Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Taking All Inclusive to another level, 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).

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. Spa* offering a variety of treatments as well as a sauna, steam room and manicure/pedicure stations (adult-only area). 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. 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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Feb 3, 2021 aligalv Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

We were here in January but had to leave as the hotel was closing due to covid restrictions, hotel re-accommodated us at their sister hotel the colony club. Kim the manager and all her staff made our stay very pleasurable and went out of their way to be as accommodating as possible. Sea front room was lovely and spacious and although the menu was… Read more
We were here in January but had to leave as the hotel was closing due to covid restrictions, hotel re-accommodated us at their sister hotel the colony club. Kim the manager and all her staff made our stay very pleasurable and went out of their way to be as accommodating as possible. Sea front room was lovely and spacious and although the menu was limited it was tasty and hot. There is a gym with everything you need and this was sanitised after use. Would re-visit once normal service in the world resumes! Read less
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Jan 22, 2021 Bernadette C Barbados

The experience was excellent from start to finish and the customer service was unparrelled! They really made my husband feel special on this birthday and even when we went to another resort (Tamarind Hotel) for the "Dine Around" program, they didn't miss a beat and the birthday wishes continued! Thanks to Kim, Crystal, Sabrina, Jackie,… Read more
The experience was excellent from start to finish and the customer service was unparrelled! They really made my husband feel special on this birthday and even when we went to another resort (Tamarind Hotel) for the "Dine Around" program, they didn't miss a beat and the birthday wishes continued! Thanks to Kim, Crystal, Sabrina, Jackie, Chadderton and Lee for making our stay memorable! Read less
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Jan 11, 2021 Mikey-Nishy Jamaica

I am writing this review from my hotel room, albeit in quarantine waiting to get my second covid test (now a requirement after presenting your first negative result on arrival) to be cleared for release into society. Kudos to the Barbados governemnt. I will also mention that I have experienced quite a bit of Barbados Tourism Industry and the Team… Read more
I am writing this review from my hotel room, albeit in quarantine waiting to get my second covid test (now a requirement after presenting your first negative result on arrival) to be cleared for release into society. Kudos to the Barbados governemnt. I will also mention that I have experienced quite a bit of Barbados Tourism Industry and the Team at Waves are worth mentioning for exceptional and unwavering customer service! We are confined to our room which as you can imagine may be a drag..however, The team has gone above and beyond to ensure we enjoy our stay in comfort and style. My wife and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary and from our initial contact with Jacqueline, the welcoming and walkthrough of covid protocols by the the duty manager Ryan, the follow up and servicing by Crystal & Marsha (front desk) and room service arrangements by Tamika and company...our experience thus far has been nothing short of amazing! The reviews I have seen in regards to vacations spoiled seemed to be as a result of person being unaware of the current protocols during this pandemic...that being said, the staff has made an effort to ensure that clients are not misled and are aware of what is expected even before you arrive. And as much as we can say from our room, you can't go wrong with an all inclusive option where the food is good, the staff is A class and the room is clean, modern and comfortable. Thanks Team Waves and I highly recommend this hotel having been around the block! Read less
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Jan 5, 2021 lesliehQ6863MB

I stayed at Waves to welcome in the New Year and I was not at all disappointed! Excellent service throughout my stay and staff were very helpful and welcoming. I would most definitely recommend. The food is also very good.
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Dec 30, 2020 w00dlandedge Cumbria, United Kingdom

Long overdue 2nd review. We've definately found our home from home on both Barbados and at the Waves where we were greeted so warmly by the staff on our return - they genuinely remembered us (which may have had something to do with our daughters turquoise dyed hair, then pink on the second visit) We've found the Bajan people to be so warm and… Read more
Long overdue 2nd review. We've definately found our home from home on both Barbados and at the Waves where we were greeted so warmly by the staff on our return - they genuinely remembered us (which may have had something to do with our daughters turquoise dyed hair, then pink on the second visit) We've found the Bajan people to be so warm and genuinely welcoming of visitors to their gorgeous island. On our second visit we were lucky enough to book a seaview room at the Waves - WOW, breathtaking view! Alas, for our 2021 holiday (Yes we are returning for our 3rd visit) we're having to return to the Standard Room as the Seaview is now out of our price range. The hotel is basically split into two by the road but it really isn't a problem and Bajan drivers are on the whole very courteous and will slow to let you cross. The free Spa treatments are a great addition and the ladies are lovely - I found it a great way to learn about island living. The Waves has a quality small boutique hotel feel which we love. If you want to eat and drink 24 hours a day with entertainment then this ISN'T the place for you. If you enjoy good company, lovely staff, quiet beautiful surroundings and good food then go ahead and book. We are vegetarian and find the vegetarian menu in the Seascape Restaurant both imaginative and delicious - I hope this is still the case under the new Marriott ownership. We've only tried the Shiso restaurant once and found this wasn't for us. The Kyma Cafe offers air conditioned relief in the afternoon. The beach is fairly small but then the beaches on the West coast are. If I were to make one criticism, it would be the use of plastic straws when serving drinks on the beach. On our second visit this was already starting to be addressed and I hope on our return in 2021 this has been completely eliminated. Also the neighbouring plot of land was vacant and there was a fair bit of plastic littering the plot's border with the beach. I know this isn't the responsibility of the Waves, but do think it would be a worthwhile exercise to keep that area clean and tidy as it does form a negative impression of the island's plastic litter problem. Special mention for the beach attendants who work really hard in the heat bringing lots of cool drinks and set up sunbeds and parasols. The watersports are definitely a huge attraction for us, the guys are very patient and helpful. As already mentioned, the staff at the Waves are so warm and welcoming and really make the holiday special. We can't wait to say hi to Kim, Ryan and all the other wonderful people who make the Waves and Barbados a lovely place to visit. See you in June/July 2021 (all being well) Take care, the Gannon's Read less