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Waves Resort and Spa

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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 spa treatment (at least one per guest per 7 night stay, amounts vary dependent on room category booked) for every guest aged 16 years and over. 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).


Inland View/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 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.

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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, 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

2 swimming pools, including 1 in the adults-only spa area (16 years and above). 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.


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

All meals, afternoon tea, daytime snacks. 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

3 nights.


Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

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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 (490)
    • Very Good (363)
    • Average (151)
    • Poor (79)
    • Terrible (58)

This hotel is boutique and will not appeal to people who prefer 'resorts' and chain hotels. What you get with a boutique hotel is individuality and quirks - most of them charming. With a background...

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4 of 5 stars
Nov 21, 2015 - Gunilla H

This hotel is boutique and will not appeal to people who prefer 'resorts' and chain hotels. What you get with a boutique hotel is individuality and quirks - most of them charming. With a background... Read more in hotel management myself, I have reviewed the hotel in detail based on typical specifications for a four-star facility. We stayed 7-14 November in Room 516. The hotel was about 75% full and was very quiet and peaceful - just perfect for a romantic getaway. The hotel itself has a discrete sand coloured front - almost like you'd see in north african resorts and this spartan look probably is a little unusual for some guests used to the large resort hotels but we really liked it - and the hotel is split in ocean side and spa side. We stayed spa side and our room was spacious and very comfortable. There are sheets and a duvet on superking beds and the pillows were amazing and could be changed if we had wanted different ones. The cleaning was excellent and the only 'quirk' is that a few fixings in the bathroom needed a screwdriver. Towels and robes were provided and could do with a refresh but all was clean and changed daily. Beach towels are provided daily and this was probably the only thing we would improve on as the hotel should have twice as many so they don't run out and have to wait for the laundry to turn them around - on the upside, we had fresh, warm towels delivered to our room by dinner time on several occasions. As divers, it would be nice to have a rack of some sort on the patio/balcony to hang our wet clothes but the furniture made do. The public areas are decorated in a contemporary almost minimalist style with some colonial flavours thrown in at the spa and Seascape restaurant. f'East is Asian and decorated along those lines and very airy. The giant Buddha head and koi pond were pretty. The food is lovely and mixes local dishes into most meals. It is a small hotel and breakfast and lunch are buffet style with a good of choice of hot mains, burgers, grilled fish, salads, desserts and fruit. The hotel asks that you book for the evening meal so they can service everyone evenly and twice during the week we had BBQ and Fish fry buffet evenings. Service was good and we did not have to wait particularly long for anything. Sunday buffet lunch is popular with local families (always a good sign) and it was great to sample the local dishes and flavours. Oliver's Twist was a little random - the food is absolutely delicious but the acoustics in the restaurant were wrong and it seemed noisy and cold. I would change the flooring to wood and open it up to the balcony and maybe theme it is a grill instead. There is afternoon tea served from Oliver's Twist but we had ours in the lounge/bar area. The bar was great. During the day, the lovely smiley staff take orders and serve you on the beach so you are not in danger of having to move a muscle and in the evening the drinks were great and generous. At night the ninja barman turns out cocktail after cocktail and there is a heavy rum theme but the selection was excellent and we couldn't fault it at all. Some bar snacks were served at the manager's party and this could be introduced as a daily happy hour/pre-dinner thing. The evening musicians in the bar were overall quite good and different each night. The hotel is nestled on a small and beautiful beach which is effectively a dead-end so does not get the people wandering up and down all day that you may see further up the coast. We did not have any problems whatsoever with beach vendors and the beach feels private (although all beaches in Barbados are public). The beach team (Kenny, Bruce) are fabulous and supplemented by 'regulars hustlers' Danny and Orlando who do not work for the hotel but were very helpful with sweeping the beach clean, getting loungers and umbrellas and although they are trying to make a living selling tours etc. they were charming and non-intrusive. If I were the hotel management, I'd probably hire Danny. The beach team have kayaks and hobies and are helpful in making sure guests are safe using these at all times. It was very well organised and efficient. The water was super calm and safe for all ages although it does get deep fairly quickly. We dived for five days (8 dives) and Lorenzo and Jay the boat captain could not have been more lovely. Very friendly and fun and the wrecks and drifts we did were awesome. We had 8 turtles (not counting the turtle cruise itself), rays, shark, and snakes. Carlisle Bay is a popular snorkelling destination and the (shallow) diving there was surprisingly great too. The diving equipment was well maintained and we did not take any of our own gear except mask and snorkels. For the turtle cruise and guests wishing to borrow a snorkel, the beach team has a selection and can also provide a snorkel balloon. We only used the pool twice and it was very clean and clear. It has a serene, quiet feel to it, even when the monkeys visited. We didn't realise there was a steam and sauna but didn't really need to use that anyway as it was hot and humid already. As the bar is on the other side of the hotel, there is a drinks station by the pool area with iced beers, rum punch, fruit punches, juice and water which is replenished regularly. There is an ice-cream shop immediately next to the spa side hotel. We didnt really need a minibar on this holiday. The spa was lovely and very accommodating. We had Swedish massages and the selection of treatments is very good. We were also able to book the showers in the spa on departure so we could have a day at the beach before our night flight and they were great. Let's talk about the staff. Some reviewers have indicated staff were surly. We did not find this at all, in fact, the opposite, we felt positively loved and pampered the whole time. There is a laid back vibe to the staff but they could not have been more helpful. You don't get the very extrovert customer service chit-chat you get in american based resorts so maybe this is where some people see a difference. It is a cultural thing, communication was a lot more subtle and less in your face and we found that the family hotel feel was evident in the warmth of the staff throughout the hotel. All staff greet you when you meet them walking around and are really sweet and chatty. We would definitely recommend this hotel and several of the guests we met had been to Barbados several times and/or to the hotel before as well and agreed that the experience was excellent. Barbados - other: The airport was a total nightmare on arrival and it took us nearly 2 hours to get through immigration as all the flights had come in at the same time. Get off your flight quickly and dash to be at the front of the line. On departure it was a quick check-in with Virgin and a drag via security but not any more than the UK. You can buy typical souvenirs and booze in the airport and if you buy duty free alcohol on the islands you have to collect it in the airport anyway. Airport prices seemed similar to Bridgetown duty free shopping malls. Other guests from the hotel took the regular buses absolutely everywhere to explore and there is a supermarket five minutes walk away. There are mozzies (duh) so bring your sprays and we also used a plugin room diffuser. Bring a global adaptor as sockets are a monster mix of american, english and european. The whistling frogs and crickets make a racket at night so light sleepers may wish to bring earplugs. Alternatively, drink as many pina coladas as I did and not have a problem sleeping at all. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Nov 20, 2015 - Glngil - Montreal, Canada

