Blue Waters Resort & Spa

Antigua, Caribbean

Virgin rating

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. Table tennis is 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

  • Hobie Cats
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

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

85 luxury rooms, villas, and suites on 2 floors with no lifts. All with private patio or balcony (most with sea views), air-conditioning, ceiling fan, complimentary WiFi access, satellite TV, alarm/clock radio, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar or fridge, safe, iron and ironing board, bathrobes, bathroom amenities, and hairdryer. 

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

All Inclusive of: all meals, some premium-brand drinks, house wines and mini-bar items. Sundowner service at Veronica’s bar (includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 5:00pm-7:00pm each evening). All activities unless stated, including daily activities programme. 

Luxury Suites are on the 2nd floor with balcony and 1 king-size bed, with 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).

Pelican House is a 3-bedroom villa which has a shared pool with 2 neighbouring villas, featuring views over Soldier's Bay and private beach access, kitchen, living room, outdoor and indoor dining area, and concierge service. Each 3-bedroom villa sleeps maximum 7 adults, or 6 adults and 4 children.

Turtle Cottage is a luxury 4-bedroom villa with views overlooking the Caribbean Sea, secluded sunbathing areas, private pool fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and concierge service. Each of the 4 bedrooms has a king-size bed and en suite, sleeping maximum 9 adults, or 8 adults and 4 children.

Rock Cottage spans 2,000 sq ft and overlooks the Caribbean sea, with beach inspired dècor, living area, kitchen and private pool overlooking the ocean, as well as concierge service. Sleeps maximum 9 adults and 3 children.

The Palm Restaurant (open daily for à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner), The Cove Restaurant (open on a rotation basis during the evening for à la carte dinner, combining Caribbean and French cuisine), The Reef (serving light lunch and drinks). Pelican Bar (adjacent to the lobby). Veronica's (poolside bar serving drinks throughout the day, as well as sundowner cocktails and antipasti).

Daytime activities and live evening entertainment most days.

7 swimming pools (4 exclusively for Cove Suites guests), Jacuzzi. Spa* with Elemis & ila treatments. Salon*. Fitness centre. Tennis. Table tennis. Pool table. Water sports centre offering sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking (safari tours included), Hobie Cat sailing, and snorkelling. Yoga. Pilates. Aqua aerobics. Walking and garden tours. Games room (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Blue Waters Kids Club is open all year round, with a wide range of activities available for children ages 5-12 years (Monday-Friday).

Complimentary WiFi access. Room service*. Babysitting available* (reservations required). Gift shop. Laundry service*. Complimentary self-parking.

Please note: a government room levy of $5 per guest, per night applies to guests aged 6 years and above (payable locally, subject to change).

7 nights between 27 Dec-1 Jan.

10 nights between 22-26 Dec. 

* Denotes local charge.

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

Dress code: 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 (including polo shirts).

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 couples getaway!

May 20, 2024 BoardingPass748464

My husband and I had a wonderful quick weekend away- beautiful beaches, wonderful and attentive service, excellent fresh food, lovely clean room. We did a snorkeling trip and the guide brought us to a place where we could swim with turtles and it was simply amazing! Wonderful for couples getaway!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing place to get married!

