Blue Waters Resort & Spa

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

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

All Inclusive of: all meals, 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).

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.

 

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.

Please note:Luxury Suites, Six Bed Pelican House, Three Bed Pelican House, Four Bed Turtle Cottage and Rock Cottage are all on request basis. For enquiries to book, please call our sales team on 0344 472 9646.

  • 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 à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner), The Cove Restaurant (open on a rotation basis during the evening for à la carte dinner. Supplements apply for the Connoisseur’s Choice section on the menu for All Inclusive guests), Carolyn's (pop-up dining experience on selected evenings, offering an à la carte tapas menu). A Pool and beachside food/beverage service from Carolyn’s. 4 bars: Pelican 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. Spa* with Elemis treatments. Fitness centre. Table tennis. Water sports centre offering windsurfing, sailing (daily group lessons), kayaks, Hobie Cats, pedalos and snorkelling equipment.

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

Please note: a 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 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 The best hotel!

Oct 21, 2021 Jesscollins555

We came here for our honeymoon as it looked like the nicest hotel we could find in Antigua. When we arrived we were blown away, the hotel is amazing and the rooms were nice and spacious. The sea was clear most days, and the water sports included were a great touch. Considering excursions were banned when we were there (due to covid) it was lovely… Read more
We came here for our honeymoon as it looked like the nicest hotel we could find in Antigua. When we arrived we were blown away, the hotel is amazing and the rooms were nice and spacious. The sea was clear most days, and the water sports included were a great touch. Considering excursions were banned when we were there (due to covid) it was lovely to be able to sail, paddle board, canoe and snorkel whilst there. The staff go above and beyond and we were treated so well. The staff in the restaurants are particularly lovely and very attentive! There are a few swimming pools, the adults only pool was empty most days! The food is absolutely amazing! Honestly I didn’t have one bad meal! We were all inclusive and I would recommend going all inclusive as it’s quite pricey! We particularly enjoyed the bbq food! I am really fussy with alcoholic drinks, but their sparkling wine was delicious! One thing I will say is there is no air con in the restaurants as they are partly outside, it was very humid when we were there so it was really hot at night, I wouldn’t recommend taking jumpers! I highly recommend this hotel and would love to go back! Read less
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Oct 14, 2021 brynsdad Chester, United Kingdom

32 years ago a young honeymoon couple arrived at Blue Waters and were instantly smitten. We finally made it back, but would it be the same? We need not have worried. The Resort occupies a few more acres these days, but the relaxed ambience, hospitality and beauty of the surrounding gardens remain just as they were. We travel with a wheelchair… Read more
32 years ago a young honeymoon couple arrived at Blue Waters and were instantly smitten. We finally made it back, but would it be the same? We need not have worried. The Resort occupies a few more acres these days, but the relaxed ambience, hospitality and beauty of the surrounding gardens remain just as they were. We travel with a wheelchair now, as Kathy has MS, but although Blue Waters does not purport to be a fully accessible hotel, the network of paths and the occasional ramp meant we could get wherever we needed to. The Palm Restaurant was perfect for us and breakfast was always a brilliant start to the day. We also dined at the Cove, which is spectacular. But of course what really makes the place so special are the people. From Hudson and Jarmal, appearing on the beach with trays of fresh fruit in the morning, to Aldrick, smiling broadly as he tended the shrubs; from Derah, Lucinda, Kina and Sparkle looking after us in the restaurant to Alex teaching us to fish. I even managed a couple of sociable morning runs with Kevin, the brilliant General Manager, whose team is a tribute to his approachability and attention to detail. There are so many we’d like to mention - Natalia, Elicia, Desiree, Shanna, Michel, Tramayne, Machala, Jilliana, James, Elias, Adrian, Jason, Quincy, Lystra, Wendy, Karen (KP) and Kadeesha. Thank you all for making our week at Blue Waters just as wonderful this time as it was in 1989. We hope to see you again. Read less
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Oct 14, 2021 Harry M Bicester, United Kingdom

