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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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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.


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


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 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 805 reviews Location
    • 4 based on 804 reviews Rooms
    • 4 based on 859 reviews Service
    • 4 based on 844 reviews Value
    • 4.5 based on 851 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (414)
    • Very Good (262)
    • Average (114)
    • Poor (53)
    • Terrible (47)

My wife and I decided to spend our 25th wedding anniversary in the Caribbean and we chose this hotel based on Virgin's own recommendations.This is a hotel that grows on you, because the...

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4 of 5 stars
Aug 30, 2014 - algosh - London

My wife and I decided to spend our 25th wedding anniversary in the Caribbean and we chose this hotel based on Virgin's own recommendations.This is a hotel that grows on you, because the... Read more facade/entrance to the hotel looks a little tired, but this was soon dispelled by the extremely high standard of service in the hotel. The first room we had was nice enough, but when the air-conditioning packed up, we were allocated a "superior" room on a higher floor. Both rooms had a lovely view of the little beach near the hotel. The food was always good in the two restaurants. The sea was always beautifully clean and warm! The only criticism I have is that this being the Caribbean, the waters can get quite difficult for anyone with limited mobility (like my wife). I did put a suggestion to the management about some sort of ramp to allow those with restricted ability to get in and out of the sea, but don't know if that has been implemented. Overall a superb stay and I would certainly going to the Waves again. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Aug 29, 2014 - digitalpics - Hamilton, Canada

We arrived at the Waves Resort on Aug 22, 2014 and stayed for 7 days. 1. The resort scored best with: a quick and professional reception, our room was ready when we arrived, the room was clean, the... Read more A/C worked well. We also found the staff friendly and the view from our beachfront room was great! 2. The resort was average for: food quality and variety as well as the hotel location. 3. The single disappointed was with the Internet Access. Their guest's public access was down for 2 days, but the hotel's secure network worked fine for staff. WIFI was spotty or non-existent in guest rooms. There are network cable ports in the guest rooms, so when the Internet is working, if you bring a network cable, your in-room access is very good. Overall rating: C+ Read less

4 of 5 stars
Aug 27, 2014 - Sara C -

We have just returned from our honeymoon at Waves where we spent a week. A week we thoroughly enjoyed and I can not think of any real complaints. I am glad I read previous reviews as I was prewarned... Read more about the drab look of the outside of the hotel, yes it is a bit boring but it could probably we sorted easily with a lick of paint & some plants, a bigger sign & some decoration to make it stand. But once you are in the hotel everything looks lovely, fresh clean & bright with an amazing view of the sea. However where any complaints about the food came from I have no idea. The Italian restaurant was still being refurbished while we were there but its menu was covered by the other restaurant on some days. The choice of food for breakfast in the buffet was huge, and included eggs pancakes & omlettes being freshly cooked. Everything was very tasty and service was good. Again at the buffet lunch, choice was huge and varied every day we were there. Usually with a meat dish or two, and a fish dish, with rice salads, potatoes & pasta usually available. This had a Caribbean theme with a mixture of Mediterranean some days. There was also beef, chicken or fish burgers cooked to order along with grilled fish & stir frys cooked to order on other days. On a sunday there was also roast beef with all the trimmings on top of the normal choices. And a whole range of deserts. How any can say they only cater for fish eaters I do not know, my husband does not eat fish and was not disappointed with a single meal. The evening food was a la carte, in either fEast or Seascape. There was always a range of food on each menu and we enjoyed every meal. The Asian food was not like any Chinese or Indian I had tried before, it was to a much higher standard. The service most nights was good, maybe a little slower with the Italian menu on but still not slow enough to worry us. After all this is a Caribbean island & typically laid back. The range of cocktails on offer as part of our all inclusive deal was huge & the bat staff would also try to make requests not on the menu. We also had unlimited rum & gin with mixers in our room. The water sports team on the beach provided free equipment for anyone in the hotel to use. They were all very friendly and helpful. The equipment was in good condition & clean. We also went on the free catamaran trip provided by the hotel, this was good although we didn't see the turtles on our trip, but others did during our week there. We did however see a turtle while we snorkeled quite close to the shore over the coral area. The beach was quite small but never crowded and there was always enough sunbeds. We also took advantage of the free spa treatments, the girls were so friendly and made us feel very relaxed. The massage and facial I had were lovely. We stayed in the spa area over the road, it was very quiet and had the best pool. Our room was nice and cleaned well every day. Crossing the road was not a problem, the road can be busy but there is a crossing which most people stop for. You just have to use common sense... We did not go on any Virgin trips, choosing instead to use the reggae reggae buses to visit Bridgetown & Holetown for shopping. Worth a trip just for the experience of the bus trips. We also went on a round the island trip with 'sam the man', who sells his trips to you on the beach. This was well worth the money as we saw so many sights and got a locals view of the history and culture. He also took us to Oistins on the friday night. The street food here was amazing and you get to join in with the locals and other tourists drinking and dancing to reggae and dancehall music. Overhall our honeymoon was brilliant and the only disappointment was only being able to stay a week! Read less

