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Waves Resort and Spa

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Exclusive to Virgin Holidays in the UK (until May 2015) 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 complimentary 1-hour spa treatment (bookings for travel before May 2015 receive 2 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.

At a glance

  • Free spa treatments
  • All-inclusive stylish resort
  • Enviable beachfront location
  • Free water sports

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 52 channels, free wired Internet access, mini-fridge, tea/coffee maker, safe, iron and boards, hairdryer, bathrobes and nightly turn down service (on request).

STANDARD ROOM CATEGORIES UP TO END OF APRIL 2015:

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 and sleep max 2 adults.

STANDARD ROOM CATEGORY FROM MAY 2015:

Family Rooms are inland facing and are located in the Ocean House building on either the 2nd or 3rd or top floor. Some rooms are on 2 levels and others are single level (balconies are not guaranteed). Rooms have 1 super king-size bed and up to 2 pull-out single beds, ideal for 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child.

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ROOM UPGRADE CATEGORIES UP TO END OF APRIL 2015:

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

Duplex Suites Inland Facing are 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 are 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 Oistins Street Party.

In addition to the above for 2015 stays (until the end of April 2015)

  • - Lounge access from your UK departure airport (only included when booking a package holiday)

ROOM UPGRADE CATEGORIES FROM MAY 2015:

Spa Rooms are situated in the Spa block, all have patios (overlooking the Spa pool), make-up area, non-stocked fridges. No children below 13 are allowed in these rooms. Rooms have 1 king super-sized double bed, sleeping max 2 adults. Each adult in the room receives 1 complimentary spa treatment, 1 complimentary dive and 1 session on golf simulator during their stay.

Family Rooms are large rooms in the main hotel building, all of them have an island view, some are on 2 levels, some are single level rooms (balconies are not guaranteed), non-stocked fridges. Rooms have 1 king super-sized double bed and up to 2 single trundle-style beds, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Each adult in the room receives 1 complimentary spa treatment, 1 complimentary dive and 1 session on golf simulator during their stay.

Superior Rooms are located in the main hotel, all are ocean front rooms and have a super-sized king bed, sleeper sofa, walk-in dressing area, fridge, comfortable lounge area and a patio directly overlooking the ocean. These rooms sleep max 3 adults (1 on a sofa bed) or 2 adults and 2 children. Each adult in the room receives 3 complimentary spa treatments per 7 days, 2 complimentary dive and 1 session on golf simulator, free excursion to swim with turtles.

Deluxe Ocean Front Penthouse Rooms are located on the top floor of the main hotel with spectacular views overlooking the ocean from both balcony as well as bedrooms. These split-level rooms have a downstairs bedroom, bathroom and upstairs sitting area, bar and patio. All rooms benefit from free room service and have a fully stocked mini-bar, TV both in the bedroom as well as in sitting area. Rooms have 1 king super-sized double bed, sleeping max of 2 adults. Each adult in the room receives 4 complimentary spa treatments per 7 days, daily complimentary dive and daily session on golf simulator, free excursion to swim with turtles, priority bookings in all restaurants.

Deluxe Rooms are located in the main hotel and are the largest rooms, with stunning panoramic views overlooking the ocean, large patio, sitting area and walk-in dressing room. Rooms also feature an iPod docking station, nightly turndown service, special amenity pack on arrival, decanter spirits, fully stocked mini-bar and free room service. Rooms have 1 king super-sized double bed, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Each adult in the room receives 4 complimentary spa treatments per 7 days, daily complimentary dive and daily session on golf simulator, free excursion to swim with turtles, priority bookings in all restaurants.

Eats and drinks

Olivers restaurant: during the day (10.00am-5.00pm daily expect Sun) Oliver’s offers lighter deli-style choices, including; sandwiches, Paninis, salads, muffins, other bakery items, specialty coffees, fresh fruit juices and smoothies. 4 evenings a week, Oliver’s offers a new Tapas tasting menu which showcases a selection of small delicacies, served over four styled courses. Guests may choice to dine either in Oliver’s air-conditioned restaurant or be served dinner al-fresco on the deck terrace which overlooks the sea. Seascape restaurant 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; East (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 2 different bars, opening at various times in the day, there's even waiter service on the beach! Pantry for self-service tea and coffee. Room service available in selected room categories.

