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Blue Waters Antigua
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
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23 reviews
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“Simply AMAZING!”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

My husband and I did a "last minute" getaway vacation with only about 10 days' notice. We were tired of the cold and snow and wanted to find somewhere that had a short (4 hour) direct flight and warm sunny beaches to recharge our batteries! We had never been to Antigua before and chose this island and, thankfully, we chose Blue Waters.

Everything about Blue Waters is absolutely fantastic - and I am usually very picky. From my initial contact with the staff in the UK prior to booking, through booking, arrival, and departure; everyone was kind, courteous, and genuine. I read the negative reviews on TA and I don't know where those people stayed, because it certainly wasn't Blue Waters.

We arrived several hours before check-in and, yet, were greeted warmly with smiles, cold towels, and a delicious rum punch along with a personal welcome from the General Manager, Anderson Howard.

After a brief chat and finishing our drinks, we were taken to our room by Mark. Mark took the time to walk slowly and show us around the resort and point out almost everything we would need for our stay there before we got to our room. That is a really nice touch!

We arrived at Pelican House #602 and were blown away by our suite, our pool, the views, and the access to a private beach. Within a few minutes of Mark's departure, our concierge, Karen arrived to make sure we were settling in, checking to see if we needed anything; and to find out what dinner arrangements we wanted her to make for us (we did not do the AI plan). We explained what restaurants we were looking to go to on what dates and what times. As we were chatting with Karen, room service arrived with a bottle of chilled wine that I had ordered as a special surprise for my husband.

After unwinding for a bit, we decided to let the wine chill and roam about the property. We had been up since 3 a.m. and it was about 1 p.m. as we walked by the Palms Restaurant Saturday BBQ buffet. It smelled wonderful, we were tired and hungry, so we decided to have lunch onsite rather than going out. Lunch was very nice. Fresh grilled fishes, chicken, ribs, burgers, and hot dogs along with a complete buffet of sides, salads, and desserts. The buffet was $30 US per person which I thought was fine.

The rest of the day we spent relaxing by the pool and on the beach. Since we had our own pool at Pelican House, we didn't use the others, but they all seemed fine. To me, the adult only pool never seemed to get any use. The private beach access was wonderful and there were never more than 3 or 4 couples at any time on our beach. All the beaches and pools were well kept. The grounds of the entire resort were pristine and all the staff go out of their way to keep it so.

The onsite gym was large, clean, and very well equipped. Every morning (7 a.m.) it was almost close to full which says alot since most resort gyms aren't always so great.

The breakfast is wonderful with a ton of choices both hot and cold. Eggs are cooked to order however you like. The staff is very attentive because one of the girls saw me picking through the bacon (I like mine crisp to almost burnt) and there wasn't any, so I skipped it and made other selections. Within 5 minutes she brought a plate of very crisp bacon out to me - I had never complained or asked!!

The afternoon tea was great with a nice variety of selections (tea, coffee, iced teas, iced coffees, or virtually anything you wanted) and were accompanied by great little sandwiches, sweets, and fresh baked cookies. This was a great way to tide you over if you were planning a late dinner.

For lunch we only ate here once (as mentioned before) and we went out each night for dinner (Le Bistro, La Bussola, Cecilia's, Catherine's, and Coconut Grove). The only dinner we had onsite was The Cove, which was fabulous! We orginally had reservations for 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. and both Nian (awesome Nian) at the tours desk and Andy (general manager) recommended we change to an early reservation (6:30) to be able to have a waterfront table and watch the sun set. We took their advice and it was well worth it. We arrived around 6:15 and enjoyed a cocktail with the sunset, then began a memorable dinner. We were never rushed. The food was delicious and prepared beautifully - hint - leave room for the banana crepes!!! YUM!

Blue Waters has just hired a brand new Chef who had only been there for 2 or 3 weeks when we arrived - He is classically trained and worked for Gordon Ramsey. We met him several times during our stay as he circulates during breakfast, lunch, and dinner to chat with the guests and get feedback - he is changing things (albeit slowly) but you can already see the differences.

The staff are attentive, yes service may be a little slower than you are used to in the States, but that is island living and island time. Slower does not mean inattentive or poor at their job. Upper Management is very hands-on and visible on a daily basis. Each and every day we saw Andy Howard (General Manager) interacting with the guests and staff in a quiet, but effective way.

Since all the non-motorized watersports are included, we learned to sail while we were there. The guys down at the water shop (Brian and Dave) were great to work with and made us feel very comfortable. After our first lesson, we went sailing every day!

I had a list of activities, sights to see, and tours to take while visiting Antigua - NONE of them got done! This statement truly says alot about how remarkable Blue Waters is - as we are not the type to sit around and do nothing, which is exactly what we did for the first time EVER. To be fair, "nothing" included the pool, the beach, the views, sailing, and drinks!

My husband and I have been traveling together for 26 years and normally go away twice a year. We have been to most Carribean islands and all over Europe. This is the first time that my husband had ever said, "I would like to come back here - soon!"

Thanks to everyone at Blue Waters (even those I forgot to mention) for a wonderful holiday - and, I know, we will be back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and that we were able to make your first time in Antigua extra special.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Just returned from a lovely, relaxing break at Blue Waters. The rooms were nicely decorated with lovely views of the sea but make sure you request a newly refurbished room or you may be disappointed! The staff were lovely and very friendly, and the management are first class. Entertainment in the evening was usually a band, either playing jazz or something a bit more funky or a steel band, but all were excellent! The only real downfall, was the food. Breakfast was good, and dinner at The Cove restaurant very good, but dinner at The Palms is very limited and a bit canteen like. However, a new English Chef has been brought in now, so hopefully things will improve, which we would really like as we would love to return to the hotel in the future. The beach and pool areas are lovely, and we could always get a sunbed. It would be nice to see some improved pool service, maybe the facility to order food around the pool, and as the sun sets very early (around 6pm), perhaps a sundown drink at the pool bar would be a nice touch rather than the bar shutting at 5pm. Would I return to this hotel - most definately! Have a great time if you go.

