Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion
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!)
Ann Ball from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
We have just returned from a two week stay on Tobago, the last 5 nights were at Blue Waters. I thought others may find our conclusions interesting and helpful, particulary bird watchers.
We were a bit disappointed with this hotel. We had booked it because I am a bird watcher, and we both snorkel, and its description seemed to satisfy both requirements. Bird watching at the hotel itself is a bit of a no go - you can not walk very far, the 'trails' that the hotel mentions did not seem to exist, and you cannot really walk around its grounds at all. You can climb the steep access road and then walk along a gravel road above the hotel, but this is a killer in the sun!! We only saw one bird feeder at the hotel, and very little in the way of birds about (this stay followed a stay at Arnos Vale and Cuffie River where the bird watching was extremely good, so we were rather critical of the Blue Waters missing birds!) We only saw a few common species whilst in the hotel, including some very tame Turnstones, but only one Humming bird all the time we were there.
The hotel is used by bird groups, and it is convenient for a trip to little Tobago, and also quite close to the Gilpin Trail area of the Rain Forest if you are doing trips there, but do not expect to see much at the hotel itself.
We also found the snorkelling a bit disappointing, the visibility was very poor, the water is choppy and even a trip to Angel Reef did not produce many fish, although it was interesting.
The restaurant prices were high and the food poor. Breakfast is NOT a nice big buffet like you might expect from a reasonable hotel, everything is ordered and charged seperately. The bar does reasonable food like burgers and chips - certainly better value than the restaurant, if not exciting cuisine! The staff in general were curt and grumpy and the service in the restaurant terrible, my main course arrived before I had hardly finished my soup and the whole experince was in no way relaxing.
If you do not have a car you can walk into Speyside but it is a steep climb both ways, and not easy in the heat. We walked there in the evening for food at Speyside Inn (good) and Jemma's (good), and the climb is easier without the sun, but it is still a good climb!
Our accommodation was really good, but we had treated ourselves to a one bedroom bungalow and got given the end of the the two bedroom bungalow which had a lovely huge shady terrace at the end offering excellent privacy, and some lovely comfy patio chairs.
We met one couple who were diving and they were really enjoying the dive trips so I think this is where the hotel is at its best. Birders and snorkellers may find it lacking, and I think that some of its advertising is therefore a bit misleading.
We nevertheless had a good time and made the most of what we could!
John & Anne Farrington from U.K. visited in March 2007 and awarded
Blue Waters Inn is located in a truly beautiful, unspoilt position in the NE of Tobago, directly opposite Little Tobago island. The hotel is well appointed, with an exclusive location on a beautiful, very quiet beach. The bedrooms are simply furnished, and well maintained. Facilities and restaurants are very good, but not luxurious.
There is an excellent diving centre adjoining the hotel. Staff are friendly and helpful. This is an idyllic place to enjoy the unspoilt Caribbean scenery, (the real Caribbean, not the western commercial version),nature, and birdlife. It is not a glitzy, sophisticated resort, but this is a huge benefit, not a disadvantage, in our opinion. We would certainly visit again.
David Tomlinson from U.K. visited in February 2007 and awarded
Blue Waters has an idyllic situation, while we were encouraged to find our room had recently been revamped. However, the restaurant was extremely disappointing. We had our worst dinner in Tobago here, and the breakfasts were also poor. The tennis court was barely playable, while the bird feeders were neglected. The service wasn't too good, either. The manager's Friday evening free drinks have been dropped, though there was a note in our room telling us all about them. Plenty of room for improvement.
Shrubsall Gloria from New Zealand visited in November 2006 and awarded
We stayed at Blue Waters Inn because that's where the UK birding company
I usually travel with stays. We were interested in the endemic birds of
Tobago and assumed this would give us easier access to the forests and
offshore islands we planned to visit.
Our room was of reasonable standard, the staff friendly and the food
of an acceptable standard.
The beach and beach facilities were run down and could benefit from
a general clean-up and maintenance programme.
The high cost of tourism in Trinidad and Tobago means long-distance
travellers probably make it a once only destination.
Our favourite destination is undoubtedly Aisa Wright's Nature Reserve and
we wished we had stayed there for the whole three weeks!!
We found your guide interesting and informative but didn't actually choose
anything from it.