The House by Elegant Hotels – Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The House by Elegant Hotels – Adults Only in Paynes Bay (Parish of St. James), you’ll be minutes from Paynes Bay Beach and close to Barbados Polo Club. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of Sandy Lane Golf Course and Sandy Lane Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 34 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring minibars and DVD players. Rooms have private patios. LCD televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the resort’s restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We are 40 something executives from the US. When my husband and I had to leave our rented villa on Gibbes Beach due to safety issues, we had to scramble to find a resort (see Gibbes Beach review). While getting a spa treatment at Sandy Lane (all of their rooms were booked) they recommended Colony Club or the Fairmont...or The House for those wanting boutique hotel that’s adults only....which is what we wanted.
Foregoing my usual 24 hours of binge searching every review to see if The House would work for us, we called and booked one of only a few rooms left...1 bedroom ocean view suite.
After the trauma and speedy escape from Gibbes Beach, we arrived at The House ( which has no sign to add to its exclusivity) and immediately felt at ease when we were warmly greeted at the gate by Paul. He seemed like our savior as he opened the gate and we drove onto the teak bridge surrounded by koi ponds and gardens. Really beautiful. He was very kind to us.
We were immediately joined by other greeters (they call them ambassadors) who whisked us into heaven...they took the bags, parked the car, gave us cocktails and cold cloths, etc. Exceptional service at this hotel!! The common areas are updated and beautiful and the rooms are also being updated.
The beach is quiet and beautiful with both swimming and great snorkeling. Ambassadors on the beach bring you drinks 24 hours/day and without even asking for it every day they bring you fresh fruit snack, cold scented cloths, and ice cream with toppings to your beach or pool chair...thank you Shane for your our-of-this-world awesome service!
And your rate includes: Every morning there is champagne breakfast...each day at 4pm is terrace full afternoon tea and at 630pm is canapés and cocktails...with manager reception on Tuesday evenings with live music. You also both receive a complimentary 60 minute massage in their on-site full service spa...and there is yoga and cooking demonstrations from Daphne’s chef.
We are cocktail snobs so I was incredibly happy that their cocktail menu was creative and progressive...and perfectly executed by their expert bartender Kerry. The manager Sandra was also wonderful...greeting guests throughout each day with warm regards.
If we visit Barbados again, we will absolutely stay at The House!!!...and Daphne’s is right next door for outstanding dining...see that separate review.
We stayed over July 4th holiday and we had such an incredible experience with The House.
1 - they include a lot of amenities in the room rate. Jet lag massage for 60 minutes that will rival any NY spa.
2 - Champagne breakfast...EACH morning...all you can drink. Who does that? The House does! They had a chef make eggs any way you desired. It was a buffet breakfast - nothing to write home about, but it was included!
3 - Although we didn't partake in it, they had happy hours, tea times and free snacks (ice cream etc).
4 - Free motorized sports - like banana boat ride/tubing.
5 - Free water taxi to other Elegant Hotels (although The House was the most renovated, adults-only and more posh than the other properties).
But above all the freebies it was really the service that was unbelievable. Very attentive, they almost tripped over themselves to help you out. Ricardo, one of the Ambassadors, was so helpful and attentive and accommodated all of my requests (making reservations, bringing us more champagne, food that had run out at the buffet). Also Agnes seemed to have the place running in tip top shape - tables being wiped down, reset for our party of 4 as soon as another party left etc. They were the epitome of grace but catered to NY'ers that appreciates hustle.
I cannot recommend The House and it's staff enough - for a crowd that's rather tough to please, we were blown away by our experience. We'll definitely stay here (over The Fairmont - where we stayed the last time - where it was in dire need of a renovation).
From the moment we arrived we felt at home. The Ambassadors could not have been more accommodating, both professional and fun, comfortable rooms, the location is perfect and our fellow guests, many returnees, were all so nice. Daily pampering starts with the champagne breakfast, beachside fruit and ice cream through the day , afternoon tea, happy hour with canapés all before being dispatched to a local restaurant, choices ranging from Michelin star to pizza, for dinner. We’ve stayed in some famous hotels around the world but never stayed anywhere as enjoyable. We loved it and already planning our return.
This was our second visit to The House and it was perhaps even better than the first (which was fabulous).
As you can see from the reviews, The House is a perfect, relaxing boutique hotel. There are just 34 rooms which means that the atmosphere is very friendly with staff and guests soon getting to know each other.
Everything about The House is just fine. The rooms, the staff, the facilities are all great; but most of all the manager was always there with a smile, or advice, or recommendations. I read an earlier review which said that the reviewer did not see the Manager. How is that possible?
Sandra was there at breakfast, throughout the day and often in the evenings. I almost expected to see her in my wardrobe when I opened it!
We loved this hotel and especially the staff who made our stay so enjoyable. They make you feel like you are in a a special club, they have got just the right balance of friendliness, camaraderie and having fun with the guests, whilst also making sure you are well and truly looked after and pampered to the hilt. Sandra the manager is the best hotel manger I have ever met, not to mention the best dressed. She was always around, very friendly and relaxed but ran a very tight ship of knowing what was going on, checking her guests were happy, ironing out any problems and generally making sure everyone's holiday went as smoothly as possible. She is a credit to Elegant hotels and her style of management can be seen in every detail from the general service of all the staff, to having your sun glasses polished and cold drinks and snacks delivered, without request to your sun lounger. She was there overseeing and making sure everything ran smoothly, without it looking like it was hard work, which I am sure it is. The hotel is a bit dated and could probably do with a refresh in areas but the ambience is what would keep us returning. Most of the guests there were repeat customers and Agnes remembered me even though it was ten years since I had been. Michael is still hilarious and cheeky and very kindly lent us his personal phone charger when we brought the wrong one. They are a fantastic team and we loved our stay. We stayed at the Royal Fairmont on our return to Barbados but although the rooms had been upgraded and were beautifu,l we missed the atmosphere and fun we had at the House. We also got chatting to many couples at the House, as it is just the right size for a hotel to get to know the other guests. It has an intimate, cosy feel that a lot of the other hotels lacked, like a home from home. The lack of children certainly helped the relaxation process. We loved the House and Daphnes next door. breakfast was superb, with never ending flow of champagne and a complimentary bottle in our room. Well done Sandra and your team we loved our stay and next time we will come back for longer! We really appreciated the upgrade to the suite that had been cancelled last minute by other guests, when I was a bit disappointed with the location of our first room. I would request one away from the bar next time as the last time I was there it wasn't there, although we did enjoy using it. ten out of ten for effort to the House.