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“exactly what it says on the tin .” 4 of 5 stars
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Waves
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Prospect Bay, BB23000, Barbados   |  
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Ranked #20 of 27 hotels in Saint James Parish
blackpool uk
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“exactly what it says on the tin .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Arrival was painless.very freindly.we had an upgrade to the spa side,which for us was a good choice.we wanted a quiet week without children.make sure you book spa treatments and catamaran trip(all included) A.S.A.P.both very good experiences.overal resort good,no major problems.room cleaning was to a reasonable standard.comfortable and great quiet air con.
Ate at vivo rosso once.disappointing.flat atmosphere and food poor standard.other two restaurants very good.fEast had the nicest setting.portions small,but you CAN order two starters!Drinks good quality,nice cocktails and bottled banks beer.
The beach was lovely.you can walk all the way to the cliff restaurant.great beach service despite what others have said.OK entertainment at night,a bit mixed!most guest all enjoying a nice relaxed time.if you want a party go else where.if you have children dont bring them here.would recommend to others but we NEVER do the same place twice.....................

Room Tip: spa side rooms are quiet.no children allowed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Montreal, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

There is two buildings for this hotel. The main building is facing the ocean and the second one (with the spa, the biggest pool and the Asian restaurant) is on the other side of the street.

We chose the Spa room which was huge. The food was excellent - special mention to the Owner BBQ night- all 3 restaurant are good. The beach is beautiful too. All the staff and the locals are very friendly and willing to help. The water is safe to drink and the destination is very safe.

We reserved a Catamaran Trip offered by the hotel to swim with the turtles. It is was not worth it because there was no ambiance on the boat and it was really small. We encourage people to book a catamaran trip with their representative.

Overall, we really liked our stay, but we would not recommend to visit during high season as it is too expensive.

Room Tip: If you choose the Spa section, you must know that it is in a seperate building, not looking over the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

What an amazing place to stay! Right on the beach on the west coast, it has a small beach which is normally quiet (most I saw at one time was about 15). The staff are very friendly without being intrusive. Its close to Holetown and Bridgetown if you fancy getting out for a bit. Overall we had a wonderful time and look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lower Withington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed at the Waves for a week from 17 September, I am 22 and my boyfriend is 27 and we wanted somewhere that was more of an adult hotel as although I love children we wanted a holiday where we could relax wihtout children running round and the Waves was perfect! Obviously if you are a family with young children I would not reccomend but the hotel was amazing!
We upgraded to a Superior Ocanfront room which was well worth it, the shower was much better and the facilities and space much nicer than the standard spa rooms and had the most beautiful views in the evening. I would highly recommend an upgrade. Our return flight was in the evening and the hotel let us use one of the spa rooms so we could have a shower and change before leaving for the airport.
Upon our arrival at the hotel there had been a powercut which was unfortunate but we were immediately handed a lovely cocktail and shown to where the BBQ was to get some food as it was the evening when we arrived.
All three restaurants are lovely but do require booking, East was our favourite by far and we ate here most nights.
The staff were always pleasent and unlike other reviews we did not find them rude in any way. We would often leave a tip after our evening meal as the staff were so kind and attentive and work long hours, after working as a waitress myself I know how much I relied on tips.
The beach was lovely but only very small but the beaches in Barbados are all public and none are privately owned so you can walk along and find a more quiet beach not far away. The locals do come around selling items and will offer these to you, they are lovely people so we would chat to them for a minute and politely say we didnt want to buy anything and they would then leave us alone unless we approached them which was nice.
We went to Bridgetown for the day as we were told the duty free shopping was good but we were dissapointed, we found a lot of people coming up to us trying to sell items and they were very pushy unlike the locals we had encountered on the beach we did have to be quite rude in the end.
We did not go on the catermran trip run by the hotel as this was fully booked and we were glad of this once we saw it. The boat was very small and the trip not very long. We booked a trip through Cool Runnings who can easily be found on the internet and have an office in Bridgtown. It cost $90US each and included a lovely lunch, unlimited drinks including alcohol and some amazing punch. The trip lasted most of the day and was so much fun the crew were so lovely, I bought a Cool Runnings t-shirt and all the crew signed it and wrote lovely messages on it for me. It was also great for kids who may not be such compentent swimmers as the crew go into the sea with you with a buoy to hold on to. They feed the turtles so they come up very close but they are calm animals they wont bite. We then also went to a shipwreck and got to see all of the beautiful fish. They will pick you up from your hotel and drop you back off at no extra cost, we booked very last minute and there was no problems booking at all but I would advise to book in advance to avoid disspointment.
We also used the local buses, the yellow buses are $2US each and takes you anywhere on the island and is such an experience you shouldnt miss! Be sure to hold on tight though and if you get car sick easily it may be wise to give this a miss but my boyfriend and I loved it we wish the buses back here in the UK were more like this!
One day we hopped on the bus to Holetown where the shops were much better than Bridgetown, there were a lot of more upmarket expensive shops and also some nice cheap shops too it's well worth a visit whatever your budget!
We did not use the spa so I can not really comment on this. Also breakfast time does get very busy and the food does get used up quickly so any late risers may be dissapointed. However, beacuse of the time difference in the UK we were always up early.
I would highly recommend the Waves to anyone it was an amazing relaxing holiday - just what we needed!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was our first trip to Barbados and we decided to book with Virgin. As mentioned in some of the other reviews the hotel does not look much from the road when you arrive, but once you enter the lobby you realise that all is going to be good. We had a very friendly receptionist who offered us a nice chilled drink on our arrival, and our bags were taken care of by the lobby staff. Once you walk through to the lounge and see the view it simply takes your breath away. The white sand and crystal blue sea are simply amazing!
We booked a sea view room (which is essential in our opinion) which was large, clean and well decorated. It also had the all important air conditioning! Double doors open onto a balcony which have great views of the beach and sea. You have a choice of 3 restaurants which all serve lovely food. Do make sure you eat at all 3 as they menu's vary in each.
The thing that really made our holiday special were the beach staff. They are helpful, full of great information and polite. Special mention must go out to "Sam the man". He is your go to guy for a good time. He is honest, friendly and always has a smile on his face. He will arrive on the beach by jet ski and introduce himself.. He organises a great trip to Oistins on the friday night.. a must not miss trip where you get to eat great local produce, sample some of the local gin and dance the night away.He can also arrange trips to see the turtles, fishing trips and for non-swimmers a trip in a glass bottomed boat.
We had a fantastic holiday and are already looking forward to coming back to the wonderful island of Barbados!

