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  • Free spa treatments
  • All-inclusive stylish resort
  • Enviable beachfront location
  • Virgin Holidays Concierge Lounge on site
  • Free water sports

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Bar

Internet Access

Sailing

Swimming Pool

Wind Surfing

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Waves Resort and Spa

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Exclusive to Virgin Holidays in the UK and overlooking the calm waters and white sands of Prospect Bay, it’s the perfect place to simply kick back and enjoy some serious rest and relaxation. The tranquil adults-only spa area is where you can take advantage of your 2 complimentary spa treatments for every guest aged 16 years and over per 7-night stay. It also boasts a large freeform swimming pool to laze by and private garden dotted with deluxe 4-poster beds.

Where is it?

On the exclusive West Coast, in St James, 10 min north of Bridgetown. The hotel has 2 sections – the Ocean House on the beach side and the spa area on the island side across the road from the main hotel. Transfer time from airport: 30 min.

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Room information

70 rooms in 2 buildings. Rooms in the Ocean House building on 4 floors with 1 lift. All rooms have 6ft super king-size beds with memory foam mattress, pillow menu, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, multi-jet walk-in showers, flatscreen TV with DVD player (DVD library in hotel), free wired Internet access, mini-bar re-stocked every other day, tea/coffee maker, safe, iron and boards, hairdryer, bathrobes and nightly turn down service - on request. ?Standard Inland Facing Rooms are located in the Ocean House building on either the 2nd or 3rd floor with 1 super king-size bed and a single sleeper sofa in the living area, ideal for 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child. These rooms do not have a balcony. Standard Rooms - Spa Area - are located across the road from the Ocean House building in the adults-only area (for guests aged 16 years and over), most with large balcony or terrace overlooking the freeform pool and spa. Rooms have 1 super king-size bed, sleeps max 2 adults.

Room Upgrade

Standard Oceanfront Rooms - as Standard Inland Facing Rooms but facing the ocean, located on either the 1st or 2nd floors of the main building with either a balcony or terrace. Rooms sleep max 2 adults.

Duplex Suites Inland Facing - on the top floor, have a balcony and are split level with a cosy bedroom and bathroom on lower level and airy lounge and balcony on the upper level. Facilities include a wet bar and fridge. There is 1 super king-size bed and a single full length sleeping sofa. Rooms sleep max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.

Please note: Duplex Suites (both the inland facing and oceanfront) have a split level which consists of the bedroom and bathroom on the lower floor and the lounge area upstairs. The 2 floors are connected by a set of stairs therefore are not recommended to customers with mobility issues.

Superior Oceanfront Rooms - have a balcony or terrace with fantastic ocean views and are slightly larger than the Standard version. Located on either the ground, 1st, 2nd or top floors of the main building. They have 1 super king-size bed, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.

Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms - have a balcony and are located on either the 1st or 2nd floors of the main building. They have 1 super king-size bed and a comfortable lounge area. Sleeps max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.

Duplex Oceanfront Suites - on the top floor, are split-level and have a balcony with stunning panoramic ocean views. Perfect for couples, these suites have a bedroom and bathroom on the lower level and airy lounge area and balcony on the upper level. Facilities include a cocktail bar and fridge. These suites have 1 super king-size bed and sleep max 2 adults.

Please note: Duplex Suites (both the inland facing and oceanfront) have a split level which consists of the bedroom and bathroom on the lower floor and the lounge area upstairs. The 2 floors are connected by a set of stairs therefore are not recommended to customers with mobility issues.

Club Room Benefits available for 2014 at an additional supplement includes:

• VIP check-in and guaranteed late check-out • Bottle of bubbly on arrival • Personal Concierge Service • Daily spa treatments (excludes treatments on arrival and departure day) from the full menu, or swap five of your treatments for 1 round of golf at Barbados Golf Club, including club hire and transport) • Private in-room Romantic Dining Experience • Extended mini-bar to include daily re-stock, snacks and additional drinks • Upgraded Director Wine at dinner • Bds$60 room credit per room per week towards cost of premium bar drinks • Turn down service with ice bucket/evening snacks delivered to room • Personal Waves gift • Priority booking in restaurants • Free use of Kindle with pre-loaded books (subject to availability) • Complimentary return transport to Oistin’s Street Party.

