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Blue Waters Antigua
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Excellent holiday in Cove Suites which are part of Blue Waters, Antigua. We have just spent 2 weeks at the Cove Suites and found it difficult to fault.

There are always some problems but the team sort them out immediately with good grace. The whole experience was exactly what you want from a first-class hotel. We were beautifully looked after with excellent facilities by a wonderful team. The Cove Suites benefit from a concierge service that is second to none. You have your own mobile phone to contact them whenever you need help and they will arrange anything for you. The room (1E) was superb with lovely views and easy access to the infinity pool. It was spotlessly clean and maintenance was excellent. Infrastructure is brilliantly thought out with on resort back up power generation making regular Caribbean power failures immaterial.

Apart from the obvious benefits Blue Waters offers, by far the best feature is the staff. They are simply amazing with nothing being too much of a problem - operating on feet, rebuilding complex sunglasses, simply not a problem.

The food is outstanding and Roger is only too happy to sort out any special dietary requirements with good grace and panache. Vincent's entire team are outstanding.

So was there anything not 100%. There can be some noise from upper storey accommodation if you are on the ground floor at the Cove Suites. The bath is not long enough for a soak.

Lets put everything into perspective. We have holidayed in the Caribbean for over 30 years and never returned to the same place. I would be very surprised if we do not return to the Cove Suites at Blue Waters.

Keep doing what you are doing! Well done.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Dear Sally,

It was such a pleasure to read your review and I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed your holiday with us here at Blue Waters.

I will of course pass on your kind comments to our team here and hope that you will indeed return to see us again soon.

Kind Regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We spent 8 days in a Deluxe Beachfront room at the Blue Waters Resort. Looking out from our balcony over the fragrant Hibiscus, through the swaying palm trees to the deep blue sea beyond we knew we had found the perfect slice of paradise for our restful week.

Every member of staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome, from the ground staff to the bar staff to the restaurant staff. It makes such a difference when the staff make an effort, and many larger resorts could learn a thing or two from the management here. On day one we keep repeating our room number at the bar and restaurant, only to be greeted by the smiling staff with our names - a personal touch that was very welcoming.

We only ate at the Palms restaurant, but by and large we were delighted with the food. The breakfast and lunch buffets were superb, and afternoon tea after a day on the beach was a treat. The a la carte dinners were well cooked, but got a little "samey" by the end of the week - probably our fault for not trying the Cove which gets rave reviews.

The beach is small, but charming and never felt too crowded. The pools were perhaps a little on the small side, but to be honest they were hardly used when we were there - why swin in a pond when the ocean is on your doorstep. Bar service on the beach was excellent, and cool face-towels in the morning and sorbets in the afternoon on the beach was a nice touch.

The bedroom was excellent - comfy bed, lovely balcony and spotlessly clean. We would recomend an upper floor for a better view and greater privacy. They room are mostly north facing so don't expect sun on your balcony, but again if you want sun there are better places to be.

Can I think of any negatives? The bathroom was on the small size for the room, and could do with a little updating.

We had a great time, would highly recommend it and are already planning our return to this slice of paradise.

Room Tip: Upper floors give better views and more privacy.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank WilliamR682
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Dear William,

Thank you for taking the time to share such a positive and delightful review. It's such a pleasure to know you enjoyed your holiday with us and I will certainly pass your regards onto the team here.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Antigua again very soon.

Kind Regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is the best hotel we have ever stayed in. The staff were so polite, interested in you and courteous, they couldn't do enough for us. The food was excellent, the hillside room lovel. We will definitely be returning.

Room Tip: Loved the first floor hillside room, nice and quiet, sea view, very roomy. But be aware it is a lit...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank PamZ761
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Dear Pam,

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us here at Blue Waters and are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind Regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

The hotel is landscaped very nicely and isn't the usual uniform block of concrete with beautiful plants everywhere. We were able to find quiet areas that felt quite private in the grounds of the hotel although we stayed at the pool of our villa the last part of the holiday once we realised there was a bar and cold drinks served all day there.

If you are looking for a big beach, you won't find it here. Don't let that put you off though because the three smaller sections of beach are lovely and cosy. And Antigua is so small that you can drive to the other side of the island in about half an hour.

We hired a car from Pineapple car hire, (not the company recommended by the woman at the activities desk but Pineapple were offering sat nav and were marginally cheaper).
So even if you don't love where you are staying, it is easy to get to amazing places with nearly deserted beaches.

