Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion

Blue Waters Inn   15 Jul 2010

Simon Partridge from UK COLCHESTER NORTH ESSEX visited in July 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

We decided as we were going to dive at Speyside we would stay one night rather than rush back to Arnos Vale (you'd be amazed how you slow down in Tobago). Blue Waters Inn was our chosen bed. The stafff were all really friendly and we had a great evening boring those in the family that didn't dive on what we saw and how big it was :^o Our man behind the bar mixed wicked cocktails and we had a really good meal; chicken wings, delicious, three well cooked steaks, a very tasty king fish stew plus a lovely beef stew.

The rooms we had were ground level and on the beach which was great. Very large rooms all ensuite and with fans,air con & comfy beds. Only downsides were rooms we very musty and damp smelling. It maybe that the hotel had been very quiet and they just needed a good airing. It is obviously difficult being close to the sea and rainy season, but it was rather off putting. Lastly, sandflies!! You can't see the little b-----s or feel them until you start to itch. Not the hotels fault and probably worse due to rainy season. I had heard that drinking lots of alcohol made you less attractive to them, we gave it a good try, probably why we couldn't see or feel them until it was too late.

All in all a great overnight stop in a truly wonderful setting, thanks Blue Waters.

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Nancy Mchenry from U.S.A. visited in June 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

Blue Waters Inn in Speyside was our first introduction to Tobago. My husband and I enjoyed our stay despite the Inn's experiences. On our first night a large thunderstorm hit Speyside and a lightening bolt hit the Inn’s power supply. As a result the power was gone and they ran the Inn off of a generator. Although the Inn kept us informed of their trying situation, we never felt inconvenienced with their struggle to keep the electricity on for their guests. We are travelers that roll with the punches.

The accommodations were not glitzy – and we had everything we needed: a bed, storage, bathroom, lights, and shower. Our room looked freshly painted in bright Caribbean colors. Some areas of the property could use repair like the sidewalks off of the parking lot.

The staff was delightful – from the housekeeping staff to waitresses and bartenders. We enjoyed getting to know the staff and they were a wealth of information to help our stay on Tobago.

We took Frank’s boat out to Angel Reef every day for snorkeling. They also treated us to snorkels near the dock at Little Tobago and Japanese Gardens. These snorkels were the highlights of our trip to Tobago.

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Suzanne Sampson from U.K. visited in May 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

Set in a perfect bay on the North East of Tobago, this property has a lot to offer. It is the only building in Bateau Bay, a mile or so outside Speyside, and is quiet and peaceful. The view as you approach from the top of the hill is wonderful. The rooms, all within a few yards of the lovely beach, are spacious, comfortable and attractive. We experienced both the double room and the efficiency room, which has a kitchenette area, and is bigger. The downside of Blue Waters is, surprisingly, the staff. We were disappointed to find most of them offhand and in some cases (one of the barmen in particular) downright rude. We are very experienced travellers and were expecting the friendly Tobagoan welcome that the website indicated, but despite our efforts to engage with the people at Blue Waters, we failed. The food, too, is disappointing. The menu didn't change at all while we were there, and is expensive and dull. We ate in Speyside on several occasions (the Speyside Inn had wonderful fish) and the welcome was much warmer. Having said that, the Blue Waters' breakfasts were good, with fresh fruit, and the hamburger I had for lunch one day was very good. Despite my comments, we enjoyed our visit to Tobago very much, and would stay at the Blue Waters again. I just wouldn't expect too much in the way of a smiling welcome and I would eat dinner elsewhere!

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Jens Jakobsen from Denmark visited in May 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

My wife and I stayed one week at the Blue Waters Inn with our 3 years old son and enjoyed it very much. It is very quite, relaxed and beautiful place with a fine beach and excellent dive sites just 5 to 10 minutes away, which makes the place ideal for a combined diving and family vacation. We stayed in one of the ground floor rooms in the north-eastern building. The room was basic but clean and spacey. The room had a small veranda facing the beautiful beach with a table and two chairs, which was an ideal place to spend the evenings with a drink and a good book, close to our sleeping son. We had included a full pension in our arrangement, which seemed a good deal to us compared with the prices in the restaurant. We had almost all our meals at the Blue Waters Inn, and we were in general very satisfied with the restaurant, though there is relatively much fish on the menu. We found the staff friendly and helpful. One evening we did a walk for a few hours and enjoyed the beautiful views over the bay from the track above the hotel. The only minus is that the snorkelling from the beach is only good near the north-eastern point of the bay where the current can be very strong.

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Steve Blalock from U.S.A. visited in April 2008 and awarded  Five out of Five

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 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 is worth it!

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