Fun and games

Snorkelling, kayaking and sailing (must be experienced). The following activities or classes are new and available from 01 May 2015: paddle-boards, windsurfing, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, aerobics, meditation, body stretch, Thai Chi, kickboxing, aquacise, painting classes* and morning beach walks. In the Ocean House there is an adults games room and library. 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. From May 2015 diving is included in selected room types or available at a local charge. Free intro dive for all beginners. From May 2015 free fishing trip subject to availability and weather conditions.

Entertainment

Live entertainment 5 nights a week. Weekly barbecue.

Handy stuff

English newspaper available in reception. Free WiFi Internet access in public areas.

Additional information

*Denotes local charge.

Child ages at this property are up to 18 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.

All Inclusive of

All meals, English afternoon tea, all drinks to include house wine and sparkling wine by the glass, beer, local spirits, soft drinks and cocktails (top shelf spirits at a small supplement). All activities unless otherwise stated. From May 2015 all guests receive a free sea adventure excursion to swim with turtles (1 per person per stay).

Minimum stay

7 nights: 21 Dec '14-30 Apr '15.

3 nights: 01 May '15-30 Apr '16.

Accessibility

This property is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties due to the number of steps around the property. There are 10 steps at the 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:
    • 4.5 Sleep Quality
    • 4.0 Location
    • 4.0 Rooms
    • 4.0 Service
    • 4.0 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (458)
    • Very Good (325)
    • Average (136)
    • Poor (70)
    • Terrible (55)

Food Breakfast - Eggs cooked any way but the egg was served from a big container rather than the eggs being broken fresh, Baked beans available but bacon and sausage poor, fruit poor – sometimes...

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3 of 5 stars
Apr 24, 2015 - Roy B - UK

