Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion
Rod Mullick from Andorra visited in January 2012 and awarded
The location of this hotel is excellent, overlooking it's own beach. It is East facing so loses the sun in the afternoons. We felt the rooms were very poor value for money, very basic, no phone, no hair dryer, only 1 chair, basic bathroom, low quality cosmetics. It is a no frills resort as the write-up says, so why do they want to charge so much? The restaurant served good food, on a limited selection.Staff were welcoming and pleasant. You can find better value elsewhere, but few places are quite as 0n-the-beach as this!
Paul Kusel from U.K. visited in August 2011 and awarded
We stayed two weeks at Blue Waters and loved it. The situation of the hotel is superb and, like us, the other clients were usually looking for a restful but active holiday. We wanted bird watching (which you can do right from the hotel, both in the grounds and on tracks nearby), snorkelling (plenty right there in the bay, or take a boat trip from in front of the hotel), bathing in the sheltered bay (the water was warm, calm and the beach in front of the hotel was pure sand kept tidy by hotel staff), and good local food. The food at the hotel was usually good to very good; six months ago they employed a new head chef who is training up the other chefs and developing the menu. Once or twice the main meal disappointed. The lunch-of-the-day dishes were always good and the evening dinner menu provided several interesting choices. Prices were average for Speyside, though you can get good cheaper meals at roadside restaurants (we hired a car for five days). We liked the system of the 24/7 free tea and coffee side table at the bar; several times a day we would sit on the bar terrace and enjoy the view across the bay with our drinks. Breakfasts, served on the bar terrace, were good with plenty of choice (juices, fruits, corn flakes, cake, toast), including several tasty and ample cooked dishes (fish/eggs/bacon/sausage etc). We were pleased that the kitchen was happy to adjust dishes to suit individual needs.
Our room was spacious, clean and very comfortable; if you want to look into the trees on the beach to spot birds and sacrifice the sea view then choose upstairs, if you want the sea view but less privacy from passing guests then downstairs is a better choice. The rooms were always serviced daily to a high standard and the hotel generally kept really clean. All the staff were friendly and helpful. We liked the diversity amongst the clientele; as well as other British, we met a German couple, a Swedish Mum and daughter, an American backpacker and several families from Trinidad or Tobego.
Blue Waters will close for some weeks in September and October (2011) to enable them to revamp the kitchens and the bar; guest rooms that have not yet been upgraded will be done, and a small swimming pool will be installed. But thankfully the hotel is not getting larger. When it opens again in November, this small friendly hotel will have taken a step towards becoming the perfect Caribbean retreat. Hopefully they will also revamp their website as it currently portrays a backward hotel, which it is certainly not.
Balderson from U.K. visited in May 2011 and awarded
Blue Waters Inn was a fantastic place to stay. Our room was newly refurbished and had a king size bed, all new furnishings and a balcony. We could look down and see the humming birds on the feeders below as well as Mot Mot birds and Corico birds in the trees. The beach below our room was lovely - the sea was warm and not rough and the hotel loungers on the sand were comfortable. It was a very quiet, peaceful place to stay - we felt like millionaires as everything was so private. The food was quite good and we ate lobsters that we saw a local man dive for from his canoe and then come and sell to the hotel.
There was a TV room and little library if you wanted to catch the news etc. My husbsnd went for an introductory dive with the dive shop and we went snorkelling from a boat (I wore a life jacket as I am 60 and not too confident in the water) and saw a Hawkesbill turtle and a huge coral as well as lots of colourful fish. One day we took a taxi for £3.50 into the village and back so that we could eat at the famous Jemma's restaurant. Another day we went on a boat trip to the island nearby to see some special birds. You can also do a lovely walk up the slope from the hotel and along a path to more secluded beaches. This hotel was our favourite in our trip of 5 islands. If you want to have a good view and a bird feeder for hummingbirds you need to book a ground floor room as some of the upper floor rooms have tree branches in front of them which obscure your view of the sea. It does take quite a while to get there from the airport but it is really worth it if you like well furnished rooms, nature all around, warm sea, birds and a peaceful atmosphere.
Graham Best from U.K. visited in February 2011 and awarded
Nestled on the shore of the beautiful Bateaux Bay, the Blue Waters Inn occupies an enviable location. We arrived after a twisting taxi ride from the airport just as the sun was setting and enjoyed our complimentary rum punch for an idyllic start.
The hotel has a combination of about 35 rooms and a few bungalows arranged neatly along the bay. From our room the veranda overlooked the bay towards Goat Island and Little Tobago. A visit to Little Tobago on a guided Glass Bottom Boat tour is essential. The guides are well informed with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all the fish and birds, the many names of which you sadly often forget!! Nevertheless the visit is unforgetable.
During our stay we were also fortunate to meet Andy Orr at the hotel reception. We took advantage of a conducted tour of parts of the island we otherwise would have missed or by-passed. He too had a vast knowledge of the abundant bird life and his ability to spot at an instant on the move was truly expert. We had 2 tremendous tours with Andy and can recommend him wholeheartedly.
The only reservation we had was with the food on offer at the hotel, and being quite a walk from the nearest village of Speyside we did use the restaurent most days. Apart from the fish that was bought daily from the local fishermen, there was little regional food - we would have liked to be able to sample the more traditional from a more imaginative menu. Sadly, it also rained most days that we were there, but that did not dampen an enjoyable break.
Stuart Green from U.K. visited in February 2011 and awarded
We just took two friends up to Blue Waters as it is simply the most fabulous location; we have stayed in the hotel before and also been there for lunch. In summary I would say that itís definitely worth stopping in for a drink or to use as a base for some excellent diving, just donít eat there!
On a previous overnight stay, after splendid diving, we ate in the restaurant. When the food finally arrived my chicken breast was completely raw in the centre. I sent it back and another arrived, also still jelly. So I fed it to a sweet little beach dog and sat back with a beer to listen to the waves.
I really want this place to be great and we gambled on lunch this time (a previous lunch being passable). After 45 minutes the cheese burger (thought we were safe with this) arrived served between two pieces of sliced white bread, devoid of cheese. The chicken salad was equally devoid of edible bits of chicken!
Blue Waters is in one of the most beautiful locations on this island, the rooms are clean and well presented. Trips to Little Tobago, diving, snorkelling etc are all to be recommended. Admittedly the staff are slow even for Tobago but the place has loads going for it Ė in my experience (3 visits only) Iíd just stay away from the restaurant.