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How to holiday like royalty at Blue Waters, Antigua

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Back before Meghan Markle, when Prince Harry was still a bachelor with a twinkle in his eye, he stayed at Blue Waters, Antigua.

He picked well.

You can have a right royal holiday at Blue Waters Resort and Spa, we discovered on a recent visit.

You can have a right royal holiday at Blue Waters, Antigua.

Blue Waters, Antigua, review

Blue Waters Resort is one of the best 5-star Antigua hotels.

Blue Waters is one of the best resorts in Antigua.

Located on Soldier’s Bay on the Caribbean island’s northwest coast, it’s about a 15-minute drive from the airport.

Family-owned since it was established in 1960, it has grown to 120 rooms, suites and villas over the decades – spreading out over some 17 acres of beautiful lush gardens overlooking the Caribbean sea.

Recently, the resort underwent a $6 million renovation. It’s luxurious, but not stuffy – the perfect vibe for a beach vacay.

Here are 5 ways the Blue Waters hotel delivers the royal treatment, island-style.

1) Beautiful Antigua beaches

One of the best beaches in Antigua is Soldiers Bay at the Blue Waters Resort.

Antigua is known for having 365 beaches (one for each day of the year).

Blue Waters boasts not one but three beguiling beaches (whether they count as part of those 365 beaches, though, we can’t say).

And because Blue Waters is the only resort on Soldier’s Bay, those beaches are virtually private.

The sand is powdery soft, the water is the bluest blue (not hard to figure out where the resort got its name!) and the sea is like glass at two of those coves, making it very inviting for swimming. We’re no strangers to stunning beaches – and the beaches at Blue Waters are among the prettiest beaches in the world!

Free hobie cats at Blue Waters, Antigua

And if you feel like a bit more activity, simply sign out a stand-up paddleboard, hobie cat or kayak (complimentary) from the watersports center.

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2) Deluxe Blue Waters Antigua Cove Suites

Cove Suites at Blue Waters

Set in four separate villas, the hotel’s renovated 730 sq. ft. Cove Suites are exceedingly lovely.

All white and turquoise, they’re decorated in white with color pops of turquoise.

Bathrooms have walk-in showers and huge tubs (and lovely Elemis bath products too).

Best of all, each villa has its own ocean-view infinity pool reserved exclusively for Cove Suite guests.

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3) Tempting Blue Waters Hotel restaurants

You know how sometimes hotel restaurants aren’t, well, the most enticing?

No worries here. Blue Waters has three restaurants, including the a la carte Cove, which wows diners with its elegant cliff-top setting and lobster Thermidor.

The Blue Waters hotel buffet offers a fine selection of dishes too – plenty of healthy salads at lunch, along with fresh-grilled fish, pastas and more.


Most guests choose the all-inclusive plan, as there are no outside restaurants nearby (and who wants to always take a taxi to go out and eat).

The all-inclusive plan includes all wine and cocktails plus afternoon tea.

4) Indulgent Rock Cottage, Antigua

Rock Cottage Antigua

To really rock your Antigua vacation like royalty, book the Rock Cottage.

This luxurious 5-bedroom villa perches on a rocky point that juts out into Soldier’s Bay at the edge of Blue Waters.

Rock Cottage Lounge

Beachy in feel, the 4,200 sq. ft. villa has louvered and sliding glass doors that open wide from wall to wall, letting the outside completely in.

Staffed by 24-hour butlers, it also boasts its own pools and access to an almost-private beach below.

For the ultimate in 5 star Antigua accommodations, you can’t do much better than Rock Cottage!

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5) Splurgey Blue Waters Antigua day pass

Blue Waters Resort and Spa

Maybe you’re visiting Antigua on a cruise ship for the day?

Even though time doesn’t allow you to stay the night, you can still enjoy a day at the Blue Waters Resort.

Simply email the hotel in advance about a day pass.

A full day pass from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm costs $150 p.p. It includes breakfast, lunch, drinks, use of the pools and beaches, and shower and change facilities.

Blue Waters Resort, Antigua

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Photo credits: 5 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images Blue Waters Resort, Antigua

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Monday 4th of May 2020

We've always loved our visits to the Blue Waters Resort and Spa over the years. Cannot recommend it enough and our children have grown up over the years through various visits, always learning something new to do in the ocean. They've learned surfing, scuba diving and sailing and have loved the exposure to all the activities. Cannot recommend enough! Thanks for the article.

Janice and George

Monday 4th of May 2020

Nice to hear you and your family have loved your vacays at Blue Waters! A great place to create some special family memories...

Jen Kidd

Monday 23rd of September 2019

My hubby and I have become spoiled to the lux private plunge pool suites over the past couple of years, after staying at the Cala De Mar in Ixtapa, Mexico; The Golden Pineapple Villas in Uvita Costa Rica; and Excellence Resort in Montego Bay (we didn’t care too much for this one - more like bathtubs outside, lol). We are totally “Boutique Style” travelers, as we’ve discovered that’s the only way to get the BEST service & amenities. I’m so glad I found ya’ll’s site, as you’ve listed several new places I would love to nudge my hubs into taking me! Hehe! Thank you so much for publishing awesome articles!! Looking forward to reading more!

Cheers! Jen K.

Janice and George

Monday 23rd of September 2019

You've got good taste :-). We get it -- once you've treated yourself to stylish travel, you become quite particular. Glad you've found our blog to help guide you in future! For more luxury resort inspiration, check out our posts on "ultra-gorgeous resorts with private pool suites" and how to vacation like a multi-millionaire at these "posh Caribbean villas."

Cherry Houcn

Thursday 9th of May 2019

Blue Waters, Antigua looks like a place entirely worthy of spending money on! I am so glad I read about it - love to visit