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).

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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May 3, 2021 jordanvsmith Dublin, Ireland

We had the most fabulous stay at Waves just after the new year. Absolutely everything about the hotel is 5 star. The facilities are pristine, and the covid measures in place made our stay very comfortable and safe. The room we stayed in (ocean front junior suite) was beautiful and modern with the most amazing sea views. The housekeeping was… Read more
We had the most fabulous stay at Waves just after the new year. Absolutely everything about the hotel is 5 star. The facilities are pristine, and the covid measures in place made our stay very comfortable and safe. The room we stayed in (ocean front junior suite) was beautiful and modern with the most amazing sea views. The housekeeping was brilliant and the room was always left spotless. The complimentary daily afternoon tea selection in the room was a lovely touch. The staff are an absolute credit to the resort, and it is the level of service and personal touch that they provide that really made our stay extremely special. Everyone knows you by name/ remembers your usual drinks orders before you even need to ask and no request is too much for them to fulfill. Thank you to the hotel manager Kim for being so kind and accommodating throughout our trip- we ended up extending our stay as we could not bring ourselves to leave this paradise hotel. Oliver the chef went above and beyond what you would ever expect from the back of house- he went out of his way to order in smoked salmon for my breakfast as due to Covid I think supply of certain products weren’t as usual. When he managed to get this for me, he came out of the kitchen to personally present me with my smoked salmon and eggs for breakfast. Needless to say I was very appreciative! Honey, Ryan and Pamela looked after us so well and always went above & beyond to make our stay so relaxing and stress free. Every staff member was so lovely and delightful to speak to every day, without the team at Waves- the hotel just wouldn’t be the same. The food was all amazing, with a great selection even though slightly limited due to Covid. There was never a shortage of options at any time of day and any special requests were always fulfilled. My dietary requirements are gluten and dairy free, and there was always so many options for me to choose from including the staff delivering gluten free chocolate cake to my room to try! There was no shortage of activities and entertainment- even during a worldwide pandemic and barbados on strict curfews at the time. Waves did everything they could to make every guests stay as normal as possible- it honestly made you forget we were visiting during a pandemic. We made full use of the spa facilities with complimentary massages for each of us throughout our stay. The gym was extremely clean and you had to prebook your session so you’re not sharing the area with other guests. Water sports are complimentary also, so we did water skiing, sailing and stand up paddle boarding which was an amazing addition to have on your doorstep. We also visited some of the other elegant resorts by the free taxi boat and played tennis at Colony Club and Crystal Cove. We had lunch and drinks on the dine around program which was nice to have a change of scene. There was live entertainment on certain evenings which was brilliant, different bands and singers each night. All in all, we had the most incredible holiday at Waves, so good that we had to extend our stay twice as on both occasions we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave! Thank you to everyone who made our trip so special, we cannot wait to return again. :-) Read less
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Mar 11, 2021 ReemaThanki25

We visited in September 2020 for our Honeymoon, we could not have asked for better quality and COVID safety than this amazing hotel. The facilities were spotless and the staff were amazing and accommodating. With their sister hotel restaurants closed, they made the most of the wonderful chefs they had and changed the menu daily, all food was… Read more
We visited in September 2020 for our Honeymoon, we could not have asked for better quality and COVID safety than this amazing hotel. The facilities were spotless and the staff were amazing and accommodating. With their sister hotel restaurants closed, they made the most of the wonderful chefs they had and changed the menu daily, all food was delicious and no request was out of bounds for them. The overall staff from the front desk, restaurant and bar service was personal and so welcoming, the staff made our trip so warm and fun. Thank you for making our Honeymoon and first trip to Barbados so special, we will definitely be returning. Read less
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Mar 4, 2021 V9229UDnickb

Had an amazing week at the waves Barbados lovely upgraded room comfy bed spotlessly clean room plus hotel excellent hotel staff from beach to waiting staff chefs everyone just awesome meals from breakfast through lunch plus snacks to dinner just excellent wine beer and cocktails lovely beach great water activities cant praise the hotel enough… Read more
Had an amazing week at the waves Barbados lovely upgraded room comfy bed spotlessly clean room plus hotel excellent hotel staff from beach to waiting staff chefs everyone just awesome meals from breakfast through lunch plus snacks to dinner just excellent wine beer and cocktails lovely beach great water activities cant praise the hotel enough please all stay safe keep up the great work will definitely return soon oops sorry forgot the girls in the spa and massage rooms girlfriend just loved this Read less
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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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Birthday Celebration!

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