Blue Waters Inn

Tobago, Caribbean

The hotel

Set within 46 acres of lush tropical grounds, upon its own private bay, the Blue Waters Inn not only offers an idyllic, peaceful location — perhaps even the most beautiful on Tobago — it’s a very friendly place to relax too. With views of the turquoise ocean from almost every angle, the gently shelving beach offers opportunity galore for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. In fact, this beachfront hotel boasts its own on-site PADI diving facility, so don your wetsuit and explore a wonderful world underwater, with sites such as Angle Reef, which is perfect for beginners to the more challenging Japanese Gardens, Blackjack Hole and London Bridge. Bird watching is another favourite pastime, the surrounding rainforest is home to many exotic species. Small and intimate, the hotel is nonetheless perfect for families as well as couples with rooms overlooking the beachfront and ocean, and freestanding bungalows for those seeking something a little more spacious. Dining is at Aqua, serving sumptuous à la carte specialities and some of the most delicious cocktails you’ve tasted!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking

Where is it

In the serene and peaceful Speyside, on the unspoilt North East coast of Tobago within 46 tropical acres overlooking the sea, close to Little Tobago Island (well worth a visit). Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

38 rooms on 2 floors with no lifts and 3 bungalows. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, private balcony or terrace, satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer and iron and board. Beachfront Rooms are located on the first floor, close to the restaurant, bar and pool area, with a sea-facing balcony and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Half-Board option: includes breakfast and either lunch or dinner.

Full-Board option: includes breakfast, 2-course lunch and 3-course dinner.

Beachfront Superior Rooms are located on the ground or 1st floor. With a sea-facing balcony or patio and either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Beachfront Suites are larger, and have an open-plan living area, full kitchen and bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Beachfront 1-Bedroom Bungalows are free standing with an open-plan living area and full kitchen and dining area. With a separate bedroom offering 1 king-size bed and en-suite bathroom, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Beachfront 2-Bedroom Bungalows are free standing with an open-plan living area, full kitchen and dining area an beachfront patio. With 1 king-size bedroom and a second bedroom with 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Please note: all of the Bungalows are located on the southern side of the property in single-story, free standing buildings, a few steps from the sand.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Dec '19 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 4 Jan–20 Dec '20.

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Aqua Restaurant located beachside, offering elegant indoor, air-conditioned dining or outdoor dining with stunning beach and ocean views reaching out as far as Little Tobago and Goat Island.

An Infinity swimming pool and whirlpool can be found right by the beach, with beautiful sea views across Batteaux Bay. PADI 5 Star scuba-diving facility*. Kayaking, snorkelling and paddleboards. Floodlit tennis and basketball court (equipment provided at reception). Games room with table tennis, multi-channel satellite TV, comfy sofas, football table and an Xbox. Bird watching and walking trails.

Complimentary WiFi Internet access in main public areas. Babysitting* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: smart casual in restaurants.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (358)
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  • Poor (32)
  • Terrible (17)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Awesome place, Great food, Great staff ,

Aug 20, 2019 zarizolie

I was skeptical from looking at the photos posted on social media thinking that this is not what we were really getting...but boy was I WRONG. what your see is what you get....IT WAS AMAZING...my favorite part was the quiet and peaceful atmosphere and the spectacular view it was like waking up in another exotic country. From check in to check… Read more
I was skeptical from looking at the photos posted on social media thinking that this is not what we were really getting...but boy was I WRONG. what your see is what you get....IT WAS AMAZING...my favorite part was the quiet and peaceful atmosphere and the spectacular view it was like waking up in another exotic country. From check in to check out....our stay was worth it.....and ohhhh the infinity pool....... Amazing views. Beautiful staff.. comfortable rooms... mouth watering meals.....family oriented....I am having a serious tabanca...my four day weekend was well spent...I am definitely coming back... thank you Elizabeth,Erica and Jeanette....the Gordon Family enjoyed our vacation.... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful food