Good aveqrage hotel for Barbados. Not sure that this hotel is really a 41/2* but more a 31/2* because: no drinks in the fridge, almost no service at the beach, no service on the terrasse. But the... Read more staff is very kind especially Jaqueline at the reception. The restaurants are good sonis the drinks. Nice beach and the sunsets are Fantastics. The beds are so comfy it's amazing! We would love to go back Read less

3 of 5 stars
Nov 11, 2015 - ShamrockMississauga - Mississauga

Just returned from Waves Nov. 9th. Hotel is small & lacks many of the amenities we take for granted at the hotels in D.R.,Mexico or Aruba. They still use a room key instead of a pass key. This would... Read more be acceptable if they would give you more than one. Requested a second key & after 2 days checked to see if I could have it only to be told they would have to get one cut. We were there for a week & we never got a second one. Jackie you failed us with this simple request! The staff in general are not well versed in the hospitality trade even though some of them have been there from 5- 15years. Management should take the time to train them for the service industry & there would be a lot less surly faces in the dining areas. There never seem to be anyone in charge who would take responsibility for completing a task. Asked front desk to book me an " Afternoon Tea" at Sandy Lane Hotel the day before we left but they never even bothered to get back to me with an appointment. The food was edible but nothing special. There was a very limited variety. Drinks were ok if you like beer & bar hutch. Absolute Vodka was considered a premium vodka & cost $5.00 U.S extra. Luckily I had my own bottle of Grey Goose to keep my spirits up !! You should be aware that there are No ice buckets in the rooms & neither are there ice machines dispensers on Any of the floors. To the owners of this Hotel I say "Give it Up" & let some other people run it before your Hotel numbers drop even further. All these proud English people come a long way & spend a lot of money to visit this island & you subject them to this shoddy service - SHAME ON YOU! It is very interesting to note there were very few fellow Canadians or U.S. people staying here. You would only be able to get them here Once as they are aware of a lot better choices & value for their $. I do believe Waves has Excellent Potential in the right hands. This is my first visit of Barbados & my last. I have been to Aruba 16 times, few times to St. Martin , Mexico & Dominican Republic & sadly to say there is no comparison. I did take a tour of the Island which is very pretty but not as spectacular as Aruba or St.Martin. To fellow travelers I say do your homework before you splurge your hard earned money on a trip to Waves. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Nov 9, 2015 - alandnix - london

