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A boutique hotel with contemporary furnishings and a relaxing vibe
The stark white entrance of this hotel doesn’t look like much from the outside and can be hard to find. It is actually split into two buildings on opposite sides of the road: the Ocean House and the Spa House. The Ocean House has a contemporary lobby that holds a festive Virgin Holidays desk -- a hotel partner that brings in many guests from the UK. Past the lobby is the stylish but understated lounge where free drinks are served all day. The lounge, with a restaurant on each end, leads out onto a nice terrace overlooking the ocean. Here, couples can be found chilling on the cabanas with a good book and rum punch; at night, twinkling lights make it a romantic place to watch the sunset before dinner. Continue along the terrace to find stairs to the beach. Though all beaches in Barbados are public, this one in particular feels more private, as it juts out along Prospect Bay with a fantastic swimming area. For additional swimming options, there is an outdoor pool situated next to the late night bar and game room. Guests need to cross a busy street to get to the other building -- the Spa House -- where the third restaurant, adults-only pool, spa, and remaining rooms are located.
On a quiet stretch of beach for fantastic swimming and sunsets
Waves Hotel has changed names several times over the years, so taxi drivers may not recognize the name, but they will know the property, located in the heart of St. James along Prospect Bay. Centrally located on Highway 1 between Holetown and Bridgetown, Waves is easy driving distance to local sites, but guests will want to return for beautiful “gold coast” sunsets. The bus stops in either direction, just steps from the property.
Beautiful rooms with natural bathrooms and modern amenities
Waves' 70 rooms are situated in two separate buildings decorated with a contemporary but minimalistic flair. White duvets and walls are accented with a palette of soothing neutrals and blues. Bathrooms are stylish with a natural finish, and spacious with door-less multi-jet showers (no baths).
Free meals and drinks, waters sports, and a three-hour catamaran trip
Three distinct restaurants and a bartender that serves drinks throughout the day
Three restaurants -- with seasonal menus -- help keep things interesting for guests at this smaller, all-inclusive hotel. In addition, afternoon tea is served daily, and the bartender pours drinks throughout the day.
With competitive pricing, lovely rooms, and great on-site amenities, this 70-room boutique hotel will attract people who never thought they’d choose an all-inclusive package. With three restaurants, cabanas on the terrace, and a late-night lounge, Waves has a contemporary appeal especially for couples (though families aren't overlooked). Spacious rooms are modern and bright, and most have glass-balconies (oceanfront rooms are worth the cost for the sunsets alone). Room amenities include flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and minibars nicely stocked with free goodies; while modern bathrooms spawn envy with door-less showers and eco-friendly toiletries. The quiet beach along Prospect Bay feels private, and the calm waves are perfect for swimming and kayaking. A spa and adults-only pool, located across the street, are extra perks.