Aug 19, 2019 musicalspoon79 London, United Kingdom

We stayed with friends and their family for a few days at this resort. It is a beautiful and quiet resort perfectly based by the beach and for a morning swim as soon as you wake up. We had glorious food here cooked by a team that use lovely ingredients. The lobster and tuna steak was standout delicious as was their chips. Just as good as the chips… Read more
We stayed with friends and their family for a few days at this resort. It is a beautiful and quiet resort perfectly based by the beach and for a morning swim as soon as you wake up. We had glorious food here cooked by a team that use lovely ingredients. The lobster and tuna steak was standout delicious as was their chips. Just as good as the chips you have in Greece. Crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. Perfectly balanced in texture! We also had the best coconut ice cream. They make their own ice cream snd was smooth and full of flavour without being grainy like mass produced ice cream. We had a hiccup with the room on the first night as it smelt of damp and was not properly cleaned but was quickly resolved and were given another room that was even better. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely and relaxing stay

Aug 15, 2019 Marubenjem Hertfordshire, UK

My daughter and I stayed at BWI for a week in early-mid August 2019 so that we could do a few days' scuba diving. As others have written, the setting is picture perfect, the long-ish drive from the airport is scenic, and the whole surrounding area is lush, and dotted with picturesque beaches etc. The rooms are fine with good aircon (much needed),… Read more
My daughter and I stayed at BWI for a week in early-mid August 2019 so that we could do a few days' scuba diving. As others have written, the setting is picture perfect, the long-ish drive from the airport is scenic, and the whole surrounding area is lush, and dotted with picturesque beaches etc. The rooms are fine with good aircon (much needed), and all have a beautiful view of the ocean and the nearby Little Tobago island. The pool / pool area are really nice and relaxing. The only reason for not giving 5 stars is that the food in the restaurant was not cheap and, with a little effort, could be a little better, especially if you are vegetarian (as we are) though the veggie quesadillas are great. We realise that Speyside is remote from the main conurbations of Tobago... but even so, .... However, the staff at the bar and restaurant are all lovely, and we would like to give a special mention to our lovely friends Dora and Ozwyn, who looked after us well, amongst others. We also had a great daytrip out to the rainforest and nearby beaches (from Parlatuvier up to Charlotteville) with Randy, who clearly loves showing off the beautiful and hidden parts of Tobago to foreigners like us. All in all, we had a lovely week and came home with very positive views about Tobago, Speyside and the Blue Waters Inn. Russell & Jemma Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great food, great atmosphere, tons of nearby beaches

Aug 1, 2019 jfrancisuf

We stayed at Blue Waters for a few nights with our two small children and some friends. The private beach for the entire hotel is a really nice plus. You can stroll the beach at any time and feel safe. Just about 30ft out, is incredible snorkeling. Free use of SUPs and kayaks were great. Tons of nearby activities/beaches for snorkeling our boat… Read more
We stayed at Blue Waters for a few nights with our two small children and some friends. The private beach for the entire hotel is a really nice plus. You can stroll the beach at any time and feel safe. Just about 30ft out, is incredible snorkeling. Free use of SUPs and kayaks were great. Tons of nearby activities/beaches for snorkeling our boat tours. We were able to take a tour right from Blue Waters which was an awesome day. We weren't scuba diving, but those I spoke with at the hotel said they specifically came down for the diving, so will do that next time. Service was incredible, personal and friendly. Food was diverse and really well done. Will stay again next time we are in Tobago. Read less
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Jul 23, 2019 davionrali Trinidad

