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Only from Virgin Holidays, this hotel offers guests a brand new standard of luxury. 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. When it comes to dining, you’re spoilt for choice, with 3 restaurants to choose from.
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.
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 View Rooms are located in the Ocean House building, located 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 under 12 years. Standard Inland Facing View 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.
Standard Oceanfront Rooms - as Standard Rooms - Inland Facing 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.
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 2013 at an additional supplement includes:• VIP In room check-in • A choice of: Personal programme of daily full spa treatments or, 1 round of golf per 7 nights (2 for 10 nights, 3 for 14 nights stays) inclusive of club hire, shoes and transport to Barbados Golf Club • 2 half-hour personal training sessions per week • Option of dining once in your preferred romantic location - either in room, on the terrace or on the beach • Priority booking and seating for all restaurants • Extended mini-bar service including snacks and re-stocked daily • Upgraded directors wine at all meals
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.
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.
Snorkelling, kayaking, sailing (must be experienced) yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Pilates, aqua aerobics, aerobics and salsa dancing. 2 free spa treatments per guest aged 16 years and over per 7-night stay including basic facials, massages, aromatherapy treatments, manicure, pedicure and water treatments. 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.
English newspaper available in reception. Virgin Holidays Concierge Lounge on site. Free WiFi Internet access in public areas.
* 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 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.
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From arrival on 17th feb 2014, we could not have asked for better service. Kathy Ann on reception was lovely and arranged our welcome drink while our cases were taken to our room, which by the way... Read more was also lovely and spacious enough for the three of us. The service just got better and better, from beach activities to drinks, ice cream smoothies and ice pops brought out to us on the beach! The food was lush too but we tended to keep going to seascape and fEast. The staff were also happy to help us make outside restaurant bookings too and I can highly recommend Brown Sugar and flaming grill. Dionne the virgin rep was amazing and couldn't do enough for us. Booking the Jammin trip (which was THE best day), submarine trip and jeep safari. She was the go to person and nothing was too much trouble, she was a total star. My only complaint would be the sunbeds reserved with towels (we all had the same towels so how the hell would one enforce it??) but that is other holiday makers and not any fault of the hotel. An amazing holiday, with special thanks to Cheryl (one of the chefs), who came and picked me up and took me to church with her - such a lovely lady. We would definitely go back to waves, and highly recommend it. Read less
My wife and I stayed for two weeks at Waves, all inclusive from 17/31st Jan. It was the first time we had been to Barbados, we paid for an upgrade to an island view Duplex room, which turned out to... Read more be on the third/top floor. On arriving at the hotel it's true that the hotel does not look very appealing, but we had been expecting that so didn't pay much attention to it then, but we did later. Just so you know the hotel entrance is right up to the road, it is not set back at all. The welcome at the hotel was great, we had pre registered so we quickly got through check in and were on our way up to the room. We had asked for a top floor because we find generally that's quieter. The room was nice, with a comfortable double bed, well equipped bathroom and we had the 'upstairs' too, which was a second room with seating, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and a small sink area. We were stocked with 3 sorts of spirits, water and soft drinks, very nice. As we were 'island view' we had expected to get that sort of a view, unfortunately what we got was a view of the main Bridgetown to Holetown road, which was busy, and quite noisy at times, plus the 'Spa' side of the hotel. My advice would be to pay more and get the beach/sea view rooms. There are three restaurants, two in the main block, Seascape and the Italian, and the asian fEast over the road on the spa side of the hotel. Please be aware there is no 'buffet' style restaurant, all three have waiter/waitress service. Also, only two of the restaurants are open on any one night, and you have to book your time for your evening meal, you do that the day before at reception. Of course you serve yourself for breakfast and lunch. They are busy, but if you book in the morning you will get the time you want. For us the fEast restaurant was the best, we only went to the Italian once and the choice and service were poor there. Apart from that however we thought the food was very nice, enough variety and choice, and although there were a few repeats there was always enough choice for us. The staff worked very hard, were very friendly, except for a couple, and would try their best to help you. The big problem is that there aren't enough of them. The manager of the hotel is clearly trying to run it on a tight budget, and does not employ enough staff. People we spoke to who had been before said that each time they had come less staff were employed.The result is that there are often long waits in the evening to be served. We also felt that the staff were not managed very well and too much was expected of them. Basic things like if you come out of the serving area with plates of food, take empty plates back in. So many times staff seemed to be wandering about obviously not sure of what to do. This is not fair on the staff who really tried very hard, they needed help and organising better. I would particularly like to thank Jennifer in the fEast restaurant who was great, lovely and friendly and more than willing to have and share a joke. Also a lady called Tanya who served us a few occasions