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Blue Waters Antigua
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 September 2008

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.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2008

This was for our honeymoon and it was magical!!! The Hotel was out of this world, staff so very friendly, nothing to much for them. Room exceptionally clean and food was great to!

Definately felt like we were in paradise, would love to go back!!!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CheshireGem
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Reviewed 30 August 2008

Im afraid i have been spoiled rotten by this resort...but in a very, very good way!

We returned this summer and were welcomed by the ENTIRE staff like returning family. After a glitch at hermitage bay (my teens were a tad uncomfortable with the "romance" factor going on there), we returned totally by surprise and marina stepped us up to the rock cottage where we stayed last year....this was indeed a very nice touch! After a few phone calls, michael sent us on our way with us promising him we would return, sans children in the very near future and off we went to our beloved blue waters.

This resort is the ultimate in relaxation...very easy to do on the beautiful quiet beach or the many nooks located near any of the pools. The service is wonderful, the staff is friendly and courteous and the place just sparkles from top to bottom.

Evening entertainment is a really nice touch at this resort...each night a different band or singer or group...nothing wild or crazy and it was nice to sit and relax in the gorgeous surroundings after dinner.

The food is good enough, we enjoyed great morning meals and lunches, nice bbq and salad bar....nothing over the top, but good. We prefer to get out to some local restaurants and return later on to relax with the staff or fellow vacationers.

The rock cottage is just spectacular...set out on the jetty, comfortable with great bathrooms...important stuff....plenty of room to lay about in the sun. After having the absolute pleasure of staying there twice, i dont think i could tear myself away from that idyllic surrounding. Alrich and Vincia are the most graceous hosts of the rock cottage and were very happy to see us. This is what keeps us returning to antigua...the people.....plain and simple. OK, so it helps that the island has some of the most beautiful resorts i have ever stayed in, but the staff anywhere we have stayed have always made our experience that much more enjoyable.

The gals at the spa are great..had some nice treatments...people have complained about how simple the "spa" is.....i think its pretty charming, much like an old fashioned beauty parlor..it just adds to the whole experience. Even the gal at the souvienr hut remembered us and squeezed me like a tube of toothpaste!! really nice! My kids felt comfortable there, they are pretty much beach bums like us and are pretty content with hanging around the resort during the day...they did some prowling at night and we felt they were safe and sound for the most part.....they are at the age where they want to get out at night and we felt ok with letting them go.

The atmosphere at blue waters is soothing and relaxing..just the way we like it. We got out and about at night, met up with a friend i met on another website, great day at darkwood beach with a bbq and drinks....pure heaven, did some shopping in st. john's and of course did eli's xtreme powerboat tour....fabulous day out with a wonderful crew...its always nice to see jd and we had a blast with them!

I always say that there is something that just keeps me coming back to antigua...this was our fourth visit.....the answer is simple....the people who make us feel so very welcome...their pride shines and it is truly wonderful to be able go back again and again.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank Alison D
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Reviewed 30 August 2008

If you want a romantic perfect wedding abroad Blue Waters is the place to have it. We chose this hotel after reading other reviews and we were not disappointed. We loved it because of the following: the hotel was not too big which made it more intimate, the rooms were clean, comfortable with fantastic views, the variety of food for all inclusive was very good, pools & grounds lovely, very few children, entertaiment was good (not every night in quiet season) weather fantastic, wedding setting perfect with personal wedding coordinator , only 3 weddings a week and most of the staff friendly. Lots of security felt very safe!

We were welcomed by staff with cold towels and drinks, bags taken to rooms (have small notes to tip the porter). We had afternoon tea (which we didn't have again because we eat so much for breakfast and lunch!) Local bottled water is free with all inclusive (not Evian)
We met the manager of the hotel Alistair who is English and very approachable who will do everything he can to make sure your stay is all you want it to be. So if you do have any problems see him.
Buy the OFF spray straight way, this will keep you from being bitten by the mosquito’s. Spray twice a day and last thing at night and you will be fine.
If your holiday is with Virgin you will get free passes to Shirley heights, but the down side to this is you go at 4 and leave at 7 but the real experience starts at 7 with the locals singing dancing etc.
For those of you getting married these are my tips:
Have your hair done at home take photos, have a hair trial and show them photos, Alicia did mine and it was very good. Do your own make up. My husband and I had a massage together under the wedding gazebo, amazing worth the money. When you meet your wedding coordinator be prepared to be there for at least an hour and have all your documents. We had a vanilla wedding cake, fantastic, I had a tropical bouquet but I did see a lovely pink and white roses pose, which was also beautiful. Remember it is really hot so think about this before choosing outfits! The photographer and video guy were very good be aware the video is running most of the time and photos take along time!! We had drinks and nibbles (free) pre-ordered back at our room in the Cove suites for our guests (15), which was great because dinner was at 7.30 so you are not hanging around. (We upgraded our room to the cove suite for our 2nd week).
We went on the 'Jabberwocky' trip, your own yacht for the day.; it was good but we wished we had gone in a larger group. The couple who own it are English and are very friendly. A bit expensive for what it was.

