Blue Waters, Antigua
With a name like Blue Waters, you might have an inkling as to what you can expect at this Antiguan resort. While you'll lose yourself once or twice in the turquoise views of the Caribbean Sea across Soldier's Bay, family-owned Blue Waters' elegance, gorgeous tropical gardens and first-class service have also combined to draw plenty of couples, honeymooners, families and other guests through its doors ever since it opened in 1960.
This really is a sublime slice of paradise and with its 17 acres of gardens and tranquil seafront location (it's the only resort on Antigua's north-west coast), it's hard to fathom a more beautiful spot in the Caribbean. Muted cream colours run throughout the resort, while the Caribbean charisma comes through in the form of bright bursts of blue, purple and turquoise in everything from the bar stools to the lampshades.
The resort's west-facing location ensures cinematic sunsets are an iconic moment of every evening but the level of service provided at Blue Waters arguably surpasses it for warmth. Many of the staff have been working here for decades and it shows, with their friendly smiles and incredible attention to detail a pleasing feature of any stay. You'll be surprised at first by their length of service but as soon as you've been treated to the Blue Waters experience, you'll be the ones returning year after year.
There are a multitude of room choices at Blue Waters and all are extremely comfortable, but we have to confess the Cove Suites tick all the boxes for us here at Turquoise. Each one is secluded, private and serving up uninterrupted panoramas of the Caribbean Sea, laden with a decor which is calm and very pleasing to the eye, crisp white linens, weathered wood and furnished balconies. A spacious living area flows into a generous bedroom – bathrooms are also oversized and exceptionally well-appointed. The Cove Suites also benefit from an infinity pool for the use of Cove Suite guests only.
With four restaurants (two open each evening) and bars you will be spoilt for choice. Enjoy breakfast with a view at The Palm Restaurant, which by night takes on a refined, soft and elegant vibe. Bartley’s is an intimate and romantic spot, while the clifftop Cove Restaurant fuses Caribbean and French cuisine with an almost effortless flair – expect flaming torches and dining by candlelight. For a jovial, Caribbean vibe head to the Pelican Bar, whereas Carolyn's Beach Bar is on hand to keep you cool and refreshed throughout the day with a fabulous menu of cocktails, mocktails and light lunch bites.
There is an extensive range of facilities to keep you entertained Blue Waters with tennis courts, a fully equipped gym and a plethora of water sports you can enjoy straight from the beach, including windsurfing, snorkelling and guided kayaking trips. There are four swimming pools, one of which is adults only, and any one of them is great for lazing beside all day. Blue Waters lies close to Antigua's only 18-hole PGA-rated golf course at Cedar Valley Golf Club and offers reduced green fees if you book direct through the resort.
Blue Waters also has its 24-foot yacht Monty Wave and can be booked by guests for up to six people from two-hour cruises to full-day charters. On land, you can join tours of the resort's beautiful manicured gardens with head gardener John or sample some of the finest rums and wines at organised tasting sessions.
Seeking something a little less strenuous during your time at Blue Waters? The resort's Spa is the perfect place to soothe any muscles tired after a long flight, with a complete range of massages and treatments. Blue Waters has teamed up with spa brands ila and Elemis to create a truly decadent menu of treatments designed to pamper the mind, body and soul.
With spectacular beaches, crystal clear sea and super friendly locals, Antigua is THE place for a sun-filled honeymoon! And Blue Waters is an excellent choice of hotel! Offering either bed & breakfast or all-inclusive options, as well as lots of different room types to choose from, an abundance of activities to partake in and plenty of dining possibilities, your honeymoon here can be tailored to fit your exact requirements and budget.
Look to stay in one of the more exclusive Cove Suites for a luxurious, secluded honeymoon experience. With an oversized bedroom and living area as well as a large private balcony with uninterrupted views over the Caribbean Sea, and a pool shared with only a few other guests, the Cove Suites really are the ideal location for a truly special holiday.
Enjoy all of the resort amenities, including the picturesque and peaceful adults only pool, secluded sunloungers dotted around the resort and the superb Cove Restaurant for more intimate, romantic meals.
- For a super special sunset, book the Sunset Champagne Experience... enjoy exclusive use of the Spa's clifftop infinity pool, a bottle of champagne and canapes whilst watching the sun go down.
- Don’t miss a trip to the indulgent spa, where the therapists can massage away any wedding stress, so you can truly unwind and enjoy your honeymoon! We highly recommend the Togetherness Massage for total relaxation!
- Champagne and chocolates in your room on arrival
- A champagne breakfast served on your balcony / terrace on the first morning of your stay (Date restrictions apply)
Considering getting married in the sunshine? If so, then Blue Waters is a fantastic option! Enjoy a romantic ceremony in the beautiful wedding gazebo, followed by a reception tailored to suit your needs. Every stage is planned with the dedicated wedding co-ordinator, then you leave the organising to them while you sit back and enjoy the glorious surroundings!
A firm family favourite, Blue Waters is perfect for kids of all ages. With 7 swimming pools, lovely beach areas and glorious tropical gardens, there is plenty of space for families to spread out.
- The open plan Cove Suites are ideal for two adults and up to two younger children, whilst larger groups or families with older kids will enjoy the extra space that interconnecting Deluxe Beachfront Rooms or private villas offer.
- The complimentary kids club, complete with an exciting secret garden, is superb for children aged 4 to 12 years. For littler ones there is a crèche next door (chargeable). Teens are also well catered for with an abundance of watersports to choose from and a range of age appropriate activities on offer.
- Family dining is a delight… each of the 3 restaurants offer a varied and delicious childrens menu and at busy times there is also a dedicated childrens buffet at the Palm Restaurant! Early dining from 6pm is an option for families travelling with young children and you can even pre-order meals to speed up the process!
- Babysitting is available (at an extra charge) during the day as well as in the evening and can either be prebooked prior to arrival or arranged during your stay, to allow the adults some child free time!
Blue Waters FAQ
All of Blue Waters' room rates come with breakfast included, but there is also the option to upgrade to an all-inclusive board basis.
Ever since Blue Waters was bought by Englishman Ronald Randall in 1984 after he stayed and fell in love with the resort, Blue Waters has been family owned and run. It's now managed by his middle son Gary, along with his team.
Blue Waters has just over 100 rooms and suites, along with three restaurants and two bars. The resort itself is spread across 17 acres of gorgeously manicured tropical gardens.
Just because the Caribbean is all about taking it easy doesn't mean there isn't much to do at Blue Waters. In fact, it's the opposite. A plethora of water sports, including snorkelling, windsurfing and guided kayak tours, will keep you busy on the water, while tennis, aqua aerobics and organised morning runs are other great ways of keeping active.
If you fancy something more leisurely, then guided garden tours are led by Blue Waters' head gardener John, while there are also rum and wine tasting sessions you can join. If you'd like to explore the island of Antigua, you can organise plenty of tours through the resort.
There are direct flights from London to St John's in Antigua, which take around nine hours. From there, Blue Waters is no more than a 20-minute drive from the airport.
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