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 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. 

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 '20 and 2 Jan-19 Dec '21.

7 nights between 27 Dec '20-1 Jan '21.

10 nights between 22-26 Dec '20. 

* 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 Great location but otherwise a bit disappointing

Sep 11, 2020 TrufflesSmith London, United Kingdom

We had a mixed experience at Blue Waters, enjoying the location and the good weather but being slightly let down by the resort itself. Our disappointment started immediately upon arrival because despite getting there after the stated check in time, our room wasn’t ready. That of itself isn’t a disaster, but the situation was handled quite badly… Read more
We had a mixed experience at Blue Waters, enjoying the location and the good weather but being slightly let down by the resort itself. Our disappointment started immediately upon arrival because despite getting there after the stated check in time, our room wasn’t ready. That of itself isn’t a disaster, but the situation was handled quite badly which created a negative first impression. By way of example, we weren’t given much info during our approx. 45 min wait and at one point when we approached the desk to ask for an update (after about 30 mins), we were awkwardly subjected to what might politely be referred to as a non-guest-facing conversation between reception and housekeeping where the receptionist (apparently at the end of her tether) told housekeeping that she would send us to the room whether it was ready or not. This duly happened, meaning that housekeeping were still finishing up in the room when we arrived (and clearly were not amused at the situation) and the floor was dangerously slippery as it hadn’t had a chance to dry. Unfortunately getting to the room didn’t improve our arrival experience because there was an incredibly bad smell of drains in the bathroom. This meant we had to traipse back to reception, explain the issue and ask if there was anything they could do. The manager was understanding but of course the additional back and forth and waiting to see if the smell could be neutralised or the room changed wasted about another hour of our holiday. Giving credit where it is due, we were eventually moved to a different room without the terrible smell and, although in the same category, it was actually a much nicer room altogether (seemed a little less basic and tired-looking than the original room) so things worked out OK in the end! Apart from the door having a malfunction and locking us out one morning, where we had to ask several times and wait ages for someone to come and help. Generally this seemed to be the vibe on the service front, which made us feel a bit like an inconvenience rather than valued guests. The food on offer was generally fine, with there being lots of choice and variety available and the quality seemed reasonable. The exception to this was the afternoon tea, which was incredibly rustic and not very nice. Service at meal times was mixed – sometimes friendly and efficient, sometimes grudging and slow. It seems to be necessary to make table reservations for the different restaurants well in advance and it pays to work out which restaurants are open on which days and what is on offer so you can plan ahead. The main bar area is welcoming for drinks in the evening. The gym was good and mostly quiet, which we enjoyed. The spa was underwhelming with the quality of the massage treatments and surroundings not being up to the standard of other similar resorts. The booking experience for the spa also wasn’t great – possibly best to arrange any appointments several weeks ahead of time. We were glad to find a lovely spot on a secluded patch of beach at the far side of the resort for whiling away most of our relaxation time – although the sun loungers had definitely seen better days and there was zero service, we preferred this to the main pool and beach areas which were usually crowded with no loungers available and no sign of any clean towels after a certain time of day. It’s fair to say that the lasting impression we have of the resort is that it could do with a bit of a refresh, particularly on the service front. Some of the staff we met were delightful and aimed to please (which was appreciated) but the attitude of some others was really quite bad. We also had a couple of incidents where we were overcharged for food/drinks (drinks bill being doubled by a huge tip being put through and main course “specials” being charged at an incorrect price) – when we raised the queries on the relevant bills, we were met with a fair bit of attitude and a grudging verification / rectification process with no apology being given or concern being shown at how this might have looked. On balance, an OK stay at an OK resort which, with a few tweaks, could be much better. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Family trip to Antigua in March 2020

