Blue Waters

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

This is a truly superb recently refreshed hotel with elegant surroundings, outstanding service and an enviable location on two white sand beaches lapped by gentle aqua waves, epitomising the Caribbean fantasy. The 17 tropical acres of gardens are beautifully tended and each of the buildings is romantically draped with brightly coloured bougainvillea — just adding to the delightful ambience. There's plenty to do during the day and you'll no doubt be tempted on to the beach by one of a generous array of water sports. Tennis and table tennis are popular and there's an 18-hole golf course 5 minutes away. Wind down in the evening (if you haven't done so already!) with a delicious coconut crush — liberally splashed with local rum — while you watch pelicans dive and swoop for their meals. Your dinner can be taken at one of the hotel's gourmet restaurants, complimented with an excellent Claret from the wine list. An amazing holiday experience.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Located in historic Soldiers Bay on two white sandy beaches at the northwest tip of the island. Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

61 rooms, 5 suites and 3 villas ranging from 1-5 bedrooms on 2 floors with no lifts. All with private patio or balcony (most with sea views), air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, alarm/clock radio, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar or fridge, safe, iron and board, bathrobes and hairdryer. Superior Rooms, situated on the hillside, have luxury showers, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: all meals, afternoon tea and cakes, premium-brand drinks, house wines and mini-bar items. All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated.

Please note: should All Inclusive guests wish to choose from the Connoisseur’s Choice section a supplement of US$10 per adult/child will be incurred, payable locally, subject to change.

Please note: all Villas, Cottages and Houses are based on a Breakfast Included board basis. These accommodations are on a request basis only.

 

Deluxe Beachfront Rooms have been recently refurbished, and are just steps from the white sand beach, bathrooms with glazed shower enclosure and free standing bath, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (on a rollaway bed).

Hillside Junior Suites are situated on the ground floor with terrace and views of the gardens, with open plan living area and bedroom with 1 king-size bed and double pull-out sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Luxury Suites are on the 2nd floor with balcony and have 1 king-size bed and doors separating the lounge area which can accommodate either a queen-size bed or rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 3 children (with 3 rollaway beds).

Blue Waters Villas & Cottages

1-Bedroom Hillside Suite, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (please note: children under 3 years are not permitted to stay in the Hillside Suites).

2-Bedroom Hillside Suite, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 4 adults and 3 children (please note: children under 3 years are not permitted to stay in the Hillside Suites).

3-Bedroom Hillside Suite, sleeping maximum 7 adults or 6 adults and 4 children (please note: children under 3 years are not permitted to stay in the Hillside Suites).

Pelican House is comprised of 2-story houses, boasting luxurious living areas, kitchens, outdoor and indoor dining areas, and infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean (exclusively for Pelican House guests). Concierge service is also included (between 8:00am—6:00pm):

2-Bedroom Pelican House, with Hamptons inspired decor, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 3 children.

3-Bedroom Pelican House, with Hamptons inspired decor, sleeping maximum 6 adults and 4 children.

Turtle Cottage is 4,200 sq ft with ocean views, living area with kitchen, private patio and balcony, and private swimming pool (exclusively for Turtle Cottage guests). Concierge service is also included (between 8:00am—6:00pm):

1-Bedroom Turtle Cottage with contemporary beach decor and expansive open-plan living area and private swimming pool, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

2-Bedroom Turtle Cottage with contemporary beach decor and expansive open-plan living area and private swimming pool, sleeping maximum 5 adults and 3 children.

3-Bedroom Turtle Cottage with contemporary beach decor and expansive open-plan living area and private swimming pool, sleeping maximum 7 adults and 3 children.

4-Bedroom Turtle Cottage with contemporary beach decor and expansive open-plan living area and private swimming pool, sleeping maximum 9 adults and 5 children.

Rock Cottage spans 2,000 sq ft and overlooks the Caribbean sea, with beach inspired dècor, living area, kitchen and private pool overlookinh the ocean. Concierge service is also included (between 8:00am—6:00pm):

2-Bedroom Rock Cottage with separate living area, kitchen and plunge pool, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 3 adults and 1 child.

3-Bedroom Rock Cottage, with separate living area, kitchen and plunge pool, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.

4-Bedroom Rock Cottage, with separate living area, kitchen and plunge pool, sleeping maximum 8 adults or 5 adults and 3 children.

5-Bedroom Rock Cottage, with separate living area, kitchen and plunge pool, sleeping maximum 9 adults or 6 adults and 3 children.

Please note: all Villas, Cottages and Houses are based on a Breakfast Included board basis. These accommodations are on a request basis only. Included is daily breakfast, and unlimited soft drinks and icea creams for children 11 and under (between 10:00am—6:00pm). All Inclusive is available at a supplement.