Only down side to the hotel is, some of the staff can be slow and not bothered (but tell Alistair he will sort it), we made friends with many of them, Pearl was amazing and looked after us really well.
Oh and please feed the black and white cat 'Felix' who appears every meal time, he is friendly.
We went for a romantic meal at Le Bistro, amazing food and staff great.
Take US Dollars.
Stock up your free mini bar and bring home all the rum etc, we did and had an Antigua night with our friendswhen we got back!!
We made lots of friends and loved every minute.
We booked through esures Nadine is very helpful and got us an amazing deal.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Lettsy08
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Reviewed 28 August 2008

Wedding on 28th May 2008.

We arrived at Bluewaters Hotel in Antigua and straight away loved the feeling of the place. We booked our wedding with Carrier and we were greeted at the airport by a representative and driven to the hotel by Limo!

The hotel was absolutely lovely, everything we hoped and the hotel looked like the photos in the brochures if not better in real life. The people were ever so friendly and glad to help anyway they could.

Our deluxe room was lovely with fantastic views of the ocean and the wedding gazebo.

Our wedding co-ordinator Makeeba was fantastic throughout, she was extremely patient and very helpful. Our minds were put at ease straight away, we didn't feel the need to worry about any of the arrangements. In our meeting we chose the flowers we wanted and were able to pay for extra flowers for our bridesmaids we had 6! For our 7 year old bridesmaid Molly we were able to have a basket of flowers. Makeeba organised the steel band, photographer and we chose to have a DVD, we are so glad we did it turned out wonderful. We had taken some of our own table decorations and settings over and explained how we wanted it set out. Makeeba even organised this for us. We had 25 Guests in total who all stayed at different hotels in antigua and came to Bluewaters on the 28th for the wedding. They were allowed in an hour before. We paid for all inclusive passes for all of our guests.

Before we got married we arranged for everyone to meet at Shirley heights the sunday before the wedding, we did this before we left England so everyone knew we were going to do this. We stayed on later than 7pm which is the time they say you should go back after the sunset which was gorgeous, but the reggae bands were brill later on we had a fab time! Watch out for the rum punches ha ha!

I was worried about my hair for the wedding so I had a trial hair up in the hotels salon, the young girl called Trisha was fantastic and done my hair beautifully.

We chose to have our ceremony at 4pm, the heat was okay at that time not as hot. A tip for the bride and bridesamaids put on lots of talc powder under your dresses. Avoid sweaty marks!

The ceremony was so beautiful and we were so lucky to have our family and friends there with us. My Bridesmaids led the way and me and my dad followed. It was a wonderful feeling walking down to the wedding gazebo with the sea around you, knowing that you were going to marry the man the you truly love!
My now husband looked very handsome and all the bridal party and guests looked fantastic. The steel band played as we walked down and played one love by Bob Marley which was lovely. They were great ,so glad we chose to have the steel band.

The gazebo had been decorated by flowers from the hotel grounds which looked gorgeous.
The words we spoke during our ceremony were so lovely and sincere with words that you could relate to. We didn't have a practise of the words before hand so we had to say them as we heard them which was abit surreal. But so glad we got the DVD so we could watch the ceremony and hear the words again.

The cake and champagne were nice and we were really impressed with the photographer. After the ceremony we had drinks in the top bar while the reception area was being set up for our BBQ. We had our reception at the infinity pool area which was kept separate for our wedding party. All our tables were arranged and set up as we had wanted, we were so pleased. It was gorgeous! we did our speeches before dinner and had the steel band play while we ate. The BBQ food was delicious.
With the pool area being by the beach if felt really special.

We Kept a space for dancing in the middle of the set up tables. We had our first dance down here which felt really romantic. Although we did take our own ipod and bose speakers with our own music. We had pre planned this which worked well.