in the restaurants and was so friendly. Thank you. The beach is a narrow strip of sand, but it's big enough for the number of guests. What is not enough is the number of sunbeds and umbrellas. On more than one occasion when the hotel was full they ran out of sunbeds which caused a few arguments with the beach staff, who were also very friendly and helpful. We never use the brolleys, but there weren't enough of them for the people who did. This is another example of not spending enough money and is really unacceptable. I don't sleep well so getting up to get a sunbed is not a problem for me and I have to say I didn't find the sun bed 'bagging' at all uncivilsed. The beach lads arrive just before 8 and that's when the beds are put out. It did come back to half 7 in our second week. If you want the front row and one of the coveted big red brolleys you need to be there then, if you're not bothered about that, which we weren't, you can get there later if you wish. No later than 9 o clock mind you, or the beds will all be gone. There is a roped off area for swimming in and enough rocks etc below the water to make snorkelling interesting. When you're on the beach the sun comes from behind you over the hotel so it can get to mid morning before all the sun beds are in it, but it's not a problem. If you fancy a change then the pool over the road on the spa side is usually very quiet, with enough sun beds, but it is a bit more shaded. We had free spa treatments as part of our package which were very nice, take advantage of it. We also had free two hour catamaran trips to see the turtles, they were fantastic. You go from the beach and it's a lovely two hours. Randal who is the captain and 'the preacher' who is his mate are fantastic, very very nice fellas. Get Randal talking about rowing to the Canary Islands, amazing story. The lounge area is spacious and well equipped with seating, and offers a break from the sun if that's what you want. The bar is in the lounge area, and the range of drinks and cocktails they serve were fine for us. The nightly entertainment takes place in the lounge area. It was a bit mixed, as is usually the case. My wife absolutely loved the 3 youngsters who arrived twice during out stay and proceeded to give dancing lessons to anyone who wanted it. My wife can dance and the lad really threw her around the floor with various types of dances and she loved it. He also encouraged novices to get up and he sort of coached them round. His female partner did the same with any men who got up, I'm afraid to say I wasn't brave enough. There were also some good singers on other nights too. There is also a decked area that runs along the whole front of the hotel, with seating and sun beds which is lovely. The biggest downside for us was the final day arrangements. I really don't think the hotel could make this any more complicated. For those like us on the evening Manchester flight we wanted to know if we could keep our room on, if we could what would it cost and until what time? Also, if we couldn't, what were the arrangements? The hotel refused to tell anybody this until the day, this meant that reception was busy with people trying to sort this out. The bottom line was that most people couldn't keep their room on and a room would be made available on the spa side for people to have a shower. However you couldn't book that until 9 o clock. They said they had to allow for late arrivals or new bookings the night before, which was stupid really. The whole thing seemed totally arbitrary and chaotic. We realised the night before that no one was going to get to keep their room on, so as we went down to breakfast at half past 7 I asked the receptionist if we could book a shower slot for 4 in the spare room and she did. It's always worth asking. The really great service provided by Virgin is the check in and chill out service. At 9.30 on your last day Virgin staff arrive at the hotel, check you in and print off your boarding pass, and take your cases to the airport. You don't see them again until you land back home. It worked really smoothly, took no time at all and meant you were free to enjoy your last day. Really great service. Also the hotel provides a secure room for you to keep your hand luggage etc in once you've checked out of your room, again freeing you up for your last day. We went on the jeep safari island tour offered by Virgin and had a great day. Our driver Junior was a good laugh, knowledgeable and made it a great day. We got to see most of the island and there are some spectacular views. We also got a 'reggae' bus to Oistins on a Friday night to go to the local 'fish fry' It took an hour to get there but well worth it. Do it, if you go look for the 'Uncle George Fish Net Grill' stall, it's the best as all the locals told us. It's a good night out. If you go don't pay Virgin 50 dollars, get the bus for 2 dollars each way. Just a quick word about the buses. There are the yellow 'reggae' buses and the blue official buses. Both stop outside the hotel and both charge two dollars wherever you go. The yellow buses give change, the blue don't. The blue buses drive slower and stop at proper stops and are not overcrowded. The 'reggae' buses are wild, fast, noisy, packed, stop anywhere but good fun. They probably aren't insured, and neither will you be, it's up to you. If you want to watch any sport there is a sports bar in Holetown, just 15 mins on the bus. I was able to take in the three Liverpool matches while I was there, alongside a few rum punches, leaving my wife sunbathing, win win. You've probably fallen asleep by now with such a long review but I think it's important to share first time experiences of a holiday. We felt we got good value for our money. Barbados seems to us to be expensive, and this holiday was not cheap, but overall we thought it was worth the money. If Trip Advisor had a 'good' category I would have gone for that, as it doesn't I can't mark it very good so it has to average. Yes there were a few minus's as I've said above but we had a good time and enjoyed ourselves. I would recommend the hotel for value, but don't expect 4 star, because it isn't and it does need some money spending on it.. Read less