In addition to the above for 2015 stays

• Lounge access from your UK departure airport

Eats and drinks

Rosso Vivo is an air-conditioned restaurant open for dinner only, which offers an array of Italian cuisine. Seascape overlooks the ocean and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner (5 nights a week), serving a variety of international cuisine featuring both buffet and à la carte options; Feast (over 16 years) is situated in the spa area for dinner only, which offers an array of Asian Pacific cuisine, with fresh fish and innovative fusion dishes (some dishes have a local supplement). A choice of 2 restaurants will be open nightly for your dining pleasure. With 3 different bars, opening at various times in the day, there’s even waiter service on the beach! 24-hour room service (limited menu between 11.00pm–7.00am). The After hours bar is open from 9.30pm–1.30am.

Fun and games

Snorkelling, kayaking, sailing (must be experienced) yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Pilates, aqua aerobics, aerobics and salsa dancing. In the Ocean House there is an adults games room and library with after-hours bar. The spa area is an attractive adults-only facility (for guests aged 16 years and over) with a large freeform swimming pool. Outside there are deluxe 4-poster day beds on which to relax and beyond is a shady garden for yoga and meditation.

Entertainment

Live entertainment 5 nights a week. Weekly barbecue.

Handy stuff

English newspaper available in reception. Virgin Holidays Concierge Lounge on site. Free WiFi Internet access in public areas.

Additional information

* Denotes local charge.

Child ages at this property 0-7 years.

Please Note: Rollaway beds are available on request. Lounge area is lost when adding extra beds to the Superior Oceanfront Rooms.

Dress code: Smart casual in the evenings. The Seascape and East restaurants require full-length trousers for the gents. Tailored shorts are permitted in the main restaurant only.

Please note: This property is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties due to the number of steps around the property.

All Inclusive of

All meals, English afternoon tea, Sunday lunch with sparkling wine, all drinks to include house wine by the glass, beer, local and some premium-brand spirits, soft drinks, sparkling wine menu all day and cocktails. (Top shelf spirits at a small supplement). All activities unless otherwise stated.

Minimum stay

7 nights: 01 Jan '14-30 Apr '14, 21 Dec '14-30 Apr '15 and 21 Dec '15-31 Dec '15

Accessibility

This property may be unsuitable for some guests due to 10 steps at entrance and spa, 27 steps to the pool, 15 steps to the beach, 6 steps to the Garden Restaurant, 55 steps to suites and 16 steps other suites. The Virgin Holidays Special Assistance Team can be contacted by e-mail at special.assistance@virginholidays.com or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

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Waves Resort and Spa

  • What to Expect:
    • 4 based on 797 reviews Location
    • 4 based on 798 reviews Rooms
    • 4 based on 843 reviews Service
    • 4 based on 838 reviews Value
    • 4.5 based on 840 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (408)
    • Very Good (256)
    • Average (110)
    • Poor (51)
    • Terrible (46)

Initial instincts when arriving at this resort were not good. As many before have mentioned it looks like a tired, shabby apartment block from the outside, but at least we knew this in advance. Upon...

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4 of 5 stars
Jul 16, 2014 - tootiredtotango - London, United Kingdom

