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The House by Elegant Hotels
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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

The staff was so great and catered to us the entire week. Such a relaxing, calm place. We loved the adults only atmosphere for our honeymoon. Amazing frozen drinks and food. Beautiful place! We had champagne waiting on us in our room plus a room upgrade. You must do dinner on the beach one night.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank sarahegrady
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were meant at the airport and whisked through customs by a very nice lady and in no time we were on our way to The House. David (our driver) offered us chilled bottles of water and, during the short drive, gave us a brief history and overview of the island. We were greeted by Cherry Ann who made us feel welcome, special and relaxed all within the space of a few minutes. After enjoying the first of many rum punches and a late lunch we were shown to our ocean view suite. The room was gorgeous but the bathrooms were amazing with eight body jets, an overhead rain shower and a hand held attachment along with all of the high end amenities you could possibly need while on vacation. (Tip - save yourself some time and money the only thing you need to bring with you are clothes and sunscreen since they supply everything else you could possibly need while on vacation). Others have commented on the champagne breakfasts offered each morning so all I will say is that you won't be disappointed or hungry while staying at The House. They somehow know just when to come by with chilled bottles of water, chilled towels, fresh fruit or the daily offering of ice cream. Afternoon tea was delicious and filling and a very nice way to end a day of sunning either by the pool or on the beach. Their sun loungers have the thickest cushions that I have ever found at a resort and there were always more than enough to go around so most of the guests tended to stay either by the pool or beach all day. Evening turn down service always included a special boxed sweet treat and a card with a Bajan proverb - a very nice and unexpected homey touch. The best thing about The House is the staff. Nothing was ever too much trouble and it was easy to see that they all really loved what they were doing. Agnes, Nancy ( who made my favorite omelet every morning), Chris, Teddy, Anthony and especially Andrew are just a few of the special people who helped make our eight day stay at The House a truly memorable experience. If you want to feel like a pampered VIP then I suggest you book a vacation at The House because you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We had a second floor one bedroom ocean front suite (269) which overlooked the pool and beach so I would suggest splurging for an ocean view if at all possible
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank luckyny
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

My wife and I stayed at 'The House' from June 6th until June 16th 2014. We booked a one bedroom, ocean view suite through Virgin HIP Holidays.

On arrival in Barbados we were fast tracked through security and escorted outside the airport to kerbside where we were met by a car to take us to the hotel. Once inside the car, the driver welcomed us to Barbados and offered us both ice cold bottles of water - a nice welcome touch!

After approximately 20 minutes, we arrived at The House and whilst we sat down to enjoy the first of many Rum Punches, our bags were whisked away to our room. Checkin was quick and informal and we were soon shown to our room - WOW! We stayed in a one bedroom, ocean view suite.

Highlights of the room : two separate bathrooms both with amazing body jet showers and a very generous selection of Elemis product. A small 'bar' area containing a Nespresso coffee machine, a fridge, kettle and a wide selection of tea. (Great for us Brits). Two separate balconies both providing an amazing 180 degree view of the ocean.

The House is a beautiful place, calling it a hotel doesn't really do it justice - it feels so much more special than that. The staff are absolutely amazing and without a doubt make your stay! They're always on hand should you need something and go above and beyond to ensure you're being looked after. Special mention to Andrew - a huge Liverpool supporter - if you're planning to stay at the House, bring him a LFC souvenir - he'll thank you forever :-) Special thanks also to Kerri who helped planned some of our activities including recommending the awesome Good Times, catamaran tour. Agnes, Christopher, Anthony, Teddie...the list is endless - all the staff here including Joanna are wonderful. A shout out too, to the masseuses - we received a free 1 hour anti-jet lag massage each as part of our package and my wife swears, it was the best massage she's ever had!

A champagne breakfast every morning, free afternoon tea (scones & sandwiches) and complimentary ice cream, fruit, bottled water and cold towels served throughout the day. The most comfortable sun loungers we've ever experienced, beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear, aqua water - what's not to love...?

