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
My husband and I spent 8 days at the Blue waters property for our honeymoon. We stayed in the cove suites 4F, and it was simply the best vacation ever. The privacy is abundant, the food is delicious and the service is spectacular. The beach is small, yet perfect. The pools are clean. The grounds are well kept. We particularly enjoyed Carolyn, Termaine, Bella, Angela and Benji. The staff were just so friendly, kind and accommodating. The concierge is amazing, and assisted us with making reservations at the nightly restaurant. The live music was great. We will definitely be returning in the near future!
Let me start off by saying that my review does not include any comments that I have not made directly to the management of the hotel during our visit.
The setting and the hotel itself is absolutely beautiful and the staff almost without exception are lovely and cannot do enough for guests.
We visited last year and because of our positive experience decided to return this year.
Unfortunately there has been a marked deterioration in the quality and choice of food, particularly in The Palm restaurant. The only other restaurant we used was The Cove where we had one meal which was by no means exceptional hence the decision not to return.
Criticisms of the food quality were discussed with the F&B manager who is new since our last visit when there was greater variety of choice and an overall more flavoursome and interesting menu selection.
Main criticisms as follows:
1.During our visit there were 3 BBQs, 2 of which were within 2 days of each other at lunch. The choice of food offered was limited at the lunchtime BBQs with no fish or prawns so if you did not eat meat you had to go from the all day menu. My wife eats fish but not meat so she had little choice. I tried the meat but unless you like it cooked nearly to a charcoal then I would not recommend it. The evening BBQ has more choice but it was so dark you could not see what you were asking for so I didn’t bother.
2.In the evenings at The Palm there were no salads laid out which is bad but purely the limited menu of the evening or the all day menu. There were limited deserts and no ice cream, although we discovered later this is available but is a closely guarded secret for some strange reason. This made the place look cheap and certainly 3* not 5*— a point made to the F&B Manager.
3. Vegetarian options were very limited with no salads in the evening to fall back on and it was only after my wife had endured 4 or 5 days of pasta we mentioned the lack of choice to Nicole who said she would speak to Cameron the F&B Service Manager whom she believed would be able to help. Cameron was superb and produced a customised vegetarian menu to pre-order which really helped a lot as he showed he really cared and could actually do something. There are 2 people very capable in engendering good guest relations.
4. Perhaps the most disappointing thing after 5 carefree days was the day when the new IT system went live requiring all guests to sign after ordering all drinks and food except breakfast. This appears to have been badly thought through as All Inclusive guests should not have to sign bills with non zeroed totals and was something which many people were not happy about including us and we overwrote the bills to show a zero total with the comment All Inclusive. The system should automatically recognise what plan the guests are on and for AI this should automatically generate a no charge bill assuming no extras like premium drinks or other items had been consumed. This obligation saw a marked deterioration in service levels in the bars and restaurants where there were often long delays in either waiting for food or before leaving the bars or restaurants. It was clear that not enough time had been spent on staff training for this change. Staff themselves were not happy as they recognised that this was having negative effects on service levels to guests. This was pointed out directly to management but certainly nothing done to change anything before we left. Unless this is changed then I am sure that people booking AI will think twice before returning.
It is so sad when a place you love shows a decline in quality and service levels and we sincerely hope this trend is reversed as the place could be paradise —as it was last year—if managed differently.
Only a couple of days into the holiday but so far we love it here. As many others have said the staff are great and you get a lovely personal service from them all. If you are here on a Sunday night I would highly recommend going to Shirley Heights, we got a taxi from the hotel and shared with another couple and it was $90 ($45 per couple) for the return trip, the driver stayed up there and would have brought us home at any time, we stayed until around 8.15 which was perfect, any earlier and you would miss the great bands that come on.
Overall fab holiday don't want it to end.
This resort is by far one of the best I've been to. I travel very frequently and have been to many luxury resorts but this one is one of my top ones. The service is second to none. They can't do enough for you without being over the top. The food and views are amazing! There's a nice small beach cove. The pools are very inviting as well. The name says it all...the water is blue and clear..amazing! Resort is great for couples..families with small children or even a girls getaway. I saw a few weddings as well..that were very nice. It's a nice relaxing resort....there was a steel band almost every nights and pianist the other night. Try this resort out..you won't be disappointed!
After visiting several of the best hotels in the carribbean over the last 25 years Blue Waters being one of them 10 years ago which at the time was a very good holiday but the hotel then was a little bit tired and in need of updating. On our return in April we were overwhelmed with the fantastic transformation that had been made to the hotel in every way. From our room which was a standard room to the bathroom facilities throughout the hotel and the restaurant inside and outside, pool and bar area and main lobbyand finally the checkout room these areas were all faultless in our opinion and to the best standard I have seen throughout the Caribbean and also to add the gardens were beautifully kept and maintained again the best in the Caribbean and certainly on a par if not better than Sandy Lane. The staff were faultless throughout our 10 night stay from the beach boys, gardeners to the bar staff and main reception team I can only say they must all be related there was an air of fun and happiness but still very professional and had our best intentions at heart. Finally for value for money this hotel gain stands out in front of all the others. You would find it difficult not to have a fantastic holiday in this hotel