Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Taking All Inclusive to another level, the Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels doesn’t just include essentials such as dining and WiFi, it lays on additional luxuries including 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 will take you from the Mediterranean to Asia but, as a 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 guarantees true unadulterated relaxation.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Water Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Babysitting service
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

Located directly on the west coast beach of Barbados, 25 minutes north of Bridgetown. 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, complimentary WiFi access, 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 two complimentary spa treatments, 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 three 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.

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 5-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

Spa 1-Bedroom 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 5-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 5-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

Ocean Front Junior Suites offer balconies featuring spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, and come complete with a stocked mini-bar, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Guests enjoy three complimentary spa treatments per adult per stay with a minimum 5-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 three complimentary spa treatments per adult per stay with a minimum 5-night stay in this category (minimum 24-hour advance reservation required).

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 flavours 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. Manager's cocktail party. 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 classes are also available. Motorised and non-motorised water sports including an Aqua School featuring instructional lessons, water-skiing, stand up paddle boarding, tubing, Hobie cat sailing, banana boat rides, kayaking, and snorkelling. Beach cricket. Spa* offering a variety of treatments* as well as a sauna and steam room (temporarily unavailable), 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*. Pool and Beach Ambassador service.

A Tourism Fee will be charged per bedroom, per night and will be collected at check out. The rate is subject to change by the Government, and varies by hotel room. Fees currently range from 8.75 Barbadian dollar (approximately £3.90) to 35 Barbadian dollar (approximately £16.00) per bedroom, per night.  

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 Exceptional stay!

May 27, 2024 Konni T

Treated my mother (Bajan born) to a hometown stay for Mother’s day! Our overall experience was personalized, spectacular, and exceeded my expectations! All of the staff was warm and welcoming, they ALL showed genuine interest to ensure that our vacation was joy filled and relaxing. Our 7-day stay included spa treatments for mommy dearest, ATV’S,… Read more
Treated my mother (Bajan born) to a hometown stay for Mother’s day! Our overall experience was personalized, spectacular, and exceeded my expectations! All of the staff was warm and welcoming, they ALL showed genuine interest to ensure that our vacation was joy filled and relaxing. Our 7-day stay included spa treatments for mommy dearest, ATV’S, boating, & zip-lining for myself. Included was a free boat shuttle to sister hotels. Breakfast offered freshly made omelets accompanied by buffet styled eats, and a daily itinerary, which included hotel events with live entertainment, and phenomenal food which included special requests to order. Outstanding customer service by ALL staff, especially for the front desk representative Daron !! Exceptional stay!!! I will absolutely be returning!! Read less
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May 27, 2024 SToumany12 Hertford, United Kingdom

We had the most amazing stay for 2 weeks in May The holiday was booked to celebrate a special birthday & we were not dissapointed , the staff were very warm & friendy The Hotel was partly closed for building work but this did not impact on our say at all We used the Water Taxi on several occasions to visit the sister hotels which were lovely but… Read more
We had the most amazing stay for 2 weeks in May The holiday was booked to celebrate a special birthday & we were not dissapointed , the staff were very warm & friendy The Hotel was partly closed for building work but this did not impact on our say at all We used the Water Taxi on several occasions to visit the sister hotels which were lovely but we were always happy to come back to Waves , also enjoyed Derek’s sing along on the boat on the way back The Restaurant staff especially Sheryl who always greeted us with a big smile every morning for Breakfast , her Omelettes where out of this world. Special Thankyou also to Valerie & Christine But i need to say another special Thankyou to Antowoine who will go far as his Customer Service was exceptional Jackie, Kevin & Ryan for all their advise & information about the Island Tamisha on Reception ‘loved her nails” Fab cocktails Shamack & Kenny The Hotel is in a perfect location with its own well maintained beach Low key evening entertainment but of a very high standard Beach Front Room with everything you could need for your stay Rooms kept very clean by House Keeping Big Thankyou to all again as too many to mention , keep up the great standards & we would never consider staying anywhere else when we come back to Barbados Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic relaxing Caribbean holiday (great resort, great staff, great views, great time)