On the final night of our stay, a turtle came out of the sea, crawled up the beach and chose a spot next to one of the hotel's sun lounger's to lay her eggs! An amazing, unforgettable experience and clearly a turtle with taste! :)

We absolutely loved our time at The House. If you're considering a holiday in Barbados - stay here, you won't regret it. Like us, I suspect from the moment you leave, you'll be thinking about returning! :)

Very small niggles:
The gym is small and poorly air conditioned - use the gym at the Tamarind (The House' sister hotel next door) instead. It's bigger with better equipment, double air con units and is free to use throughout your stay.

Beach sellers can be a pain but just be friendly and they'll leave you alone.

Room Tip: The one bedroom, ocean view suite on the 3rd floor is amazing! Two bathrooms, two balconies and an most amazing ocean view!
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank PhilMcD
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

We just returned from a wonderful week at The House and can honestly say that all of the glowing comments provided previously to Trip Advisor are accurate. The property was everything we had hoped for and more. The property is small enough that it never felt crowded (even at gathering times such as breakfast and afternoon tea) and the no children policy meant it was always quiet and relaxing. Also, there is no “front desk.” For check-in we sat our travel-weary selves down on sofas on the main deck and while we were served cold beverages and chilled towels, Vanita checked us in. We loved our gorgeous suite and my wife was happy to find Elemis bath products, a high tech multi-jetted shower and an espresso machine. She also enjoyed the complimentary (jet lag) massage given under a canopy next to the beach and later in the week had a facial at the spa at Tamarind right next door. (Both services could have been provided in our room.)

Every day we enjoyed a delicious champagne buffet breakfast with an ample variety of fresh fruits, breads, cereals, hot sides, smoked salmon, eggs cooked to order and a selection of local dishes as well. Since this trip was for a much needed relaxation experience, we developed a daily routine (not uncommon among the guests) of settling in our lounge chairs next to the pool (preferring that to the beach since local merchants come by selling their wares, which we found annoying) and enjoyed the assortment of treats served to us at a relaxed pace throughout the day: chilled, scented towels, chilled water, fresh fruits and ice-cream. At tea time, we were served the tea of our choice, sandwiches, scones and cakes on the main deck. And, in the evening it was nice to have canapés before going out to dinner. We enjoyed wonderful meals at Daphnes (next door), Lone Star and The Tides (both a short taxi ride away) and also had meals prepared by Daphnes and served to us at The House.

Absolutely everything and everyone was wonderful (with a special word for Ambassador Agnes who could not have been nicer and went the extra mile to take care of us. We had such a good time relaxing that we never got around to renting a car and touring the island as we had originally planned. Instead, we opted to go snorkeling with the turtles and highly recommend the boat excursion given by Rod (of Unda D Hat Snorkelling Tours); the turtles and fish were amazing and the boat picked us up from the beach in front of The House. One item you should be aware of: the beach bottom in front of the property has rocks that need to be considered and navigated when heading into the water and beach/water shoes are helpful.

We have only been home a few days but we are ready to go back to Barbados and will be staying at The House. It is our new favorite place! This is a significant change for us since for over 25 years we have been loyal repeat visitors to The Reefs (Bermuda). We enjoyed its small size and that feeling of family with the staff. However, over the last 5 years their management style has changed completely and they are more of a business than a favored destination. So, from now on our new favorite place is The House!

Room Tip: High Floor Beach Front
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Susie H
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was our first visit to this hotel (it had been strongly recommended by family members) and we were not disappointed. The hotel was beautiful, the atmosphere very conducive to relaxation, and the staff absolutely delightful, helpful and friendly. Three people spring to mind in particular - Andrew, who was absolutely wonderful and looked after us with the utmost care, attention to detail, friendliness and humour (we would be so sad if he was not there when we return - he really added something to the place), and Diana who served us every evening at the bar (and was an absolute joy to talk to), and Joanna (manager) who was so friendly, genuine, concerned and helpful. What an absolutely wonderful place. Our only regret is that we have been meaning to write this for months - I've finally done it! WE WILL BE BACK!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janet C
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