Went as a couple,1st 2 weeks in feb,lovely hotel,stayed on spar side,lovely and quite,ample sun beds,not like the beach where you had to get up at the crack of dawn to get a sunbed on the front row... Read more if you wanted to sit there with a red umbrella,big crowd of group of about 10/12 people there for most of our stay,thought is was there devine right to sit there,one couple we were friendly with said one of there crowd a lady reserved 10 sunbeds 1 morning,did not effect us because we never reserved but slways got a bed towards the back,if every body decides to sit on the beach which is possible not enough beds or brollys,think the management should something about this,lot of moaning about this from people we met,there is a rule as in most resorts about reseving sunbeds but beach staff and hotel turn blind eye.plus side drinks on beach,great 2/3 times a day,also around spar pool,rooms gteat,stocked fridge,rum/gin bacardi resturants good,our favourite the east,other 2 no problem,only 2 out of 3 open in evenings,breakfeast good,ample choice,evening entertainment okay,best night we thought friday,great singer with his family,moves around the floor with his micriphone,whres whire jacket and blue teared jeans,thought staff great,very friendly,and polite,virgin rep good,reception good,sorted out our problem and were moved following morning,in all great time,food drink,staff ,restaruants,word of warning when going on buses no health and safetyis used,check your insursnce/ Read less
We went as a party of 13 friends and family for my step daughters 40th birthday on 4th January flying out to Barbados on 2nd for 10 days. Conscious of the cost involved for everyone my stepdaughter... Read more decided on Waves. We were concerned with some of the reports we read but I am always conscious that many people do not balance the comparable price they pay with what they get. Value for money Waves is excellent - talk about under promise and over deliver - on arrival the hotel has very little kerb appeal - probably because it started life as apartments, and with two buildings either side of the busy main road to the north doubts start to emerge, down the stairs to reception and the whole place opens out and a warm and efficient welcome after an arduous journey and a refreshing fruit punch we were whisked away to our rooms. Most of our party were based across the main road around the spa pool kept immaculately by Roderick and his team - a lovely quiet pool. Do the rooms need updating - probably - were they a good size - definitely. Plenty of wardrobe space - large bed - refrigerator with soft drinks and beer all inclusive plus decanters of rum and vodka which the hotel staff would change for other spirits on request, a walk in shower in a spacious bathroom plus a comfortable sofa and to our surprise having stocked up with adaptors a 4 U.K. plug adaptor plugged into their electricity supply - excellent. On the covered patio area outside our room there were two comfortable chars and a table. There were plenty of comfortable sunbeds around the pool, on the decked area and in the garden area. The main hotel opened up onto the beach - the younger members of our party spent most of their time either on the beach or on the lovely veranda which stretched across the whole front of the hotel overlooking the sea with the main well kept beach to the right of the hotel. They never said they had any problem getting sunbeds. The food was excellent (my wife and I made the most of our trip by jumping on The Thomson Dream Cruise liner leaving for Barbados for two weeks) and cruise ship food is excellent and so was the food and the restaurants at Waves and that took me by surprise. There are three restaurants which alternate with two open every night and at lunch times and the main restaurant overlooking the beach open for breakfast and some lunchtimes and evenings for international cuisine, a beautiful Thai restaurant by the spa area and an Italian restaurant in the main building - exceptional value for money. For the money we paid in a relatively small hotel we did not expect entertainment every night of the week and a couple of lunch times as well, but entertained we were and we certainly did not expect the quality of entertainment on offer - well done the artists and well done Waves. And well done Virgin holidays as well, excellent flights there and back and two complimentary spar treatments per guest and a complimentary catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles or just sunbathe on deck. I don't want to end on a negative note but in all honesty we were a really friendly group and whilst some of the staff responded accordingly and were really friendly from the outset and some were more friendly as they got used to us a few were a bit "stand offish" - maybe that's the nature of people in Barbados but if all the staff were as friendly as some, this hotel would not be able to cope with the repeat bookings it got from satisfied customers. Read less
Don't believe some of the revises, we visit barbados most years and we were really impressed with Waves, it was great value for money. The spa side is fantastic during the day , loads of sun beds and... Read more luxury ones too, more like double beds but wonderful shape for 2 people to share. The spa side pool is fantastic. On the beach side there is a secret little pool which is lovely too. There are beds on the decking which you could usually get one. The beach is quite narrow but typical of many along west coast, you can walk along beach for a couple of miles so you can find a wider part if that important. The sea is lovely by the hotel, there are kayaks, wave boards and a hobby at boat available, water sports staff very helpful, especially Ray. You do have to cross the coastal road but if you have never been to a Barbados some reports make it soujnd like a 6 lane highway, it is a 2 lane road, similar to a country road in England, yes it can be busy but there is a crossing and it is not a problem. The food was fine, great salads at lunchtime as well as other choices. seascape restaurant was great as was East and the Italian. The only issue is Wifi it is like trying to find good at times but with patience it does work. The management were very friendly and all staff helpful. The room we had G4 looked out to the beautiful Caribbean Sea and was large and in an excellent state, own mini bar , decanters of gin and rum, kettle etc. Did notice when using courtesy room they had coffee machine, maybe all rooms could have one. Would certainly return, tends to be an older cliental so wouldn't recommend fir young familes. The spa treatments are included in most packages but book early . Read less