Room Tip: The Cove Suites are beautiful but if they are out of the budget, make you sure you request a refurbi...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were pleased with the resort's facilities and hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Just returned from a relaxing week at Blue Waters. Could have stayed forever!!!

Cannot say enough good things about this place!!! The hotel was one of the best we have ever been to.

From the time you arrive you are put into a chill out mood, with the cool lavender scented towels and the rum punch!!

The staff are ALL fabulous so cannot possibly single out any one person!!

Will definitely return and would recommend to anyone who is seeking a nice relaxing holiday!!!

Room Tip: If you can stretch to a Cover Suite do, these are wonderful and very private.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were pleased with the resort's facilities and hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We've just returned from a pleasant week at Blue Waters - but do feel that the quality of the resort (in particular, the food) did not offer great value for money.

- The beach, especially the small one in front of Pelican House, was fantastic - the sea was calm and there was always space, even though the hotel was nearly full when we stayed.
- Many of the staff were extremely friendly, particularly Mark, and Carolyn from the beach bar. However, sometimes it felt as though some members of staff were a bit put out by even simple requests - we found Nicole at the Pelican bar quite difficult to deal with, and it actually put us off sitting around the bar.
- We also ran out of cash for taxis - and asked at the front desk if we could charge further taxis to our room bill - we were told this would be no problem. The next day, we went to book a taxi but were told by the (quite surly) man at the tours desk that this wasn't possible - and our only option was to get an advance (+ commission) from the hotel. This was annoying - as, had we not been given false information, we would have made sure we kept enough cash back for the taxi.
- The room was quite nice - a little tired, but did the job, especially as we didn't spend a lot of time there.
- Our main issue with the hotel was the food - as we were not on the all inclusive plan, we really noticed the high prices of the food, especially as, in our option, the quality was really not there. Most mains cost at least 25USDs, often higher, and at the Cove we paid 49USDs for 3 lamb cutlets, lumpy mashed potato and a couple of julienne carrots. It was the same story at the other restaurants - high prices for very average, 1980s style food. In the end we started eating out, and had better luck (and lower prices) with that.
- On the other hand, the drinks prices were quite reasonable, and breakfast was always very nice.

On the whole, we had a nice, relaxing week - the resort seemed peaceful and quiet, and the beach was wonderful, which is what we came for. However, if you're into good food/ better value for money, then perhaps stay somewhere else - Galley Bay ticks those boxes.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

The girlfriend and I have had a wonderful week here at the resort. Highlights have been the staff who are very friendly and helpful, the seclusion of the resort and the beautiful beach/gardens/views.

The service is excellent, for example the cold towels and fruit offered to you on the beach.

In general a very relaxing, beautiful and idylic place to unwind from the pace of modern life. I would definitely love to return.

Room Tip: The deluxe beachfront rooms are perfect if you like falling asleep to the sound of the sea.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank MattDukeBrown
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and that we exceeded your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Initial impressions very good as check-in was smooth and effortless including complimentary rum punch (the first of many we were to enjoy during our 7 night stay) Extensive breakfast choice which set us up for the day. Complimentary afternoon tea was great fun and a nice break at 4pm (how very English!) All three restaurants offer great choice. Barkleys a little quiet, the Cove well worth it for an anniversary celebration and the Palm a firm favourite for relaxed dining every evening. Varied entertainment each evening with excellent singers and musicians added to the enjoyable evening relaxation. Rooms light and airy, comfy beds. Excellent service from everyone, we were made to feel very valued and important by all the staff and it was good to see management in evidence checking that everything was ok. Would thoroughly recommend the resort and we hope to return one day.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Julesan16
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were impressed with the resort's facilities and level of hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters team
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Amazing holiday in beautiful surroundings. First class service from all staff throughout our 11 night stay. Excellent food, including a very special wedding anniversary dinner at the Cove. Fabulous! Will definitely return.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Iain G
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and that your wedding anniversary meal was extra special.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters team
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Property: Blue Waters Antigua
Address: Soldier's Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in St. John's
#1 Business Hotel in St. John's
#2 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Blue Waters Antigua 5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the North West Corner of Antigua where crystal clear waters lap onto secluded white sand beaches, Blue Waters Resort offers an island paradise. From your personal welcome, complete with cooled scented towel and rum punch, you will realise you are our valued guest. Featuring small secluded beach coves, seven freshwater pools and 17 acres of lush tropical gardens, Blue Waters provides the ideal setting for relaxing days by the pool or on the beach, cocktail in hand, or for reading a good book in the shade of the swaying palm trees. Having gently evolved and constantly improved over 50 years we offer a range of luxuriously appointed rooms to meet the needs of our guests, from hillside rooms in a garden setting to beachside rooms with renowned spectacular ocean views. For the more active guest we offer complimentary watersports, tennis and a newly refurbished gym. Our recently opened Elemis Spa and Hair Salon with its stunning ocean views provides a perfect setting for a pampering treatment or as part of a wedding package. Finish the day off dining at one of our 3 restaurants, each with a different ambience to suit your mood. Our staff is ready and waiting to welcome you. ... more   less 
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Blue Waters St Johns
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