Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion

Blue Waters Inn - January 2005   

Sally T

Having driven over the top of the hill leading to the Speyside Lookout, and seen the mind-blowing panorama below us, we knew the BWI setting would be something special, and it is. Right from our arrival we got the impression of friendly and efficient team-work. All the buildings have been freshly painted, and the landscape team are continuing to repair the damage to the grounds from the November landslide.

None of the rooms are more than a few feet from the sea. Standard rooms are in two storey buildings on one side of the main building and on the other side there are one, two and three bedroom self catering bungalows. We started off in a top floor room – ask to go on the top floor if you like your privacy, because the beach-front path passes right outside the front of the ground floor rooms. Later in the week we moved to one of the bungalows – which was wonderful.

The beach is soft sand and the bay is incredibly well protected other than from the north-east. Sadly while we were there there was a lot of rain, so the water was very brown, but once you swam past this it was fabulous.

The catering suited us very well. There is a large breakfast menu to choose from, cooked to order; the lunch snack menu always included a local special dish (get there early!) and so did the dinner menu. The dining room is a bit hot, so we tended to have a one or two course meal out in the bar which is always cool. We know that some guests had problems with delays in the dining room in the evening and Duane told us that he was very short-staffed. There is a great range of cocktails which you can just about work through in the course of a week! Jemmas, Redmans, Speyside Inn and Manta Ray Lodge are all about 15 minutes walk away when you want to ring the changes. Don’t forget a torch!

Excursions to Little Tobago and the reef run from outside the hotel, and there are trails through the grounds with excellent birdwatching. We also went out for a long day’s birdwatching with Newton George - the highlight of the holiday.

We loved the BWI’s laid-back friendliness; the staff were lovely, and we had a wonderful time there. We are already planning a return visit.

It Was Great   



Last two weeks we visited Tobago and stayed at Blue Waters Inn. You are right that it is a beautiful hotel. Friendly people and not so much tourist as in the south of the island. It was a good advise to bring a flash light for the walk to Speyside during the evenings. Good dinner at Jemma's. Try the lobster!

Also a trip with Newton George was amazing. All those birds you see. We did a tour with a local guide of the village, Marvin. He showed us the island and learned to eat roti. You should try! Thanks for the good advise for this hotel.


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Ideas From Bwi Fans   

Annabelle Oconnell

Hello everyone,

Long time no post from me, but I have been keeping in touch with this great website.

Needless to say it's looking like another holiday in Tobago this year! Last year was my first time on that gorgeous island, and I really did fall in love.

My partner and I stayed at the Blue Waters Inn last time, and are looking to go again for one week, but maybe move to another location for the second. This is where I need some help: I loved BWI because of the location, the proximity of the rooms to the sea, and snorkelling right off the beach (essential). Is there another hotel that would cater to these needs elsewhere on the island that anyone can recommend - hotels or appartments for two? 8)

In the meantime I will keep researching given all the info is here, but I thought it would be interesting to hear from people who also loved staying at BWI and maybe experienced another great place.

Cheers all!


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V Fabry

I would like to hear from people who have been to Speyside recently. How is the snorkeling at the moment? Did anybody see these great manta rays lately? Is it possible to see them at all without diving?

We love to snorkel and would welcome any tips about good spots of the coast and also with what snorkeling trips or boats are good.

Are there good maps of that area? What is the average price for a trip to the rainforest or to little Tobago? Wich guide do you recommend?

Any information about this area (Charlotteville to) is very welkom, I did read already everything on the net I could find...

We are going in July and staying in the Blue Waters Inn. :D

Tips about where in speyside to eat (at what your favorite is ) must be useful, reviews of the restaurant at the BWI are mostly not so great...

Last question, is is possible to walk or hike in the Northeast witout a guide? Is it very hot and muddy?Will we get terribly lost in the jungle?

I'm so looking forward to it...

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Msg In The Fishpot?   

V Fabry

My travel companion has developed a major allergic reaction to MSG, also called Ve-tsin or E621, wich is a flavour enhancer. It is used is a lot of mixed spices, seasonings, conveninence products and boullion cubes. When she eats something with MSG in it it happens that she has to be rushed of to a hospital with a allergic shock. Not a nice idea when you are staying in Speyside. :cry:

Maybe Duane could find out if the stuff is used in the kitchen of the Fishpot and/ or the Shipwreck bar?

Any ideas where or what you could eat safely?

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