Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Shrubsall Gloria from New Zealand visited in November 2006 and awarded  Three out of Five

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.

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Susan Rowell from U.K. visited in October 2006 and awarded  Five out of Five

Great place to relax - the staff and locals were really friendly and most welcoming. We stayed in one of the bungelows and thought it was fantastic. If you want a dress for dinner/evening entertainments/busy bustling place - dont come here, but if you want to get to know the real Tobago - then I couldnt recommend it more.

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Post Recreated: Originally posted - 09 September

We had a fantastic time in the lush island of Tobago! Would strongly recommend Blue Waters Inn in Speyside. Great location right on the beach with tropical surroundings among birds, lizards and turtles. As for food you can't beat Jemma's in Speyside town. Great home cooking at cheap prices. We found the best beaches at Pirate's Bay and Englishman's Bay. No real white sand on any Tobago beach but still very pretty and the best of all, unspoilt from the usual Caribbean. The best restaurant on the island will have to be Melange at Shirvan Rd. "Michelin star" cooking at cheap prices; 3 course meal for TT140! All in all Tobago is a wonderful place to go and relax for a few weeks or longer if you have time on your hands.

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Holiday Report 6 - Blue Waters Inn   23 Mar 2003

Steve Wooler from Suffolk, England

Post Recreated: Originally posted - 03 February

Leaving the popular but relatively flat and less attractive south-western end of the island, we took the 75-minute drive from Scarborough to Speyside, at the opposite end of Tobago.

Although we had never stayed there before, the Blue Waters Hotel has long been one our favourite watering hole when visiting the north of the island. The hotel is located in beautiful and secluded Batteaux Bay, just north of the small fishing village of Speyside.

The Blue Waters is a magical spot for divers. With a 5-star PADI dive shop on the premises and some of the best diving in Tobago only minutes away (including the largest brain coral in the world), the Blue Waters Inn is a wonderful base.

Bird watchers will also adore Blue Waters. The hotel is nestled in 46 acres of tropical garden absolutely teaming with birdlife. I’m no ornithologist, but could happily sit watching the birds for hours (now, now!). The hotel even has its own resident macaw, Trini. Whilst chatting to the owner of the dive shop, Trini marched past us and into the office, just as if he was about to answer the telephone that was ringing.

Rated at 3-star, the Blue Waters Inn is relatively basic but, in honesty, has everything you need. Our standard double room was spacious and perfectly adequate. As much as I like and appreciate ‘luxury’, I would have absolutely no hesitation in spending an extended vacation at the Blue Waters. The hotel’s ‘efficiency’ apartments are larger, with kitchen and dining area. There are also a number of really lovely self-contained bungalows.

To say that the Blue Waters is located right on the beach is almost an understatement. I doubt whether the balcony of any room in the hotel is more than 10 yards/metres from the beach. At high tide, you feel as if you could jump from your balcony into the sea. In fact herein lay a problem – our first holiday argument was whether we should sleep with the windows closed and the air-conditioner on, or leave the balcony windows open and listen to the pounding waves. Being on the Atlantic coast, the stiff sea breeze was too much for mossies. However, the 5am racket of the many cocricos that inhabit the grounds did dampen the pleasure of sleeping with windows opening listening to the sea a little.

The unspoilt natural sandy beach is relatively small (500-600 metres) and rather narrow, particularly at high tide. Given the small size of the hotel (38 rooms) and the fact that many guests are bird watchers and divers who will be invariably off on trips, the beach is never crowded. The swimming is very good and the hotel has shown remarkable consideration for visitors by marking an area with buoys to keep dive and glass-bottom boats away from swimmers.

Although on the Atlantic coast, Batteaux Bay is shielded by Little Tobago and Goat Island, so the seas are much calmer than further south on the Atlantic coast. The cooling breezes mean that this coast feels a few degrees cooler than the Caribbean coast, which has been very refreshing during the warm weather of our first two weeks.

One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of our stay was the standard of catering. Given its secluded location, the hotel relies very strongly on local produce and we were delighted with the results. Although a very limited menu, we thoroughly enjoyed every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The staff at the Blue Waters Inn are typical Tobagonian – friendly, helpful and welcoming, if somewhat laid back and slow by European/North American standards. If you had to work in this heat, I guess you would slow down too – I certainly know that I have had to writing these reports.

Particular mention should be made of General Manager, Duane Kenny. Born and bred in Tobago, three years working for Disney in America is evident in his infectious enthusiasm. It is nice to come across a manager that leads from the front.

Without any shadow of doubt, we shall return to the Blue Waters Inn.

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Blue Waters Inn 2004   

Stella Porteous

Please can you put my mind at rest? Our 2nd visit to Tobago is in April 2004 this time with 2 friends. Am getting a little worried about some adverse reviews i've read about Blue Waters Inn. Coco Reef was our 1st hotel and it was great, good food.staff ,rooms etc. The beach area was a bit dissappointing,although it was pretty, instead of 'real' sea there was what looked like a lagoon. I know that B.W.Inn won't be the same in the 'luxury'stakes and am not expecting it. or indeed wanting it.Both men like bird watching, swimming and we all 4 like walking, and being lazy, reading and the odd drink or two!! We are staying in one of the bungalows and i wondered if anyone had photos etc and encouraging comments.All four of us are in our 60s. but still upright and breathing! I've read Steve's good comments re B.W.Inn but would appreciate some more.

Thanks. Stella P.

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