A beach postcode, contemporary interiors and a peaceful spa area, the Waves Hotel and Spa has all the makings of a relaxing retreat.
This place sits right on the edge of a white-sand beach. Rows of palm trees give the beach a private feel, and the gentle waves are perfect for paddling. Plus, it’s just a 10-minute cab ride away from Bridgetown.
The property had a makeover for winter 2016, so you can expect a sleek and modern finish. Rooms boast little extras, like big flat-screen TVs, yoga mats and Bluetooth speakers.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, cocktails, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
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This lagoon-style number is surrounded by a terrace lined with cabanas and daybeds.
With a wide range of body and massage treatments, including facials. Beauty treatments are also available. Selected treatments are included during your stay, speak to reception for more details.
Seascape Mediterranean restaurant
This open-air restaurant overlooks the sea and offers a menu of traditional Mediterranean fare. Open for buffet breakfast and lunch, with an à la carte menu come the evenings. International theme nights are on the cards to mix things up, too. There is an evening dress code here, gentlemen are asked to wear long trousers and collard shirts.
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Double Room with Inland View
Double Room with Pool View and Balcony or Terrace
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Fanstastic family break
We stayed here (family of four) for 10 days in July. It is a really lovely relaxing place and I defy you to not be stunned by the view you see when you walk down the steps. We have stayed at Turtle Beach before and much preferred it here although if you have children who like to socialise and swim in pools this might not be the place for you. We stayed in an ocean front suite. Large double bed for us and a double sofa bed for the kids. I hadn't appreciated the kids would have to share a bed - could be an issue for some. The air conditioning was very effective and the mini bar was stocked with beer, soft drinks and water. There was also plenty of rum and vodka! The bathroom was huge with a very powerful walk in shower. The room was spacious enough even with the sofa bed up and the view from the balcony was beautiful. It was a perfect place to sit in the evening before dinner with a cocktail from the bar. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is always someone on hand to help - not even the maintenance man will stand by if he can help get you a towel from reception when it is busy or answer a query for you for example. Food variety was good and we enjoyed eating in both restaurants. On the whole, the starters and mains were better than the sweets. We enjoyed the sushi in Shiso and probably would have eaten there more often had the menu changed more frequently. It is easy to book your evening meal when you arrive for breakfast. It was so nice to have access to lots of lovely cold fresh water throughout the day and with meals. There was a nice variety of cocktails on the menu - I think I tried most of them! Limited wine options but who cares when you have cocktails on offer and you are holiday! The air conditioned cafe was lovely for morning coffee, a light lunch, afternoon cakes and ice cream. The cool atmosphere provided a welcome respite from the heat and the staff were always so kind, helpful and cheerful. We didn't sit in the bar in the evenings as the evening entertainment was too loud for us to enjoy a conversation so we retreated to our room and that lovely balcony. Beach activities are good, as are the lovely staff who provide them, but you do need to book in advance on busier days. Our kids broke up from school a week or two earlier than most and we noticed the difference as it got busier towards the end of our stay. We enjoyed trips in the small catamaran, kayaking and the kids went on the doughnuts behind the speed boat. We saw a huge turtle on a catarmaran trip and enjoying seeing a bit of the coast. Snorkelling is good (particularly on the right hand side of the beach where it is rockier) and there is plenty of equipment to borrow. It is a shame that the hotel isn't stricter with people who reserve sunbeds and then don't use them until after lunch or in a few cases until late afternoon. The beach is small and it can get crowded (although when we were there the beach staff always found somewhere for everyone) so it's unfair to take a spot that someone else could be using. However, we didn't really notice the small beach when we were staring out to sea admiring the view. I was surprised that a few guests didn't have more respect for the beach and pick up their plastic straws blown or dropped from their drinks and pop them in the bin. The staff all worked really hard to keep the beach tidy but they can't possibly spot everything - I did retrieve a few escaped straws from the beach and the sea. Perhaps the hotel could use bio degradable straws to minimise the risk to wildlife? We didn't mind that we couldn't use the adult pool over the road because our children were too young. The sea was so lovely, clear, calm and warm we really didn't miss the pool. We did try out the small