What We Love
- The multi-tiered, lagoon-style swimming pools at the resort are truly unique.
- Enjoy much needed alone time in the quiet, private cottage-style units
- Keep the night alive with excellent music from the resort's diverse live entertainment.
Things to Know
- The resort is less than 30 minutes from the airport.
- Onsite activities and amenities are perfect for adults and families alike.
- The beach is excellent and the resort offers a great selection of watersports! Try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and more!
Once you see the sea and beach, you'll be ready to play. Try your hand at mastering the wind and water, whether on a pair of waterskis, a banana boat, a kayak or a sailboat.
Feel like a casual dinner? Burgers, pasta and chicken at Drifters Beach Bar fill the bill. Prefer elegance and romance? Try roasted-vegetable kabobs or sirloin steak on tarragon-mashed potatoes at Reflections. And, if you simply want something different, ask about the dine-around program. As a guest of this resort, you can dine at any sister resorts; so board a water taxi that connects the resorts.
What would a Caribbean resort be without calypso music? The hotel often has live entertainment with Caribbean rhythms, or island jazz. One perk here is the personal hammock on select guest room balconies. On a moonlit night with a cool sea breeze, you can
spend the evening just chilling in your hammock.
Welchman Hall Gully is one of the hidden treasures of the island. Hiking into this unspoiled tropical forest gives you the chance to step back in time 300 years, seeing the island as it once was. Another treasure concealed in the central uplands is Harrison's Cave. It seems as though you've entered a different world in this natural wonder of crystallized limestone. And no visit to the island is complete without a tour of the Mount Gay Rum distillery, a cultural icon on Barbados and considered to be the world's first.
This hotel is All-Inclusive. Features include:
- Luxury accommodations
- All meals, snacks and most drinks
- Kids Club
- Non-motorized water sports
- Taxes and gratuities
LocationBarbados - Beach
General Policies & Fine Print
Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.
Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.
General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Hotel Non Smoking Policy - All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outside the guest rooms in designated public areas. If non compliant, a cleaning charge will be added to bill at check out.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating2275 reviews
Stayed at Waves went To visit on dine around. Good service ok food. Although enjoyed stay there for the day. Waves service by the staff is much better along with the Asian restaurant. Kim the manger at Waves runs a fantastic team of staff who are always happy and smiley which makes Waves the best hotel in the chain. Did notice that Sam the man works mainly at Crystal cove and also try’s to get business at Waves. He is very charming and seems to be a lovely man. But please be aware he is a beach peddler and his prices are extortionate compared to the local taxi firms that Waves uses who in my opinion offer better island tours for half the price and you have peace of mind that they have a taxi licence and are insured. Please be aware. Loved the day visit to Crystal but glad we were staying at Waves. A big thank you to Kim and her staff.
