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
We have been lucky during our lives to visit many spectacular places, but Blue Waters tops them all! We have just returned from spending 10 days in this luxurious resort and can not recommend it highly enough. From the moment we arrived to the day we left, the staff could not do enough for us. Nothing was too much trouble, from booking restaurants and trips out, to ordering drinks, every staff member went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. Kevin the Manager spent most of his time checking that guests were happy and relaxed and had great respect from his staff. The location of the resort is spectacular and all the amenities are in easy walking distance from the rooms. With 3 restaurants to choose from, all tastes are catered for and gives great variety throughout your stay. Our 10 days passed so quickly, but when we left we were relaxed and looking forward to planning our return to this fantastic resort. We will be back!
We stayed here for 10 nights including our wedding anniversary. We were welcomed by very friendly reception staff and showed around the hotel on the way to our room. Our room (a superior suite) was clean and very comfortable and our housekeeper Candida was lovely and couldn’t do enough for us.
The Main Palm Restaurant has a buffet breakfast and lunch, but dinner is served as in usual a la carte restaurants. There are two other a la carte restaurants, the Cove, being my favourite where we had a lovely wedding anniversary dinner. We stayed on an all inclusive package and found that the food was excellent and not repetitive or like most buffet style all inclusive dinners. Cameron and his staff looked after us very well in the restaurant and lunches at Carolyn’s by the pool were light and just right.
The spa was quiet and relaxing and Aracelis was great when I smudged my toe nails and repainted them for me.
We enjoyed the gym which was empty every time we went! And understand that they are going to put WiFi up there so you can listen to your music online. The tennis court was a little bumpy but again I understand they are planning to resurface it - it didn’t detract from our enjoyment and Daniel gave a great group coaching session for free.
Overall we had a lovely relaxing time here, found the staff friendly and helpful (even when guests were being completely obnoxious and arrogant) and are planning our next trip back soon.
I’m not even sure where to start with this review. I absolutely adored my time at this hotel and would go back in a heartbeat. If you want a luxurious but not flashy home from home, this is it. I really can’t find any cons. I’d be absolutely picking to find any of any note. We just loved our stay here and want to go back soon!
Room: we were upgraded to a sea view room in Block 5 which was really close to the pool and beach. We had amazing views, the beds and bedding were very comfortable and there was lots of space. The claw foot tub was a great indulgence and I loved all the Elemis toiletries. They smelled divine!
Pool: there’s a few pools. We hung out at the one by Carolyn’s and there’s zero sunbed wars here. They wouldn’t be tolerated either. You also have the adults only pool and the pool at Veronica’s. Unlimited towels, very comfortable sunbeds, a parasol and table for every pair of sunbeds.
Facilities: spa massages were really good, I had Alicecia (spelling could be wrong!) twice and she was excellent. The gym was also well equipped and blasting aircon which was great. Never too busy in the morning.
Beach: it’s petite but pretty. This isn’t the resort for those who want to do long walks on the sand. Beware there are some little jellyfish close to shore. I got stung and it came up like a nettle rash, the staff sorted me out immediately and the pain had gone in a few hours with no lasting marks. The staff will take you out on the hobie cats, you can kayak around the peak to another lovely beach, you can snorkel etc. It’s very chilled out and lovely.
Food: amazing and plenty of choice. Breakfast was the worst for me and that was only because it was the only buffet bit other than Friday lunchtime. The a la carte selection was fantastic and worth the AI prices. We loved both Bartley’s and the Cove (book 2 days in advance at breakfast) and Carolyn’s for lunch was brilliant. No problems with the food at all.
Drink: good brands the entire way. Vodka at the pool was Absolut which is absolutely drinkable. Rum was local and tasty. Wine was Vina Maipo with two options for red and white. The What A Mango cocktails at Carolyn’s are amazing.
Staff: this is where this hotel stands out. Its staff are the best. It’s a small hotel so you get to meet everybody. Carolyn is absolutely wonderful, we also really loved Doreen, Deerah, Garry, Adrian, Lucinda, Rachel, TJ. Honestly, they were brilliant. Kevin has a great team and is always around, checking on what’s happening.
Also we did a trip with Antigua Adventures. They’ll pick up from the Blue Waters beach and drop you off again which is a great bonus over others!
This resort is a true gem.
There are lots of different place within the resort to sit and enjoy the weather and peace.
We were all inclusive so could enjoy all the restaurants and very good house wines as required. The air con works and was needed as the weather was stunning.
Have just returned from spending a week here, and it is as good as the constant stream of views it receives in fact you got to be very hard to please if you don't have the most chilled out relaxing time at this resort.
The hotel is immaculately clean, the views are breathtaking, the staff lead by Kevin the manager cannot do enough for you.
The on site facilities are superb, you will get so well looked after by the team here you definitely will not want to leave.
We had a delux first floor beachfront room with sublime views could not fault it.
We did 2 trips Shirley heights Sunday night was great fun and a tour of the island on a Powerboat which took in swimming with sting rays, turtle spotting, snorkeling, deserted beaches with xtreame Antigua Adventure who were brilliant guides and looked after us so well.
All in all Antigua and blue waters hots will give you everything you want in a truly memorable carribean holiday we will definitely be going back.