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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.
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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We stayed at Waves for three night prior to embarking on a cruise. We found the hotel quite comfortable and the section we were in is nicely located right on the beach with open views across the... Read more Caribbean and the passing ships and boats. The hotel is actually formed of two parts on either side of the main coast road but we had no need to investigate the other part which might prove desirable during a longer stay than ours, particularly as one of the hotels three restaurants is located there. It is relevant to state however that the road is busy and great care would be necessary whilst crossing. We eat in the other two restaurants for evening meals, which we found of average quality, Breakfasts are served in the Seascape Restaurant and these were perfectly adequate for our needs. We found the staff very friendly and helpful but the evening entertainment was rather loud, although this is a feature of the local scene generally. Read less
We've just returned (yesterday) from a week's break at Waves Beach Resort, so wanted to provide our review while everything's still fresh. In summary, Waves is perfectly average. If you've been to... Read more the Maldives or are used to genuinely high-end holidays, you will be disappointed. If you've only really experienced 'package' holidays then you'll enjoy it. First, some context. We booked our trip via Virgin Holidays and travelled as a family: husband and wife (who is pregnant) along with our 14 month old daughter. Virgin Holidays describe it as 'four star', but it most definitely is not and it would be an insult to all the four-star hotels out there. It is firmly a three-star hotel but nothing more. We booked Waves because it was described as a family-friendly resort. While the resort is 'fine', it's not family friendly. From the outside, the hotel is definitely a little bit run down, but it's not untidy. It is actually spread across two sides of a busy main road; we stayed on the beach-side with a sea-view and 100% recommend this to others. The other side of the road seemed a bit untidier and not as nice. Plus, you'd have to cross the road to access the facilities. Rather than review everything, here are the salient points: SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES We had a 14 month old daughter with us and she loved it, but there wasn't much to offer her. More importantly, we wouldn't describe the resort as family friendly. Across all three restaurants the hotel has just 1 (one!) high-chair. Yes, just one. So, if there is another family there with a child, one of you will miss out. Fortunately, we took our own travel high-chair. Only one pool is available for children to use and it is quite disappointing. There is a nice warm adults-only pool across the road, but the main pool is next to a noisy, busy main road and is freezing cold. It's also overlooked by the concrete frontage of the main building, so doesn't feel that luxurious Although our daughter enjoyed herself, we found we had to make an extra effort to make the holiday work for her and sometimes the resort scuppered our plans. One night we were booked in for dinner at Seascape and took our daughter down in her pram, asleep, only for her to be woken up by their resident band performing at a really loud volume, waking her up. I get that it's a holiday, but the volume of the music was so loud during what was actually everyone's mealtime. FACILITIES Facilities are generally quite basic. Some aspects need a lot of improvement: we were there for almost 3 days before we could be given beach towels by the resort (all beach towels are provided) because there wasn't enough clean towels to go wrong. Not really a 4-star hotel issue. CATERING There are three restaurants in the 'resort'. FEast is a thai/indian/japanese fusion restaurant which is very good. Rosso Vivo is an Italian restaurant which is ok Both of these offer a la carte only are only open for dinner. The main restaurant is called Seascape and this is where you eat for breakfast, lunch and for some a la carte dinners. Unfortunately, the quality of Seascape is poor. Firstly, every buffet meal is EXACTLY the same, every single day. For breakfast, you've offered sausages, beans, bacon, chipped potatos, corned beach, cereals and fruit every day, with a stand specifically for eggs (your choice). For lunch, 90% of the food is identical day-after-day. It's really boring, unadventurous and by far the most disappointing aspect of the resort. During our 7 days, this was what was offered to us (every day): burger and chips, grilled fish, spicy curry (normally lamb), rice, steamed vegetables, macaroni cheese and a pasta-stand, along with salads. There is quite literally no difference day-after-day. Worst still, we complained to the hotel management because in the Seascape restaurant - when it is opened for a-la Carte - many of the items served are simply reheated and renamed