Barbados Offers A Variety of All-Inclusives for Millennial Travelers

The ocean front rooms at Waves Hotel & Spa have either a private balcony or patio.

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels became an instant hot spot for Millennial parents when it opened its doors last year in the St. James parish of Barbados.

Stylish suites, spa treatments and one of the Caribbean’s top-tier Asian restaurants are just a few highlights to get affluent travelers excited about this trendy resort.

We hear the most requested room category is the Ocean Front Junior Suite, which is well-suited for families. This room accommodates two adults and two children. It has a king bed and a lounge area with full-sized sleeper sofa. Note: Ocean Front Junior Suites have either a private balcony or patio, and come with a stocked minibar. Nice Touch: Four spa treatments per adult per stay are included for VIPs staying in an Ocean Front Junior Suite.

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Although the hotel does not have private butlers it does provide “beach ambassador” (think private concierge) service to all guests.

For all other room enquiries, travel advisors should reach out to Juliana Kelman ([email protected]), the reservations manager.

The hotel, located about 30 to 45 minutes away from the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), can arrange luxury transfers and also a platinum arrival meet-and-greet for an additional cost.

The Spa at the hotel has eight treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room and a cold water Jacuzzi. Note: Guests are recommended to confirm their spa treatments once they have booked their rooms.

The Ocean Front Junior Suite has a king bed and a lounge area with full-sized sleeper sofa. 

The most popular treatment here is “The Waves Bespoke Ritual.” This is a soothing, two-hour treatment, in which two massage therapists synchronize rhythmic movements with the sounds of the ocean while they work to exfoliate the guest’s entire body with a Bajan brown sugar scrub infused with grapefruit and rosemary. The treatment concludes with a traditional massage, followed by a simultaneous head and foot massage. Note: The Spa only offers treatments to guests that are 17 years and older, and also caters to special groups and occasions, which must be arranged with Debbie Wickham ([email protected]), the head spa therapist. She can also be contacted for any other spa enquiry.

Guests at Shiso, the Asian-Fusion restaurant can savor everything from sashimi to sushi to noodle rice bowls. Hint: Be sure to recommend the restaurant’s signature five-spice Asian ice cream. Other popular dishes here include the crab salad and the Shiso roll with shrimp.

The hotel does not assign seats, so those looking for a prime seat must get to the restaurant early. It is open from 7 to 10 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Note: Dinner reservations must be made the same day the guest would like to dine.

For all other enquiries, advisors should connect with Crystal Amedee ([email protected]), the front desk manager.

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels
If A-Listers are looking for a little more privacy during their Barbados tryst, perhaps an intimate cottage will be more to their liking.

At the quaint Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, we were told, the Ocean View Suite is the best room category for families as well as couples traveling with other couples. These rooms include a separate living area and a pull out sofa. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the living room. These rooms also come with either a balcony or a patio.

For all room requests, advisors should contact Jo-Ann McClean ([email protected]), the front desk manager.

The hotel is located about 35 minutes from the Grantley Adams International Airport. Hint: A meet-and-greet with expedited immigration / customs service is available for a fee.

Crystal Cove’s open-air restaurant is next to the beach and specializes in Bajan-style barbeque.

While there is no physical spa on site, VIPs can have treatments at a beachside gazebo or in the room. Hint: The Swedish Massage is the most requested treatment here. A variety of teen treatments are also available. Guests are advised to book treatments 24 hours in advance.

Note: The spa doesn’t have services for children, but an array of activities will keep them occupied at the complimentary Kids Club. Tip: Group treatments can also be arranged.

To further customize a VIP’s spa experience, advisors should reach out to Cassandra Hinds ([email protected]), the spa director.

All wedding arrangements, including marriage certificates, wedding décor, services of a priest / magistrate, reception venues, photographer / videographer, bridal hair and makeup, and entertainment, are made by the hotel’s on-site wedding coordinators. Nice Touch: Crystal Cove has a unique rock message pool. On the day of the wedding, the hotel’s team places a special congratulatory message in the pool for the newlyweds.