Food Breakfast - Eggs cooked any way but the egg was served from a big container rather than the eggs being broken fresh, Baked beans available but bacon and sausage poor, fruit poor – sometimes... Read more tinned, pastries OK, Often had to point out that things had run out, there was no regular checking. Breakfast overall was poor. Restaurants There are three restaurants. Seascape was a la carte in the evening. In the evening the food was good, sometimes delicious. Buffet lunch every day only OK, Sunday a Carvery was laid on and locals attended as well. East was Asian and over the road in the Spa area. Could be really nice food but some dishes were not as good. Oliver Twist was a Tapas restaurant in the evening. Again sometimes really nice and sometimes not so good. Depends on personal taste. Available most of the day in Oliver Twist there were nice fresh greek salads, sandwiches and afternoon tea every day. Drinks All inclusive drinks beer, wine cocktails all OK. There were also champagne cocktails included. Downside was the bottled water. Two small 300ml bottles provided in room. Any additional bottles had to be purchased at the bar. There was a water cooler in the bar area to refill bottles but we went to supermarket to get some extra bottles. Hard to drink 2 litres per day from 300 ml bottles. There were also no plans to replace bottles of water in the room unless you bribe housekeeping . Management state that Barbados water is drinkable. It is but the rooms have mixer taps and the water runs hot for various reasons so it is not possible to get water from the tap in the room to fill up the bottles. Jordans supermarket about 7 mins walk away for supplies. Reception Generally helpful despite a few hiccups. Katrina brilliant, always smiling and helpful. Thanks to Jackie, Kathy and Fay also. Bar Only one bar. Sometimes service was slow but usually OK. Coffee available from a machine all day. Plenty of seats to read, use the internet or chill out during the day. Drinks could be taken out to the decking for the sea view. Thanks to Kenny. Housekeeping For a price housekeeping were OK. We had three mattress changes and despite some blank looks and arguing about the quality of the bed the housekeeping manager was helpful. Rooms were fairly clean. Beach The toilet was miles away – back through the bar and reception. The sand was a bit rough to walk on but could carefully find a path in between the rocks and stones. Shoes are recommended. The beach area was quite small but it was OK, there was a limited number of decent size umbrellas. We alternated between the beach and the pool at the spa over the road. Free trip to see the turtles is a nice inclusive, sadly it rained when I went but thanks to Ray for the rum punch. Swimming and snorkelling There was a deep pool of calm water out the front of the hotel with buoys around for protection. It was lovely for swimming most of the time and the water warm enough. There were colourful fish around but the sea was often too churned up to see them. So snorkelling OK if the sun was shining as the water was deep. To the left there were no buoys but there were more rocks and fish but needed good conditions to swim there. Walking Not far to walk left and right along the beach. On the street it is possible to walk to Jordans but have to cross the road to keep on the path as it stops and starts. Staff Some of the staff appeared to move in slow motion and be lazy and unfriendly, almost sour. Others were always helpful, friendly and worked hard. Generally aloof atmosphere regarding staff but special thanks to Val, Sandie, Jacqui, Margaret and the Chefs. Room First room PH6. Two storey duplex, the best room available. Upstairs a balcony with two chairs on it. Good sunlight but the air con unit (2 of them for the two levels) pumps hot air so tends to get too hot. Upstairs a data point, air con unit, coffee table, chairs and small sofa, HDMI TV, tea and coffee making and a fridge. Sink and some alcohol provided in room (rum and vodka or what you prefer). Mini bar has soft drinks that are restocked but the water bottles are not restocked per above. Big area upstairs and nicely furnished but not much use. Downstairs a bathroom with shower only. This shower was big. Bathroom OK, nice tiling and just starting to look tired in places. Nice long vanity unit with plenty of space for stuff. Bed was king size and seemed OK the one night we slept in it. Big window but no balcony. Wardrobe and shelf space was adequate in this room. Set of draws as well. There was an air con unit but it was not working. After arguing with reception and maintenance for 24 hours it was finally determined to be broken (condenser) and we had to change rooms. We were given the option of PH1 but this was smaller although a Duplex as well. The wardrobe and shelf space in this room were not enough so we opted for room 208. This room was on one level. The room was very spacious. Balcony with 2 chairs but the air con unit made it hot. We made do with the wardrobe space but we had to have stuff in cases and there was nowhere to put the shoes away. There was a dressing area where the wardrobe was with a long bench that was useful, tea and coffee making, rum and vodka, and a fridge. Same set up with restocking the fridge. There was a big sofa in the room that was in OK condition and a 2 seater, coffee table, HDMI TV, set of draws, king size bed, bedside tables. The room was quite nice, although on one level it was nice and light and roomy. Also this room had a fan and the duplex had not. We had trouble with the mattress though and did not sleep well. We had two mattress changes but the mattresses were all the same. The mattresses were once good quality but had two big dips from use and were really uncomfortable. It was also noisy in the room as we could hear the entertainment at night. Over on the spa side there were rooms as well and people staying there said it was quiet but the beds were the same. WIFI Free WIFI in public areas, the strength was OK for Skype etc. Wired internet in the room so we used our WIFI adaptor. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 24, 2015 - Belpol2 - Cheshire, UK