  • Kids stay and eat free: 1st child (0-11 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 1 Apr – 19 Dec '19. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Kids stay and eat free: 2nd child (0-11 years) stays and eats free when staying in a Luxury Suite or higher with two adults, for travel completed between 1 Apr – 19 Dec '19. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Sep '19 and adults receive up to 25% off the accommodation cost between 7 Jan–23 Jan '20 when staying 5 nights or more.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Kids Stay Free: 1st child (0-11 years) stays free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 21 Apr– 19 Dec '20. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Kids Stay Free: 1st child (0-11 years) stays free when sharing a room with two adults, for travel completed between 21 Apr– 19 Dec '21. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 30 Sep '19 and save up to 40% off the accommodation cost for travel between 22 Aug '19-6 Jan '20 when booking a Superior Hillside room, Deluxe Beachfront, Hillside Junior Suite, Luxury Suite or Cove Suite, minimum stays apply.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free room upgrade: book a Superior Hillside room and receive a free upgrade to a Deluxe Beachfront room for travel between 22 Aug-10 Oct '19 and 1-20 Mar '20 when staying a minimum of 7 nights. Not applicable on the Virgin Holidays Special Offer Superior Hillside Room. Book by 30 Sep '19.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

The Palm Restaurant (open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner), The Cove Restaurant (dinner, open days vary seasonally. Supplements apply for the Connoisseur’s Choice section on the menu for All Inclusive guests), Bartley's (dinner, open days vary seasonally). Carolyn's Beach Bar & Restaurant is open daily for lunch and throughout the day for a refreshing cocktail. 4 bars: Pelican cocktail bar and lounge, Carolyn's Beach Bar, Veronica's bar and the Cove Restaurant Bar.

Live entertainment most days. Weekly Manager's cocktail party.

7 swimming pools (4 exclusively for Cove Suites guests), Jacuzzi, floodlit tennis court, spa* with Elemis treatments, fitness centre, table tennis. Water sports centre offering windsurfing, sailing (daily group lessons), kayaks, Hobie Cats, pedalos and snorkelling equipment. Kids' Club* encompassing a dedicated creche (ages 18 months-4 years), a kids' club (ages 4-12 years) and outdoor activity area (Tue-Sat, 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm). Blue Waters Kids' club is complimentary for children ages 4-12 years (pre-booking is recommended).

Complimentary WiFi access. Babysitting available* (reservations required). Gift shop. Laundry service*.

3 nights between 7 Jan-21 Dec, 2-6 Jan '20 and 7 Jan-31 Oct '20.

7 nights between 27 Dec '19-1 Jan '20.

10 nights between 22-26 Dec '19.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: families booking the Superior or Deluxe room category with children under 12 will be allocated ground floor rooms.

Please note: all Villas, Cottages and Houses are based on a Breakfast Included board basis. These accommodations are on a request basis only. All inclusive available at a supplement.

Dress code: during the day within the resort we request that you wear tops, wraps or shorts and footwear at all times. When wearing wet swimwear, you are requested to use outdoor terraces for dining and cocktails. In the interest of safety, children require footwear at all times. In the evening, all restaurants are smart casual - this includes tailored shorts and collard shirts (flip flops are not permitted). Dress Code for Christmas Eve & New Years Eve is Black Tie.

Please note: this hotel may be unsuitable for guests with mobility restrictions as there are steps around the grounds and down to the beach.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Blue Waters Cove Suites - breathtakingly stunning with Antiguan charm and personality