May 23, 2024 Z5290PKjamesg Alva, United Kingdom

My wife and I spent 2 weeks at the Waves Hotel & Spa and had an excellent holiday. Hotel Room The air-conditioned room was excellent. 3rd Floor with a great view towards the sea. King size bed, sofa, mini fridge, coffee/tea, bathroom with large walk-in shower (note - no bathtub but won’t matter to most people). Housekeeping were excellent and… Read more
My wife and I spent 2 weeks at the Waves Hotel & Spa and had an excellent holiday. Hotel Room The air-conditioned room was excellent. 3rd Floor with a great view towards the sea. King size bed, sofa, mini fridge, coffee/tea, bathroom with large walk-in shower (note - no bathtub but won’t matter to most people). Housekeeping were excellent and they ensured the room was freshened up daily as well as topping up coffee, water etc Restaurant We really liked the layout of the restaurant, with views out to sea. Breakfast was often buffet style and an egg bar for omelettes etc. Lunch was buffet style with a chef also providing extras like wraps etc. Dinner was mainly a la carte and there were plenty of variety. We both really enjoyed all the food provided. The staff were attentive and ensured that you had ample water (and alcoholic drinks as required). There was also a cafe which provided snacks and cakes (even gluten free options). The cafe was sometimes air-conditioned which was great when it get a bit hot outside. Reception, Bar & waiting staff Staff were always cheery and helpful with suggestions for activities. They even brought frozen grapes, ice lollies, fruit and cool drinks to you at the poolside and on the beach. Pool As part of the resort was being renovated there was only a small pool but we found it ideal as most people went to the beach. It was quite quiet and it was shaded in the afternoon so a very cool place to relax. Perfect for us. Beach The beach was to the front of the resort (down some steps). There were plenty of sunbeds and staff at hand if required. There was a safe area to swim which was away from the water sports. Spa The spa was excellent and we had 3 complimentary treatments each. We tried out the 30 minute couples massage (twice) as well as a scrub (me) and manicure (my wife). TIP – make sure you try out the spa. The staff were really good and had good processes in place to ensure you were comfortable with the treatment. Water Taxi This was a great service and it allowed us to visit other resorts (under the same all-inclusive terms). TIP - It was a nice boat journey and perfect for spending about 90 minutes in a round trip when it was a bit hot to sit in the sun. Gluten Free (Coeliac) experience I always worry a bit when I travel due to my coeliac but I found the resort excellent in catering for my needs. I fact, for 2 weeks I had no problems and was able to select from around 80% of the menu. At buffet time the staff even warned me if they saw me heading towards any items that contained gluten. In fact, I found Barbados generally very good in providing gluten free meals. Far better than UK. Extra special things Everyone seemed to remember our names,. On our anniversary they put rose petals on bed in heart shape and left cake and wine. At meal times I felt I could rely on staff looking after my gluten free requirements. This is not always the case when you go on holiday. It is the first time I’ve been to an ‘all inclusive resort’ where I never had to fork out money for additional items. Well done. Conclusion Part of the complex was closed but we knew this in advance and it did not impact on our enjoyment. It might even have made it better for us as the hotel was a bit quieter than expected. A fantastic holiday at a really excellent hotel where you were made to feel special. Many thanks to all the staff. Read less
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May 21, 2024 Claire A United Kingdom

From the minute me and my daughter arrived until the minute we left, we were spoilt by the staff. They remembered our room number at meal times. They remembered what excursions we had booked and asked how they were when we returned. Everyone was really friendly. The spa treatments were amazing, and people should make the most of this service. We… Read more
From the minute me and my daughter arrived until the minute we left, we were spoilt by the staff. They remembered our room number at meal times. They remembered what excursions we had booked and asked how they were when we returned. Everyone was really friendly. The spa treatments were amazing, and people should make the most of this service. We are already looking to return for another amazing holiday! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our pre wedding honeymoon at Waves

May 5, 2024 Helbemato Harwich, United Kingdom

We have today returned from a lovely 10 days stay at Waves. The staff are outstanding, the food was of restaurant standard however I agree that the menu could do with a bit more variation each day. We had a sea front room with a lovely balcony to watch the sun go down. The room was a good size with a very comfortable bed. There was also a little… Read more
We have today returned from a lovely 10 days stay at Waves. The staff are outstanding, the food was of restaurant standard however I agree that the menu could do with a bit more variation each day. We had a sea front room with a lovely balcony to watch the sun go down. The room was a good size with a very comfortable bed. There was also a little room with a wardrobe, fridge, kettle, and coffee machine with pods, which were replaced daily. Our cleaner Mary did a great job although we never saw her. The room could do with a bit of an update eg..painting etc but it was good otherwise. We used the water taxi once and went to The Tamarind. Virgin offered to move us there because of the renovations going on at Waves. I'm so glad we stayed where we were. It was very tired and not very clean. I understand its closing in June for major refurbishment...it needs it. We went out on the hobicat, which was great fun. Most of the days were spent on the beautiful beach being waited on, sprayed with a lovely cooling spray, ice lollies ,fruit , wet face cloths and of course cocktails We never had a problem getting sunbeds. In fact, when we left yesterday, there were only a few of us there. We did the Mount Gay tour with the hotel and also Oistins on the Friday evening, which was well worth going to just for the experience. We also got a taxi to watch the racehorse swim in the sea. Use the local buses they are also an experience and very cheap. We used Mals taxis to do 4 hour Island tour. If you want a true view of the island, then look him up. He took us to his grandmother's house then for a very cold beer in the village. It was good to see the island without loads of people. He will take you wherever you want to visit and will know all about it. Lastly, we had a few treatments in the hotel spa. They were excellent. My partner had his first manicure. The good to go massage was great. All in all, it was a fabulous holiday. The hotel staff go that extra step to make it special. Thank you to the exceptional staff for making our time spent with you special Read less