Stayed at Waves for 10 nights and found this to be a great hotel. This not a 5 star hotel and does not promote itself as one but it is a very good 4 star. Rooms are large, clean and well kept; I... Read more would advise a Spa area room. These rooms are in an area which is peaceful and have a balcony to sit out on in the evening. These rooms are across the road from the beach but it took less than a minute to reach the beach from the spa area, the road is easy to cross and we never found this to be an issue during our stay. The rooms have a fridge (stocked every other day with soft drinks), tea/coffee facilities etc. There are also two bottles of sprits that are refilled every other day. Wi-Fi in room and spa area was very good. Did view the duplex suites which had a great view over the beach/sea but felt much tighter and did not have that peaceful feel that the spa area had. The Spa area as mentioned was peaceful and a nice place to chill. The two free treatments each we had at the spa were very good and would be recommended. Equally however the beach is small but lovely. A nice 15-20 minute walk can be had down the beach which is well maintained. Can be a little busy on the odd day but never had a problem getting sun loungers. I would recommend not getting to close to the sea as the tide does come in during some days. The guys on the beach are helpful and will sort this out along with other non-motorised beach equipment. The free boat trip offered by the hotel is good. Allowed us to swim with turtles, view a shipwreck and see lots of tropical fish while taking in the coast-line. Found the food to be very good, yes you have to book but there are at least two restaurants operating a night. Booking early for the time you want would be advised but we did not have a problem as we ate from 8pm onwards. It also promotes the idea that you are dining out as two are A la carte style restaurants. Oliver’s is a set menu but was good if a little restrictive. The others have a great range on the menu from fusion foods, to fish, steak and simpler foods. Found something different every night to eat and each time this never disappointed. The atmosphere is Feast was very good and enjoyed that restaurant. Both breakfast and lunch had a good range of foods with cooking stations making omelettes at breakfast and fresh fish, burgers and pasta at lunch. Drinks menu was good with a great many different cocktails, sparking wine etc. Entertainment was provided every night, generally low key but of a decent quality. The staff were all helpful and seemed to happy working promoting a "good vibe" to the hotel. The location is a little out of "the gap" but a buses do stop outside the hotel and are cheap, taxi rides to the gap or hole town take about 10-15 minutes. Overall a great hotel with lots of little extras like free spa treatments that would definitely encourage me to stay again. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 24, 2015 - jojojoj75 - Stockport, United Kingdom

Just returned from 10 wonderful days in Barbados and loved Waves. As its a smaller hotel its oh so easy to just relax and unwind by the sea. We had a spa pool room which we loved. spacious and a... Read more great balcony for the evening( not a sunny one but better) Aircon on contantly so cooled us down great for getting to sleep and cooling the sun tan ready for the next day.Also hada uk extention lead so we didnt need an adapter. Food was really good, in the evening you sat for dinner and choise a 3 course from the menu rather than the normal AI buffet. which made it great more like eating out everynight. FEast was wonderful and Lobster burger WOW. Drinks great and overall just hit the mark nicely without being too posh to enjoy. We got a couple of free spa treatments , best massage i had in ages. Went out of the hotel boat a couple of times ( that was included fee too) snorkled with turtles and sting rays. The beach is perfect, easy and safe for swimming, watersports available. The staff were always happy and chatty. loved it , Read less

4 of 5 stars
Apr 18, 2015 - grahamf56 - Southampton, United Kingdom

Arrived home this morning after 2 weeks at Waves over the Easter period. From the moment we arrived we were made most welcome by all the staff. We chose a sea view room and were not disappointed... Read more . Once unpacked we went for a wander, this is only a small hotel so didn't take long. We found all the food to be of a good standard and a varied variety to choose from. Ok, there wasn't a huge choice but what they did have was tasty! . We chose to eat at 7 pm of an evening as most meals took 1 to 2 hours. This wasn't a problem as not in a hurry, also chatted to other guests while waiting. At least sat and served! Sometimes on AI buffets you hardly sit and eat together!. Yes Feast restaurant is a bit slow ,but well worth the wait. We both said hotel felt like home after a couple of days. We stayed by the spa pool most mornings then moved to the beach after lunch. We never had a problem in getting sunbeds or umbrellas. The staff all work hard to make your holiday special and we appreciated the warm welcome. We went on an island tour with Antonio the taxi driver used by the hotel. He was very knowledgeable and reasonable , would recommend as an alternative to Virgin trips. The free catamaran trip is also well worth a go! We didn't snorke but saw turtles and a huge stingray. It's also good to see the island from the sea, where Sandy Lane and The Clliff were pointed out. Is this the best hotel we have been to for service , food and splender? No . Is it a friendly small hotel where the staff make you feel welcome. Where you very quickly slow down and relax watching the waves on the beach while sipping a cold long drink . Yes. Would I return or recommend? yes. People will always find something to moan about, just go with the fllow , chill and enjoy . Read less

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