Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Taking All Inclusive to another level, the Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels doesn’t just include essentials like dining and WiFi, it lays on luxuries like water sports, spa treatments and yoga. From cocktail mixology to rum tasting, you’ll never be short of entertainment. You can even ‘add on’ bucket list experiences like swimming with sea turtles - the kids will love it. Its restaurants take you from the Mediterranean to Asia but, as a new member of Elegant Hotels, you can now dine at their select west coast sister hotels too, travelling there by complimentary water taxi. It’s not all about getting off the sunbed though — nobody will mind if you laze away days at the spa, by the two pools, or on its Platinum West Coast beach, and the complimentary Beach and Pool Ambassador Service guarantee true unadulterated relaxation.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

Located directly on the west coast beach of Barbados, 25 minutes north of Bridgetown. The hotel has two sections: The Ocean House on the beach side and the Spa Area on the island side across the road from the main hotel, this is an adult-only area. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

70 eco-chic inspired rooms and suites, each with a simplistic design featuring earthy and white tones along with natural materials and artwork. All with air-conditioning, 47" flat-screen TV, mini-fridge with bottled water, tea/coffee-making facilities, iron and board, hairdryer, safe, bathroom with walk-in shower, yoga mats, bathrobes, Bluetooth speakers and a multi-device charger. All rooms feature a king-size bed. Standard Guest Rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Oceanside building, showcasing inland views without balconies, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Guests enjoy one complimentary spa treatment per adult per stay with a minimum 7-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

Please note: the hotel has two sections — the Ocean House on the beach side and the Spa Area (adults-only) on the island side which is across the road from the main Oceanside building.

All Inclusive of: all meals and snacks as well as non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including a variety of house wines, cocktails, sparkling wines, beers and more. Motorised and non-motorised water sports, fitness centre and classes including Yoga and Pilates, and recreational activities. Spa treatments — up to four spa treatments per guest per stay (depending on room category booked). Complimentary WiFi access. Water Taxi to select west coast sister properties (subject to availability and weather conditions). Dine Around Programme with other select Elegant Hotels properties*. Beach and pool Ambassador service.

Standard split-level rooms (also known as Duplex Suites), ideal for guests seeking a separate living and sleeping space for enhanced privacy. The guest bedroom, with a king-size bed and bathroom, is on the entry level and a spacious lounge with pull-out sofa. A fridge and wet bar is located on the upper level. The lounge leads to a top floor balcony overlooking the inland side of the hotel, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Guests enjoy one complimentary spa treatment per adult per stay with a minimum 7-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

Pool View Spa Rooms are located in the adult-only spa building of the property (guests 17 years and over only), across the road from the Oceanside building, these large rooms feature a balcony or terrace overlooking the pool, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Guests enjoy two complimentary spa treatments per adult per stay with a minimum 7-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

One-Bedroom Pool View Spa Suites are located in the adult-only spa building of the property (guests 17 years and over only), across the road from the Oceanside building, these spacious suites offer a separate bedroom and living space area with a balcony overlooking the pool, sleeping maximum 4 adults. Guests enjoy two complimentary spa treatments per adult per stay with a minimum 7-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

Ocean Front Rooms offer spacious accommodation and are located on every floor in the Oceanside building, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. Guests enjoy three complimentary spa treatments per adult per stay with a minimum 7-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

Ocean Front Junior Suites offer balconies featuring spectacular vistas of the Caribbean Sea and come complete with a stocked mini-bar, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Guests enjoy four complimentary spa treatments per adult per stay with a minimum 7-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

Ocean Front Split Level Rooms are ideal for guests seeking a separate living and sleeping space for enhanced privacy. The guest bedroom, with a king-size bed and bathroom, is on the entry level and a spacious lounge with pull-out sofa, fridge and wet bar is located on the upper level. The lounge leads to a top floor balcony offering breathtaking, panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. These suites come complete with a stocked mini-bar, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Guests enjoy four complimentary spa treatments per adult per stay with a minimum 7-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

  • Kids stay and eat free: up to two children (2-5 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with one or two adults for travel completed between 5 Jan '20–2 Jan '21. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Jan '20 and save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 5 Jan '20-2 Jan '21, black out dates and minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

2 restaurants: Seascape (Mediterranean inspired cuisine) open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a lunch buffet and Mediterranean-infused à la carte dinner menus as well a variety of international theme nights. Shiso (Asian Fusion dining) offering freshly made to order noodle and rice bowls with customised flavors and spices. Kýma (al fresco Coffee Bar & Deli), serving specialty hot or cold coffees, lattes and teas as well as Grab and Go food including fresh salads and sandwiches. 2 bars serving a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages by the glass including a variety of cocktails, sparkling wine, beers and more. Take advantage of the Taste of Elegance Dine Around programme which offers exchange dining with select sister hotels' restaurants* (meal and drinks supplements may apply). Room service* (7:30am–9:30pm).