Room Tip: Make sure you book a sea view room.. makes all the difference.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bishops Stortford
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Spent 10 days at Waves during October. Our party had two rooms, 209 which had the best ever sea view and was more like a suite - huge! The other room was Penthouse 6 which again overlooked the Caribbean Sea. This was a great room choice for us as our 10 year old son had the top floor of the penthouse to himself. We have stayed at Waves previously and found this trip to be just as great. We received amazing service from all of the staff - especially Tennison in Seascape who was very attentive during mealtimes, Sandra the restaurant Manager and Kenny behind the bar. We found there to be an excellent choice of food and drink as the scales have proved upon our return! The only downside to the whole holiday was the poor food and service offered on the virgin atlantic flight. We will definitely be returning to Waves! And watch out for the monkeys at breakfast in the trees waiting for a banana!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We got married at Waves last week and it was everything we hoped for. The best things about this hotel are: 1) the friendly staff 2) The beautiful sea view 3) excellent food! Its a small hotel but there are only around 70 rooms so its more than big enough. If like me you prefer smaller hotels with a bit of charm rather than big, sprawling hotel resorts then this is the place for you.
The food in East and the Italian restaurant was excellent, we really enjoyed eating every evening. lunch and breakfast was a buffet in Seascape which was perfectly good too.

All the staff went out of there way to ensure my wedding day went smoothly with no stress.... I spent most of the day having spa treatments and sunbathing before having my hair done. Meanwhile the wedding planner took care of flowers, decoration, cake, photographer etc I didn't have to worry about a thing! We wanted a small wedding with beautiful scenery and Waves more than delivered with the views of the ocean. The Reverend and photographer were both excellent too! I would probably not recommend a beach wedding here as the part of the beach where Waves holds the ceremony wasn't pretty enough for us. We went for a terrace wedding instead (with the Sea as a backdrop) and then took photos on a bigger part of the beach later on. We have some beautiful photos and I'm more than happy with my big day. We had a meal in the East restaurant in the evening and even managed to have a first dance with the evening singer.

All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and will be returning to celebrate our future wedding anniversaries! Thank you everyone at Waves!

Room Tip: There isn't lots for children to do except play on the beach and the small pool. The staff were...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Waves

Address: Prospect Bay, BB23000, Barbados
Location: Caribbean > Barbados > Saint James Parish
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Saint James Parish
#12 Luxury Hotel in Saint James Parish
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Saint James Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Waves 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A cosy, full service all-inclusive beach-front resort where no effort is spared to deliver whatever our guests want. Exquisite spa, 3 restaurants, 3 bars, complimentary daily leisure activities, entertainment schedule and complimentary afternoon tea service. Adult-only section,sunset cocktail bar. Helpful, friendly staff. An unforgettable experience awaits. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Waves Hotel Saint James
Escape At Prospect Bay Hotel
Escape Hotel Spa Barbados
Waves Barbados/Saint James Parish

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