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“A Great Resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue Waters Antigua
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Soldier's Bay, St. John's, Antigua   |  
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Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in St. John's
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A Great Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The staff here are all amazing, nothing is too much trouble. Bedrooms are spacious and beds very comfortable. The bathrooms in our block (200s) could be updated. My husband (6'2") found the shower too low.
The food in Palms Restaurant is excellent, with good choices. The grounds are spectacular. Altogether a perfect place to relax, except for the sometimes too loud live entertainment, which could be very intrusive, drowning conversation and the wonderful sounds of the Caribbean night.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, February 10, 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 service and amenities.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The most attentive staff you can imagine. Wonderful views. Fantastic food. I chose this location to surprise my wife with a 10 year anniversary trip and never have I made a better choice. Our original date of arrival had to be pushed back a day because of flight cancellations due to heavy snows in our part of the USA (mid Atlantic). Without flinching, Blue Waters amended our stay to accommodate our misfortune. From the time we arrived at reception (introductions around from Andy and his staff) to the sad day (Thursday Jan 30) we had to depart, my wife and I had an opportunity to meet wonderful people from around the world (is it possible to screen guests for congeniality? If so, Blue Waters has figured it out!) and relish an experience we won't soon forget. We've wanted to start traveling to other parts of the Caribbean and Europe but we're now afraid they won't stack up to our experience here. The only thing we may do different if we return is not do the all-inclusive, simply because it's our understanding that there are fabulous restaurants all over the island.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, February 10, 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 level of hospitality. We are glad we could accommodate you despite the unfortunate weather!

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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london
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

A very professional, well-run resort. Friendly and with a pleasant atmosphere. Food much better than expected. Be aware that live entertainment is offered every night from 8.30 until 11p.m. and can be very loud. Clearly some people like this sort of thing but it can make quiet conversation during and after dinner rather difficult short of shouting at one's friends. Provision of a quiet zone would be an asset. Perhaps re-open the infinity pool bar during those hours ? Otherwise,an exceptionally fine resort in all other respects.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and enjoyed the resort's friendly atmosphere.

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Excellent location, food, beaches, pools etc. The service was always with a smile.
The bathroom coud do with an update, but this is not a deal breaker.
Our problem was one of noise; by day the hotel is peaceful, with the bounty of
seeing pelicans, hummingbirds etc., and by evening, hearing tree frogs.
From 8pm onward the hotel has loud music, some of which is commendable(steel bands,
jazz). Other groups, however, shatter the decibel scale with inescapable and ear
piercing singing. This nocturnal noise spoils the memory of the diurnal peace.
Otherwise the hotel is truly excellent, with fine dining everywhere (though Bartleys can be
stuffy in every sense). Lower the decibels and this place would be paradise.
The hotel staff are all helpful, and this was a good holiday by day but not always after
8pm when the bands struck-up! I would return, but for the music.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, February 10, 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 level of hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Sitting on the decking by the small beach waiting for the flight home and reflecting on another 12 days spent in paradise at Blue Waters. The service here is remarkable. When we arrived in our beachside room, I went to reception to ask for a bath slip mat and Ipod speakers. When I got back to the room both had been delivered and installed. The staff here are second to none and make you feel at home straight away. From Wendy in the shop to Carolyn at the pool bar , there is always a smile and greeting awaiting you.The manager Andy speaks to all guests as a matter of course and is the first to deal with any problem. The food was excellent (apart perhaps from the unattractive starters at dinner )and the breakfasts especially good.The beachside rooms are well appointed and kept meticulously clean. The gardens and beaches are breathtakingly beautiful. What is there not to like about Blue Waters? Absolutely nothing - we will be back again next year for sure and hope to catch up again with the friends we made this time. Give yourself a real treat and book here you will not be disappointed - it is paradise.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, February 10, 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 service and amenities.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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Winchester
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

As many have said before me the hotel has on the whole some great staff and this makes up for a couple of its weaknesses. The grounds are immaculate as are the housekeeping standards but the bedrooms just need a bit of a spruce up. In particular the bathrooms. You travel the world staying in good hotels and find some great bathrooms nowadays and I don't just mean large, just well thought and with modern features. The pools are good but on occasion towels can be tricky to find especially at the adults only pool. Food is the main area we were a little disappointed by. Breakfast good, lunch OK ( however be warned if not AI the daily lunch price was $35 each on the first day which was a bbq and buffet. Ask for the ala carte menu that has lots of choice from $10) and so were the dinners but just not very exciting. The same slightly underdone vegetables came with every meal we ate at The Cove and whilst not wildly overcooked most fish and in particular prawns should have come off the heat a little earlier. We were not all inclusive as much of the hotel were so we did eat out probably half of time. There are some really good restaurants out and about so, Blue Waters, just get your chefs out there to see what else is going on in Antigua. Two of our favourites were Cecilia's Highpoint Cafe and Coconut Grove. In our mind Bartley's was the best of the hotels offerings but only open two nights a week so have to reserve in advance. We tried to book two days in advance to find no table available which was a shame. Thanks to Soldier at watersports for teaching me how to master the Hobie Cat and Pearl for those great cocktails. Would we return ? A tough one. So many places in the world ww would like to visit but we have really enjoyed the great weather and relatively short flight from England. Just a bit of extra investment would make this already very good hotel into a brilliant one.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Dear jamlucy,
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review. We do appreciate all feedback from our guests particularly as this allows us to improve all aspects of our service. It is unfortunate that you thought our menu was disappointing but we are happy that you enjoyed everything else we had to offer. Our new Executive Chef along with the culinary team is currently examining and improving the menu offerings. A revised weekly dining calendar is also being introduced with new themes and restaurant opening schedules.
We have taken your comments as constructive and will continue to strive to improve our product and overall offering.
Personal regards,
Anderson Howard – General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I travelled with my small son and stayed in one of the beach from rooms. I was 'upgraded' from the St James Club at the last minute by my holiday operator so was a bit anxious as on the website the choice for children seemed limited in terms of pools and restuarants but I needn't have worried. It was very comfortable and although the bathroom was a bit dated was fine. The best thing about the resort was the staff who really do make the place. On arrival, so many of them introduced themselves and then remembered my and my son's name and always asked if we were having a good time or needed anything.
The kids club provided different activities and didn't mind parents staying with their shy children. In the end, we always used the beach pool as it was the nearest to our room and the small beaches and Carolyn at the pool bar really did a great job looking after everyone.
Food was lovely, my only complaint was being able to dine with young children for dinner was difficult as they provided a basic children's option (nuggets, chips and pizza - everynight) at 6pm with the adults dinner from 6.30. A lot of children, my own included were falling asleep at the table by 6.45/ 7.00 which meant parents had to rush their meal or take it back to their room. What could work better is to finish the afternoon tea at say 4.30pm and have the dinner service start at 6pm so families with young children could all eat together.
Grounds were kept beautiful, just a pity the smokers left their cigarette butts in the sand although the staff did their best to keep it clean. The best thing about it though is you can really relax, slow down and enjoy the amazing weather and location.
The nice surpise about the hotel was they had free wifi which was not advertised.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted to hear you and your son enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were impressed with the resort's customer service.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team
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Address: Soldier's Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center 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
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#3 Business Hotel in St. John's
#3 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
#4 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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Also Known As:
Blue Waters Antigua Hotel St. John`s
Blue Waters St Johns
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Blue Waters Hotel Antigua
Blue Waters Antigua Saint John Parish

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