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Blue Waters Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Speyside B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 July 2013

This hotel has had some good reports and I now know why. Definitely worth the long drive to the bay from the airport, which is kept as private as possible with a manned gate at the top of the hill. If you want to stay on the resort to unwind and relax it is definitely worth upgrading to half board as there are not many places close to eat. Lunch menu has plenty to choose from, and the portions are massive and well cooked and presented. The evening meal is cooked to order and is simply lovely food, the steaks are lovely and tasty and tender and the fish was also beautifully prepared. If you want to get around a bit there are excursions which the receptionists were able to book for you or hire a taxi, but we opted for a car to do our own thing, and again this was arranged by the very helpful receptionist. (couldn't believe petrol was only 30p a litre!)

Very pretty island, but it does take longer than you would imagine to get to your destinations, not due to heavy traffic, but the terrain, but well worth the journey. As reviewers have mentioned before, the Argyle waterfall is very pretty and so too are a lot of the bays dotted around. We did arrange to be picked up and taken to Newton George's garden (about 1-2 miles away) to see the humming birds. It was an amazing sight to see so many buzzing around feeding, and trying to take picture of them. We were a little surprised to be given a bill for 120 tt (£13+) for the experience bearing in mind fuel is so cheap, and close to the hotel.

thank you all at BWI for a lovely holiday, we were especially pleased we didn't get much rain, only one day, and the mossies were not too bad either if you put the old deet on!

Room Tip: 29-35 upstairs lovely high ceilings, but all face the sea, and very comfortable
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paul S, Marketing manager at Blue Waters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Sounds like you really enjoyed Tobago and Blue Waters Inn. Like you we also think the drive out to Speyside is worth it if you want a gem of a hotel tucked away in a secluded bay with both rain forest and offshore treasures on your doorstep. And in Newton George we have the foremost island guide available locally - he is a real asset to Tobago. Insect repellent always recommended for the early evenings and being "tropical" we like a bit of rain to keep the gardens so lush! The rooms upstairs have the same floor plan but with vaulted ceilings they seem bigger - and the views out to sea are pretty special.

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Reviewed 13 July 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for somewhere away from the hustle and busyness of Crown Point, Store Bay & Pigeon Pt , then this is the place to stay. Very relaxing and cant wait to go again. Nice beach for kids too. Staff was friendly and warm. Rooms were very modern and clean. Food prices were a bit expensive at the restaurant but you can drive to Charlotteville a few months mins away for some real creole cuisine. Love this place. Oh, the pool is beautiful.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Paul S, Marketing Manager at Blue Waters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2013

Thanks so much for your feedback. As you rightly say if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle then Blue Waters Inn is hard to beat. We do struggle to compete on price with the smaller local restaurants but have to say the praise for Jason's cooking recently has been massive so we think overall value, price and service all come at a good level. The pool is indeed rather beautiful...

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Reviewed 13 July 2013

we had traveled from Trinidad where we had been pretty active. This part of the trip was the relaxing part of the trip. We stayed in room 32, which is an upper room in the newer section. Whilst I gather there are rooms which are more expensive and spacious, this was certainly of a very high standard with lots of room, storage and high ceilings, and a decent balcony. The bed was a bateau lit and at least a super-king-size.

On our last day reception organised a brief use of room 29 to shower and change as we had a gap from checking out of the room to leaving the resort. This was a twin room on the ground floor of the older area and whilst of a good standard had less floor area and a smaller bathroom than 32

The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. The layout was very good and the beach was beautiful.

The boat dock had an excellent area with sunbeds from which we watched pelicans fishing, and some guests snorkelled, including hubby. The fish to the left of this were the best, and one or two guests saw turtles in the water. We saw one from the glass bottom boat trip to Little Tobago.

Special mention must go to Jason, the chef, who produced some amazing food, with lots of choice and good quantities. The steak was the best I have ever tasted, and his shrimp starter was delicious.

We enjoyed trips round the island and into Gilpin Trace with Newton George, who was an excellent guide, great customer service and first class birding knowledge.Highly recommended

I would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: ask for a double upstairs in the upper number range.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paul S, Marketing Manager at Blue Waters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2013

Thanks for your kind and very positive review for Blue Waters Inn. It sounds as though after your activities in Trinidad that Blue Waters Inn was just what you needed! The food coming out of the kitchen via Jason's hands are getting lots of fab reviews which pleases guests and us immensely. And Newton George is probably the leading guide on the island and we are lucky to have his expertise on hand for guests to enjoy. Look forward to welcoming you both back again one day.