My favourite spots were Half Moon Beach on south east - spectacular...I mean REALLY spectacular. Although be very careful in the water, both my husband and I got rolled in the same wave. It is the atlantic side so expect rougher water but still warm. There is a small van that sells drinks nearby and nothing else.

Also try to get to Darkwood, again only about 6 people in total on the whole of the beach. The water was amazing.

My favourite spot was the Ffryes beach. There are two parts to it - I prefer the larger south beach which was again totally empty and you can park your car right at it. You will find Dennis' cafe and bar here. The other smaller north beach is busier with lots of sun beds and shades etc from the Cocobay resort (where i would possibly stay next time for the beach alone)
You can hire loungers on the larger beach too but there were only about 2 other people on the beach and no one had loungers in use.

The gym was fine. The food was fine. The Cove restaurant probably the best. At the main restaurant 'The Palm' there were a couple of grumpy waitresses but this was the exception as all the other staff seemed genuinely warm hearted and hospitable.

Didn't have any major problems with mosquitoes.

Hope this helps, feel free to ask any questions. I don't like writing massive essays on a place but there's always something not covered.

Room Tip: We like the cove suites villa 1 (I would avoid ground floor if you want more privacy) and booked a...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Gf0rce
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive review with us, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back to Antigua.

Kind Regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at the new Turtle Cottage. We exclusively used their concierge service, Tammara, Gwen and Kay were extensively used from way before we even left on our trip and continued to help make our stay as comfortable as possible. We were a family of 6 adults and 3 children under the age of 6. We used our pool each and every day, the house was quiet and comfortable. We chose to not go all inclusive due to the children and their sleep schedules and it turned out to be the best idea. We ate in all 3 restaurants with the Palm being our favorite for obvious reasons, they were SO very accommodating to the needs of the children. The chef in the Palm restaurant was excellent and our food amazing, especially on the last night. While there he even cooked a fish for us to eat that we caught while deep sea fishing. Kay arranged a short 4 hour trip to an island to snorkel, a cave adventure and sightings with star fish to captivate our 6 year old Grandson. She also arranged a fishing trip and a family photo shoot. We would definitely come back to Blue Waters and we would love to stay in the same cottage, I would recommend it highly to anyone wishing to travel with a family. While renting a car was no problem for us, I wish we would not have done it as we found the taxi service from the resort to be wonderful, economical, friendly and less stressful. Lastly, we were pleasantly surprised at the lack of mosquitoes, but we drastically underestimated the amount of sunscreen to bring. Many, many thanks to the whole staff at Blue Waters beginning with Carol from England who suggested the cottage, right down to the housekeeping service, by far the most accommodating staff we have ever had while traveling. We had a wonderful time and hope to return to Antigua again one day.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review, we are delighted that you enjoyed Turtle Cottage, it sounds like you had a truly wonderful holiday.

I have passed your regards onto the team here at Blue Waters and Carol in the U.K. We are all looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind Regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on an all-inclusive package at Blue Waters in a deluxe sea front room. Right from the start we were blown away by the welcome and service. Imagine you have just arrived hot and bothered from the airport and you are sat down in reception offered a cold drink and a cold flannel to mop your brow! Wow! The cold flannel routine continued at your sun bed every day. The genuinely friendly and 'nothing is too much trouble' service was outstanding. The hotel has something for everybody,whether you are a family or couples and has the room to cater for people's privacy in it's grounds. The facilities were also superb. We want to come back soon!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ColinP564
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Colin,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review, we are so pleased you chose to spend your anniversary with us and are delighted you enjoyed your stay.

We look forward to seeing you at Blue Waters again very soon.

Kind Regards

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Blue Water Antigua was our first visit to the Caribbean and what an experience. Blue Water has everything, excellent food, the most friendly and helpful staff we just couldn't believe the level of the customer service. Beautiful grounds, meticulously maintained, water sports which we took advantage of using one of the four sailing catamarans, again here the sports staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. A choice of three beaches and three pools, but also the sea was so warm and welcoming.
We hadn't experienced an all inclusive package before thinking it was not for us, it did seem expensive when booking, but we were not disappointed by the quality and choice of drinks and the food in the three choices of restaurants.
Maybe strange to say but we didn't leave the resort during our six night stay, we thought if this is paradise.......
We will definately return and if we can drag ourselves away take a look at the Island!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank kateofscarthingwell
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2013

Dear Kate,

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review, it’s great to hear you enjoyed the Catamaran and we're delighted you had a wonderful holiday with us.

We hope to welcome you back to Blue Waters in the near future.

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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in St. John's
#1 Family 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: $323 - $1,352 (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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