Sep 16, 2019 curdybirdy London, United Kingdom

From the moment we arrived in Antigua for the first time we totally fell in love with the island, with its natural beauty, the friendliest of people and its laid back vibe. The Bluewaters had arranged a fast track arrival at The Airport, and we were amazed that from touching down in Antigua to arriving at the stunning resort took just 45… Read more
From the moment we arrived in Antigua for the first time we totally fell in love with the island, with its natural beauty, the friendliest of people and its laid back vibe. The Bluewaters had arranged a fast track arrival at The Airport, and we were amazed that from touching down in Antigua to arriving at the stunning resort took just 45 minutes. Our first impressions were good. Our taxi driver was the nicest chattiest man, and told us so much about the island in the short drive from airport to resort. As we had already completed the online check in we very quickly were shown to the Cove Suites to settle in our room, after a refreshing arrival drink. When we arrived at The Cove Suites we were shown a room on the first floor. We asked to move as we have a child who we felt would be better on the ground floor with direct access to the pool. Toleifa (Cove Suite Manager) immediately got on to moving us, and although a room was not ready, she saw to it that housekeeping sorted a room out and we were in and settled within an hour and a half. This did have a huge effect on our holiday, as being on the ground floor made a huge difference to us. I have to say the Cove Suites are total luxury, with bags of space, a stunning pool which is shared with just a few other guests and access to a private bar serving cocktails and beverages until 6pm. It was heaven retreating to the cool air con of our room late afternoon, either choosing a drink from our well stocked mini bar (part of the all inclusive package) or ordering a cocktail from the bar, having a swim and socialising with the other guests in the Cove Suites watching the Pelicans fly by then relaxing in the roll top bath with all the Elemis products then popping on super soft robes and slippers chilling out on the worlds most comfortable bed! It was well kept, tastefully furnished and the housekeeping was faultless. We loved coming back to our room turned down. The only one thing would be to cut the hedge lower, or put in the walls of glass as from the ground floor the view of the sea was a bit limiting. Though you could hear it, which was wonderful! The rest of the resort did not disappoint. We loved the pool around Carolyns bar, we chose to sit with a view of the pool and the white sandy cove. It was stunning. The food at Carolyns during the day was fantastic, the daily specials of fish and flat bread were simple but just so tasty. The pizza flat bread were really good too. Carolyn is a real character and really cares about her bar. She always remembered your room number and your drink! Sometimes the service can be slow by some of the other bar staff, but if you want robot staff who are uber efficient then go to Dubai. The locals that worked at Blue waters were obviously happy to work there, which rubbed off on us, as we were happy to stay there, even if things were a bit slow. Its the Caribbean! Some employees went the extra mile, like Curtesa did for us on many occasions during our stay. These are the people you really appreciate. Breakfast in the Palm was nice, the egg lady was amazing, she must of been so hot yet she had the most beautiful winning smile and the best omelettes/ pancakes/ eggs! I found the birds a little scary that flew inside during breakfast, but I just sat outside and got my husband and daughter to get me food!! We didn’t eat in the palm much other than breakfast - we aren’t big on buffet food. We had one afternoon tea/ one alacarte dinner & lunch and one BBQ. All of which was ok and perfectly fine. The two other restaurants were outstanding. The situation, service and food at the Cove was five star. Not much else to say other than do try the lobster on the connoisseur menu, it's to die for! Bartley's was Asian fusion, which we loved too. Its a shame it was not in a better location/ Al fresco, but the air con is nice, the food and service is five star and we loved that it was named after the resorts oldest employee. A nice touch. Out of the two restaurants The Cove had the edge, also because it was the only restaurant that did a full kids menu. On that note too, I would like to suggest that Carlyns Bar offers something for children too, as there wasn’t any menu choice for them, and it was very popular with kids being next to the pool. My daughter used the kids club a few times. The fishing was a great activity from the rocks which she loved and actually caught lots of fish. I didn’t feel the other activities on offer were as inspired but it was great to have an inside area fir kids none the less to get out of the sun. I thought a kids disco once a week might have been nice too. There was 2 movie nights whilst we were there (one a week) but both movies were deemed to boyish for my daughter, so she didn’t go along. The water sports is great, you have a variety of activities at your disposal to go out snorkelling/ kayaking/ paddle boarding etc. It was great there were no motorised water sports, as the noise can be annoying. I went to the gym, its decent and has good range of all the latest equipment and weights etc. There isn’t much to do at night, but that is what we liked. There are a couple of bars open but we found ourselves up early every day with time change and enjoyed going to bed early after a lovely dinner. There was some live entertainment/ steel drums to be enjoyed. The only thing I think would have been an addition is a beach bar/shack serving "sundowners", so you could watch the sun go down with sand between your toes. And perhaps a hammock! I had visions of lying in a hammock between two palm trees! On that note, the grounds are outstanding. It was so beautiful. When we went out of the resort it was hard to find anywhere else with such natural lush beauty. We went out of the resort a couple of times, with the help of the wonderful Tony who sorted us out a boat for half a day for snorkelling, which was amazing, we also went to Shirley Heights. This should not be missed even with kids. The sun set is to die for and the steel band is MESMERISING! Our final trip was to Stingray City then on to Sheer Rocks for lunch - I could not recommend a better day out on the island. I will never forget it! I really hope we will return to the Bluewaters Resort. Its been about 2 weeks since we got back and I am still closing my eyes and drifting off to my happy place and it's there - The Blue Waters Resort, with is views, its beautiful small private cove and all it wonderful Antiguan charm and personality. TAKE ME BACK!!!! Read less
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Sep 14, 2019 deecooch