items from the lunch buffet! To give you an example, a spicy lamb curry was available for lunch also every day. When we ate dinner at Seascape (which you had to do some nights) we ordered the 'Pepper Pot' which is a traditional mixed-meat stew, only to find it was simply the same spicy lamb curry from that day's lunch! Overall, book at FEast where possible and avoid Seascape (not that you can). Really quite poor and definitely not four-star. I'm sure others will disagree, but as I mention shortly, I expect their expectations of four-star are quite different and that if you have actually experience 4 or 5 star before you will feel a bit cheated. THE PEOPLE The staff at Waves are 100% first-class and truly wonderful. Really friendly, welcoming, kind and nice, where nothing is too much trouble. For us, the quality of the clientele was quite mixed. What I'm about to write will sound a bit snobby, but if you're being told this is a 4-star hotel you ought to expect those standards... The clientbase for the resort is a mix of British and Americans, about 70/30 in that order. Within that, it's a mix of 50% older people (60+) and rest young couples. There were only two families of young children staying while we were there. This will sound awful, but I would confidently state that we were very much in a minority by not having a tattoo. On the beach it seemed like everyone was showing a tattoo off. Now, there's nothing wrong with tattoos whatsoever, but it's a very useful thing to observe. To be blunt, we felt that many people at the hotel viewed this as a 'luxury' break, whereas actually we were a little bit disappointed by the standard. In other words, the sort of audience this resort attracts tends to be people for whom this standard is high, whereas if you're used to the Maldives, you will be very disappointed. Previously, we stayed at Centara Grand Beach resort in the Maldives. Both holidays cost a similiar amount and have similiar ratings, but Centara is just miles ahead of Waves. Finally, on the people front, as a Brit I found that other Brits didn't really do us any favours. For some odd reason, most of the hotel are up dead on 7:30 for breakfast, leading to a bum-fight and queue for food. It was quite embarrassing to see some gluttons asking for 6 eggs for breakfast, piling their plates high with huge portions of food. At lunch and breakfast there is a long queue for the pasta/egg stand, such that my wife and I never actually got to eat a single meal together (one of us had to look after our daughter while the other queued). ACCOMMODATION The accommodation is actually very nice and spacious. If you do want to come with children then the room is of a decent size so you can put a travel cot some distance from your bed, contributing to a decent night's sleep for everyone! The balcony with a sea-view was great and it was nice to be able to sit there with a drink and watch the sun go down. SPA By booking via Virgin Holidays, we each received two complimentary spa treatments. The spa provision, however, is very very poor. This isn't a criticism really - it's just to say that Barbados isn't really that sort of destination that 'gets' spa treatments. The spa here is poorly equipped and the standard of service is very low. My 1 hour treatment only lasted 45 minutes (because they closed the spa at 6 and didn't tell me!) and during the treatment the masseuse kept checking her blackberry. My wife's facial treatment used low quality products which irritated her skin. Not only that but they had double-booked her and a pedicure she was due to have took place in reception with her feet on someone's lap. I repeat though: it's not a criticism. Just don't go expecting an amazing spa experience, because it isn't that sort of place. OVERALL We enjoyed our holiday and the staff were amazing - and there is nothing much 'wrong' with Waves, but we won't be rebooking there again. It was fine - perfectly average - but it wasn't 4-star at all. Read less
Overall it was an excellent holiday. Staff generally helpful and friendly. Food good. Just a few niggles but no ones perfect. The exterior of the hotel on both sides of the road is very... Read more tatty. I like windsurfing and the only tattered sail they had was holed day 2 and never repaired. We got stuck in the one and only very small lift and the emergency button did not work! I was not at all happy about that. We had to bang on the doors to be let out. Eventually it broke down completely and we were on the 3rd floor. Booking things:- You need to recheck all the bookings to make sure that they have actually been booked. We lost trust in them doing it first time, and on numerous occasions we turned up at the restaurant to be told that our reservation was not at the time we booked although that did not stop them seating us. Club Package:- The club package was good value - the SPA treatments once booked and in place (see above) were excellent. The Red VIP wine leaves a lot to be desired and would unblock any drains etc no problem. The white wine was fine. You can have whatever drink you want in your room. The snacks in the