The House by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

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, crisp white love seats and ambient torchlights 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 complimentary jet-lag massage, a round of golf at nearby Apes Hill Golf Course, spa treatments in a beachside cabana, or try your hand at the complimentary water sports. The service extends down to the beach and The Deck, with complimentary afternoon tea and evening canapés. Why not take advantage of the new Romance Concierge programme, where a dedicated Romance Ambassador is on hand to customise a surprise romantic event you vision if you are celebrating a birthday, proposal, honeymoon, or, just because.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Safety Deposit Box

Where is it

Beachfront location at Paynes Bay in St James. Bridgetown is a 20-minute drive. Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

All 34 suites with custom-made wooden furniture, French doors, graciously appointed baths that feature exquisite rain showers and body jets. All suites have either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds and all sleep maximum 2 adults, with air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, iPod dock, aromatherapy candles, bathrobes and luxury linens. Garden View Junior Suites have a private balcony or patio with views of the gardens or pool area.

Half Board option: available at a supplement.

Ocean View Rooms offer beautiful views from a balcony, as well as a comfortable living area. 

Garden View 1-Bedroom Suites have separate living area with TV and DVD player, spacious balconies and lovely views of the tropical gardens, some suites have a plunge pool (plunge pools can't be guaranteed).

Ocean View Junior Suites with comfortable living areas and a private balcony or patio with a beachfront view.

Ocean View 1-Bedroom Suites are spacious with spacious balconies, separate living area with TV and DVD player, 2 bathrooms and stunning Caribbean ocean views.

Please note: all Ocean View Junior Suites and Ocean View 1-Bedroom Suites include an extended jet lag massage, 1 hour, per person per stay.

  • Honeymooners: Receive a bottle of Champagne and flower petals in room on arrival for completed stays between 5 Jan–31 Oct '19 (min stay 5 nights).

    Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking bonus: book by 1 Dec '19 to receive up to 40% off the accommodation cost between 5 Jan '20-2 Jan '21. Minimum stay applies. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Complimentary massage: book an Ocean View Junior Suite or Ocean View 1-Bedroom Suite and recieve a complimentary 1 hour massage per person per stay. 

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply.

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Sep '19 and save up to 55% off the accommodation cost for travel between 1 Sep '19-31 Dec '20, black out dates and minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

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 provides complimentary Champagne breakfast and afternoon tea along with canapés served every evening. Beach dining (available on request). Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme* at select sister properties (meal and drink supplements apply). 24-hour room service.

Freshwater swimming pool and whirlpool. On site brand new boutique spa* offering a variety of treatments, massages and facials. Fitness centre and tennis (at sister properties). Complimentary water sports offered next door at Tamarind including water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, boogie boarding and snorkelling. Nearby, there are scuba lessons*, parasailing*, boat cruises* and deep-sea fishing*. Complimentary WiFi access in each room and throughout the property. Library. Weekly interactive cooking demo with Daphne's Executive Chef. Weekly yoga and pilates classes. Golf is available nearby at Ape's Hill or Royal Westmoreland courses*.

Daytime water taxi service (subject to availability and weather conditions) to select sister properties on the West Coast.

Ambassador service includes:

  • Champagne breakfast daily
  • 24-hour Service Ambassador to cater to guests every need
  • Complimentary jet-lag massage
  • Afternoon tea and evening canapés
  • Complimentary water sports snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and complimentary motorised water sports
  • Beach and pool Ambassador service providing scented cold towels, refreshments and sorbets throughout the day
  • Preferred tee times at Apes Hill Golf Course*
  • Personalised, boutique-style service and attention to detail
  • Complimentary WiFi in-rooms and throughout properties
  • Complimentary fitness centre and classes
  • Complimentary pillow menu offering alternative pillow choices
  • Enhanced turndown service including a selection of infused teas and light bedtime bites menu*

Please note: a room levy of $17.50 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

1 night between 5–31 Jan and 1 Mar–18 Dec.

5 nights between 1–28 Feb.

7 nights between 22 Dec–2 Jan '19.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: smart casual after 6:30pm (no shorts, T-shirts or flip-flops please).

Please note: this is an adults-only hotel, guest under 18 years old are not permitted.