Hotel is classy and clean. On my arrival I was greeted with a cocktail that was lovey and refreshing. The staff welcomed me with open arms. During the stay I had a sea view room. The view was amazing, blue sky’s and blue seas was my permanent view. The rooms are clean and equipped with a kettle. Bed very comfortable. The beach is quiet so… Read more
Hotel is classy and clean. On my arrival I was greeted with a cocktail that was lovey and refreshing. The staff welcomed me with open arms. During the stay I had a sea view room. The view was amazing, blue sky’s and blue seas was my permanent view. The rooms are clean and equipped with a kettle. Bed very comfortable. The beach is quiet so easy to relax by the sea. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Very impressed by the level of professionalism. The manager is always in sight at hotel and pleasant and approachable. He is always checking everything is ok with your stay. I had a breakfast package. The breakfast was lovely. A good variety of food on offer. Great omelettes made perfectly everyday. The location of hotel is in easy reach of most places as Antigua is not that big. Had a great stay at this hotel and would definitely go back. Read less
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Sep 2, 2019 Hazel E

Just returned from an amazing week at Blue Waters with my daughter (13th August '19.) From the moment we arrived we were truly spoilt. The attention to detail was outstanding and everything was taken care of from the moment we arrived, enabling us to instantly 'relax' into our holiday. We were greeted by Kevin, the manager who welcomed us and… Read more
Just returned from an amazing week at Blue Waters with my daughter (13th August '19.) From the moment we arrived we were truly spoilt. The attention to detail was outstanding and everything was taken care of from the moment we arrived, enabling us to instantly 'relax' into our holiday. We were greeted by Kevin, the manager who welcomed us and whilst checking in were given cold flannels and welcome drinks. Our room, a beachfront apartment was beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. This was maintained throughout our stay by the lovely housekeeping staff who also turned our beds down each evening and kept our minibar very well stocked! Our view of the beach and the sea was simply stunning and we awoke each morning to the sound of the waves gently lapping onto the beach - perfection! Staff made sure our holiday was one of the best we have had; all were really friendly and worked hard to ensure we had everything we could possibly want. A stay at Blue Waters would not be complete without a visit to The Spa and a luxurious treatment in a setting overlooking the sea. The perfect end to the most fantastic holiday. Thank you everyone at Blue Waters, we look forward to returning soon. Hazel and Lucy Earl. Read less
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Aug 29, 2019 Suewarburton

This is my second trip to this wonderful hotel.. It is utterly faultless.. The location.. The food... The staff who always smile and speak to you.. I feel like royalty when I stay here! Testament to the family who own this beautiful complex... The care and attention shines through as only a family owned hotel would. Thank you Blue Waters x
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Aug 28, 2019 Natasha H Southampton, United Kingdom

I simply cannot recommend this hotel enough. A family run establishment, clearly run from the heart. Every little touch is personal, the staff here welcome you like friends instead of guests and we are always addressed by our names. The owner is onsite, so friendly, welcoming and always happy to stop to talk to us. We have been made to feel so… Read more
I simply cannot recommend this hotel enough. A family run establishment, clearly run from the heart. Every little touch is personal, the staff here welcome you like friends instead of guests and we are always addressed by our names. The owner is onsite, so friendly, welcoming and always happy to stop to talk to us. We have been made to feel so happy and settled, never have we taken to a hotel and the people as we have here. Kevin has been an absolute delight, even before we arrived. I had a few requests and each and every one was honoured. We can clearly see why he is the general manager here as his job is fulfilled with such passion and dedication. The Cove suites are simply stunning, as is the remainder of the hotel. Our parents have a Beach front room, located perfectly beside all of the amenities. Close enough to the pool, beach and restaurant but certainly not bothered by any noise. Although able to walk, my mother is registered disabled. These rooms are ideal for anyone with any form of disability. There are golf buggies readily available for any guests wishing to be transported to anywhere else in the hotel. This is by no means a necessity, just an extra perk. The hotel is peaceful and a retreat for those looking for a little bit of paradise. We are yet to try the Elemis spa on the resort, however I have heard very good things from other guests. All toiletries provided are also Elemis, another lovely touch. We have made great use of our Cove suite and terrace, which we have found private, relaxing and perfectly spacious. The Coves are serviced by a bar next to us, prompt and efficient we couldn’t ask for more. We have found the evening entertainment to be just enough. Nothing too loud, which is simply what we were looking for in paradise. All of the restaurants are beautiful, offering a wide selection of food, although my absolute favourite is the Cove. Just wow. The beach, the blue waters (which I believe is where this running hotel has taken its name from), the gardens, where do I start? All incredible and frankly words wouldn’t do any of this justice. My family and I have visited the Caribbean many many times and this setting tops everywhere, hands down. Antigua has been a firm favourite of ours as an island and now, after discovering everything this hotel has to offer, we will undoubtedly return. Thank you all for a wonderful holiday and although we are still here, loving every minute, we are already planning to return. I’m truly in love with this resort and the people running it. I’ll be very sad to leave. Right now, I’m off to the pool! Read less