Regular entertainment, shows and DJ nights throughout the week. Special culinary events such as wine pairing or rum tasting. Educational events or demos from cooking to mixology workshops.

2 swimming pools, including the adult-only pool with Jacuzzi. Fitness centre with state of the art equipment and regular complimentary indoor and outdoor fitness classes such as yoga and pilates. Family meditation and yoga classes are also available. Motorised and non-motorised water sports including an Aqua School featuring instructional lessons, water-skiing, stand up paddle boats, Hobie cats, kayaks and boogie boards. Spa* offering a variety of treatments* as well as a sauna, steam room and manicure/pedicure stations (adult-only area). Use of tennis courts at sister property. Nearby golf course*.

Complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Complimentary daytime water taxi to select west coast sister properties (subject to availability and weather conditions). Babysitting services*. Beach Ambassador service.

Please note: a room levy of $9.63 per bedroom, per night applies (payable locally, subject to change).

5 nights between 1—28 Feb.

7 nights between 22 Dec—2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages at this property are up to 16 years.

Please note: all rooms are non-smoking.

Please note: the hotel has two sections — the Ocean House on the beach side and the Spa Area (adults-only) on the island side which is across the road from the main Oceanside building. 

Please note: the Dine Around Programme is only available at select properties and may be subject to an additional cost dependant on the board basis booked. A complimentary water taxi to select west coast Elegant properties is available during daytime only and subject to availability and weather conditions.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don’t want to leave !!!

Jan 22, 2020 durantos Manchester, United Kingdom

We arrived at Waves nearly two weeks ago and we can honestly say we don’t want to leave. We have two young children with us Sophie and Darcie and we all have been looked after like royalty. The food here is excellent. Plenty of variety and apart from breakfast and the occasional buffet, Meals are made to order and it’s waiter service. This is… Read more
We arrived at Waves nearly two weeks ago and we can honestly say we don’t want to leave. We have two young children with us Sophie and Darcie and we all have been looked after like royalty. The food here is excellent. Plenty of variety and apart from breakfast and the occasional buffet, Meals are made to order and it’s waiter service. This is definitely not a 4 star hotel. It’s a 5 Star and is well worthy of its title!!! We have an ocean front room which was well worth the extra money! The sunsets we have seen have been unbelievable. The rooms are clean modern and spacious. Cleaned every day with fresh towels etc. The thing that sets this hotel apart from the rest is the the staff. I’ve never stayed anywhere like this the staff are fantastic. To name a few, Kim, Ryan, T keyah, Christine, Jennifer x2, L’oréal, Margaret, Jackie x2, Chadderton, Mark, Charlene, Lolita, Pamela, Tam and even Diamond Veronica! They have made our stay fabulous. We were worried that the kids would be trouble in such a small hotel. But it’s been quite the opposite. They all have taken to our girls like they are their own, and made them feel welcome! They have a cracking sense of humour and can’t do enough for you. I’d highly recommend this hotel and we will definitely come back. Marriott have taken over this hotel and we plead with Marriott to leave this place alone!! If it’s not broken don’t fix it. And give these guys a pay rise. This is a hidden gem and we will miss you all when we leave on Friday. Thank you for such a wonderful stay. Read less
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Jan 21, 2020 Dogsarelife1506

