The all-inclusive resort of Blue Waters is a retreat for couples looking to experience the finer side of island life. We’re welcomed with a refreshing cocktail – a first sign of the impeccable service at this blissful sanctuary.
A winding path lined with tropical palms and flowers leads directly to Pelican House, an enormous villa with three en-suite bedrooms, a lounge area and kitchen. There’s also a villa next door and they can both be hired together to create a huge space – ideal for a family takeover if you’re planning a few days in the sun before your destination wedding. The luxurious bathroom is well equipped with Elemis products, but I resist the temptation to run a bath, opting instead to soak up the last of the day’s sunshine on my huge balcony. With a portion of tasty plantain chips to enjoy, I sit and watch the pelicans diving for their dinner. The perfect welcome to Antigua!
Fancy a dip?
As I wake up to the sound of waves the next morning, the warm ocean is practically inviting me in for a swim. Just a few steps from my deck is one of the resort’s picture-perfect coves – honestly, it’s like your own portion of paradise.
I join other guests to swim out to a pontoon in the middle of the water to relax in the early morning rays. From our unique vantage point, we admire the epic and secluded Rock Cottage residence, designed to give guests perfect privacy.
Breakfast is an indulgent affair – there’s a huge buffet with so much to choose from. As soon as it’s over, you’re already thinking about what to have tomorrow! Pancakes and fresh orange juice done, we head out to explore.
A stunning beachside gazebo is a giveaway that Blue Waters is very popular for weddings. It’s dressed with angelic white curtains that billow in the breeze, and I can just picture the smiling couples that have stood here before. There are lots of other stunning locations around the resort that would make perfect “I do” spots – you can get married right on the beach with the shoreline stretching behind you, or you can even hire out Rock Cottage for a very lavish wedding and reception.
Spoilt for choice
I’m pleased to discover that dinner is just as fabulous as breakfast (in fact, maybe more so). Palm, the main restaurant, is where you can sample traditional dishes from the island, while the weekly barbecue night is a big hit with guests. Bartley’s is an indoor restaurant, making it an ideal retreat if the weather isn’t in your favour – it’s where I enjoy a first taste of wahoo fish, a local favourite. There’s also the Cove Restaurant on the clifftop – a magical mix of great food, moreish cocktails and romance.
Unsurprisingly, snorkelling is a big pastime here, as the tropical waters are teeming with vibrant fish and other aquatic creatures. The tours desk can also organise a range of activities, from fishing trips to sunset cruises. If you want to discover even more of the island, Nelson’s Dockyard is a must-see. You can hike around the area, or just sit and marvel at the views from this cultural heritage site. Standing at the former military lookout of Shirley Heights, now a superb vantage point for guests, I gaze out over the sun-drenched island and think to myself, “This is what they call the high life!”
BOOK Seven nights at Blue Waters by Elegant Resorts, from £2,015 per person.
Price based on two people sharing a Superior Hillside Room, including breakfast, British Airways economy flights from London Gatwick, UK lounge passes and private transfers. Based on 10 June 2018 departure. Valid until 19 Dec 2018. For more information, call Elegant Resorts on 01244 897294, or visit elegantresorts.co.uk