For all other wedding arrangements, advisors should connect with Lisa Ward ([email protected]) of the guest activities department.

Seen here is the pool area of the hotel.

Advisors should note that all of the hotel’s restaurants are open to the public. The most popular dining spot here is Reflections, which is located along the pool, and serves everything from fried flying fish to tiramisu and ackee and saltfish to chipotle beef. We were told the local macaroni pie is a must.

Hint: Rum aficionados would want a private tour of Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre that can be organized by Celeste Belgrave ([email protected]), the guest relations manager.

Mount Gay is one of the most well known rums in the Caribbean.

The hotel can also arrange luxury transfers to the beautiful East Coast of Barbados for a romantic sunrise picnic.

Adventure sports lovers can make the most of complimentary activities like waterskiing, tube rides, banana boat rides, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing and glass bottom boat rides. Advisors should reach out to Belgrave for enquiries regarding activities at the hotel. 

Meet Mexico’s Hottest Luxury All-Inclusive Brand
From Secrets Resorts & Spas to Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, AMResorts has no shortage of beautiful, luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico.

But it is its Breathless Resorts & Spas brand that’s generating all the buzz among affluent Millennials lately and Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is perhaps the hottest of the bunch.

We think this is a great option for a friends’ getaway or for couples traveling with couples. Tip: The Allure Junior Suite Partial Ocean View rooms with connected balcony are the best option here for small groups and families.

Note: We were told the best overall room category here, however, is the xhale club Presidential Suite Swimout Ocean Front. The highlights of this room include a large private terrace with a seating area, sub loungers and a whirlpool. The roughly 1,600-square-foot room has incredible ocean views, double sinks and a rain shower. Tip: Although Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa doesn’t have butler service, it does provide personalized concierge service in the xhale area of the hotel.

Breathless Riviera Cancun’s xhale club Master Suite Swimout Ocean View has a private, furnished balcony or terrace. 

For all room requests, advisors should reach out to Oscar Lopez ([email protected]), the reservations manager.

VIPs looking to be further pampered can head to the hotel’s 25,000-square-foot spa, which includes four double treatment cabins with showers and a hydrotherapy tub. There are also 10 single treatment cabins, four of which have showers.

For A-Listers tying the knot, the spa also includes a Bridal Suite with a treatment room, a triple mirror and a bar where guests can enjoy fresh fruit and juices.

Luxury Travel Advisor hears the most requested treatments here are the Swedish massage, aromatherapy and the deep tissue massage. Note: Treatments should be booked at least
24 hours in advance.

To further customize a guest’s spa experience, advisors should connect with Christian Lopez ([email protected]), the spa manager.

Hint: For wedding-bound VIPs, the hotel has a unique package with great value. Dubbed “The Last Fling Before the Ring,” the package includes a spa day with a mani / pedi, 25-minute massage and access to the spa’s hydrotherapy and relaxation areas.

For all other wedding-related enquiries, advisors are asked to reach out to Claudia Solis ([email protected]), the wedding manager.

Coquette serves French cuisine, and is also home to a wine cellar and a DJ booth.

We were told Coquette is the go-to dining option at the hotel that serves French cuisine, and is also home to a wine cellar and a DJ booth. Agents should note that none of the hotel’s restaurants are open to the locals.

Although most restaurants do not require reservations here, the Pan-Asian Restaurant accepts prior bookings for the Teppanyaki table. Tip: Guests should make same-day reservations directly in the restaurant.

Hint: Breathless Riviera Cancun, like most AMResorts hotels, offers the “Sip, Savor & See” option, which gives guests a chance to dine at other nearby hotels owned by the same company. These include the swanky Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Secrets The Vine Cancun, Secrets Aura Cozumel and Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort.

For other enquiries, advisors should contact the chief concierge, Monica Olivas ([email protected]).

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