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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Just home from a week at BWI. It was very relaxing, possibly too relaxing for some-take lots to read! This small hotel is clean and well looked after, the rooms and bed comfortable, you can lay in bed just yards from the sea. The receptionists and waitresses were friendly and hospitable, remembering my name and making me as a single female guest feel safe and welcome. There were a range of breakfasts, the evening menu mainly consisted of grilled meat/fish with sauces, all fairly simple. Service was quirky, carribean style. I took the Discover Scuba lesson from the diving centre next door, and had 1-1tution which was affordable and excellent, going out to dive from the boat afterwards. I was worried that being on the Atlantic side the sea would be choppy but the hotel's location in a sandy cove protects it - and the sea is turquoise in places. One dayI visited the south of the island and the heat (in July) was oppressive but the breeze at BWI makes the sun more agreeable. The pools area attracted families. You can snorkel off the beach. Nice to sunbathe in the breeze on the jetty and swim out to the pontoon or sit in a hammock and wait for the sun to come up. There are trips to watch birds and fish but you have to seek them out-there aren't any hawkers on the beach like some resorts. Other guests seem to be birdwatchers, divers, newly weds and families -ie this is not the place for ravers! One little niggle is that the rooms could be better soundproofed. If I had the chance I'd go back again.

Room Tip: any ground floor room, I'd imagine the trees would obscure the sea views from the upstairs rooms
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Paul S, Marketing Manager at Blue Waters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2013

Great top hear you had such a relaxing week at Blue Waters Inn. Our location is certainly very special but as you say not one for the party group. We do lazy beach days very well though and pottering on kayaks or swimming to the pontoon to up the sun tan highly regarded! Also really pleased you tried the Discover Scuba session. This is a great intro for first timers and we are lucky to have the islands premier dive spots just off shore.

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Reviewed 6 July 2013

The Feral Divers USA selected Tobago as their annual dive trip destination staying at Blue Waters Inn and diving with the onsite dive shop Blue Waters Dive'n. The group was well aware of the 90 minute travel time from the airport as disclosed by the hotel. As part of our package, our group of 16 (12 divers and 4 non-divers) were met by an air conditioned bus that transported us along the coast and around the island safely and efficiently. The hotel is as advertised - all rooms are ocean front. The standard rooms appeared to have been recently renovated and have either 2 double beds or 1 King, nice tiled bathroom, open concept shower and A/C including a ceiling fan. Each room is a generous size with 2 closets and full dresser for storage. Our A/C worked perfectly, but for some of our group (2) rooms had issues – the hotel did offer to move guests to accommodate this inconvenience. The staff appeared to attend to issues best they could (TV cable remained spotty for 1 room). We didn't feel the need to book the kitchenette studios or multi-room units that had kitchen facilities since we had a full meal package. The front porch area was well used. Wi-Fi was available but spotty with best reception in the restaurant area near the game room. The housekeeping staff was friendly and efficient. On our departure day, the group had a late flight and the hotel was able to accommodate the majority of the group with a late check-out prior to our coach ride back to the airport. The infinity pool, beach, grounds and bar/restaurant were well maintained, and clean. Thankfully there were very few biting insects!
The restaurant led by Chef Jason was exceptional. We had a full meal package (very few convenient/good restaurants close by). This proved to be a great convenience and the quality was outstanding. Chef Jason prepared local dishes for the group (such as Roti) and the full menu was always available for selection. Lunch and dinner included burgers, filet of beef, grilled fish, curried chicken, and grilled prawn salad – all delicious. Breakfasts from the menu included omelets, eggs any style, fluffy pancakes, and a traditional fish dish. Coffee/Tea all day (self serve), pastries & bread/toast in the a.m. Chef Jason met with our group after each dinner service and was very friendly, and accommodating to special diets. Thank you Jason for keeping us smiling and well fed. Initially some of the wait staff were aloof, but warmed up to the group as the week progressed. Because we were a large group, we had a special dining area all to our own which we were able to decorate for the full week. We celebrated a couple of birthdays and the staff was attentive in helping us celebrate.
The Blue Waters Dive’n dive shop on site (owned by the resort) is managed by Wayne Palmer. The dive shop is well organized and efficiently run. Cadillac service is provided with the staff setting up the diver’s equipment on the boat, rinsed, and then stored at the end of the day by the staff. This locale offers drift diving so be prepared for the currents. As the review by Paul mentioned – we were able to see sea horses, nudebranchs, octopus, lobsters, and nurse sharks. The reefs were quite healthy. Unfortunately due to the choppy seas, we were not able to go out to St. Giles/London Bridges. We hope to return another time to see the larger pelagic mammals out by Three Sisters. Thank you Wayne and the entire staff for a great week.
Some members of the group took advantage of the bird watching tours led by ornithologist Newton George with trips to Little Tobago Bird Sanctuary and Bloody Bay Rainforest. Another small group took a tour of the northern part of the island with stops at Argyle Falls, Englishmen’s Beach, and Charlottesville. A must stop is at the “Glasgow Bar” for a cool libation and the view! Thanks to Gary for a great tour.
We were treated with a once in a lifetime experience at 11:30 p.m. one evening when a female Leatherback Turtle (over 7 feet long and 4 feet wide) came “home” to lay her eggs. Chef Jason (also a Turtle Whisperer…seriously he is) notified the night owls still up from our group who were able to witness this amazing event. Jason estimated this turtle was 75 years old.
We highly recommend this lovely oasis with its wonderful private (although it is public  ) beach, healthy reefs, professional dive shop, picturesque setting, and haute cuisine. A big thank you to the hotel and dive staff at Blue Waters who made this another fabulous dive trip for the Feral Divers.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Paul S, Marketing Manager at Blue Waters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2013

