your requirements. Unusual but very good, most of the time! After a complimentary welcome drink you are shown to your room, we had a free upgrade to a sea view junior suite on the 1st floor which was great. Rather then go into minute detail I will summarise my visit as follows: Positives: Great bedroom, very clean with all the facilities and services. Breakfast was excellent. The location by the beach is excellent. Staff for the most part are great, just a few exceptions but the one I would pick out for his excellent service and attitude would be Ricardo, you were great. Negatives: Well service could sometimes leave a bit to be desired and mainly revolved around who was on duty but I would give it 7 out of 10 overall. Apart from breakfast, the food was average, all coming from Daphneâ€™s next door. Whilst the menu was supposed to be the same it was a limited version and if Daphneâ€™s was busy I think the hotel came 2nd. We stayed in and tried a fish â€œtastingâ€ night which I am afraid to say was a disaster. I think also that whilst they were painting here and there and its obvious they have been decorating, it will soon be time for some more extensive work. Donâ€™t be put off though, treat the odd lapse in service as being the â€œbarbadianâ€ way and just chill and you will enjoy your stay at The House. As for Barbados, it didn't give me the "wow" factor. If your idea of the perfect holiday is sun, sea and sand and you are quite happy to have the preverbial kicked out of your credit card or bank balance then this is the place for you. Its expensive to get there and its expensive whilst you are there. Read less
We have just returned from two fabulous weeks at the house (1.1.15- 15.1.15), a true home from home that even has itâ€™s own very friendly cat named Ginger! The service provided by all the staff... Read more (Andrew, Agnes, Teddy, Christopher, Jefferson and the rest of the team) is second to none. They simply canâ€™t do enough to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. As far as I am concerned the whole experience was fantastic and I can see no justification for some of the negative comments on this site. Although all guests stay B & B, the staff regularly serve bottled water, fresh fruit, cold towels, ice cream and drinks to guests relaxing in their luxurious sun beds on the beach or by the pool. The cooking and wine tasting demos and afternoon tea are also nice treat and a bit of relief from the baking sunshine. If I could offer any advice to anyone considering Barbados, it would be to stay at the House and book some meals with some of the top restaurants before departing from the UK. If you donâ€™t, it can be difficult to get a reservation and an ocean view table. I can highly recommend Sandy Lane (if you have deep pockets), the Cliff and Lone Star. All of these are good for Star Spotting on the island. Equally good is the Fish Pot, Champers and Zen. I would love to visit the House again. If you decide to book, please keep a look out for Ginger, as she the true star of the island. Read less
My husband and I visited the House in July 2014 for our honeymoon. We stayed for just over a week in a ground floor ocean view suite which was absolutely stunning. The overriding memory was the... Read more attention to detail by all the fabulous staff, they really make your holiday extra special. Nothing is too much trouble. Unfortunately we got caught up in hurricane Arthur coming from America and ended up being a day late arriving at the House and extremely tired having been awake for 36 hours! Joanna greeted us, sat us down with some champagne and afternoon tea and immediately we felt relaxed. As you arrive to the House the scenery and setting is simply breathtaking, I was next to tears when I walked through the big wooden door to the deck, this may have been due to lack of sleep! But even so, it's just beautiful. The little extras, the rum punch, happy hour, delicious champagne breakfast, ice-cream, afternoon tea, cold towels, free water, sunglasses cleaned just add up to this being a perfect retreat. I really wouldn't hesitate booking the House if you want to get away from it all and live in paradise for a week. Having said that, there's still lots to do, we hired a car and saw the beautiful island which I would recommend and the restaurants are to die for. I honestly don't know why there have been some mediocre reviews, they must be crazy! Read less
First off I would like to say that our stay at The House was enjoyable but we just didn't think it lived up to its high TA rating. Having originally been part of the Tamarind which is evident by the... Read more passageway past Daphne's to the larger property next door it seems to me that the management realised they could charge a premium by making it a trendy adult only hotel.However it takes a bit more than some edgy music being played in the lounge to achieve this. Our room on the first floor was originally two rooms which had been knocked through meaning we had two bathrooms, a lounge a spacious bedroom and two balconies although they weren't joined but were nevertheless quite nice with views to the sea across the pool area. No complaints with the room at all. The lounge area is dominated by lots of softly furnished sofas and chairs and some huge low tables which to be honest took up too much space. As you walked towards the beach there was a decked area with some nice tables and chairs close by the bar and the back entrance to Daphnes The area around the pool has, to be honest, seen better days and the pool is no better, tiles missing and the temperature very much on the cold side. There were plenty of loungers there and also on the beach and although there were a few of the despised early doors sun bed baggers there was always a bed somewhere . I just don't get it with these people who get up at the crack of dawn and leave an old book or a t shirt or a cap across a towel at a an angle to make it look as it's been there forever! Anyway I digress, the breakfasts were alright, nothing special. The first few days we were there a girl was cooking eggs to order who I'm sure had never seen one before but she went off sick, stress I believe, she cracked up. But honestly the hot selection was mediocre, I've never had sausages like the ones on offer and the bacon was either floppy or crispy beyond belief. As for the champagne there were those who knocked it back as if making a statement but it all seemed a bit contrived. There were also the house cats roaming about and some guests did feed them titbits which encouraged them to go from table to table and I have to say it's not something I think a 5star hotel should allow. The staff were very nice, they were all obliging but I felt they looked after returning guests more,just little things but first timers like ourselves obviously hadn't got into the clique that exists in The House To us The House is overrated but that's not to say it's bad, it isn't, it just is not the lap of luxury or some uber cool adult bolt hole that some on here make out. Read less
Having read so many wonderful reviews about The House we had very high expectations of our stay. Whilst we had a lovely holiday unfortunately The House did not manage to live up to these... Read more expectations. The child free environment is fabulous and exactly what we wanted and our room was very pleasant despite initial concerns about its location directly next to the breakfast area but the housekeeping service was very hit and miss. When they did come our room was cleaned thoroughly but often this was not until 4pm when we were planning to return and get changed and one day nobody turned up at all despite us hanging a sign on our door. We also had several maintenance problems that were dealt with at varying speeds. Our room was on the ground floor which allowed us to walk directly out to the pool but we possibly missed out on the better views on the higher floors. The pool was tiny and in tired condition. We used it to cool down in but it certainly wasn't practical for swimming in. The sun loungers were extremely comfortable but I was surprised that we were expected to collect our own towels and make up the sun bed. Pool side service was non existent other than the delivery of ice cream early afternoon. If we wanted a drink we had to go to the bar which was not terribly far to walk but having heard so much about the great service we had rather expected pool side service. Breakfast was of a good standard and with a good selection and we enjoyed the accompanying champagne although on occasions had to request it as it was not always offered. Overall this is a pleasant adult only hotel on a nice stretch of beach with some friendly, helpful staff but its certainly not the amazing service experience that we were expecting. Read less