pool the children are allowed in but it was very hot there because it was an enclosed space and we much preferred sitting on the beach where there was usually a nice breeze. The road you have to cross to get to the spa side can be very busy. Still a bit of confusion over the dress code for dinner though. I sent an email to check whether men had to wear collared shirts and the very prompt reply told me that the dress code had been relaxed, trousers or tailored shorts were required for men and no flip flops. There was no mention of collared shirts. Not so when we arrived. It was made clear to us that a collared shirt (polo shirt fine) was required for men at dinner so it was good job we had packed a few. We took advantage of most of our spa vouchers which came with our room and had massages, facials and I had a manicure. I didn't have any trouble booking but the hotel will send you details of the complimentary treatments you can book with room vouchers and you can make arrangements before you arrive if your schedule is tight. It is very easy to get a bus to Bridgetown or up the coast to Holetown and beyond - the buses stop right outside the hotel and reception will change Barbados dollars to give you the two dollars you need for each bus trip. Hotel organised trips are exceptionally expensive (well at least they are for those of us suffering a poor UK exchange rate). We did go on the turtle trip which was fun - a bit of a mêlee around the one turtle we saw and the snorking felt a little rushed but we saw so many fish it was still a great experience. We did go on a day tour with 'Sam the Man' - a great way to see more of the island and in particular the rugged east coast. Sam took us to the Animal Flower Cave on the Northern tip of the island - beautiful and well worth a visit. All in all we really enjoyed our stay and would love to visit again. It was a very comfortable friendly place to stay and we thought it was great value for money given the price of food and drink (and everything else) on Barbados.More
A fantastic relaxing holiday
Second week in September for 10 relaxing nights. Staff were amazing, very friendly and attentive. For my taste the two restaurants were enough with a variety for the 10 days plus a cafe served fresh sandwiches and cakes throughout the day. OUR room was in the Adult only section overlooking a very peaceful pool. Although there were no children due to the time of year. It was spotlessly clean and recently refurbished. Be aware they do stipulate no sandals / mule / flip flops / backless shoes for the evening service which we missed and were caught out. The variety of evening entertainment was different daily with some authentic bajan and some traditional acoustic. There is a road that separated the hotel and two restaurants. Some have mentioned this as an issue however we had no problem with it. They beach is well kept and safe with no nasty tides or currents and although there are no private beaches on the island strangers are rare. More
Matt M, 186306
Best place to stay
The whole package here is perfect. The staff, facilities, food and unlimited drinks are excellent. You have waiters/waitresses on the beach and around the pools on hand and they can't do enough for you.More
Excellent, but the Aircon
We moved to The Waves Hotel & Spa after a dreadful few days at Turtle Beach Hotel. The hotel was a complete contrast to Turtle Beach, from the minute we walked in you could tell it is managed in a professional manner. First, I have to applaud the staff, they are a credit to the hotel chain, they are all outstanding, from reception through to the maid service. All public areas of the hotel are spotlessly clean, you could not find fault. The rooms are spacious and very clean. The adult pool is across the main road, this is a shame because it does make the hotel a little disjointed but you do get used to it eventually. However, there is a small pool by the lobby. The beach is small but very nice to lazy around on, my only quibble are the steps leading down to it, if you are disabled you cannot use it. Barbados is all about its beaches and therefore it should have some kind of access for those less able. The restaurant servers do an amazing job and always with a smile, Jennifer, Tamika, Honey et al are all excellent at their jobs! The food is good, there is something for everyone, you have to remember this is a small hotel so there is not a huge variety; however, what is offered is good. I would have given this hotel a score of 5 out of 5 but the restaurants need air-conditioning. It is ridiculous trying to eat in such heat, it is also unfair to see the staff sweat so much trying to do their job, it is not their fault, so please Elegant Resorts install aircon ASAP! Overall, a job well done! More
Gorgeous hotel in a stunning location - 1st class service
We had the most wonderful holiday staying 10 nights at Waves. The views of the sea from our room were stunning. This all inclusive hotel is excellent value - loved the cocktails! But what stands out more than anything is the quality of the service. The staff are just amazing - friendly, helpful, and highly attentive. Nothing is too much trouble. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel.More
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