Stayed here with our 2 year old daughter in the last 2 weeks of October. We requested a quieter room prior to arriving which the hotel accommodated (upgrade), we stayed the top floor end room (312... Read more ), ocean view with beautiful sunsets. Nice and clean room with a comfy bed. The hotel overall is very good apart from a few rough edges. Staff are hit and miss, many even stretching to being friendly some days and not on others. Carlyle and Jackie were the stars for us and both barmen Kenny and Jimmy despite their contrasting styles were equally effective. Of the others it's quite hit and miss, most are pleasant most of the time but some of the younger waiting staff act a bit surly occasionally and it spoils what could be a better experience for guests and brings down the good work of the better staff. The people serving on the counters in the kitchen are really nice apart from one elderly lady who I found as being just plain rude. What I would suggest is each employee wearing a name badge which I expect would give them more pride and responsibility in the service they give. We liked the food overall, not a fan of the burgers by any means but when lovely fresh fish and other options is always on offer I wasn't bothered. Waiting times for the a la carte restaurants can be long and we spoke to other people who had issues with this. Sometimes waiting 30-45 mins for starters to arrive is too long, especially so for us with a toddler, which invariably meant we didn't stay around for the wait for dessert. As with the buffet food though we almost always enjoyed it. The beach vendors can be a bit pushy at first and its not good for the hotel to have the guys not wearing orange tops (I presume non hotel employees) being the cause of this. I didn't have a problem with it but I could see that others did have. The lift issue is a joke, seems to break down every 2-3 days, fortunately it worked more often that not while we were there. Wifi is good most of the time but I can't work out why the L1 router seems so close to the L2 router. Just move the L2 router across the bar area towards the coast and it would improve range for all. One of the biggest bugbears of my time there was sitting out in an evening on the decking outside looking into the entertainment area and having 2 fully exposed non shaded cheap looking lightbulbs shining into my eyes. And that sums up the place entirely, it just needs that last little bit of TLC for me to give it a 5 blob rather than a 4 blob rating. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Nov 5, 2015 - Jerry H - London, United Kingdom

We booked Waves despite reading the negative reviews & have to say they are a bit unfair. The Spa was very good & the view from the ocean rooms is spectacular. The rooms are furnished to a good... Read more standard & the beds are huge & extremely comfortable. The food was not the best but it was a good standard & plentiful. Some of the staff were a bit grumpy but in the main if you were polite to them they were polite back. Carlisle was an absolute gentleman who was extremely polite & attentive. Jackie on reception was an angel & looked after us well. The Spa pool was great & the beds were really comfortable & we even had monkeys in the trees entertaining us. The beach was as good as you could find anywhere & the guys on the beach were friendly (make sure Danny takes you to Oistens for a great night) dive boat & turtle trip were fantastic & everyone looked after us exceptionally well. The negatives were the atmosphere as it was quiet at the hotel but you can't blame the hotel for that & we were lucky enough to meet some lovely people to share a few laughs with. The reggae bus is a must & trips down to Holetown & Bridgetown well worth the visit. This is not the best hotel on the island but offers great value for money given the location & if you are friendly the staff are friendly. We will be going back & will be taking our friends so I think that tells you all you need to know just don't expect 5 star & you will have a great time Read less

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