Fab location but don’t expect a la carte experience
We have experienced premium all inclusive /a la carte on Caribbean cruises, Mexico all inclusive hotels, for much less than we paid for this holiday, so had high expectations. Sadly this didn’t deliver all it promised. As previous reviewers have said, it depends on what your experience and expectations are. This would have been a 2star rating had senior management not responded to frequent complaints to improve dining, though it took several visits to reception at least an hour each to resolve and who wants to spend their holiday complaining? This is not premium a la carte. it’s table d’hote with 3-4 options on 3 courses on 4 out of 7 days, the other 3 being buffets which in spite of being branded as Caribbean or bbq, consisted of pre cooked, kept warm fish, thin tough steak, and tired looking salad and veg, with the usual noise, queue and scrum of a buffet. Virgin should re word their description as it is misleading; there are many like us who don’t like buffets. At first the restaurant staff offered no alternatives, it was very much a case of “choose from the table d,hote or, on buffet days join the queue. Once we raised concerns, Sophia and Dominique offered more choice and flexibility, with a decent steak, fresh veg, etc, which did help, and the quality of meals did improve. This helped, but really should have available from day1 Drinks and cocktails were very good quality, but the beach service was poor, even when we tipped generously, We ended up getting a tray at the bar and serving ourselves on the beach. Whilst appreciating the desire not to serve alcohol before 12, when asked if there is beer on the soft drinks tray at 11am we’d expect to be brought one. The dine around was a god send; waves Asian restaurant exceptional in both food and service, as was lunch at tamarind. However, it took ages to book, involved lengthy phone calls and e mails by Lisa at reception, whilst we waited some 45 minutes for confirmation. We witnessed guests being told their requested restaurant was full, yet we saw it half empty the same day. There has to be a better way. The courtesy boat was great to sail along the beautiful coastline to other hotels Our room was lovely, with an upgraded bathroom, and our garden view also took in the sea. The service alley was a bit noisy from 7am every day. The coffee bar was great, as were the tapas and fizz served from 5pm. It would have been nice to have this open for a decent coffee in the morning. Beach grill at drifters at lunchtime was very good. Excellent tuna and dorado freshly grilled to order. The staff were mostly friendly and polite. A few were especially notable for their high service and great personality; Robert at the bar and coffee shop and Joan in the restaurant. Some of the younger staff seemed rather disinterested and didn’t engage with their customers. In spite of the time spent booking restaurants, serving ourselves drinks on the beach etc, we had a good holiday and would return here knowing what to expect and ask for to raise it from good to great The hotel is in a perfect location and has all the key ingredients to make this a top class venue. I hope when it re opens after the lockdown, as part of the Marriott group, it will continue to improve.
Great location, friendly staff and guests, superb facilities. Nothing was too much trouble. Location and beach facilities were world class and the water taxi was a fantastic service which we used extensively. The opportunity to use other group hotels was the highlight - Tamarind being exceptional.
Our best visit even through difficult times
We have stayed at this lovely hotel many times since it opened. Yes it’s getting a little frayed around the edges but the refurbished rooms are lovely and it wouldn’t take too much to return it to tip top condition. We stayed this year for a special anniversary celebration so chose to stay for 3 weeks instead of 2 and loved every minute. Even the last week when the hotel started to prepare for its closure (very sad) the staff were professional, friendly and efficient right until the very last minute when there was just our table and 2 chairs in the restaurant. Last men standing! Food was great, cocktails amazing, beach beautiful, room perfect.... but as has been said many times it’s the staff that make this place they are truly in a league of their own. Sophie is a brilliant manager and has made such a great team spirit and they all seem to work so well together. It’s great to see the same friendly faces every visit. Hazel, Joan, Kathy, Delores, Michael, Andrea, Dawna, Tanya, Pamela, Lisa, Celeste, Shane, Kevin, Crystal, Sasha, Joanna...I could carry on all day there’s just so many top class staff. Sorry to those I haven’t had space to mention. Monica and her assistant on the beach/garden were greeting us every morning with big sunshine smiles. The dine around is a great idea we managed to get to Tamarind and to Waves before the lock down started. The entertainment was good, karaoke is especially good fun. Please Marriott don’t change this lovely hotel and it’s staff you really have bought a little jewel in the whole of the Caribbean. Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all next year. Thank you all so much for your professionalism and for keeping up your spirits in what must have been a worrying time for you. You are truly the best.
Relaxing week in Barbados
Recently returned from a week at the Crystal Cove to celebrate my birthday. Really enjoyed it. Nice ocean view room right on the beach, days spent lazing by the beach/pool under an ingenious shaded sunlounger, often brought drinks by staff to keep refreshed. Liked the Cave Bar for cocktails and alternated between Reflections and Drifters for food. One evening at Drifters had a fab seafood salad and gorgeous steak. Enjoyed the steel drums one night as entertainment but other than that the evening bands/entertainment were not great. Didnt spoil our hol though as we were there to relax. Also loved my happy birthday message in the pool. The Cliff is nearby and really lovely as a treat but beware it's very expensive! Overall 4/5