Initial instincts when arriving at this resort were not good. As many before have mentioned it looks like a tired, shabby apartment block from the outside, but at least we knew this in advance. Upon... Read more descending to the lobby we were greeted and the formalities were taken care of. We were then shown to our room, a deluxe oceanfront on the second floor. The room was surprisingly nice after viewing the slightly crumbling interior and suspect lift on our way to the room. The room is large and bright and airy with a very nice view of the ocean. Ask for rooms 107 -109 and 207 - 209 as these are the biggest rooms. We did look at a duplex, but the bedroom and living area are very small compared to these central rooms, so we liked where we were in the middle. Things were looking up perhaps. After unpacking we headed down to the beach for a walk. This is small, but perfectly nice with plenty of chairs. The beach is good for swimming and snorkelling, it is sandy mostly with a few stones but no need for foot wear so this is a major plus point. What struck us first was that everyone was very nice, which sort of covered up the slightly crumbling aspect to the resort. The array of water sports were limited, they had a windsurf board but no sail for instance, but there were a few toys to play with and one hobie cat which we used every now and then. Again the staff were always pleasant despite the fact that they must be bored out of their minds with little to do. It is now a few days into our holiday and I'm really starting to enjoy the resort. Yes, it is a bit random, but it has everything here that we need. The beach is small but very nice, we have never had to fight for a chair and German towel syndrome doesn't happen here. The sea is a delight, mostly sandy with a few rocky patches. There is good snorkelling either side of the safe swimming area. Big plus must go to the included swimming with turtles trip. A half hour sail each way and an hour with the turtles. I have scuba dived a lot over the years but this was a fantastic trip and we were lucky enough to have four turtles to look at as they swam with us, a real delight. The food here is excellent, in all three restaurants. The menu is large and varied and should cover all tastes. I'm here for ten days and will not have tried everything that interests me which can't be said for other resorts that we have been to. This resort does seem somewhat short-staffed at meal times. Trying to get a water or wine top up can be a long wait, the staff that are at the restaurant are very busy with the food and do not seem to have time to work the tables as well, this is perhaps where the budget of the trip starts to show a little. And just a few suggestions for the resort... Please can we have somewhere or something in the rooms to hang wet clothes on? A brush in the room would be nice to sweep up all of the sand that seems to get everywhere. The parasols down on the beach are pretty tired and in some cases broken as you must know. We English are generally pretty pasty white when we get there and need a little shade for awhile until we get acclimatised, so please look at adding some usable sun shade for us. A last note, not just to this resort but many others, when putting the loungers out in the morning, grab a bucket with some hot soapy water and a sponge and wash the bird droppings from the chairs, it means so much to your guests. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Jul 16, 2014 - A TripAdvisor Member -

I stayed at Waves in July for a week with my wife booked through Virgin. My first impression of the hotel was slightly disappointing, the hotel looks like it could do with some modernising and a lick... Read more of paint here and there. The service throughout was excellent and it is the warm and welcoming staff that make this hotel. Unfortunately some of the facilities let it down. My room was very nice, Ocean front deluxe, nice room with a beautiful view. Bed was very comfy and air con was very powerful. The beach is one area which really lets the hotel down. It is much smaller than I had imagined. It was not such an issue for us as we travelled in low season but it must be a nightmare in peak travel times. We were disappointed to be hassled regularly on the beach by local people as we lay on our sunbeds pressurising you into buying goods/services that you often had no interest in buying. We were in Barbados to relax and I never felt 100% safe or protected once I stepped out of the hotel onto the beach. The only other issues I had with the hotel are relatively minor, no WiFi in the rooms seems crazy in the modern era, no air con in restaurants made them uncomfortable, and the food, which was very nice but lacking in variety towards the end of the week. This is not a bad hotel and the staff are excellent but I would be unlikely to visit again. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Jul 9, 2014 - Stefania M - Lytham

Ocean view room actually looks out on to the ocean, sound of the waves wake you up in the morning and the sunsets are spectacular. The food is especially good in East and Vino Rosso, the staff are... Read more all very friendly, check out Kenny in the bar he is amazing, the spa treatments are not to missed. If you require a taxi Antonio is your man. The views make this hotel. Barbados is a fantastic destination. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Jul 9, 2014 - bart22London - london

Just got back from a week at this wonderful hotel. We have been there many times, it was just as good if not better than previous visits. The food is superb at all restaurants, the staff are very... Read more friendly and go out of their way to help. Do upgrade to an oceanfront room as the views are spectacular, waking up to that view in the morning, wonderful. It's a lovley place to relax and recharge your batteries. The spa treatments are very good, a special mention to Ray and Sandra, love you guys. We will be going back next year, and can recommend this hotel to anyone. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Jul 1, 2014 - keithnahon - York

Just spent two wonderful weeks there, do not be put off by any negative trip advisor comments.. Wonderful friendly staff, ok beach isn't massive but big enough to lie on sun bed plenty of them no... Read more queuing up to put towels on. Even get supplied with cold drinks and ice lollies without having to ask.. Food great al a carte good variety, yes lunch and breakfast can be a bit repetitive . Sea rooms great views, plenty room..bare in mind this not five star and doesn't claim to be. . Got to mention Cheryl great lady.. Sam the man on the beach great tours and safe. Read less

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