Blue Waters Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Top-notch service that’s always a step ahead
- Secluded location on a private bay 20-minutes from St. John’s
- Two semi-private sandy beaches
- Seven infinity pools; four are exclusive to guests staying at Cove Suites
- Water sports like kayaking, sailing and snorkeling — tours will pick you up right on the beach and all non-motorized water sports are included in the rate
What To Know
- Tabs at the on-site restaurants can add up quickly
- The semi-private beaches are under 500 feet, within a five-minute walk from Cove Suites and are open to the public (for those who purchase a resort day pass)
- All rooms are air-conditioned
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Set on a private bay with two pristine beaches, Blue Waters resort delivers all the Caribbean goods: bright sun and warm sea, plus amenities like seven swimming pools, a full-service spa and water sports. Within a 20-minute drive from Antigua’s capital city of St. John’s, the 32-suite property is on a clifftop surrounded by 17 acres of lush gardens.
At over 730 feet, guests have room to spread out in Cove Suite rooms, decorated in a modern, Caribbean-style with and balconies overlooking the ocean. Mod con include iPod docking stations, a flat screen TV and air-conditioning, and Cove Suite guests also have exclusive access to four of the resort’s seven pools. Deluxe beachfront rooms are on the ground level, just steps away from the sand.
On the food front, you can choose between Bartleys, which serves upscale cuisine in a romantic setting, and the more casual Palm, ideal for a relaxed lunch with a view of the beach. In the evenings live entertainment is usually offered at the hotel’s Pelican Bar. Active travelers will welcome the wide range of water sports available, including kayaking, jet-skiing, snorkeling and sailing; the resort also has an on-site fitness center and can arrange for private training sessions.
In the Area
On-island diversions include three miles of bike trails and a handful of pristine beaches, from pocket coves to the long stretch of sand at Pasture Bay (where the resort will hook you up with a picnic of goodies such as poached salmon and heirloom tomato salad — just ask). Itching to get off campus? Hop on the ferry over to Antigua to be schooled in British naval history at the excellently preserved , try on a few of the 365 beaches for size (yes, they say there’s one for every day of the year), and head up to the Shirley Heights Lookout for a Sunday night party where people line up for plates of jerk chicken and barbecued seafood, then let loose to live reggae and soca bands, Wadadli lager in hand. If there’s one night to go off your all-inclusive food plan, this would be it.
How to Get There
Just returned back from a fabulous 10 night stay at Blue Waters with my husband, 3 year old daughter and mother in law. First impressions were great as you walked into the main reception with the fabulous view of the ocean and met with a drink and cold towel. From then on it was amazing. The location, the beaches, pools and grounds are lovely. We were upgraded to the beachfront suites which was a fantastic surprise and just a short walk to the beach and restaurants and the view was breathtaking. The food, service, drinks and general hospitality was fantastic. We dined in all 3 restaurants with the Cove being our favourite for the superb views and food. Bartleys and Palm are also fantastic. We loved the tapas at Carolyn’s and the bbq. The food at blue waters we found faultless, great choices and some of it being the best food we have eaten on holiday. The only slight negatives were that the palm could on occasion be a little slow at dinner time and the birds annoying. It did though have a vast array of choice for breakfast. The room plug socket situation is a little confusing and we did have a few issues with one of the rooms but it was all handled efficiently. We loved going to Carolyn’s at lunch, a lovely spot for food and the view. The cocktails and drinks choices are great here too and the staff at the pelican bar knew our drinks before we sat down. The entertainment is good too. The staff here and the service are what sets it’s apart. I didn’t remember everyone’s name(sorry) but they are all wonderful. From Kevin the general manager, Nicole, Karen, Carol, Wendy, Lesley, Pearl, Curtis, Bella, Tanya, Michelle, Andre, Tamesha, Tameka, Veronica, Dotsy, Angela, Kasheda and of course Carolyn to name but a few were amazing. So friendly and so good with our daughter who had a habit of going off to chat to them and though getting in the way of them doing their day job were so patient and good with her. Lesleyn even making her two bracelets. She loved Bella, Carolyn and Andre in particular. Our daughter also loved seeing the owners dog Ted at the hotel. The water sport offerings are great here too. We loved our stay here, it was so relaxing and we felt well looked after. Always greeted with a friendly smile and hello, we can not recommend it enough and will look forward to returning again. Thank you Blue water, a fantastic place set in a breathtaking location with wonderful staff, food and drinks. What’s not to love. Paradise. Going to miss my lovely cosmopolitans!
We absolutely loved this place. The relaxed atmosphere, lovely gardens and beach/pool areas which were all very well kept and bars and restaurants were perfect.
We stayed in a deluxe beachfront bungalow which was excellent. Good size, great views and clean décor. Our sons had a hillside room which was nice but I would recommend paying extra for the beachfront room as we felt it was worth it.
We thought the food in all of the restaurants was very good with a wide variety of options and we never got bored with it as you sometimes do after a week.