We cannot recommend Waves enough for a chilled out honeymoon. We have been here for two weeks and enjoyed every minute of it. We didn’t want an action packed, party fuelled honeymoon, we simply wanted to relax and recharge l and Waves could not have been a better choice. The hotel is located between Holetown and Bridgetown - you can walk along… Read more
We cannot recommend Waves enough for a chilled out honeymoon. We have been here for two weeks and enjoyed every minute of it. We didn’t want an action packed, party fuelled honeymoon, we simply wanted to relax and recharge l and Waves could not have been a better choice. The hotel is located between Holetown and Bridgetown - you can walk along the beach to many nice places or take taxis and local buses. It’s quiet, feels very safe and has a fairly secluded and beautiful beach. Our room has been spotless and comfortable. The staff have been so accommodating - from the management to housekeeping team. Lovely to see the manager circulating amongst guest frequently to ask if she can do anything more to improve the visit. It is clear that the recruitment and training of staff is a key priority as I have never experienced such team work across all departments in a hotel. The food and cocktail selection has been great and very fresh - two weeks is a long time to go all inclusive but we haven’t tired of the selections on offer and on occasion we popped to sister hotels for change of scene but always felt Waves was higher quality. I have never had so much water poured for me in my life during meal times or plates cleared away so quickly - exceptional service. The pool area is so peaceful and tidy - nice touch having drinks offered round the clock to your bed and also the service of cold face cloths, fresh fruit and ice cream. We didn’t have any issues getting a bed, and on occasion there would only be 6 of us at the pool all day which was lovely. The beach is also beautiful, and the team down there work so very hard to keep everyone happy. It’s easy to walk along the beach and soak up the views. There has been a high surf for the last few days but the hotel have gone out their way to accommodate this, even offering complementary tours of the island for guests. We felt this very kind of them considering they can’t control the weather. The spa was great and the treatments were of high quality. I wish the treatments lasted longer! The reception team are lovely and go out their way to chase up taxis/ tours and shuttles. A big shoutout to Tony the driver for such memorable journeys around the island - we loved your music choice and singing!! So yes, book Waves if you want to relax and enjoy Barbados. P.s. Remember to wear OFF bug repellant - available at Jordan’s supermarket along the road!! Read less
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Jan 21, 2020 MN1970 London, United Kingdom

We have just returned from a week away at Waves. Firstly, I cannot stress enough that the staff are the main reason that this hotel is so successful. Each and every one of them are helpful, friendly and attentive - we have never received such a good service anywhere else. From cleaning staff, to beach and waiter service to restaurant servers… Read more
We have just returned from a week away at Waves. Firstly, I cannot stress enough that the staff are the main reason that this hotel is so successful. Each and every one of them are helpful, friendly and attentive - we have never received such a good service anywhere else. From cleaning staff, to beach and waiter service to restaurant servers and general staff, you could not want for more. The beach is very small and a bit stoney when you first enter the sea but once past that, it’s truly beautiful and quite calm. We did need to get our sun beds quite early but that’s not a problem for us as we like to get up early for breakfast. We did however get bitten to death on the beach. We had an ocean facing room on the ground floor which was really nice with beautiful views of the sunsets. Despite it being adjacent to the outdoor seating area, it was really quiet at night. It would have been nice to have a few drinks in the fridge but this wasn’t a problem for us as we just went next door to the bar. The bathrooms are a little dated and could do with a bit of attention. The rooms are quite large though and really comfortable. Food in both restaurants was quite good. We thought there could be a wider choice though, especially at breakfast and lunch. Quite a few water sports on offer and the free spa treatments were appreciated. The pools are not the best - quite small. We only used them later in the day to cool off a bit after the beach but they are nice and quiet. There aren’t many sun beds around either but the staff will put more out if required. Overall, no real negatives about staying here. The staff are exceptional and if that’s what you want from a holiday, then stay at Waves. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Beautiful Hotel and Excellent Service

Jan 18, 2020 Mobile15522662755

This was my second time staying at the Waves and it continues to exceed my expectations. The property is always maintained to the highest order and the staff friendly and attentive. I look forward to staying at the Waves again in the future.
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Jan 14, 2020 974jor Dorchester

I could exhaust my vocabulary of superlatives describing our stay here over New Year. Ocean side 2 storey room with balcony was ideal. Balcony was on the upper floor next to sofa bed so adults uses it less. The view from both floors of the turquoise sea and melting sunsets was memorable. The friendliest staff where nothing was too much trouble. … Read more
I could exhaust my vocabulary of superlatives describing our stay here over New Year. Ocean side 2 storey room with balcony was ideal. Balcony was on the upper floor next to sofa bed so adults uses it less. The view from both floors of the turquoise sea and melting sunsets was memorable. The friendliest staff where nothing was too much trouble. Cheryl on the omelette station, Panel a waiting drinks on the beach, Jackie, Jennifer, Margaret, Coral, Kim et al. The chefs produced a wide range of delectable food in both restaurants, Fusion being my favourite. The spa, great treatments but not that organised. Organised tips worth doing. If you can get on the catamaran Cat & The Fiddle for a sunset cruise, you on regret it. Always enough sun loungers. Can't wait to return. Read less