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Blue Waters Antigua
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Roanoke
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Paradise with a staff that cares!”
Reviewed May 15, 2006

Wonderful facilities, good food ... but the best part was the people. A staff that caters to your needs, often going above and beyond the call of duty ... and always with a warm smile! Best example of the caring service came from Rosalind, part of the dining staff. Mentioned that one of our young ones was battling some tummy troubles ... Rosalind returned to the table with a chunk of ginger root and a homemade remedy that took care of her troubles in short order! Now that's service!!! This was our first visit to BW. Hopefully, many more to come.

  • Stayed April 2006
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2006

Visit Blue Waters, Great hotel, service,beach , the best hotel I have stayed in. By the way
the food is absolutely awesome. Zimo

  • Stayed June 2005
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11 Thank zimmy73
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2006

We were immediately impressed by the greeting we received upon arrival at the resort. Overall, the service was phenomenal. The staff was very friendly and accommodating arranging taxi service, coordinating fishing expedition, etc.

We did not participate in the all-inclusive plan as we prefer a variety of different locales in which to dine. As such, we found it difficult to gain access to food and beverage unless it was within certain timeframes. For instance lunch is only served until 2:30pm.. as late eaters we had difficult adhering to these parameters.

My boyfriend was reprimanded for wearing very nice shorts in the open-air Pelican Bar early one evening. We always felt like we had to watch our attire no matter how appropriate and nice compared to others.

One of the highlights of the trip was our experience at The Cove Restaurant, opened by the owners of Blue Waters. The decor truly suited us and Yves was a fabulous host. He was always extremely gracious and always very accommodating. Kudos and thanks to Yves!

All in all a great trip .. its hard to be disappointed in such a beautiful place with great company!

  • Stayed April 2006
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14 Thank TamraChicago_IL
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2006

We have just returned from our 10 day holiday at Blue Waters and feel lucky to have picked such a lovely, relaxing hotel for our first trip to the Caribbean. The hotel is spotlessly clean with friendly staff, well-tended grounds and in a beautiful location.
If you're idea of a good holiday is lively entertainment evenings, then don't go here. On the other hand if you prefer evenings sipping cocktails chatting to newly made friends, whilst the steel band plays in the background, then you can do no better than Blue Waters.
Our party included teenagers and a child but they were never bored, finding new friends to either play alongside in the pools or 'hang out' in the games room. The teenagers even set up a game of pool volleyball and invited other younger children to join them, letting the shorter ones sit on their shoulders.
At the time of going the guests were predominantly British, with a few Americans. There was also a mix of families and couples, all got along splendidly.
A special mention must go to Carolyn (who works in the pool bar), she always had a smile and greeting for everyone. Her capacity to remember everybody's names and favourite drinks was amazing.
Whether on the beach or lying by the pools, the bar staff look after everyone, bringing around cups of water and asking if you required drinks at regular intervals.
The hotel beach has soft sand, raked smooth (by the staff) every morning. Although beaches are public in Antigua, this beach is only accessible by water or through the hotel grounds, meaning there are no problems with beach traders. There is a small beach shop, at which you can buy t-shirts, necklaces or have your hair braided and occasionally the Widadli Catamaran guy will drop by and try to persuade you to join his tours. However, all that is needed is a polite refusal, and you are left in peace. However, (contrary to another report) we did find the sea to be too cloudy with sand to snorkle successfully but whether this was due to conditions or not, I cannot say. The pelicans still seemed able to spot fish even when we couldn't.
A word of warning - despite the hotel regularly using a machine to smoke under the bushes in the evening, mosquitoes are as rife here as the rest of the island. Take strong spray and even then still keep your guard.

  • Stayed April 2006
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London
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2006

15 minutes from St.John airport, Blue Waters is situated on Soldiers Bay in the North of Antigua.

The hotel is of a very high standard. At check-in, the very friendly staff offer you fruit punch and from that point on, you know you are on to a winner!

The hotel really feels like a piece of paradise. The beaches are beautiful - very well maintained with plenty of sunloungers and shade. There are some great watersports (we tried kayaking and the pedallo's) - all of which are free.

There are two private beaches and then a third tiny 'alcove' beach with about 2 loungers on it (perfect for honeymooners!). The sand is soft, and the water is very clear. There are also 3 swimming pools: one near the bar, a beautiful larger one near the beach and beach bar and a third for adults only (which was a little disappointing).

The room was great. Part of our honeymoon package meant that we were upgraded to a beachfront room. It was idyllic with views over the sea and the beautiful landscaped gardens. We stayed in block 400 which was lovely. It was very close to the restaurant and bar, which at night had quite a loud band until 11pm.

The only slight disappointment was the food. Although of a resonable standard, it was expensive at around $50 per person for an evening meal (2 courses / no alcohol). Even room service was on the pricey side. We found that trips to restaurants in the local area were more fun and proved better value for money (even including the taxi fare).

Overall, we had a wonderful honeymoon at Blue Waters. It's a beautiful hotel with incredibly friendly staff. Top tip for Antigua: remember to take lots of mosquito spray!

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2006

I feel anybody writing a bad review about this hotel must be a very sad, boring person & dont appreciate the fine things in life, we stayed and got married there early march, weather was excellent, accomodation was a deluxe beachfront with a fantastic view over the sea, what a lovely way to wake up! sound of the waves to send you to sleep at night was very relaxing, how can anyone moan at that!?! food was really good, we were all inclusive so the drinks were flowing, ther was no waiting for drinks, how you treat the staff is how you get treated back, just be polite, the minute we sat down the drinks were in front of us, we got married there, the wedding was super, Cindy just took over& did a fantastic job, beautiful setting under the gazebo, steel band was a bonus, lovely sound, photos were excellent with a super album, video was wonderful too, better than we expected, we had lots of photos taken on the beach with the sunset, didn't want the day to end, we had a meal in vyviens after for 8 of us & they couldn't do enough for us, especially Gary & Wyngrove. We had a great champagne breakfast brought up to us on the following morning after the wedding with everything you could want, excellent!! Grounds are beautiful, well kept, sea was crystal clear, staff was friendly & helpful, just cant wait to go back & be spoilt, if anyone wants anymore answers about the hotel feel free to e-mail, ENJOY IT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED....

  • Stayed March 2006
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Northampton
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2006

We booked several rooms as my husband and then fiance
had chosen Blue Waters to get married.The resort had still minor things to complete as they had just finished a major refurb.The minor things being.. hanging 2 pictures in each room. For this "inconvienience"each couple in my party had delivered to their room a bottle of chilled champagne.
Our Wedding Day was so romantic.Cindy our Wedding Co ordinator was on hand all day and made it everything we wished for.
A shirt had been lost and the Deputy General Manager Paula .. spent 4 hours on the day of the wedding locating a match in St Johns and achieved it well before the ceremony!! ..thats what I call service!!!The rest of the day and holiday was above our expectations.We spent the first week in a Beachfront room which was lovely.The second week we upgraded to the Rock Cottage which was out of this world!!(The staff even spread rose petals all over the rooms and bed.It was so beautiful and a memory which will always stay with us as it was a complete suprise.)
The staff were very helpful.They did indeed deliver a holiday well above our expectations and we would highly recommend the Hotel and intend to visit again.

  • Stayed October 2005
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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 Spa 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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