First visit to Blue Waters Antigua and it was superb we had a garden view room but could sit outside and look out over the bay, very relaxing. The staff were excellent the room was excellent and the food was excellent. We had one poor experience dining at the cove however on saying that as soon as the staff were made of it the following morning we… Read more
First visit to Blue Waters Antigua and it was superb we had a garden view room but could sit outside and look out over the bay, very relaxing. The staff were excellent the room was excellent and the food was excellent. We had one poor experience dining at the cove however on saying that as soon as the staff were made of it the following morning we were visited at breakfast by a manager who like all of the staff was very apologetic. We decided to try again and were very happy that we did, it was a different experience and totally worth five stars. All the staff were exceptional for the whole visit. Reading other reviews about entertainment, for us it was ideal just right. Classy rather than loud and if you want a partying scene then try Margaritaville. All round an excellent holiday and definitely worth a second visit. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Probably the best Hotel on the Island

Oct 7, 2021 Anthony J Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

We stayed at Blue Waters from September 26th till October 6th, The staff are , without doubt, the best I have ever encountered in all my years of travelling. They are kind, courteous and caring. They are always smiling and so willing to please their customers . This includes all staff, not just the waiting and bar teams. The resort is delightful,… Read more
We stayed at Blue Waters from September 26th till October 6th, The staff are , without doubt, the best I have ever encountered in all my years of travelling. They are kind, courteous and caring. They are always smiling and so willing to please their customers . This includes all staff, not just the waiting and bar teams. The resort is delightful, has 3 pools with good sunbeds and many umbrellas, 3 restaurants including the superb Cove. The food is fab. Water sports include kayaking and Hobie cats, with instruction if needed. The bay is sheltered and perfect for swimming. Loads of other attractions can be organised , from golf to tours round the island by land or by sea ( Try the Antigua Extreme circumnavigation in their 45ft powerboat with triple out boards- immense!) The rooms are very comfortable, we had room 116 with balcony over looking the bay, The maids do a superb job too. Absolutely spotless. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Superb holiday - very happy

Sep 28, 2021 chrisashley1806 Ellesmere, United Kingdom

Goodness - where to start with this excellent hotel and spa… From the moment we arrived to when we left ten days later, we were met with excellent service from very friendly and hard-working staff. The grounds are beautifully maintained and, for us, the hotel had the right amount of amenities (water sports, gym and swimming pools) to ensure there… Read more
Goodness - where to start with this excellent hotel and spa… From the moment we arrived to when we left ten days later, we were met with excellent service from very friendly and hard-working staff. The grounds are beautifully maintained and, for us, the hotel had the right amount of amenities (water sports, gym and swimming pools) to ensure there was always something to do but that we could switch off and relax as well. We had a deluxe beachfront room (number 405) which could not have been better situated for us - in the middle of the complex with everything within very easy reach. The air conditioning in the room was an absolute god-send for a fitful night’s sleep, and the ceiling fans made for a pleasant experience each evening sitting out on the verandah to watch some glorious sunsets over the beautiful Caribbean Sea. If I were to pick up on just one point, the electrical fittings in the room are dated - for example, there are no USB charging points and the light switches / ceiling fan controls could do with updating. But these are very, very minor points which did not detract from the holiday at all. Otherwise, the room was well-appointed with a spacious bathroom and suited us down-to-the-ground. As other commentators have said, what stands out about Blue Waters is the outstanding service you get from all the staff - from the waiting staff to groundsmen. A very nice touch is that Kevin (the general manager) goes out of his way each day to chat to all the guests to ensure they’re having a good time. And whilst it is invidious to name individual staff members because frankly they were all excellent, we would give a special mention to the following: Derah, Sparkle, Tremaine, Hudson, Alrick, Jason. With their individual Antiguan personalities, they gave us much pleasure with their service - Derah in particular has a wonderful smile which, whilst hidden behind the current hotel mask-wearing policy during Covid, shone through her eyes! The food was consistently excellent - the Cove Restaurant caters for fine dining needs, whilst the Palm Restaurant, Veronicas and Carolyns caters for everything else. We particularly liked the breakfasts in the Palm Restaurant - different flavoured smoothies each day were a definite must! At the time of writing, the tourist industry is trying to get back on its feet in Antigua after Covid. So the hotel wasn’t full - about 50% capacity would be my estimate throughout our stay. In many ways, it was an ideal situation for us - the hotel wasn’t crowded but there were enough guests and staff around to create that ideal ambience. And whilst the guests were mainly British like us with a smattering of Americans, there was a nice age profile of retirees, working couples, honeymooners and parents with very young children. I can imagine that during school holidays there would be plenty of families as well. So, would we return? Most definitely yes. Would we recommend it to friends and family? Absolutely! Thanks again to Kevin and the whole team for such an enjoyable stay! Read less