Aug 23, 2020 jasontX7393NP Marlow, United Kingdom

A little late but I thought we must write a review at some point, this island was unbelievable, the people are lovely and we met some incredible staff at Blue waters such as Tremaine who really went out of her way to entertain our son and had us all laughing. The lobster Thermidor was very tasty and their daiquiri’s I could drink all day every… Read more
A little late but I thought we must write a review at some point, this island was unbelievable, the people are lovely and we met some incredible staff at Blue waters such as Tremaine who really went out of her way to entertain our son and had us all laughing. The lobster Thermidor was very tasty and their daiquiri’s I could drink all day every day! Unfortunately there were a few things that sent our visit downhill. COVID 19 was mainly at fault and this caused things to not go as planned, as much as I agree this is not completely Blue Waters fault, when you are paying £6,000+ (hotel all inclusive not included flights before you ask) for a couple and a 2 year old for ten nights you would expect top top top class attention and care. Many music events were cancelled without us being told, such as the steel pan band which I used to play so was looking forward to a night of nostalgia. One of their restaurants was closed early and we only just managed to try it out once. The buffet breakfast ended two days early before we left so we lost this service and had to order by menu what we wanted. The lunch menu was drastically reduced after our first day there. Not once did a manager or higher member of staff come to us and speak to us to apologise for these issues and explain, I assume they avoided this as they seemed to always go and speak to customers who were regulars at blue waters and we were not important to them. In all honesty if somebody came and spoke to us and really tried explaining themselves and offered us some sort of special offer to return again at a later date then this review would of been completely opposite to how it is now. Again I want to make clear I understand these issues have been caused by COVID 19 however we still paid a premium amount of money to get the best possible service you would expect, I was bitterly disappointed with value for money and the higher up members of staff for not rectifying this. Read less
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Aug 17, 2020 LoriUK Reigate, United Kingdom

A beautiful property in a fabulous location, so lovely and quiet when we visited, lots of space and availability in the bookable restaurants. Food was good in the main restaurant, fabulous in the higher level restaurants as you’d expect. Bizarrely we found the sea very cold, much too cold for me to venture past knee-height (I really don’t like… Read more
A beautiful property in a fabulous location, so lovely and quiet when we visited, lots of space and availability in the bookable restaurants. Food was good in the main restaurant, fabulous in the higher level restaurants as you’d expect. Bizarrely we found the sea very cold, much too cold for me to venture past knee-height (I really don’t like cold water), although my husband was brave enough to swim and did say it was better once you actually got in. We went in May so maybe the sea warms up later in the year? Quite a few little stones and gravel on the sea bed so you need shoes ideally. We’re only there for 5 nights so didn’t feel the need to go out and about too much, this trip was all about rest and relaxation and we definitely got that, but did go into town one day for some shopping which was varied with quite a bit of choice. Would stay again based on service, rooms, food etc, but would probably go somewhere else based on sea temp. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a restful place!

Mar 25, 2020 HappyTank Weymouth, United Kingdom

My wife and I entered Antigua with less than 24 hours notice, and Blue Waters made us welcome. The place is top notch. But the people really make the place, the staff are so competent, thoughtful, proactive, confident and pleasant, that they really stand out from our extensive experience of the Carribean. Thank you, staff, if you read this.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A lovely day pass at Blue Waters Resort

Mar 23, 2020 TDHSNJ New Jersey

We booked a day pass directly by calling the resort as we were on the NCL Epic with a stop in Antigua on Thursday, 3/12. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and were in awe of this magnificent and well-appointed resort. This review is specific to the lobby area, pools, beach and Carolyn's. We opted for the non-inclusive option as we were only… Read more
We booked a day pass directly by calling the resort as we were on the NCL Epic with a stop in Antigua on Thursday, 3/12. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and were in awe of this magnificent and well-appointed resort. This review is specific to the lobby area, pools, beach and Carolyn's. We opted for the non-inclusive option as we were only there for about 5 hours (an amazing 5 hours!). This place is gorgeous! We enjoyed 2 different beaches and the pool near Carolyn's with comfy lounge chairs, gentle lapping waves along the soft sandy beach, while enjoying mainly sun and some short rain showers too. The banana daiquiri was fantastic, as was the flatbread pizza at Carolyn's. We really didn't want to leave, abd we truly look forward to returning for an extended stay in the future. Read less