My wife & I decided to stay at the hotel in mid Nov 2018 to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.The reservation was made via Booking.com & payment was made via credit card. Everything was flawless up to this point. The day prior to our intended arrival, I called the hotel to confirm our expected time of arrival at the hotel based on our flight… Read more
My wife & I decided to stay at the hotel in mid Nov 2018 to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.The reservation was made via Booking.com & payment was made via credit card. Everything was flawless up to this point. The day prior to our intended arrival, I called the hotel to confirm our expected time of arrival at the hotel based on our flight schedule & was given the assurance that everything was set. 1) Check In: On the actual day, we got to the hotel almost two (2) hours AFTER the time i had indicated we would have arrived (which was well after the 'normal' Check In time) since we had stopped to rent a car & get something to eat before making the drive to Speyside. So I was with greatly surprised when we were told that our room was NOT ready yet & we would have to wait 15-20 minutes for it to be so. (strike 1). We were then told that we could go the bar where we would be served our complimentary welcome drink while we waited. No offer &/or effort was made to take/store our bags in the mean time & no 'proper' directions besides a vague hand gesture was made to show/direct &/or escort us to said bar. (strike 2). When we were finally told that our rooms were ready, we again had to lug our bags ourselves (no bellboy? etc). As we were being escorted by one of the Reception personnel up the room, we were met by a member of the Housekeeping staff coming down the steps. The latter asked the former "if we were the people for the room" & when the reply was "yes", the housekeeping person proceeded to give us, IN OUR HANDS the chocolates/mints which were supposed to have been placed on our pillows since she had forgotten to put it while she was there. (strike 3). At this stage I was livid with the sub-par treatment but being a lover of the beach and food, I was convinced by my wife to keep an open mind since the place might still redeem itself. 2) The Room: The rooms are probably one of the best things about Blue Waters. They are neat, cosy (but not small) & well appointed but HAS NO SAFE. Our room was on the upper floor & had a great view of the ocean (as most of the rooms do). The balcony is designed to give you privacy while not restricting your view. Wi-fi is available free of charge on the compound. 3) The Food & Bar: The quality of the meals, their presentation and size of portions are EXCELLENT. The Chef deserves his kudos & I especially appreciated how he personally came out & interacted with the guests for feedback. My only negative comment on this aspect is that the period of time between being served your appetizer & getting your entree needs to be shortened/improved. On the 1st night it took almost a full hour. The Barman was by far the most helpful/pleasant of all staff we encountered. 4) The Beach: There are many better beaches in Tobago. The one located at Blue Waters Inn is short (maybe about 100 metres long), more on the course sand & stony/pebbly side. If you love beach combing, there are lots of coral of varying species washed upon the shore plus other debris. 5) The Jetty: Another great (but aging) asset of this Inn. The jetty is superb for relaxation, meditation, etc. The lighting also makes it usable at night without being risky but some maintenance/repairs need to be effected asap. Fish are clearly visible & appear to tease you to catch them. 6) The Pool: We did not use the VERY SMALL pool since the hue of green which the water was when we got there did not engender confidence in its water quality &/or maintenance program. On the second day, I actually overheard as I was walking by, an older looking gentleman giving instructions to an employee about adding chlorine and cleaning it up. 7) The Game Room & Recreation: There is a small game room on the compound which offers video games, Foosball & Table Tennis. The room is apparently kept locked but once you request the key at the front desk they open it up for you. There are swings located at various points throughout the compound for actual swinging or just relaxing. The Nature Trails which the brochure speaks about were overgrown with bush. We did not explore kayaking which was also available & I think there is a gym which we did not check on. 8) The Tour: Franks Glass Bottom Boats offers tours from this venue to the islands offshore (Little Tobago included), as well as snorkeling, etc.(at an additional cost). Do not let the youthfulness of the operators deter you, they are very knowledgeable & skilled at what they do. Bookings can be made in advance on even on the morning of your stay itself by phone or in person. This was very good. 9) The Guests & Staff Relations: By my observation, there are apparently Three (3) strata of guests at Blue Waters Inn. Two (2) of the three are required to wear 'wristbands' -(which is something I absolutely abhor) - Blue or Green. The 3rd wear no bands at all. Both my wife and I are convinced that there is a Distinct Disparity in the treatment of the usually North American &/or European non-band wearers (probably All Inclusive Package) and the rest of us non-caucasian band wearing persons, by the staff. Conclusion: I am baffled by the number of awards (Tripadvisor included) displayed in the Reception Hall of the Inn because clearly our experience was something quite different. It is either their standard has fallen drastically over the years or the expectations of quality by guests has (or maybe a bit of both). There exists great potential in this place but the Human Resource needs upgrading 1st. In viewing the newspapers in Dec 2018, I saw that they advertised for a Manager. A good start. If the Reception & Check In had been better I may still have been tempted to give a 4 Star rating. Read less