Please note: the dine around programme is only available at select properties and may be subject to an additional cost dependant on the board basis booked. A complimentary water taxi to select West Coast Elegant properties is available during daytime only and subject to availability and weather conditions.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful place

Sep 19, 2019 Whitetower13 Cambridge, United Kingdom

The House is like no other hotel we’ve been to, it really is like you’re staying with friends ....at their house! No formality or stuffiness, staff and other guests are all so friendly, which makes one feel at home very quickly. All the staff are able to help with anything you need from booking a cab or reservations at restaurants to getting a new… Read more
The House is like no other hotel we’ve been to, it really is like you’re staying with friends ....at their house! No formality or stuffiness, staff and other guests are all so friendly, which makes one feel at home very quickly. All the staff are able to help with anything you need from booking a cab or reservations at restaurants to getting a new room key (when mine stopped working). We had a jet lag massage included, which was marvellous, a ‘proper’ massage and not just a ten minute cursory thing which is what I had expected. Champagne at breakfast is a lovely treat and the food is delicious with a bit of variety every day in the hot selection, lots of fruit and yoghurt and a different fresh juice every day, or you can have your own smoothie made up. Settling down on your sun bed, it’s not long before you can have your sunglasses cleaned, and a bottle of ice cold water supplied. A bit later you can have some fruit and a cold towel to freshen up, then perhaps some ice cream or a lolly, after a bit of snorkelling or one of the other water sports on offer (bring water shoes as the coral can be a bit tricky) Then it’s time for afternoon tea and more chat and laughs about your day with the guests and staff. There’s usually some canapés on offer before you head for dinner and at least once a week there’s a ‘bubbly party’ with pre dinner drinks and live music. The room was spacious with a beautiful sea view, a lovely big bathroom, large comfortable bed and turn down service with chocolates or petit fours. We had a fabulous holiday, the staff were fantastic, they all seem to enjoy their job. Paul, the security guard, was the first person we met & made us feel at ease. Shane, Andrew, Ricardo, Richard, Matthew & Alana all deserve a mention for top service and of course Sandra, the manager, took time to chat with guests and make sure everyone was happy. Fantastic team who work well together and really made our holiday special, we’d love to return. Thanks guys Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating So relaxing

Sep 16, 2019 dorisReading_UK Reading, UK

We stayed in June and it was our second time at The House and it was just as good as the first time. All the staff are exceptional, each with their own characters, and know how to interact with different guests - most of whom are repeat visitors! Sandra, the manager, mingles regularly with the guests to check everything is running smoothly. It’s… Read more
We stayed in June and it was our second time at The House and it was just as good as the first time. All the staff are exceptional, each with their own characters, and know how to interact with different guests - most of whom are repeat visitors! Sandra, the manager, mingles regularly with the guests to check everything is running smoothly. It’s like one big happy family and as the hotel is fairly small you can get to know your fellow guests and it it is like one big house party. It is very laid back but the staff are always there to help with any requests. The revamped breakfast area and bigger bar works very well. When guests come back to the hotel after dinner, many gather at the bar for drinks before heading to bed ready for another day in heaven. Recently discovered the web cams around the island and frequently look at the one aimed at the beach just south of The House by the fishing hut and wish we were there. Looking forward to our next stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An amazing experience

Aug 17, 2019 karenwordley

Fantastic boutique hotel, staff are amazing and treat you like friends. Rooms are clean, spacious and a/c worked really well. Breakfast each morning was beautiful especially with a glass of champagne. Can’t wait to go back it really was perfect.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Home from home

Aug 9, 2019 184brenda Poynton, United Kingdom

The House is perfection in every way for me and my husband. The suites are spacious an extremely comfortable. The staff are helpful above and beyond anything anyone could expect. The House is in the perfect position for all amenities.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Gorgeous hotel & wonderful staff

Aug 9, 2019 Jodie184 London, United Kingdom

Is exactly what you see online, a beautiful hotel, wonderful staff, lovely breakfast and afternoon tea. Amazing snorkelling and fish to be seen just off the beach at the hotel. Enjoyed private, wonderfully comfy sun-loungers on the beach and coconut drinks! Rented jet skis and took a boat to swim with turtles right from the beach. They decorated… Read more
Is exactly what you see online, a beautiful hotel, wonderful staff, lovely breakfast and afternoon tea. Amazing snorkelling and fish to be seen just off the beach at the hotel. Enjoyed private, wonderfully comfy sun-loungers on the beach and coconut drinks! Rented jet skis and took a boat to swim with turtles right from the beach. They decorated the room for my birthday and made it look beautiful. Staff here are second to none and I want to come back ASAP!!! A very relaxing and happy place to be. Read less