3 of 5 stars
Aug 25, 2014 - martinrmn - wales

This will be about the hotel, not the area. On arrival we had a nice welcome with rum punch. Taken straight to our room. Room was clean, a good size with working air con. The bathroom was nice but... Read more the shower, although good with an additional power shower, lacked a shower curtain which would have avoided soaking the bathroom floor. We had booked an ocean view which had a balcony overlooking the beach and ocean. A DVD player was advertised but we tried to use this twice with no success. Commented to staff who thanked us but no offer to check it out. Food: buffet breakfast was excellent with lots of choice although on occasion did run out of the odd breakfast item such as bacon. Lunch was again very good with choice. Evening meals gave you a choice of 3 restaurants 1 of which was under refurbishment. This did not deter from the quality. We ate in both, Seascape and East. Both offered very good choices and even catered for a fussy 13 year old boy. Water sports offered snorkelling, canoes, hobie craft, body boards and paddle boards. Also included was a trip to see and swim with turtles. We did this and it compared favourably with the Virgin Ahoy trip we had previously done. You were only allowed to do this once even if only half full. Perhaps you could be allowed an extra trip on the understanding that if more people wanted to do it who hadn't had the opportunity you would lose your spot. The beach was big enough and never a problem getting a bed or umbrella. Having a trampoline in the sea was great for kids but also attracted the youngsters wanting to do more than "bounce". (Oh to be young). There was a lady on the beach who would take orders for drinks, always had a smile and very efficient. Entertainment was most nights and from what we saw was very good. Wide and varied selection of drinks and the Banks beer was welcome on hot days. The sea was calm and great for snorkelling. There were the usual beach vendors who were polite but also the jet ski guys who could be a pain. There is a pool on site but small, the larger one is adult only and is opposite the main hotel. We could not use it as our son is 13. There is also a poolroom which is a good size and we thought would be perfect for a kids club. The hotel may be missing a trick here as on bad days the kids are sometimes restless. Staff: the majority of staff were pleasant but, as in all hotels you do have the odd one or two who can be grumpy. We also met another family and our children, and us parents, got on very well. The hotel overall was clean, computers were accessible. Wi-Fi was advertised but we don't go on holidays to use this so cannot comment. We have stayed 4 times in different hotels, each have their own strengths and weaknesses. It does lack entertainment for teenagers and we would not be surprised if this changes to adult only. Its advertised as 4 star but even with the laid back atmosphere you expect its more like 3 star. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Aug 23, 2014 - Mary W - Totton, England, United Kingdom

We arrived at Waves knowing it didn't have the wow factor, but what it lacked from its appearance was soon made up by the staff, especially Jackie on reception, Coraline and Lorna in Seascape dining... Read more room, Kenny the barman and Ray on the beach. The food was fabulous, even though one of the restaurants was closed, the menu was transferred to the other ones. The food at East was superb. We celebrated our anniversary while we were at the hotel, and the staff made a big fuss of us and decorated the table. The adults only swimming pool over the road at the spa was so peaceful. The spa treatments we had were superb. The only couple of negatives are the Stairs leading down to the beach were never cleaned, the hotel needed a coat of paint and they could have done with a few more umbrellas on the beach. Read less

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