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Blue Waters Antigua
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
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170 reviews
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“Nice resort with great staff - well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Stayed here a few weeks ago with my wife on a 2 week vacation:

Overall I thought this was a really nice resort with superb staff who try hard to make sure you have a good holiday.

Locationwise it is good. 15 mins from airport and with a private beach with lovely white sand and clear blue water.

The hotel itself has some great swimming pools with pool bars and a nice bar atached the hotel itself. The restauarants are good, too. You can book the Cove, which overlooks the ocean, a day in advance. It seemed to be open about 4 nights a week. Bartleys seemed to be open a few nights a week, too, and this is bookable a day in advance also. The main restauarant, The Palms, is a la carte and open 7 nights a week. They do a BBQ every few days (lunch or dinner) which was great with lots of fresh fish.

We were based in the '1 block' at one end of the complex. The rooms were comfortable and relatively basic and cleaned to a very good standard by housekeeping every day. Our initial room had an adjoining door and we could hear everything from next door (normal noise like kettles being boiled and talking etc) so got moved to one without an adjoining door. This was much better and the front desk were ok about it.

The thing that really makes this place is the staff. There are so many to mention but Andy the manager is a good guy. In the restauarnats and bars Andre, Paulette, Shane, Melecia, Pearl, Delisa, Jenny, Sheneke, Emmanuel, Rosamund and Romaine spring to mind but there are so many staff it is hard now to remember all their names. All lovely people. Jason on the travel desk was really helpful and well mannered and a pleasure to deal with.

Special mention must go to Jason, the Head Chef. I've never seen anyone work so many hours every day. He must work around 16 hours a day and is extremely welcoming to all the guests, taking time out of his day to come over and speak to you on a 1:1 basis. He is always dreaming up new ideas for the menu too, which is great. Eating the same food every day for a few weeks could get quite boring but this wasn't the case here. The variation on the menu was great and his beef wellingtom was superb (better than what we had at the savoy grill before we left)

There was some building work going on in the 2 block, next to us, which was very noisy. We spoke to the desk and they were great about it too, ensuring the work started a bit later in the morning and offering to move us. We had moved once so didn't want to move again. The manager sent us some canapes and champagne as a gratuity for inconvenienc was which a really nice touch.

Overall this is a great resort with great people and you could do a lot worse.We thouroughly enjoyed our stay and would go back again if we were to visit Antigua.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and that the staff helped to make your stay even more special.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Just returned from a truly fabulous time at Blue Waters. The whole place is beautiful and extremely well kept. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a Penthouse in one of the Cove Buildings and it was stunning, the view was spectacular as was waking up to the sound of the ocean every morning. The staff here are friendly, funny, knowledgable and do all they can to make sure you are having an enjoyable time. We were all inclusive and were apprehensive as we like to eat out but the restaurant choice was great and food of a high standard. All inclusive wines were good standard too including their champagne! Read and believe as with all the other reviews we thought Blue Waters really was excellent.

A huge thank you to all the staff at Blue Waters, we had an amazing time and can't wait to return :))

Room Tip: Upgrade to a Cove Suite if you can they have their own pool, are spacious, beautifully furnished and...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

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

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We chose Blue Waters based on earlier recommendations from guests on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. The hotel completely matched our expectations-the setting was sublime, the staff exceptionally friendly, the room (a Cove suite) perfect for our family to share and the facilities and ambience outstanding. We learned to snorkel, took Hobie Cat 'joyrides', were taken snorkelling on the reef, Kayaked as well as exploring Antigua through a rental car (through Tropical Rentals; newish, though a bit dented!). Standouts were:

1. The Cove Restaurant- a fantastic setting to watch the sun go down.
2. The staff- Garry at Breakfast (with Doreen) and Andre stood out but absolutely all the staff were charming and made us feel completely welcome- nothing was too much trouble.
3. The Cove suite- a superb view over the Caribbean sea that was impossible to get bored with.
4. The breakfast- full English and continental in the Palm Restaurant- we're returning considerably heavier than we left!
5. The setting, beach and grounds of the hotel- really these were just beautiful-exactly what we expected of our first Caribbean trip.

What to look out for:

1. We went on the breakfast plan rather than all inclusive- it made more sense for us, but the menus are expensive : $20-40 for most main courses in the evening. The "All day" menu is better value during the day ($15 for a wrap and salad, or a Club Sandwhich). I think this reflects that food is expensive overall on Antigua. The price difference between The Palm restaurant, Cove Restaurant or Bartley's isn't too much- go for the Cove Restaurant where possible, though the menu doesn't changed often. Bartley's is nothing too special- best to stick to the Palm or Cove, I would say.
2. The children's menu is very good value (e.g. a good Burger etc for $8)- and can be delivered to the Cove or Bartley's restaurants.
3. St John's is worth a visit briefly- but it’s crowded with traffic and pretty run down, with not many shops worth visiting. Avoid Cruise ship days.
4. Stingray city is expensive ($50 each, free for under 5s) but worth it: it was a fantastic 1.5hr experience.
5. Fryes Beach is superb, with Dennis's bar nearby for a cocktail or Tonic. Half Moon Bay is also great, though wilder with more waves.
6. Devil’s Bridge was not really worth the trip, though it's near English Harbour and so easy to combine on a trip out.
6. The road signage is appalling- all the words have faded from the signs. That said- the island is small and its not too hard to find your way about with a map.
7. The Epicurian is a really good supermarket on the way into St Johns. It even has a small 'Waitrose section'!