We then moved up to the main hotel area where a fantastic band was playing, apparently they only play on the weds night and we were lucky enough to have had them the evening we got married.
The hotel staff were up dancing with us to some of the songs such as follow my leader. My husband and I, with our guests danced the night away and had a truly special Day! Our wedding was more than we could of dreamed of, and if we did it again it would have to be exactly the same. My husband and I didn't want the night to end.

My husband arranged with the maid to have our room decorated with flowers that was wonderful.

Our wedding photo's came after a couple of days with the DVD and we also bought the Bonus photo Disc which had all the photos on the photographer had taken.

Anyone getting married at Bluewaters should get very excited we loved every moment of it, and we will definately go back at some point to renew our vows!
All our guests had a wonderful time, thankyou to all the lovely staff at Bluewaters hotel. We loved Antigua and are so pleased we chose this wonderful place to be married!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DancingQueenKent
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Reviewed 1 August 2008

We spent 10 days on our honeymoon at Blue Waters and had an amazing time. On arrival we were greeted with friendly staff and glasses of rum punch, a good start to a holiday. The hotel was first class and the staff all very friendly, particularly Garry in the Palm Restaurant who was outstanding. The food was first class and there were three restaurants to choose from. Menus were changed daily and there were regular barbecues which were just delicious and included fresh fish. We had a deluxe beach front room and the view was outstanding from our balcony, pure blue water as far as the eye could see. The rooms were cleaned daily and we even had a maid come every night to close our curtains and turn our bed sheets down. All rooms are air conditioned and have fans, even the balcony had a fan. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable. Check out the cocktails in the bar at night as they are superb. As part of the honeymoon package we received a champagne breakfast in our room which was a lovely touch. There is loads to do if you want to and three pools to choose from if you want to just laze round. Waiters come round with cool towels and glasses of icey water and if you are all inclusive you can order cocktails direct to your sun lounger. If you are looking for relaxation in a very luxurious hotel then Blue Waters is the place to go, I can't wait to go back. We had a very special honeymoon thanks to Blue Water.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank JOLLincolnshire
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Reviewed 31 July 2008

My holiday buddy and I treated ourselves to a trip to Antigua. We thought this hotel was amazing.
When we arrived, we were given cold menthol towels, checked in, offered a drink, and shown to our room. Our room had a wonderful sea view and on opening the patio doors, you could hear the sound of the waves crashing against the shore of one of the beaches. The room was compact - but then how much time do you spend in your room?
The food at the hotel was average. We were on a breakfast plan, which meant we got brekkie and afternoon tea (served at 4pm) and either stayed in the hotel to dine in one of the 3 restaurants or went out to St Johns to eat. The brekkie was pretty good. On the occasions we did eat in the restaurant, we were disappointed. And The one thing that really let these guys down was the room service - we booked that for 3 nights and it was just rubbish - quite frankly would have been better with a packet of potato crisps and a mars bar from the shop on site.
The hotel has 3 beaches - a private beach (get the guy at watersports to take you), the bigger one with the horizontal palm tree and the quieter one which was in front of our room.
The guys at the watersports will also take you to Dickenson Bay for things like waterskiing and jetskiing.
Went to some great restaurants in St Johns, Papa Zouks being the one that stood out. also visited the Commissioner Grill (food good - but smell around restaurant of sewage), Hemmingways (also good food) and Saffron at Jolly Beach.
We also hired a car for a few days to get around the island - well worth doing as you can go to half moon bay which has some great breakers (don't forget the body board which you can borrow from the guys in the watersports hut) and take a visit to Devils Bridge too.
We went on the extreme tour around the island with the stingray city visit - basically go on a really cool very fast speedboat all round the island, stop and swim with/feed/hold/have photo taken with Stingrays, plus some snorkelling, plus lunch on a beautiful beach and then rum on another gorgeous beach before returning back - takes all day and well worth the money!

Couple of points:
Recommend you take US Dollars.
Various power sockets in room, including US, UK and EU - no need for adapters.
Taxis are expensive - if theres more than 2 of you reckon you hire a car.
Take mozzi repellent - I got bitten a few times
Take anti-histamine tablets (great if you get bitten)
Antigua is a great place to chill out, so most of all, prepare to relax!!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank kimmyjuk
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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in St. John's
#1 Business Hotel in St. John's
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#2 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
Price Range: £249 - £1,088 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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