The House Payne’s Bay
Although this Payne's Bay property has all of the hallmarks of a high-gloss boutique hotel—urbane clientele, minimalist aesthetic—everything at The House is meant to make you feel, well, at home.
However, it is likely a more decadent, well-staffed version of the home you’ve left behind with low-slung cloud-white sofas gleaming against burnished, espresso-coloured floors.
The book-lined lobby eschews reception desks in favour of greetings from your personal butler, more officiously dubbed ambassadors, who materialize whenever you should require anything (cocktails, fresh towels, room service, and dinner reservations). Fashioned to feel like your seaside pied-a-terre, 34 immaculate suites lure the young and trendy with a condo-meets-beach cabana aesthetic: each has flat-screen TVs, Wi–Fi, wooden floors, marble bathrooms and a handsome navy-and-white colour scheme.
The beach is small, but sunbathing feels glamorous under the dark-wood cabanas, where even bottled water arrives in champagne buckets. The only people that won’t feel at home here are children, as the hotel has an adults-only policy. The onsite restaurant, Daphne’s, is also amongst the most romantic (and wallet-ravaging) on the island. But it’s well-worth the cost; the haute-Italian fare is artful and satisfying.