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
From the moment we arrived the feeling of being welcome was over whelming! We were greeted with a cold flannel and fruit/rum punch, which after a long flight was most needed. The porters took our luggage to our deluxe sea view rooms, two rooms as with teenage daughters which were interconnecting via the balcony. The view from our balcony was just beautiful. Fully re-stocked mini-bar (as part of all-inclusive) and Elemis toiletries in the bathrooms, which includes a roll top bath are nice luxurious touch. Plenty of mirrors but a full length mirror in the rooms would be my only suggestion for any improvement. Once dressed for dinner it is nice to see your whole outfit and not just the top half.
During our stay we also got married in the Wedding Gazebo which was so special and intimate. Cameron, Hospitality Manager was amazing in ensuring every detail was thought of and we were not disappointed. The Wedding Gazebo was beautifully decorated and we also enjoyed our wedding dinner in the Gazebo in the evening. Massive thank you to Cameron and the team for making our day so special and to Celeste in the Spa who did an amazing job of mine and our daughter’s hair!
During our two week stay we ate in the Cove twice which was lovely but we did prefer Bartleys which was Asian and the restaurant is air conditioned. The Palm restaurant was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast had a good choice from cearl, fruit, pastries to pancakes, hot buffet and an egg station for made to order requests. We also ate in Carolyns three times which serves lovely flat bread pizzas, wraps and salads. Veronicas bar is open during the day and Joe made some amazing cocktails!
During our stay we hired a car and took a trip to Stingray Island which was a great experience...highly recommend. Stingray's are actually very gentle. We also explored the island of Antigua. We didn't get to Shirley Heights but that will be on the agenda the next time we visit Blue Waters.
Also, thank you to Kevin, General Manager who is always visible, chatting to the guests and ensuring everyone is enjoying their vacation.
There is also a shop at the resort, which sells most things you may have forgotten and the lady who runs it is lovely and so friendly. In fact all the staff were really friendly and clearly enjoy working at Blue Waters.
Although we were very sad to leave, I know we will be back...hopefully for our first Anniversary. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday with no loud music and poolside games but a chance to chill, take in the beautiful grounds and enjoy great food then I can't recommend Blue Waters enough!
Lets start off by saying this "resort" will put you to sleep with its nightly so called entertainment ( there is none). My wife and i had to spend so much money on excursions because we got tired of staying in the resort. You feel like a robot with all the timing. 3 restaurants with the same food each night.On the plus side STAFF WAS GREAT. I would not recommend this place for lively vacation stay. Way too overrated, the bartenders didn't know how to make the same drink all the time and there was not too much beach area. We did not enjoy this resort at all. I would not even give it 1 star! THE BEDS WERE HORRIBLE. KING size = two twins put together, also felt the springs in my back.
Recently returned from Blue Waters, had a wonderful stay. The resort is beautiful, the grounds are very well maintained by the constant gardening crew they are immaculate. The pool area and beach are less well maintained some sun bed cushions in poor condition and large accumulation of seaweed on some days. Set on a hillside there are many steps not a problem for me but difficult for some.
The accommodation on the surface was a high standard, plenty of room in our suite but small things like finger prints all over the stainless steal refrigerator when we arrived makes me question the standard of cleanliness. I felt there needed to be a more frequent deep clean. The mini bar was never replenished until we telephoned reception to request a refill.
The food was a real mixed bag. Firstly the Cove visited twice the first was excellent nothing less than 4 star but the second visit was a disappointment very long wait for food and when it arrived it was very poor it had obviously been held back under heat lamps and was mostly inedible. The staff were very lack lustre.
The Pan-Asian restaurant again visited twice the food was not consistent but the service was excellent.
The Palm was a fair standard for a buffet restaurant but soon became very repetitive and it was 3 days before we were told there was a children’s menu.
Carolyn’s was by far the best quality food but was only open for lunch 3 out of 7 days which was a real shame.
Bar service was slow and the quality of alcohol poor on the all inclusive plan, the gin was so harsh it was almost unrecognisable as gin although premium brand were available at a supplement.
I have travelled extensively staying in accommodation of all standards and Blue Waters is nearer 3 star than 4 star especially when you measure against cost, it is not good value for money.