Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion
Steve Blalock from U.S.A. visited in April 2008 and awarded
I have spent the last year reading comments about Blue Waters Inn...and wondering if I made a mistake in choosing this property for my vacation with my fiancee. It seemed people either hate this place....or they love it....not a lot in between. I can understand some of the views that I have seen here and I will try to offer our opinions.
First off, I must qualify this post by saying we sayed in the 2 bedroom bungalow at the end of the property. I am not qualified to write a review on the other rooms as I have not seen them. This bungalow has the finest view and semi -private beach you will find anywhere. The bungalow is located at the end of the property...so you have a very private location. This bungalow is probably the finest location in all of Tobago!
Inside this bungalow is a great room (living room & dining room) with an entire wal of windows facing out to the ocean....only 15' away. Outside on the patio is a separate dining table where we enjoyed many meals.
The bedrooms in the bungalow are air conditioned...the living room is not, but it had ceiling fans to stir the air. One small inconvenience...there was no microwave in the otherwise well stocked kitchen. The housekeeping staff did an excellent job of making sure our bungalow was spotless...and providing anything we needed.
There is no television with the bungalow...and it is good to get away from CNN for a few days! If you need connection to the outside world, there is a "community room" next to the bar which offers internet connection, TV, a smal library and limited games.
I have read many reviews about the restaurant...and now I want to address a few of the issues. First off, the restaurant and bar have been remodeled (I forgot to take pictures of them) and are extremely attractive in appearance. It certainly does not have the "summer camp barracks" style that I saw in earlier photos. We found the restaurant food to be good...but not outstanding.
The only problem I have with the restaurant is that I feel it is a little overpriced. In saying that, I must admit its pricing is similar to upscale retaurants in our own town. The walk to town is a pretty healthy hike ....and so the hotel has a bit of a captive audience. The bungalow provided cooking facilities which we used.
At Blue Waters restaurant, a Shrimp cockail with 4 med sized shrimp was $18 US! We had similar dinners at Blue Waters Inn, Jemma's Treeehouse and Birdwatchers and compared the prices. Blue Waters was about $30 USD....Jemma's was close to $20 USD and Birdwatchers was $10 USD. Although Birdwatchers was the most reasonable...they have no view.
I disagree with negative comments I have read about staffing at Blue Waters. These are some of the friendliest, warmest people you will ever meet! I think the earlier posts I had read were very true, "if you talk to them...they will talk to you." I found the people of Tobago...and the staff at Blue Waters Inn to be genuine, caring and loving. All it took was a smile and eye contact.....and you suddenly erased the barriers
Would we go back to Blue Waters Inn? ABSOLUTELY !!!!! Blue Waters Inn is a wonderful retreat. If you are not a diver, birder or nature lover, you might get bored at Blue Waters Inn; but for those that love nature....Blue Waters Inn is the best location. I would strongly suggest saving a little extra and staying in a bungalow...it is worth it!
Andrea Wright from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded
We have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Blue Waters Inn with our two children. The hotel is in a fantastic location and has lots to attract nature lovers - both bird watchers and snorkellers/scuba divers. The rooms are clean, comfortable but basic.
The staff we met ranged from polite to almost unwelcoming and none that we met could be described as helpful. We did our best to be cheerful and were at all times polite but one felt as if one had to walk on eggshells with certain members.
The food is overpriced and verging on the inedible. For example, our 5 year old daughter asked us when she received her fried egg if it was plastic. Polite requests for a runny egg were ignored and the same overcooked food was produced every morning. We only ate in on one evening and then joined the majority of the other guests sampling the fantastic cuisine at Jemmas and Birdwatchers. There is no excuse for Blue Waters to serve such appalling food when others are doing so much better.
This is a hotel with great potential and is in a great location to explore the quiet north of the island - just don't plan to eat there.
Tim Wright from U.K. visited in April 2008 and awarded
We stayed at Blue Waters as a family of 4 for 4 days. We came with great expectations but left very disappointed. The location is superb and the accommodation absolutely fine. The bungalows looked luxurious. The restaurant however is desperate. Food is significantly over-priced and the quality the poorest we have experienced on Tobago. Even breakfast, the best of the offerings, was poor.
Most of our fellow guests did what we did - which was to endure one meal and then, if they could, escape to Speyside for future evening meals. Fortunately for the hotel for those guests without a car the walk to Speyside at night is not great.
Laila Boisselle from Trinidad visited in February 2008 and awarded
We had a fantastic time. Batteaux Bay is breath taking. We spent many hours literally sitting staring at the bay, rejuvenating ourselves. The staff was very friendly, the accomodations clean and well kept. The food was also very good. However, there was little fare for lacto-vegatarians and the sea is too deep for the enjoyment of small children. There is also very little to keep small children entertained. A wonderful getaway for adults though. I dare say that even teenagers may find the spot a wee bit boring.
Again, would highly recommend for adults in desperate search of some R and R. Would definitely return for this purpose.
Allan Gliese Egede from Denmark visited in November 2007 and awarded
This is a great place to stay! If you do not mind the 15 minute walk to Speyside, when it is time for dinner..
The restaurant is no good at the moment. Breakfast is OK (especially the omelets) but dinner is simply terrible.
Having read Steve's review we were warned about the quality of the restaurant; so we tried it once and were deeply disappointed.
For the rest of our stay we had "bar food" or went down to Speyside for dinner.
In every other aspect this is truely a wonderful place!
(This was my 7th stay and I'll be back!)