I got married at Blue Waters on May 1st and I couldn't have asked for it to be any better! Everybody at the resort went out of their way to fulfill every wish that we had and they truly exceeded our expectations. If you are considering getting married at Blue Waters I would not hesitate, the beautiful grounds and gardens make for stunning wedding photos with the turquoise water in the background. If you are just going to Blue Waters for a regular vacation this resort is for you if you like it more on the quiet side with pure beach relaxation during the day. The crowd is a bit on the mature side and we saw very few children even though if you wanted to bring children they would enjoy themselves as well. It's a great resort to go a few couples or family/families. It's small enough that you will run into who ever you came with without looking for them but big enough to find privacy if you wish.
Breakfast and lunch is at the main terrace bar and the food is good. The best dinner restaurant is the Cove and that's where we had our wedding reception. The food was outstanding and all of our 26 guests said it was the best wedding food they had ever had. The main chef is relatively new at the resort from the UK but he has worked for Gordon Ramsey so he definitely knows how to cook a great steak. The other restaurants are good as well but since it's only 3 dining options total you may get bored if you stay over a week. The staff are wonderful and they really go out of their way, especially management, by the end of your stay you feel part of the family. Only a few servers were not smiling and were a bit slow but other staff will make up for that by being over the top accommodating instead.
We stayed in a Cove suite and those are beautiful with your own pool only shared with the other occupants of the Cove suit. The regular rooms seem a bit small so if you can afford it I would stay at the Cove, although you'll still be spending most of your time on the beach and at the pools.
As far as choosing the All Inclusive plan or not depends on a few things. Breakfast is already included, it is very good and will keep you full for a long time. In the afternoon they have complimentary tea/coffee with little mini sandwiches and scones that could hold you over till dinner if you wanted to. We like our cocktails so we chose the all inclusive plan and therefore ate lunch in addition to the breakfast and also ordered room service. The lunch at the terrace is ok if you know how to order so don't be afraid to ask for what you want. I don't eat bread so none of the sandwiches was an option for me, however instead I asked for the steak sandwich without the bread and salad instead of fries for a side so basically I got a steak salad and that was really good.
On the all inclusive plan no premium alcohol is included which and we ended up paying full price for premium vodka and tequila which was not cheap. On the plus side I actually liked the house wines that was included, both the white and red and I can be pretty picky with my wine. Also, again even though we paid extra for it, Andy the manager went out of his way to make sure that whatever bar we were sitting at there was a bottle of Patron Silver that we had requested (which they only kept at the Cove restaurant originally). The room service was ok but again even though we were on the all inclusive plan there was a $16 delivery charge so one morning when all I wanted was a pot of black coffee it still cost $16. My summary of the All Inclusive plan is that it can be worth it but you have to be careful because it's not "unlimited" and many times they don't tell you about the charges.
Finally, when we left the resort to go on to our honeymoon to St Lucia we were able to leave our extra luggage at Blue Waters containing my wedding dress and my husbands suit etc. That was so nice of them and saved us a lot of hassle lugging it around. We returned a week later to pick it up and all of the staff greeted us, still remembered our names, gave us hugs and seemed genuinely happy to see us one more time. Blue Waters is truly a unique family resort and I can highly recommend it for a beautiful and relaxing week long vacation.
- 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