May 20, 2024 IP_Polish Watford, United Kingdom

Blue Waters is a paradise... the hotel sits on a tropical hill and fills it's own bay, so the location is beautiful. Everything about the place is understated quality, and the layout really works. The beaches and pools are plentiful and lovely, and there was lots of availability everywhere. As you sit on the beach admiring the clear blue water,… Read more
Blue Waters is a paradise... the hotel sits on a tropical hill and fills it's own bay, so the location is beautiful. Everything about the place is understated quality, and the layout really works. The beaches and pools are plentiful and lovely, and there was lots of availability everywhere. As you sit on the beach admiring the clear blue water, pelicans are diving to catch fish. 5 minutes with lovely Owen on the hotel speedboat gets you out onto the reef for snorkelling, the full 1/2 day round the coast was brilliant fun. There are 3 restaurants, but only 2 max are open at any time. The food is very good although the menus would improve if they were rotated more often. But even so we never got bored in 10 days, and we only had meals we really enjoyed. Without being super-luxurious or huge, the rooms have everything you would expect and are very comfortable indeed. The way they are kept in terms of updating towels, etc is great. The staff are REALLY friendly; they are a joy. We went to get married, so a special shout-out for Mandie, the Blue Waters wedding co-ordinator; she is a great personality and awesome by really taking charge of (a) getting all the required paperwork together and authorised in advance; (b) the logistics; and (c) making the day even more special than you had hoped, just by being there! We could not have conceived of a more beautiful romantic place to get married than the the Blue Waters gazebo. In summary, Blue Waters is a really perfect paradise. It's not flash, it's just an understated beautiful place that we would go back to as often as possible. The place and the people made our wedding so special. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Holiday!

May 15, 2024 643tonyn Bexley, United Kingdom

A couple of weeks home after a superb holiday at Blue Waters. We cannot fault this place. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Great facilities and social spaces, nice private areas if you want some chill time and of course, that beach view ... stunning (We were in room 108). The service throughout was of a high standard as is the food. … Read more
A couple of weeks home after a superb holiday at Blue Waters. We cannot fault this place. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Great facilities and social spaces, nice private areas if you want some chill time and of course, that beach view ... stunning (We were in room 108). The service throughout was of a high standard as is the food. My wife has a gluten intolerance and the staff were knowledgeable and very accommodating in terms of adjusting dishes to suit. All the restaurants are excellent and whilst the Cove Restaurant is fine dining, we tended to enjoy the Palm. Only bit of feedback on the restaurants is that the menus could change a little more frequently, especially at the Cove. We were there for 2 weeks so it became a little too much of the same but couldn't fault the quality. A few special shout outs to a great team. Nicole - (Guest Relations) - so helpful. Sorted out a minor medical issue for us quickly and all remedied without any fuss. She also organised a lovely table and flowers for my wife's birthday which made it all the more special. Kina (Restaurant Manageress) - always greeted guests with a wonderful smile and tended to our every need. Nothing too much trouble and she kept a close eye on the service. She manages a great team. Cedre (Watersports Team) - took us out on a hobicat and told us quite a bit about the island. Felt totally safe at all times and he has a great sense of humour - really fun trip! John (Head Gardener) - absolutely beautiful grounds and we thoroughly enjoyed the garden tour. Everything immaculate and he is clearly very proud of his team. Sheldon (gardener) - took us on a great walk outside the hotel. Kept our steps up and he didn't break a sweat, unlike us!! Finally, and by no means least, Tremaine at the poolside bar. Wow! She works so hard, knows every cocktail and drink combination off by heart and was absolutely charming. Thank you for an amazing holiday - we hope to return! Read less
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May 14, 2024 lenap55

The Blue Waters resort and spa was fantastic. It had everything we could dream of. The room was big and comfortable, the beaches fantastically clean and uncrowded, magnificent gardens and good restaurants. The full board included everything even free drinks at the bars. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A piece of paradise

May 5, 2024 missalicevictoria_ Cardiff, United Kingdom

Four of us stayed at the beautiful Blue Waters hotel in Antigua in April and had the most amazing holiday. Everything about this hotel is wonderful, from the friendly staff who can’t do enough for you, to beautiful beach and warm waters and the delicious food to top it off! I would recommend the water sports which are included, and also to try all… Read more
Four of us stayed at the beautiful Blue Waters hotel in Antigua in April and had the most amazing holiday. Everything about this hotel is wonderful, from the friendly staff who can’t do enough for you, to beautiful beach and warm waters and the delicious food to top it off! I would recommend the water sports which are included, and also to try all the restaurants and bars which have an amazing selection of fresh food and drinks. Many people we met were return guests and I can see why! I would recommend this hotel to anyone hoping to visit Antigua! Read less