So pleased the "Feral Dive Team USA" had such a great time at Blue Waters Inn. You know where we are and look forward to hosting you all again some time in the not too distant future.

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Reviewed 5 July 2013

just returned from blue waters once again everything perfect rooms spotless with happy friendly cleaning staff,food amazing well done to Jason and the team,we were made to feel welcome so much so that we are planning to return soon ,this hotel is special and if you love birds and turtles and respect the environment then this is the place for you if you don't then don't come here ,leave this paradise for people who appreciate it ,see you soon blue waters we miss you

Room Tip: all rooms amazing
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Paul S, Marketing Manager at Blue Waters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2013

So pleased you had a wonderful time at Blue Waters Inn. We think the hotel and location is special too......and we look forward to welcoming you back again some day soon.

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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Excellent hotel on Tobago.....all of my needs were taken care of.

ROOM: nice room (good not excellent). Two comments: AC (did not work perfectly -- water leakage; brought it to management's attention; they fixed it, but two days later the same issue: TV (spotty service, but you get channels from Miami and Venezuela in addition to T&T when it is working well).

LOCATION: far from the airport (75 minutes), so make sure you get "transfers" when you book your hotel. The hotel is right on the water (all rooms adjacent, or overlooking the water)....you could not ask for better. Their were breeding turtles laying their eggs when we were there; the waves sounded nice at night (not to big or noisy); the infinity pool looks like it is part of the ocean.

RESTAURANT (Bar not reviewed): very good food; many choices.

DIVE SHOP: Really good dive shop; diving in the area is average compared to other islands in the Caribbean. You will do primarily drift diving, but ask for "book ends"....an interesting dive with tarpons.

GENERAL COMMENT: you are somewhat secluded here, and don't expect much in Speyside (15-20 minute walk away) either; in Speyside, there are a couple of restaurants and one small tourist "stand", but I did not see a grocery side on the part of town near the hotel (there was a small grocery about a 30 minute walk from the hotel but I did not visit it).

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Paul S, Marketing Manager at Blue Waters Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2013

Thank you for you review. Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated for other people to see. Apologies on behalf of the management for the problem with your AC unit. Out in the tropics we do get the odd problem and try to fix it as fast as possible to minimise any inconvenience.

Speyside is pretty remote and not the place for those looking for nightlife or anything touristy. This part of the island is very much uber relaxed and chilled for those wanting to get away from the usual routine.

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Address: Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago
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Region: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Speyside
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Speyside
Price Range: £111 - £252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Waters Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With just 38 guest rooms and bungalows, Blue Waters Inn sits in 42 acres of tropical gardens directly on the beach at Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago. Getting to us takes approximately 85 minutes from the airport. Speyside is super relaxed with quick access to the Main Ridge rainforest and the key underwater sites of the island. Twitchers and divers / snorkellers are very well catered for and the hotel is perfect for those wishing to simply switch off and enjoy the hotels tranquil location. The beach shelves gently and is considered safe for bathing. Lay by the pool or in the open air jacuzzi and admire the view across Batteaux Bay towards Bird Island and Little Tobago in the near distance. Learn to dive at our 5 star PADI dive centre complete with 2 Newton dive boats or explore the rainforest with one of the local guides. All our rooms are air-conditioned and face the sea. Most offer fabulous sea views and are only a few steps from the sand. The One and Two Bungalows are bigger and offer either one or two bedrooms. These are located a few steps from the beach have a patio. Deluxe Oceanview Studios are also very spacious and have an open plan kitchen / living room. Inter-connecting rooms are available for families needing more space. The fabulous Driftdeck offers dining alfresco with views straight out across the bay whilst the more elegant "Aqua" offers fine cuisine two or more nights per week. ... more   less 
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