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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good place for Relaxing

Jul 11, 2019 Mitchzero London, United Kingdom

BWI, Tobago is a beautiful retreat right on the beach in Speyside, with breath-taking views of the ocean & a relaxing Jetty! Falling asleep to the sounds of the waves, which was soothing & just a step away - MISS IT!! The staff made us welcome from day one, over and beyond to make our experience as pleasant as possible. Thanks Erica for being… Read more
BWI, Tobago is a beautiful retreat right on the beach in Speyside, with breath-taking views of the ocean & a relaxing Jetty! Falling asleep to the sounds of the waves, which was soothing & just a step away - MISS IT!! The staff made us welcome from day one, over and beyond to make our experience as pleasant as possible. Thanks Erica for being your wonderful self and arranging one of our favourite meals which, Kieron cooked - It was very tasty! Oh, thx for packing my favourite Pepper sauce! Jason, the restaurant manager, keep smiling and thanks for cooking for us, as well as getting me Turkey sausages for breakfast! Much appreciated... In all honesty, it's the staff that makes BWI special - Avion & Kelisha, always served us with good conversation & humour - be that for breakfast, lunch or dinner! The bar staff were just as good, including Kym who was always pleasant - that Rum special, was the perfect remedy for Mich's sore throat & the rum punches always hit the spot! Oswyn was always welcoming and Selyster had such a kind & calm nature! Tommy our driver was reliable, helpful & took us to some of the key spots in Speyside. We can't forget Joel ("Hello Son!"), for our fantastic boat trip to Charlotteville, Englishman's Bay and more - you and Alec were so professional & made it such a fun experience! Keep that special walk alive! El CAP-PIT-TAN! We also went on the Glass Bottom boat tour & Mini hike to Little Tobago with Paul (thanks for swaying us!) & Randy - very informative. Overall, we had a good time, it was nice to talk to the Operations manager - Marcel, I appreciated your time, and thanks to all of the Front of house team, sorry if we missed anyone! We'll definitely recommend BWI, for that all round Caribbean experience. It was a real vibe being with you all & the locals we met along the way. Most definitely will return to BWI. Thank you and Best wishes to all - Mich & Annie (Rm 41) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved every moment of it

Jun 22, 2019 hungrytrini Saint James, Trinidad

It was magical weekend! Yes it's a two hour drive from the airport but probably one of the most beautiful costal drives I've ever had. The location is beautiful, the stunning water to swim, kayak, snorkel just felt like it was paradise. The staff were so friendly. We met the chefs too and they were also charming and welcoming. The only down fall… Read more
It was magical weekend! Yes it's a two hour drive from the airport but probably one of the most beautiful costal drives I've ever had. The location is beautiful, the stunning water to swim, kayak, snorkel just felt like it was paradise. The staff were so friendly. We met the chefs too and they were also charming and welcoming. The only down fall was house keeping, the rooms were poorly cleaned. The towels were never replaced until a few phone calls were made. The bathroom amenities were also NEVER replaced. We did mention to front desk this poor service. None the less it's a trip to heaven. Loved everyday and every moment spent there! Highly recommend. Read less
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May 31, 2019 amars1516 Trinidad

My stay here was quite exceptional. Special thanks to Ms Erica Oxley. Ms Oxley made the luncheon and dinner experience one to remember... She was the highlight of our stay. Her warmth of a personality is infectious. She made the dining experience an absolute pleasure. Dinner was on point all days... the ambience was very relaxing. However, the… Read more
My stay here was quite exceptional. Special thanks to Ms Erica Oxley. Ms Oxley made the luncheon and dinner experience one to remember... She was the highlight of our stay. Her warmth of a personality is infectious. She made the dining experience an absolute pleasure. Dinner was on point all days... the ambience was very relaxing. However, the staff that served breakfast lacked hospitality. To be completely honest, the breakfast experience was the least favorite of my stay at Blue Waters Inn. Our room was ok... the air conditioning unit leaked everyday for each of the three days we were there... this fluctuated the room's temperature which was a nuisance while sleeping. That aside, the bathroom was nice... the beds were comfortable.The janitorial staff did an amazing job tidying each day... The doorlock on the main entry to the room didn't work. However, the maintenance guy provided a timely response and was most helpful. I'm sorry I didn't get his name but he was so polite and very hospitable. Some of the waitresses could learn a thing or two from him. He even followed up the next day... his customer service is on point. Very scenic views... the rooms are all beach front which are quite beautiful waking up to in the mornings. Will I stay here again? Maybe... I'll have to book based on Ms Oxley's availability. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Thoroughly enjoyed our long-awaited return visit to this Caribbean gem!

