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Reviewed November 6, 2013

I love Blue Waters! We were recommended after my brother stayed here last year and what a great recommendation. What really makes this place is the staff... Literally everyone is amazing but a few special mentions must go to Andre, Gary, Caroline and Jarmaine. Blue Waters has a lovely small and personal feeling to it and with some lovely little beaches, great pools and bars and a good choice of restaurants it really has everything you could need for a great holiday.

Room Tip: Go for the Ocean Front rooms over the Cove Suites... They are much closer to the main areas.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Baliboo9
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Dear Guest,

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

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We stayed at this resort hotel on a non inclusive basis in Oct 2013 and dare I say I have never felt so underwhelmed by an experience in my life. The hotel itself was built in 1966 in void of any architectural interest and a lack of significant investment shows. The staff though is extremely friendly and the newish area called the Cove offers better accommodation.

It was quite an expensive stay at £450 per night inclusive of breakfast and it nagged us extensively that the quality was not there. Aside from nice Elemis products it all fell short, I came away thinking they are doing this on a shoe string. For example, you are given the first bottle of water then they charge you 2 dollars for every new bottle. They empty the water in the gym and I was told it is because non all inclusive guests 'help themselves'. A taxi anywhere is £20 return so first we decided to eat in the hotel. Disaster. The food is all but good, as if when most people pay for all inclusive they are allowed to skimp and do it on the cheap. Nothing tastes of anything and when you pay you are all but stunned at the prices for the quality. A dinner for 2 with wine, no dessert will set you back £130, and it is not great quality food. We had several meals elsewhere on the island and the same price can buy you a lovely meal (try the Tides for example). The Cove is their flagship restaurant and the lobster eg was a baby version of all other places on the island. But expensive.

Breakfast was truly underwhelming, really poor bread, poor fruit, omelettes that are tasteless cheap coffee and uninspiring 'canteen like' dining area, it is no better than a Holiday Inn Express. A wasted opportunity.

The grounds are lovely, the watersports good but again why not offer sailing instruction for free rather than charging 35 dollars? It wasn't busy, quite the opposite and the guys working there would have more fun.

The gym needs serious investment.

The spa is nice but pricy. Nice staff though, Fiona is great.

One staff member, Gwen, is outstanding and such a jewel to the place that without her it would be down right dire.

The bar is tasteless and boring. House wine undrinkable, who could have such little imagination?

This last thing proves my point. They could do so much more with what they have but they need to decide who they cater for. It is not a high end boutique hotel - it serves all inclusive guests on a budget deal. Sadly at Shangri-La prices.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the old part of the hotel. Opt for the Cove suites though more expensive. Rooms in the 100 block are noisy. We could not sleep due to non soundproof rooms and cleaning starting at 7am. The Cove suites are very nice, spacious and quiet. There you get some sense of better value for money.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank CloistersBucks
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BWTeam, General Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of your stay at Blue Waters. We pride ourselves on delivering high standards and take each customer's review as constructive. It is unfortunate you did not mention your many issues to myself as I would have loved the opportunity to resolve them prior to your departure. The resort was seemingly not a good fit for you and your expectations. On behalf of my entire team, we sincerely apologise that your experience was not to your satisfaction.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Arrived at blue water end September beginning October. We have been to antiqua 5 times but never to Blue water, well what a surprise. It was welcoming friendly the staff bent over backwards to help you, everywhere was clean and tidy. The room was large with new air condition unit, the bathroom was huge with elemis products to use, what a treat. The main restaurant was excellent, choice of food, service , champagne with breakfast. The surprise was Sunday lunch roast beef and Yorkshire pudding not what you expect in the caribean but everyone was tucking in. The cove restaurant was lovely the lobster was delicious. Bentleys restaurant was not to my liking very strange menu, steak with pasta? Several people commented that they didn't like it as well. The swimming pools were all of a good size and there was plenty of beach towels, they bring cold towels to refresh yourself at the pool and some stuff would bring you drinks to your sunbed. Good fun was had at the beach bar some staff needed to relax a little bit and join in the banter but overal their were all extremely nice and helpful. Would recommend this hotel I'll defiantly be returning.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

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

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Invited to tag along by my long term friends, this was my first visit to Blue Waters and my third to this lovely island, where I soon discovered that this resort cannot be oversold in any category. It is spacious enough to afford pleasant strolls in the exceptionally well-tended grounds and compact enough to place all of its amenities within easy reach; additionally, it is only a 15 minute ride away from St Johns, the harbour and the airport.
With three pools and attendant bars adjacent to the beach in a reasonably sheltered bay there is a range of waterborne (sailboats, windsurfers, canoes, pedalos, snorkels etc.) activities which guests can avail themselves of and all manner of off-site activities can be arranged through the reception desk. I would particularly commend the Zipwire experience if you want to do something different which is suitable for most age groups from teens to pensioners, of which I am one….. It would be remiss of you to fail to go on one of the many boat trips available as either circumnavigations or trips to the outlying islands to witness their unspoilt beauty.
All of the above pales into insignificance when compared to the attentiveness of the staff who seem to correctly gauge their demeanour based upon your interactions with them. They will never be surly or dismissive but can be positively charming and extremely helpful depending on how you chose to conduct yourself. I formed this opinion by observation and would be very happy to call them my friends. Whether ‘backstage’ or ‘front of house’ they are all happy to spend some time with you, duties permitting of course; they all seem to love their jobs. In fact one of the staff members took us to a meeting at the local Drag Strip to witness a late night session where petrol was converted into noise and speed to the merriment of a good natured crowd. (Don’t ask me where it was as it was dark and the roads aren’t the straightest, or best signposted, in the world!)
I visited in late September, before the high season, so not all of the restaurants were open simultaneously however, even in the high season, it would be hard to see how the resort would ever appear crowded.
Blue Waters will definitely be getting my custom in the future, which is something I greatly look forward to, sooner rather than later.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

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

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Blue Waters never fails to surprise me with its food, friendliness and hospitality.
All staff are highly trained to be efficient and extremely friendly. They never forget you. The rooms are spotless. The food in the cove is unbelievable...the lobster was the sweetest I have had for years. The grounds and gardens are a wonder to behold.

Room Tip: Cove suites are truly superb
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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BWTeam, Manager at Blue Waters Antigua, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Blue Waters, and were pleased with the Cove Restaurant's cuisine.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Kind regards,

The Blue Waters Team

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