Blue Waters

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Information & Facts

Accessibility

If you need an accessible room, a Deluxe Beachfront room is probably best as it is a short distance to the beach. The rooms have sliding patio doors at the front which are ideal for wheelchair access. There’s a ramp from the gardens allowing access to the resort’s facilities.

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

Antigua is famous for the extensive number of water sports and sea cruises that are available. You can take zipline tours, island safaris and, our favourite, go for a snuba experience.

We found this through our research prior to visiting the resort. In simple terms snuba is a combination of scuba and snorkelling. So basically you go out on the water in a dingy which holds all the equipment and breathing apparatus and you are free to dive into the water, with a pipe attaching you to the tank which sits in the dingy.

We used swimfins, diving masks, weights, and diving regulator similar to scuba diving, all the equipment is supplied by the operator. Minimum age is usually 8 years old.

Best Bits for Kids

The Secret Garden - in three words, that sums it up. The steel band that perform at the Sunday brunch are a great bunch of guys that let you join in, it’s so much fun.

Best Bits for Parents

Booking a Cove Suite gives you have access to the infinity pool, and if you fancy child-free time there is an adult’s only pool. The resort have live entertainment five days a week, and a weekly Manager’s Cocktail Party (every Wednesday from 6pm onwards at Veronicas) which is ideal for mingling with other adult guests and the staff.

Best Family Beaches

There is a beach within walking distance. Antigua has 365 beaches so you can rest easy you’ll get your sun, sand and surf time.

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort, and every room has free Wi-Fi and a TV.

Endorsement Quote

We would definitely go back with grandparents and extended family in tow, because it’s a good fit for all of them. The staff are really outstanding and immediately you begin to fit right in.

Family Traveller's Recommended Family Rooms

: If money is no object then definitely book the Cove Penthouse. Otherwise our favourite is the Beachfront Junior suite which is a more affordable option.

Food & Drink

The Cove Restaurant is open four nights a week, has fabulous views and menus which offer a Caribbean French combination cuisine. Bartley’s Restaurant, located within the main hotel complex, is more of a fine dining restaurant. The Palm Restaurant is open daily and is the best choice when dining with family. The resort has the Pelican Bar (open daily from 6pm), Carolyn’s (open daily from 11am) and also Veronica’s Bar (open daily from 11am to 6pm). Make sure you have the Coconut Crush cocktail, it has incredibly generous measures of Caribbean rum.

Getting There

There are direct flights that take 9 hours from London Gatwick to Antigua. You can be at the resort within 15 to 25 minutes. For four people the current cost of a taxi should be US$20.

Hotel Shop

There is a small hotel shop, selling sun protection lotions, toiletries and essential beachwear. We were pleasantly surprised that the stock was not overpriced.

Hotel Vibe

You’ve closed out the world, and you are on your own little private island. It is the opposite of a concrete jungle - it’s a peaceful, secluded paradise. Although it’s family friendly, it’s got a balance of energy for younger kids and a very laid back, chilled vibe for older kids and adults.

Kids Clubs

The crèche has a strict ratio of one staff member to three children at all times and caters for infants aged from 14 months up to four years old. There’s a charge for the crèche of US$40 per session or US$70 for the full day.

The Blue Water Kids Club is complementary and caters for children age four to 12 years old. The staff ratio is one staff member per eight children.

Opening hours are 8.30am to 12.30pm and the clubs re-open for the afternoon session at 1.30pm and close at 4.30pm.

Hot tip is to book into sessions prior to your trip, as there is no guarantee that there will be space available.

Location

Blue Waters is located in Soldier’s Bay, enclosed within three private beaches. The resort is set in 17 acres of tropical gardens.

Pools

General access to three pools, one of which is an adult only pool, and exclusive access to the infinity pools dependant on which accommodation you book.

Rooms

All the rooms have the essential air-conditioning and ceiling fan. They have lovely Elemis amenities, tea & coffee facilities, flat screen TVs, twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown, a hairdryer, a safe, a mini-fridge (stocked to order if you are on all-inclusive basis) and the all important bathrooms and slippers. Children under six years old are not permitted to stay in Superior Rooms.

Rooms & Suites

·         Superior Hillside: The bedroom can be configured as one king size bed or two twin beds and you have an option of having a rollaway bed. The maximum occupancy for this room is 2 adults and 1 child. From your private balcony you have a view of the hills.

·         Deluxe Beachfront: Has the same configuration as the Superior the only difference is the fabulous sea views, from these rooms you can reach the beach within a few minutes. Some of these rooms also offer the option of interconnecting to adjoining deluxe rooms.

·         Hillside Junior Suite: Much larger than the other two options, and a good size if you are planning to spend more time in your room. You also have the option to interconnect with adjoining superior hillside suites.

·         Beachfront Junior Suite: The suite has a maximum occupancy for 2 or 3 adults and one child. You have one king size bed and an optional queen bed or a rollaway. What makes this suite stand out is the wrap around balcony and the fabulous views.

·         Luxury Suite: For 2 or 3 adults and one child, same configuration as a Beachfront Junior Suite, meaning one king size bed, and optional queen bed or rollaway.

 

The Villas

All of these villas & suites have a quirky feature you’ll love - a mobile phone that ensures you’re only ever a call away from the concierge, food and beverages manager, and the management team.

 

·         Hillside Villas: Come in one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom configurations.

·         Pelican House: This is available as a three or six bedroom option. Each of the villas has three bedrooms with ensuites. They have fully equipped kitchens, private balconies and access to the infinity edge pool, which is for the exclusive use of the Villa guests.

·         Turtle Cottage: Is a four bedroom villa, with concierge service (bear in mind the service is only available from 8am to 6pm).

·         Rock Cottage: Has five bedrooms, a dining area, a lounge, a kitchen, a Jacuzzi and an amazing four sun decks, and a private infinity pool.

 

 

The Suites

·         The Cove Suites: Very spacious with 730 sq feet, there is an open plan living are, a large bedroom and oversized bathroom.

·         The Cove Penthouses: The piece de resistance, this is well worth splashing out on. Max occupancy is for 6 or 7 adults and up to 4 children. All the bedrooms have en suites, there’s a living room, dining room, kitchen, private terrace, Jacuzzi and private access to a secluded infinity pool. Plus, unbeatable views of the Caribbean.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

Blue Waters has a hair salon on site to tame your beach locks and an Elemis Spa which offers an extensive spa menu ranging from massages to facials.

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

There are no specific treatments available for children in the spa but you can take them to the salon and have a whole new look created for them with influences from Caribbean culture.

Sports

Snorkelling, windsurfing, and kayaking are all available, perfect for exploring the fascinating Caribbean coral. If you need to, you can have a complimentary introductory lesson to refresh your skills.

If you fancy motorised sports such as water skiing and jet skiing, these experiences can be organised. Opening time is 9am to 5pm. Table tennis is also very popular.

Blue Waters has a state of the art cardiovascular and strength training equipment and they can organise a personal trainer if you want one.

The resort also has a hard surface, floodlit, outdoor tennis court open 7am to 7pm, which can be booked through reception alongside rackets and balls. A professional lesson will set you back US$50 for a one hour session. 

The resort runs four yoga classes a week if you feel like stretching out into downward dog pose whilst taking in the stunning Caribbean sea views. The classes take place at the outdoor Pavillion.

Management can arrange various different tours eg a lobster lunch cruise or a fishing expedition.

If you love a round or two of golf you’ll be pleased to hear that they’re only 3 miles from the only golf course in Antigua - 18-hole, par 69 course. Lessons, golf carts, equipment etc can all be hired.

Room Service

Room service is available from 7am to 10.30pm.

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