This upscale, family-friendly resort with a well-polished exterior maintains a relaxed, Caribbean vibe and offers great ocean views from all parts of the property. The highlights are the lush, tropical gardens, nine tranquil pools, and a range of suite or villa options. But don't expect too much variety at the restaurants or to take long walks in the sand -- the beaches are small, but lounge chairs are plentiful.
This property set in lush, green gardens is modern and polished as well as laid-back Caribbean; families, honeymooners and retirees alike all come for peace and quiet.
The lush 17-acre property of Blue Waters Antigua has more than enough room for its spread of 94 rooms and villas, nine pools, three restaurants, and a spa, so it never feels crowded. The gardens and grounds are impeccable, and guests may get a whiff of fresh jasmine as they walk around to admire the many colorful flowers.
The style and decor is modern Caribbean; it's upscale, relaxed, and beachy with lots of light colors and nautical accessories. The resort welcomes families with kids, with some suite options that can accommodate them as well as a kids' club, but overall the property gives a very polished, grown-up vibe. The resort caters to weddings and honeymooners, though there are many older couples as well. The evenings are generally quiet and the bar closes down by 11 p.m., so this is not the place for night owls.
There are many hidden nooks along the meandering waterfront where guests can find a pair of secluded lounge chairs tucked under a tree, and feel like they have the place to themselves. The Blue Waters is about as close to sparkling travel-brochure pictures as it gets. "You will become recharged while you are here, and you may not even realize it until you get home," the concierge noted when we commented on the lovely, laid-back atmosphere of the resort.
In a secluded cove with a few small beaches, this location on the north side of the island provides privacy and a quiet atmosphere.
Blue Waters is set in a secluded cove called Soldiers Bay on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the closest resorts to the airport -- only about a 15-minute ride away. It's also a 15-minute drive to the capital of St. John's. There are no other properties close by and you won’t see other buildings from the balcony views, so it feels very private, and even exclusive. There is a peninsula in the middle of the cove with a big gazebo at the end, which makes for great photo opportunities and is often used for weddings, though the beaches on either side are narrow, especially at high tide.
From standard rooms to deluxe villas, all units have modern technology, private decks, and extra touches such as claw-foot tubs.
The most basic room categories are the Superior Hillside and the Deluxe Beachfront Rooms, which come with either king-size or twin beds. Upgrades include a variety of suites and private villa options, with the five-bedroom private Rock Cottage being one of the biggest and best. Regardless of which one suits you, all the rooms have a private patio or deck and most have ocean views. Amenities across the board include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. (Those who opt for the all-inclusive option get a stocked minibar, though top-shelf liquor is extra.) Many rooms, even at the entry level, have a luxurious bathrooms with stylish claw-foot bathtubs, separate from the shower.
The newer and slightly more luxurious Cove Suites offer additional living areas and larger patios, while the resort's various penthouses, cottages, and villas have full kitchens, open-plan dining and living rooms, and outdoor dining areas on spacious decks.
Decor varies between categories, but all rooms are bright and airy, with white tile floors and white bedding; fabric color accents are often in soft, neutral colors.
Features include a spa, fitness center, and game room, while the three restaurants have great views but limited variety.
Three restaurants and three bars dot the property, including The Cove, a fine-dining restaurant on top of a hill with panoramic views of the blue waters for which the resort is named. However all three restaurants are not open every night for dinner, and only the Palm Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch (buffet-style), so meal variety is a bit limited. Guests can opt for a bed-and-breakfast plan or a full all-inclusive plan (though this only includes house wines; fine wines are still extra). Room service is also available.
The lovely Elemis-brand spa and salon is also located at the top of the hill, and staff members are available to give guests a ride up on a golf cart if they don’t feel like making the walk. The spa has its own small pool perched on the edge of the hill for those who fancy a dip while they wait. The good-sized fitness center offers a variety of machines. Tennis courts, a game room, and a kids' club are available as well.
The three beachfront areas are on the small side, but there are plenty of padded lounge chairs.
There are three separate beachfront areas: One main beach where water sports like sailing or kayaking are available, and two smaller, quieter beach areas on the far side of the beachfront pool. While they all feature the clear water and soft white sand that travelers come to the Caribbean for, the beaches are rather small and narrower than at some other resorts, like Cocobay or St. James Club -- here there’s not much distance between the steps up to the hotel and the water.
The nine pools give guests lots of room to spread out.
There are nine pools on the property, including six smaller pools located next to the private cottages and Cove Suites, for use by those guests. The Palm Restaurant faces out on the main pool, while a few steps down is the big beachfront pool featuring a hot tub. Lastly, the adult-only pool offers lots of shade and is often the quietest.
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