With Caribbean-infused, spacious villas and private pools overlooking aqua-green waters, Antigua’s Blue Waters Resort is the ideal getaway for families and groups. A quick JetBlue flight brings you to the island where 365 stunning beaches await. Among the resort’s villas spread over 17 acres, including the modern Cove Suites and Pelican House, Rock Cottage stands out for its location on an outcropping jutting onto Soldier’s Bay surrounded by serene waters. You can sip cocktails in the open air lounge witnessing the sunset as the pelicans dive in to swoop their meals. Gentle waves roll onto buttery sand on secluded coves, and the famous “Hugo” tree, a palm bent during Hurricane Hugo, sways gently in the wind.
There is a sense of serenity the Pelican Bar invokes, with cool breeze and blue skies peeking through rounded arches of the main resort. Winding paths through landscaped gardens draped with bougainvillea beckon to onsite dining, recreation, and accommodations. It’s easy to be drawn to the floor-to-ceiling mahogany bar, its shelves brimming with premium liquor and sparkling glasses. The resort takes its drinks seriously, crafting a unique cocktail for every meal. Whether it’s a Rumtini alongside brunch or Coconut Crush splashed with local rum paired with dinner, you’re sure to indulge the best tropical drinks. The rest of the bars around the property are named after popular bartenders like Carolyn, whose specialty Mango Martini is so delicious, you may never want to leave the resort!
At the Palm Restaurant, the buffet is superbly curated by Head Chef Ed Boncich, who presents everything from fresh fish, Mexican specialties, and American favorites that appeal to your desires. The sophisticated Cove Restaurant, nestled atop a cliff overlooking jade waters, offers the best of both Caribbean and French cuisine. The first-class service was second only to the delectable dinner of butternut arancini and signature mahi-mahi, topped off with tiramisu crepes a la mode, featuring coconut ice cream.
Guests can make use of kayaks or rent the resort’s Monterey Blue boat for an excursion to Bird Island and an afternoon picnic on a secluded beach. Antigua’s sights are best experienced with Tropical Adventures, who offer half or full day jeep tours to Nelson’s Dockyard (English Harbor), Devil’s Bridge, and the Shirley Heights lookout for a quintessential Antigua panorama of sailboats, sea and rolling hills.
If tranquility is on your agenda, Blue Waters truly delivers.