Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion
Status Report: Severe Rainfall Damage Nov 2004 16 Nov 2004
Steve Wooler from Suffolk, England
As readers may know, northern Tobago suffered horrendous rainfall in mid-November. I have just received the following report from Duane Kenny, the General Manager of the Blue Waters Inn.
May I offer our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and work colleagues of Tyrone McMillan, who lost his life in a mud slide and I know that everyone who knew him will feel the loss.
I cannot begin to describe the destruction of the rain on the villages of Loui D'or, Delaford, Speyside and Charlotesville. The roads are in a mess. Whole sections of mountains have come down. Tyrone our bar tender was killed on Friday when a hill fell on his car as he was moving the vehicle. A horrific loss as he was one of our best. The hotel is operational as far as guests are concerned. We have power, water, and food. 7 rooms are without AC has a land slide destroyed those. All rooms were otherwise unaffected. The parking lot is under tons of mud, along with the tennis court but guests can still come in and out from the property. Driving to the other side of the island takes hours now due to the amount of heavy equipment trying to clear the landslides on the road. Kings bay road is in bad shape, caution must be exercised when driving it. In fact I would ask you to post up on the site that during this period, visitors to the island should not drive past Loui D'or unless they are coming to stay at a hotel as the less cars that are on the road the quicker we can clean and fix the roads.
Blue Waters Inn 14-27 Sept 2004
Firstly I have to admit I am biased. As soon as I got out of our taxi I fell in love with the place.
My wife and I were there for the diving. So imagine our reaction that as soon as we were checked into our room, we walked down to the bar for a cooler and we were presented with young 4 ft Manta cruising up and down the shoreline about 20ft from the beach. Incredible!!
Sadly by the time we had unpacked our snorkelling gear he/she had gone. Never mind, the cooler still awaited us.
For the next 12 days we had the greatest time.
No need to go into detail, suffice to say that the place is great. The location is stunning, the facilities ideal and the staff fantastic.
The food in both restaurants is great and good value. That said, we also took trips out to Jemma’s in Speyside and had a fantastic meal for £40 including the biggest lobster we have seen. I am sure that the UK equivalent would have been three times the price. We also went to Sharon & Phebe’s in Charlottesville, and again had a superb meal for half the UK equal.
But back to BWI. As I have said, my wife and I were there for the diving and that was great. The on site dive centre, Aquamarine are superb. Safe, knowledgeable and good fun. For you divers, or potential divers, I would have no qualms about recommending them. And the things we saw? :- Nurse Sharks, Black Tipped Sharks, Eagle and Spotted Rays, Turtles, Morays and tons of reef fish.
For those of you concerned about the effects of Hurricane Ivan. There has been some damage to trees and the like, and the effects on the reefs is obvious, but the life both above and below the surface is still there.
To be frank, I could not believe that what I have read on this site about Tobago was real. It is. The island is wonderful, the people lovely and BWI, a dream.
It would be impossible to single out any individual for exceptional praise. They are all special. That said there is one staff member who appears to work tirelessly. He is constantly clearing the beach of noisy birds, digging deeply to try and scare off the annoying crabs or generally doing the rounds and meeting and greeting all the guests. Sorry Duane its not you. Yes, the member of staff who deserves a special mention is Teddy, the PR Director.
If you want a stunning location, a friendly welcome, peace and quiet with the potential for superb diving, then it has to be Blue Waters Inn.
Blue Waters Inn Review
Firstly I found this website fantastic for finding exactly what I needed for my first visit to Tobago, so thank you!
I was led to Blue Waters Inn after much research into finding a place that would suit different needs: geographical situation, my own financial considerations, and activities especially snorkeling. I came back from there yesterday morning, feeling ever so sad at having to leave such a beautiful place - no doubt jet-lag isn't helping!
My partner and I (ages 28 and 31) were so pleased on arrival to stay in a place with such a great view directly onto the sea, with its clear blue and green waters, and then superb snorkeling right off the beach. The room was exactly what we needed (standard double room), simple, clean and comfortable with a lovely balcony to sit and listen to the waves/admire the view. The chalets looked great too.
The general atmosphere was one of relaxation and calm, with friendly service - perfect for getting into the chilled holiday pace that we all need...
Nice bar and restaurant with lovely fresh food. I have seen people complain about a lack of choice, but I don't understand what more they expect especially as one would tend to stay there for a week always eating in the same place. I would hardly expect the menu to be changed every day, also I like to eat what is available locally at the time. Complaints of that nature are of a 'supermarket nation'- type I suspect!
Anyway, I have no complaints to register for Blue Waters Inn, only praise. Great swimming, tennis and ping-pong for a change, trips for various visits around the place, and a bar with music and any rum cocktail your heart may desire! If there is anything I would mention, and really this is hardly the end of the world, the ping-pong equipment needs renewal
I come back with lovely memories and look forward to getting the pictures tomorrow.
Hopefully my next visit to that magnificent island won't be too long coming.
Couple Of Questions
We're thinking of visiting in April, and have a couple of questions...
How easy is it to go from BWI to see turtles laying their eggs on the beach - how would we get there/back in the middle of the night?
We are vegetarian (i.e. don't eat meat or fish) - how much choice of food are we likely to see? Would we be better off self catering?
Blue Waters Inn
John And Maggie
We have recently returned from a week at Blue Waters Inn. We found the air-conditioned accommodation absolutely fine, cleaned thoroughly with clean towels provided each day. The buffet breakfasts and dinners were ample, varied and freshly cooked. The staff were quietly efficient, and welcoming.The beach and adjoining walkways were cleaned each morning. This hotel suited our requirements totally, it was quiet, uncommercial and in a beautiful setting...we would return tomorrow !