May 30, 2019 Caff_H Buntingford

This was our third visit to Blue Waters Inn as we have really found this to be a super retreat for total relaxation and calm in a stunning location. We had a lovely warm honeymoon welcome including bougainvillea flowers adorning the bed which was very touching – thank you so much guys, that was so kind of you. It was fabulous to see so many… Read more
This was our third visit to Blue Waters Inn as we have really found this to be a super retreat for total relaxation and calm in a stunning location. We had a lovely warm honeymoon welcome including bougainvillea flowers adorning the bed which was very touching – thank you so much guys, that was so kind of you. It was fabulous to see so many familiar faces and enjoy their warm Tobagonian hospitality. Oswyn, Erica, Avion, Sylester, Kim, Dora and Rachel took great care of us and the reception staff were also very helpful and obliging. Our upstairs bedroom was comfortable and clean with a wonderful view of the bay and islands, so we would often start each morning watching the seabirds fishing, the bird life in the trees (mot-mot, hummingbirds) and spotting the resident green turtles swimming in the bay. The room is also equipped with air-con, safe and a fridge. At night, the gentle lapping of the waves on the beach was soothing and soporific, so we slept very well. One morning we walked the trail that goes across the ridge above the hotel and over to the next bay – stunning views, lots of bird life but take lots of water with you too. The snorkelling in the bay is fun and I found myself alongside one of the turtles on one occasion. The pool area is well maintained and comfortable.. however, this time round there were no sunshade umbrellas so hopefully this will be rectified in the future. This time round we made a few trips to Charlottesville for the International Game Fishing Tournament (my husband like to get his fishing in.. and boy! Do those fishermen like to party after a day out at sea!), as well as visiting Pirates Bay where you can hitch a boat ride with one of the local guys who will come and pick you up at a pre-arranged time. We also spent the day at Englishmans Bay which has a small café, gift shop and toilets, but there is no lifeguard at this beach. Shade is provided by the trees and coconut palms at the top of the beach and some people even brought hammocks with them. Yes – there are little things that might be broken or need sorting out, but saying please and thank you, a nice smile and taking the time to take chat with people all go a long way to a satisfactory resolution rather than turning up at the front desk “with an issue”. We have made many local friends this way, met some very interesting people and have had great conversations - even invitations to dinner/lunch, parties (local “liming”)! A new maintenance manager has recently taken up post, so hopefully some of the niggles other reviews have mentioned will be sorted in the near future. I am also astonished how some reviews have complained about the seaweed… this is the ocean (the seaweed is Sargasso seaweed) but the hotel staff do their level best to clear the beach. We noticed that as the tide turned this would pull the seaweed away and often clear it out to one corner – and whilst you wait, there is always the pool for a cool refreshing dip. We also tried to visit some less known locations – Richmond Great House is awesome (I’ll post a separate review on this if I can) with a great tour by David outlining the history of the house and the cornucopia of African arts and crafts collected by the current owner. The Cocoa Plantation still remains on our list of things to do… tours are only on Fridays and for groups of 10 or more. The owner lives in Sweden so it is worth emailing (or asking Reception to make contact on your behalf) several days in advance and seeing if there is a tour you can join. Whilst I was unable to have any flying fish this time round, the daily catch (mahi mahi, king fish, lion fish) was delicious. Jason also cooked our catch from my husband’s fishing which was super tasty. On the subject of food, we asked Jason if he could cook us some local/authentic cuisine and with some notice he is more than happy to do this… we tried some roti – yummy. This should be on the menu (hint, hint)! The mushroom risotto which is on the menu as a side dish could be an entrée in its own right – absolutely excellent! We also went into Scarborough to have lunch at the Blue Crab Restaurant (will post a separate review for this) and visited Bar Code Sports Bar and Grill (a lively place – and a big fan of Soca). If you want swanky 5 star obsequiousness go elsewhere… but if you’re looking for a warm Tobagonian welcome in a relaxed Caribbean setting far from the madding crowd then Blue Waters Inn is the place to be. We’re already planning out next trip…… 😊 Thank you BWI team for a great time Our very best wishes C&S Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just short of excellent

May 27, 2019 Andrew S

I really like this hotel. It's a gorgeous location, nice rooms and a really good restaurant. The service is hit or miss. The recent staff was awesome (shoutout to Rachel!) but the front desk staff SUUUCKED, particularly the one who was there late afternoons. Very hostile and unhelpful- as though she were doing us a favor. Anyway, that aside, I… Read more
I really like this hotel. It's a gorgeous location, nice rooms and a really good restaurant. The service is hit or miss. The recent staff was awesome (shoutout to Rachel!) but the front desk staff SUUUCKED, particularly the one who was there late afternoons. Very hostile and unhelpful- as though she were doing us a favor. Anyway, that aside, I really enjoyed my stay. Last bit of feedback: the pool and jacuuzi is closed at 6pm so be prepared for that. Read less