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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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Bar

Internet Access

Sailing

Swimming Pool

Wind Surfing

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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.

Entertainment

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

Accessibility

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 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 based on 808 reviews Location
    • 4 based on 808 reviews Rooms
    • 4 based on 864 reviews Service
    • 4 based on 848 reviews Value
    • 4.5 based on 855 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (416)
    • Very Good (264)
    • Average (117)
    • Poor (54)
    • Terrible (48)

After much discussion with my husband we decided to go to Barbados for our honeymoon, neither of us had ever been there. So using Trip Advisor as we always do we decided on Waves Resort since it got...

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3 of 5 stars
Sep 18, 2014 - rbirdy999 - Medford, Massachusetts

After much discussion with my husband we decided to go to Barbados for our honeymoon, neither of us had ever been there. So using Trip Advisor as we always do we decided on Waves Resort since it got... Read more good reviews. The woman at the front desk (Jackie) was very nice. We were early so our room wasn't ready we went to have lunch, there was barely anything left at the buffet but we managed. We were both extremely tired so once we got in our room we decided to take a nap. The room was clean a good size and pretty modern looking. Nothing "wow" about it. It was pretty hot there so we were glad to get into the ac. The ac must have been turned down by the hotel so it barely kept the room cool. During the night both my husband and I were hot. The dinner portions were a joke barely enough food to feed you, I'm sorry I'm not a pig but when I pay for certain things I expect certain things like decent portions we were both laughing. By the end of our stay were were ordering two apps each so we wouldn't be hungry. If you didn't get up early enough there was barely enough food at the buffet. Some of the wait staff were very nice, some seemed liked that had attitudes like they were being bothered. Our last night we had champagne that they gave us (three days after we arrived) I asked one of the waitstaff if she could bring it out for us on ice, it took her over 15 minutes and we truly believe she did it on purpose cause she was irritated with us, the dining room was not even busy. Then she apologizes for taking so long with a big smirk on her face. She seemed evil So we never got offered anything else like spa or whatever since we were on our honeymoon. I would like to mention that Shirley in the kitchen was very nice and helpful she made sure my husband got his vegetarian food and he really appreciated it. Entertainment at night was kind of lame, some music but they were done by 1030pm. We were like ok now what do we do? The beach was nice and clean but small. Although most of the umbrellas were broke, my husband put a stick it the top of one to keep it open. The best day was when we went on the country safari we met some nice people and our tour guide was super nice! Friday night we went to the fish fry which we were told was a must see. It was ok our complimentary drink consisted of rum punch in a jug behind our drivers seat. The food was was too greasy and the street vendors were very aggressive. So would we go back to Barbados? Yes someday. But I don't think we would go back to Waves Resort. You always get what you pay for right? Read less

5 of 5 stars
Sep 17, 2014 - Rhea N -

Visited waves and I must say the spa is the seller for the hotel! I purchased the club package where u get treatments almost every day with your stay. Rhea from the spa is a marvelous immaculate... Read more charm whom was very good at what she does in fact all the spa staff. They made my holiday. Can't wait to return! Read less

2 of 5 stars
Sep 14, 2014 - A TripAdvisor Member -

The Waves Barbados was sold to us as a 4 star resort that would treat us very well as a honeymoon couple. Not only were we told the resort was top notch in terms of accommodation, service and... Read more convenience - we were told the Waves hotel would make our honeymoon a once in a lifetime experience, as they had a reputation for treating honeymoon couples to a unique and very special barbados experience with little touches like a room upgrade, Champagne on arrival, free Spa treatments and candle lit dinner in our room (exactly what we wanted and why we finally decided to go with Waves as our honeymoon hotel destination). The reality though was a very different story. The hotel staff were cold and pushy on our arrival. Our honeymoon made evident by both the paperwork handed to staff and by word of mouth was completely ignored, and we received a standard room with a view of the busy main road. No welcome note left by our rep or the hotel, and certainly no special treatment (In other circumstances this would not have been a problem, however this was our honeymoon and was sold to us as a completely different experience as detailed above). Considering our expectations were high after a wonderful experience in New York, which we were told would be nothing compared to the special treatment we would receive at Waves, we were very disappointed and quite upset. This was made worse the next day after our very rude and patronising Virgin Holiday Rep who seemed to have an answer for everything that belittled my new wife and I for even asking the simplest of questions, e.g. Upon our first meeting we were made to feel like truanting students, having not seen her on our arrival as she was nowhere to be found, we approached her desk at 9:15 the following morning to which we were greeted with a stern "Where were you at the arrivals meeting this morning hmm? Sleeping in I expect. Well sit down". Later on after walking down the beach for 5 minutes the previous day we were met with impassable rocks, with the only way to continue was to walk on a very busy road with no pedestrian pavements to find another access road further down. One of the conditions we booked Waves on was we could take a long walk up and down the beach, something we were assured we could do at Waves as the beach front stretched for miles according to Virgin. When we mentioned this to our rep to simply understand what our options were and she simply laughed in our faces and said "That's nature, I don't know w Read less

3 of 5 stars
Sep 14, 2014 - marc e - Barbados

In Barbados we have a program called "staycations" where locals can get great rates to have a mini break on this beautiful island So yesterday we went to Waves.. The package was a "day pass" and... Read more In Barbados we have a program called "staycations" where locals can get great rates to have a mini break on this beautiful island ... So yesterday we went to Waves.. The package was a "day pass" and from 10.00 to 18.00 you can have drinks and and spot of lunch... $99 Upon arrival we checked in and then headed to the beach... After sorting chairs we then were assisted by a smiley waitress who informs us the rum on offer is Eldorado (Guyana) and no local rums (even the beer was from St Vincent) so we tried many varieties of drinks through the day and have to say the weak measures and walk from the beach to the bar (ah yes the round of drinks brought via the waitress was the one and only for the day ) lunch was enjoyable.. A nice choice and to be honest if they offer a $50 lunch package we could just chill on the beach and bring our own drinks would work better I feel. Finally the lack of a shower in the ladies bathroom made the ladies in our group disappointed - Read less

4 of 5 stars
Sep 13, 2014 - John G - Halifax, United Kingdom

At Waves at the moment and I cannot understand his comments full stop! Great place, not perfect but where is? Would I return? Yes - agree with other comments re 'why are there negatives about this... Read more hotel?' - it's fine and ticks most boxes - and how did his room furniture get smashed?! More info please........ Read less

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