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Blue Waters Antigua
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fantastic holiday - great hotel with great staff!”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

WOW! Fantastic holiday .....Great hotel with great staff. The minute you walk in you see the sea - this hotel has a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere..... Rock Cottage was fantastic, although some friends were in The Cove and the rooms there were also fabulous, clean and modern with a lovely infinity pool for each block. The gardens all around the hotel are really glorious and obviously a lot of time and money is spent looking after them and making them so beautiful. Although the hotel was nearly full we managed to find many places to relax without being in a crowd as there are lots of spots sit and take in the views. The Cove Restaurant was delicious and when on holiday with friends it is always nice to be on an all inclusive package as it is never anyone's 'round' for drinks in the bar before or after dinner. The gym is modern and fresh and I understand they are updating the spa soon for more treatment rooms. Rock Cottage is on a point a short walk away from the hotel and is one of the most idyllic spots on earth with sea views in every direction and its own plunge pool. They also have an air-conditioned restaurant but it is advisable to book this and it is not open every night. Amazing fun for all the family and cant recommend highly enough..... the mattresses had a feeling of no expense spared.... great value, great times, great service and great hotel...... we'll be going back

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

My new husband and I visited Blue Waters for 10 wonderful days (just returned reluctantly last night) and can't say enough about the fabulous staff at this resort. Both of us have traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe and stayed at luxury hotels, and this resort did not disappoint in comparison. It has the feel of a luxury resort without the pretension - definitely a more casual and easy-going vibe, which is what we wanted. The place is truly spotless! Our room was immaculate every day and we never saw a piece of garbage anywhere on the grounds/beach. We did not do the all-inclusive, but did have some nice meals at Bartley's and The Palms - loved Coconut Grove and Peppers & Lime (fantastic Mexican food!) in nearby Dickenson Bay for off-resort dining. Our favorite hangout at Blue Waters was the Pelican Bar after dinner where the friendly Dale and lovely ladies Pearl and Luella made our nights so fun! We will miss them dearly. Also, Taesean (sp?), Sophia and Mark in reception were very helpful and welcoming. The water sports are easily accessible for all levels and we had no trouble finding a spot on the beach or at the pool, although it was "off season." If you want a resort where you will meet lovely people and feel like they care about you as a person and not just as a room number, then we'd recommend this resort highly. At first I didn't understand why people on tripadvisor went back to this resort 5 or 6 times, but now i can see why. Thanks to everyone at Blue Waters! We hope to return in the next few years to enjoy another wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms have beautiful views and you can hear the waves lapping on the shore!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Returning for our now annual stay at BW we were met as usual with a chilled rum punch and a warm and genuine welcome from Daniel and the rest of the check in staff. Within a few minutes we were sat on the balcony of our Cove Suite looking at the most beautiful view imaginable. During our stay the staff couldn't have been kinder or more helpfull ( Caroline always brings a smile to my face ) and the GM Alistair Forrest was everywhere chatting to guests. The new chef has much improved the restaurant menus and service ethos. Numerous upgrades and improvements are ongoing across the property but for us it's the friendliness of the staff and the simple charm of the resort that bring us back again and again. Paradise revisited.

Room Tip: Cove Suites are stunning and set a little apart from the main hotel all other rooms have sea and gar...
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2011

Firstly the good - excellent location, cove suites cater for US expectations and are large and well maintained. Beach staff very helpful

The bad - slow service at meal times, waited 1hr 20 mins for meal one evening. The kitchen is not well organised and the food is average, bland and not something we looked forward to during our 2 week stay

The hope - the management were very willing to listen to the feedback about the food and related slow service. I believe they are trying to improve in this area.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Salisbury Mills, New York
2 reviews
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

My boyfriend and I were looking for a beautiful place to belatedly celebrate my birthday. Our travel agent recommended Blue Waters. I have travelled extensively in the Caribbean and knew what I did and did not want in an island and resort. Blue Waters impressed us from the moment we stepped off the van from the airport. The check in experience was wonderful. We were invited to sit down, brought moist towels to refresh and asked if we wanted a rum or fruit punch. The staff was very attentive. Our room was spacious and immaculate as was the rest of the property. Someone is always working on keeping the property looking its best.

We went on the all inclusive plan and were well pleased with the variety of food and liquor choices. I cannot say enough about the staff. Carolyn at the beach bar remembered your name and what you like to drink. Daniel, the duty manager, who attended to all of our needs with lightning fast efficiency. General manager Alistair Forrest who constantly made sure that all was running smoothly in his operation. These are just a few of the people who make Blue Waters the spectacular vacation experience it is!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Saint Albans, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2011

Blue Waters in Antigua is all about the staff...the GM, Mandy, Cameron, Daniel, NIcole, Carolyn, Date, Enos (taxi driver) and a host of others truly care about making your visit amazing...there is no task they cannot accomplish...all you have to do is ask. Our holiday had many purposes...wedding, honeymoon, and family vacation...all received a gold star rating due to the extraordinary personnel of Blue Waters. Sure, there were a few minor things that could be improved such as better bathroom lighting in the Cove Suites and maybe a few more selections for dinner, but hey, we were on holiday and we enjoyed every moment...you will too!

Room Tip: I was so impressed with the cleanliness of the entire resort...even the corners were clean. Amazing...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2011

Where did these couples stay who complained about service and staff? Certainly not the same resort I stayed at for 7 wonderful days. I find if you are friendly and respectful to staff and others around you, you will receive the same in return. I found the staff very friendly and kind to all of our family. We came for my brother's wedding, Brian and Lisa, and none of us had any trouble. We made many friends from England as well as several new friends from the staff. I don't know what bar or servants a couple on here commented about because everyone was friendly and more than willing to help you out with anything you wanted. We also had bartenders help us on the beach and there was always a bartender available as well as nightly entertainment. The only complaint I have is that the entertainment started a little too early and left too soon. It would be great if the bands would begin around 9pm and stay until midnight because it's difficult to get through dinner before 9pm. We enjoyed meeting each staff member because they were very attentive and helpful. The GM was often around the grounds and always stopped in to chat as well which was great. I made many friends and I can't wait to return for another fabulous vacation at Blue Waters. Take care of the little black cat from the Palm Restaurant, he was my favorite but a little on the thin side. It was wonderful meeting Mandie upon arrival after midnight, Carolyn, Wingrove, Dale, Raul, Pearl, Nicole, Paulette, Akeem, and anyone else I have forgotten names but not you! Thanks to all of you for making our wedding and vacation memorable and relaxing!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Blue Waters Antigua
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
#1 Business Hotel in St. John's
#2 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. John's
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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Blue Waters Antigua Hotel St. John`s
Blue Waters St Johns
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Blue Waters Antigua Saint John Parish

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