Set amidst colourful gardens leading down to three secluded white sand beaches, family-owned Blue Waters, Antigua is a remarkably stylish resort, offering plenty for both families and couples. The public areas feature a pleasing blend of classic Colonial and contemporary styling with elegant white décor and architectural features that make the most of their proximity to the Caribbean Sea. Perched on a breeze-cooled bluff with ocean panoramas, The Cove presents an exclusive collection of luxuriously furnished suites and penthouses within four villas, each fronted by its own infinity pool. For the ultimate indulgence, consider cliff-top Rock Cottage or the stylish oceanfront villas at Pelican House or Turtle Cottage. Dining options at Blue Waters include the Palm Restaurant, Bartley’s and The Cove, where Caribbean flavours are served with a French twist. Leisure pursuits include complimentary non-motorised watersports, tennis, three freshwater pools, an ocean view spa and a Kids Club.
Those who prefer gentler pursuits to adrenalin-rush activities will appreciate the easy-going attractions at Blue Waters, Antigua. Pepe, the hotel's landscaper, and his team have created a 17 acre tropical garden with a path that weaves its way through a riot of colours and exotic species, passing glittering freshwater pools and magnificent palms, with views towards serene beach coves lapped by an emerald ocean. For young ones, the Secret Garden of the new Blue Waters Kids Club provides a sanctuary for a range of outdoor activities.
With already quite the celebrity following, the appointment of new Spa Manager, Amaya Ross, is likely to earn Blue Waters many more fans. An acupuncture professional, Ross brings over 25 years’ experience of top-to-toe holistic healing to The Spa at Blue Waters and also specialises in vitamin, mineral and diet therapy, as well as Hatha yoga. Indulge in the finest treatments from Elemis, including the Elemis Signature Massage, Healing Stone Therapy or an Exotic Coconut Rub and Milk Wrap.
With three unique restaurants and three popular bars – Veronica’s Bar, Carolyn’s Beach Bar and Pelican Bar – Blue Waters, Antigua certainly caters to a variety of different tastes. Executive Head Chef René Cahane celebrates the very best of international cuisine with his diverse restaurant menus; try a healthy wild rice and squash salad at the Palm Restaurant, contemporary tapas at Bartley's and delectable Caribbean-French fusion food at the clifftop Cove Restaurant. Guests may also choose to dine in the privacy of their room or enjoy a spot of Afternoon Tea on the Palm Terrace.
On Thursdays, head into nearby Shirley Heights on the complimentary shuttle bus for an evening of barbecues, reggae and rum in this unique harbour town.
A year round destination, the best months to visit Antigua are generally during the drier winter months of December to April with temperatures averaging 24°C. The summer months between May and November can be more humid with showers and passing tropical storms a possibility, however visitors during these months may be rewarded with quieter beaches and excellent hotel offers.
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