Blue Waters – Antigua
The only resort in the bay, Blue Waters sits in seventeen acres of colourful tropical gardens, full of hummingbirds, between two white sandy beaches. Its cool, colonial style architecture, all in whites and muted creams, is understated and refined, with the focus very much on the waters lapping the shore just feet away. Laid back and relaxed, the resort has been owned and run by the same family for over forty years, with many of the team there for almost as long. With an idyllic setting and utterly charming service, it’s little wonder guests return, again and again.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its amazing restaurant locations.
Style:Colonial Caribbean luxe.
Location:On Soldier’s Bay on the northwest coast of Antigua.
Rooms:85 rooms, suites, penthouses & villas.
Swimming:Freshwater hotel pools, private villa pools & in the sheltered bay.
Children:A playground for the entire family.
Accessibility:It is not accessible.
Open From:All year round.
Price:Weekly room from £3,020 per room.
Colonial and timeless in style, decorated in cool blues and whites, the rooms, suites and cottages are steps from the beach, nestled in the gardens or built into the hillside. They are perfect island life living, inviting the views inside. Rooms can interconnect for families, and the larger suites have up to three bedrooms. Many are set slightly apart for total seclusion, and come with their own pool. The cottages and houses are elegant and palatial, set in their own gardens with fabulous Caribbean views – ideal for larger groups.
All three restaurants at the resort have large decks facing the ocean for al fresco dining. The food is exceptional, starting with an extravagant buffet breakfast with a different smoothie every day. The Reef Restaurant is for casual lunches by the pool, whilst the Palm Restaurant is laid back during the day and refined in the evenings. The weekly grills here are not to be missed. Up on the cliff top, Cove Restaurant serves candle lit Caribbean French fusion.
It’s hard to be inactive here, with so many activities on offer. So the temptation to just sit back and relax may actually be easy to resist. The water sports are superb, with kayaking safaris, paddle boarding, sailing (the resort has a fleet of hobie cats) and snorkelling. There are some fabulous reefs just a boat ride away. The waters are also great for wind and kitesurfing. Venture further out for a fishing trip, or a day out on Blue Waters’ own boat, the Monty Wave. Guests can also charter their own boat for a day or longer.
Explore Antigua’s sister island Barbuda for the day – it still remains relatively untouched. There’s an enormous amount to explore on Antigua itself (not to mention the three hundred and sixty five beaches it boasts). Head over to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nelson’s Dockyard and up to Shirley Heights for sundowners to the sound of steel drums. Golfers can tee off at the Cedar Valley Course just a few minutes’ drive away, and adrenalin junkies and families can zipline through the rainforest canopy. Back at Blue Waters, there are tennis courts, a Spa and gym and a pool bar with exceptional service.
Hugely family friendly, Blue Waters has an extensive choice of accommodation for multi-generational holidays and a range of children’s activities from as young as five up to twelve. From cricket to fishing and arts and crafts, the fully trained staff ensure the day is packed with fun and adventure. During high season the resort also organises evening activities for its younger guests, and provides a nanny and babysitting service. For teenagers, there’s a games room with a pool table, table tennis and TV. All of the restaurants have a children’s menu.
Soldier's Bay, Antigua
On Soldier’s Bay on the northwest coast of Antigua – 15 minutes from the airport & 15 minutes from St John’s.