Overall we had a fantastic stay at Blue Waters. The hotel is idyllic and the staff outstanding. It's not cheap but so much better than, for example, the St James Club (we visited for lunch one day- it was like Butlins).

Thank you to all at Blue Waters for making our stay live up to our high expectations. The other guests were also all friendly, laid back and made the whole visit a pleasure. A superb holiday that will be hard to match.

Room Tip: Cove suites, blocks 1-3 are quiet and directly on the seafront.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were able to take advantage of the variety of water sports we offer at the resort.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

I travelled with family for a special occasion earlier this month, I have been here before but this hotel exceeded my expectations. The service here is incredible, they look after you but are genuinely friendly and want to ensure you have a great time. The pool bar attendants are great, we were there just a short stay and they knew exactly what drinks we wanted at what time. The food is the finest, the best beef/steak I have had in a long time. Our room was in the cove suite which was just fantastic with great view and a pool belonging to each cove suite. I will definitely be returning to this hotel, thank you so much blue waters.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

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

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

I have never been to a more perfect hotel. A room in the 100 block overlooking the sea is a must!! View is absolutely idylic and you can fall asleep to the sound of the ocean waves.

My friend and I booked this as a 30th birthday present to ourselves for ten nights at the end of June. Weather was wonderful, staff helpful and friendly.

We were greeted on arrival with smiley faces and rum punches. Our room was perfectly situated and we were shown around the hotel on arrival. Ignore all negetive reviews of this hotel. I have stayed in hotels around the world and this really was a great stay.

This resort is suitable for friends as well as honeymooners. Shirley heights on sunday evening is great to go for a dance if with friends, but beware of the rum punches, they are strong! 3 is more than enough. C&C wine bar in St Pauls is also great for a few drinks or dinner in the evening. Taxi's cost 30 US for a round trip into town.

The only comment I have for the hotel is that the safe's are not big enough for i pads. Everything else in the room was perfect.

We had the bed and breakfast plan, which includes afternoon tea. I would advise this if you want to get out and see more of the island and try the local restaurants.

The staff all have their own personalities and majority have been there for years. Pearl, Vincent, Rosamund, Wingrove, Jason and Jason and Pauline were stars!

Can't wait to book my next trip to Blue Waters!

Book now! :)

Alice & Hannah (London)

Room Tip: 100 block beach front
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were pleased with the resort's amenities and level of service.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

We stayed at Blue Waters for the first week of our Honeymoon.

From the moment we arrived we knew it was going to be amazing. We were given a cold towel and a rum/fruit punch while we signed the paperwork to check-in.

All of the staff made a point of introducing themselves to us and asking our names. Most of them remembered from that one meet and referred to us by our first names from then. This was such a lovely touch and made it so much more personal.

We were in room 112 and it was perfect. On the first floor at the end of a block. The blocks are only 2 stories high so the resort never felt over crowded or big.

We were on the all inclusive plan and this was ideal as there didn't seem to be many restaurants around the resort. We mostly ate at The Palms but we did eat at The Cove and Bartley's during the week too. The Palms is all inclusive but The Cove and Bartley's have a $50 per person per dinner allowance. We found that this got you your starter and main course and you would only have to pay for dessert. Drinks are included at all of the restuarants on your all inclusive plan. Food was very good at all restaurants and there was a great variety. The BBQ for lunch on Saturday was great!

We mainly sunbathed round the pool near Veronica's Bar. Wingrove was amazing and he always made a great cocktail.

We are more lovers of the pool rather than the beach but we did take a few strolls along the 3 private beaches that Blue Waters has. Each one with beautiful white sand and clear waters.

We would 100% go back to Blue Waters. We had an amazing time! Thank you!!

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor and I would recommend these rooms as the ground floor rooms didn't...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your honeymoon at Blue Waters, and that we were able to make your time with us extra special.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

We arrived at blue waters in June after coming from another island, when we got there we were checked in( very smoothly).
We were taken to our room which was nice and had a huge balcony with amazing sea views.
the staff were all very nice and friendly couldn't do enough for you without being ott. the beach is perfect, small but never crowded lots of activities to do if you wish . the food was all very nice and fresh at all meal time times. we met some lovely people who we may see again at Blue Waters as we will certainly be going back, this hotel is right up there if you want a holiday in paradise fab people and staff highly recommend booking here.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were pleased with the resort's amenities and level of service from our staff.

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 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#2 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Blue Waters Antigua 4*
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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