The complementary watersports was great with quite a few options to use if you get tired of lazing about and drinking cocktails!
Would highly recommend this hotel and would love to return.
We chose Blue Waters and Antigua for a special anniversary wanting somewhere to simply relax, enjoy each other's company and chill. Having arrived on a rather wet day we were warmly welcomed and immediately started to relax and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, hospitality and good food.
Our first full day was looking cloudy and wet (no fault of Blue Waters of course) so we decided to get organised and hire a car. Trouble was the previously warm and helpful receptionists seemed too intent on looking at their screens to be able to assist us and the Concierge was nowhere to be seen. We did eventually get over this hurdle and sorted out our plans but there seems to be a few too many routes to getting what you want from the reception and customer service staff which can be confusing. For some reason this area of the hotel was the only one where we encountered any problems worth mentioning....... As we made the effort to explain our concerns we were looked after superbly in the end but others might have been put off and have had their trip spoilt by these difficulties and we feel that this area of the hotel could do with improvement.
That said the rest of the experience was pretty much exactly what we had hoped for. The pools offer plenty of space and a good choice of locations, the bar staff are cheerful and happy to chat when time allows and the food was consistently excellent in both the Palm and Cove restaurants. Well done to Jasper, Cameron and their team! Service can be a little haphazard depending on who is on duty but there is almost always a smile on the faces of the staff and a genuine wish that you enjoy your holiday. I lost count of the number of times someone told me that we should "relax, you're on your vacation" with a broad smile and we obeyed!
The hotel is very well managed and the rooms and facilities carefully maintained even if the beachfront rooms are not enormous. The air-conditioning was effective and quiet and housekeeping efficient.
It is good to see that all the managers are very hands on, attending to minor details, involved with the guests and the staff and willing to listen to problems and deal with them head on instead of plaster over the cracks. Our thanks to everyone involved in making this the special trip we had hoped it would be but especially to Kevin the general manager and Nicole in customer services who went the extra mile to ensure we were truly happy! We would certainly consider returning to Blue Waters.
We loved this hotel and its gorgeous setting. The gardens are amazing and I recommend John's garden tour. He is so knowledgeable and a good raconteur. The beach is beautiful and there was no problem in finding a sun bed on it or by one of the pools. The all inclusive water sports are great , we enjoyed paddle boarding and kayaking. The food in Bartley's restaurant is exceptional but sadly we were only able to eat here once during our stay as we had no idea how the booking system worked and how much in advance you have to book . I also really enjoyed a yoga class with an excellent teacher but arrived late because the weekly notice sheet didn't say where the class was to be held . It would have been nice to have been given a tour of the grounds on arrival so that we knew where things were.We really appreciated the guest shower and changing rooms on our last day as we had an evening flight. We really enjoyed our stay but felt a little bit like outsiders because so many guests are clearly return visitors (which clearly illustrates what a lovely place it is to stay). I would definitely recommend this hotel, much nicer than the 'blingy'Sandals resort on Dickerson 's Bay .
This was our first visit to Antigua. After doing some research on the accommodation on offer in this beautiful island, I opted for the Cove Suites at Blue Waters. On arrival, we were greeted with a Welcome drink in the hotel’s main reception area and, after a quick check in, taken by buggy to our suite on the ground floor of Building F.
We were certainly not disappointed at first sight of our suite: a large living area with a huge double bed, and a big bathroom with a roll top bath, walk-in shower, two basins and a toilet. Ample soft cotton towels (replaced twice a day) and Elemis bath/shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. The room had its own terrace, which looked out on to an infinity pool shared with the six other suites in the building. As if this were not enough, we were entitled to use the Cove Suites’ very own Concierge staff, Karen, Kalesha and Toriefa, who helped with restaurant bookings, taxis, island tours, and solving any problems we encountered; I cannot praise these ladies enough - they helped to make our stay memorable.
The hotel has three restaurants, The Palm, Bartley’s, and the Cove, various bars, and a beach-side food and drink venue, Carolyn’s. Food at the hotel was of a generally good quality, though service could sometimes be patchy and slow. Our favourite restaurant was The Cove, just a short walk from our suite. At the pool in front of our building, there was a regular drinks service, provided by Raoul, who was on hand to provide a friendly smile and chilled fresh fruit during the heat of the day. In the Palm, where we took breakfast, shout out to Tameka, who prepared our eggs with a wonderful smile.
One or two issues arose which I felt the need to mention to the hotel’s management team, but these were quickly resolved and I would like to thank Nicole, Gina and Jasper for their exemplary responses to my suggestions. Also, my thanks to Gary Reynolds of the family which owns the hotel, who spent some of his valuable time with my wife and me discussing how we were enjoying our stay.
Finally, the gardens and general planting at Blue Waters are of an exceptionally high standard, and we are already missing the beautiful walks between various parts of the hotel.
Thank you, Blue Waters and the island of Antigua for a memorable holiday.