room were crisps - more crisps and occasional small packet of nuts. The birds loved them and chirped for more. We saw a monkey roaming around and met the resident turtle in the sea to the left of the cones. The Jet skis are very annoying and come into the beach far too fast and close to swimmers plus they encroached on the roped off safe area. It made me a bit nervous when swimming around. (Wimpy maybe but I would not want to be hit by one!) The road between the two hotels is not very safe in my opinion. We are used to traffic being on the left but I can imagine people from USA or Canada easily making the mistake of looking the wrong way and getting run over. The crossing should be refreshed - and a "look right" sign on the road to make it clear. Most cars and buses stop and let you cross and give you a friendly wave. Room Security:- There is a safe. They do not expect anyone to be concerned about double locking the door on the way out and always when we returned to the room the staff had just shut the door! No peep hole in the door - the domestic staff would just bang on the door and when you called out - Who's there? they just did not answer. So you were not at all sure who was standing on the other side of the door. (Maybe paranoia but a simple peephole would solve the problem) TIP: There is a medium size supermarket just a short walk away - so if you want extra snacks or different drinks you can get it there. Will I go back? No - we like to walk about and it is quite limited and the road is too dangerous only a short way with pavements. Read less
Just returned from a ten day trip to Barbados with my extended family.All of my family were overjoyed with the hotel , beach, and the hotel staff.I have been vacationing in Barbados for 35years and... Read more this was the best vacation [by a wide margin ] we have ever had on the beautiful island of Barbados... Read less
We stayed at Waves in November. Evening arrival and thought our room was brilliant. It was huge - we had booked Ocean view, suspect we got one of the larger ones. two huge sofas as well as the bed... Read more . Thought the bathroom and wardrobe space were excellent as was the little room fridge. Daybreak and the view was stunning - so why on that wonderful balcony were there 3 cheap cane chairs ? A couple of comfy loungers and a little table and it would have been heaven. Watching the glorious sunsets would have been lovely sitting in comfort. Some folks dragged their sofas onto the balcony. This was the kind of thing we heard ' its good but its not really 4 star,,,,,' ' shame about the .....' just little things which could make a big difference. The beach was lovely, some more large umbrellas badly required- the small ones are not sufficient when the sun is beating down. You can walk quite a way along the beach which we liked. We did not like the deck area - the sand flies which appear on the beach about 4pm every day seemed to be around the deck all day ! You could see them on the white sheets so we avoided that area. I suspect a lot of peoples 'mossie' bites were in fact sand fly bites. We never saw or heard mosquitoes - the room was kept cool with aircon until evening and then we slept with the fan going - great as we both hate aircon. The food was good throughout and sometimes excellent - the Seascape suffers from disorganisation- other hotels have someone overseeing the whole restaurant, keeping an eye on tables, clearing, water etc There did not seem to be anyone doing that. . The Italian was Ok but lacked any atmosphere -some Italian music maybe ? The fEast was excellent every time. You felt relaxed, a lovely ambience and good food too. The only poor night - and commented on by everyone- was the Monday Barbq - which was just a buffet !! The drinks were excellent - according to my OH and the tall guy at the bar (dressed in black) was great at the cocktails. The pool area across the road is very nice but again not enough umbrellas for shade. Everytime we went over the beds with shade all had towels on them and sometimes no one in sight. The spa was excellent= professional and friendly staff. Book you appointments early, Tip- if you arrive Saturday and your meeting with the rep is not until the Monday, check out the blue folder in your room where it tells you the free treatments available and get them booked asap. Special thanks to Mary who made our room up most days, Sheryl 'the egg lady'- my OH misses you !! Pamela and Margaret who bring those laden trays of drinks down to the beach - bless them ( and then some lazy gits cannot be bothered to get up and take them from the tray- forcing the ladies to bend down and pass them !!) . Tanya at fEast- always sweet and smiley. The Virgin rep was great too. The staff overall were friendly and if you took the time to ask how their day was going you were always rewarded with a smile. We met some lovely fellow guests as we always seem to do in Barbados. The Waves grew on us over the two weeks. The outside appearance belies the fabulous setting- we loved going for that early morning swim - just us in the sea. Would we return - yes. Read less