We stayed at Blue Waters for our honeymoon. Went in the rainy season (mid july) and rained for 1hr for the whole 10 days. Very sunny hot weather. We stayed in an air-contioned deluxe beach front room which was lovely. Felt like a normal room but had patio doors and balcony looking out to the sea. Could have gone for a standard which also seemed nice and most rooms probably have views of the sea here. The hotel wasn't up to Mr and Mrs Smith class but it was a really nice hotel and we had a fab time. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Beach amazing and loads of loungers, shade available and the staff bring you free water and drinks on the beach.
There are three restaurants at the hotel (Palms and Viviens in the resort grounds and The Cove 5min walk or free golf buggy ride). The food is mainly western - the Cove food is the best but it was so hot as no fans where most of the tables are. Viviens very good food too and a/c. Food is not caribbean - and you will find this in all the hotels. There are three cocktail bars - 2 by the pool which serve great cocktails. Hardly any kids in the resort - mostly couples which was nice. Bands came to play every other night which was good to listen too. There is a tennis court and gym at the hotel too. Hotel has hobbie cats and windsurfers (basic equipment).
One complaint is that when we checked out they had double charged us on tax and service. Everyone will need to watch out for this in Antigua as tax and service (10%) is added on seperately. Therefore when you order a cocktail to your room number they note the total amount (incl tax and service) then underneath added extra tax again onto the bill. Fortunately we noticed as did other guests and the money (almost £200!!) was refunded. Am sure wasn't intentional and computer glich but at every hotel would watch out for this.
We hired a car for a week and drove around the island. Nelson's Dockyard is a MUST. St. Johns is an experience as bit chaotic but depends what you like. The driving is horrendous - pot holes everywhere, no signs and people and goats walking in the middle of the road. So if you have guts go for it. Wouldn't recommend night time driving (i.e. going to restaurants far away from the resort - takes 45 mins to get to English Harbour)
Antigua has some poor areas but did not appear violent - despite what you hear in the news. The hotel has its own security staff as do most hotels. You just need to be a bit streetwise.
Northwest Antigua is best place to stay if you are into watersports - Jabberwock beach amazing wind for kite and windsurfing but no facilities. We heard Dickenson Bay was nice and good for windsurfing but was the worst place in the whole of Antigua for us - totally packed with resort holiday makers, no shade and got loads of hassle by locals trying to sell horse riding tours and goods.
We did the Ecotour (Adventure Antigua) this is an absolute must as was fantastic - cost US$100 each and they pick you from the hotel beach and you can go snorkelling, see the Pelicans, visit the caves of Bird Island and learn and hopefully see turtles.
We also did the Zip Lines (Anitgua Rain) really would not recommend this - the zip lines are good fun and challenge course is great for kids but most of the staff completely ruin the experience as they bark at you and have SO much attitude (zero customer service). Cost was US$85 and you need to drive or get a taxi there. Also went to Cedar Valley Golf Course - total cost for buggy, club hire and 18 holes (good course albeit fairly short) was US$200 for 2 people.
Also went diving US$110 (two-tank) from Jolly Harbour (again need to drive or get taxi). Went with Indigo Divers (PADI) who were amazing - very professional and don't take out huge groups which is good. While I was diving Jolly Dive turned up with 13 divers on board small boat - looked very cramped and same cost as mine- whereas I had 4 divers on my boat.
Hope you have as much fun as we did.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blue Waters Antigua Hotel St. John`s
- Blue Waters St Johns
- Hotel Blue Waters
- Blue Waters Hotel Antigua
- Blue Waters Antigua Saint John Parish