Most people love knowing some hidden, juicy secret. Blue Waters Inn could just be the best kept secret in Tobago. It’s definitely hidden, located far from the touristy side of the island, nestled in its own private bay on the coast of a tiny, sleepy fishing village called Speyside. Like any good secret, it is also bursting with the details, like luxury rooms with Italian kitchens and marble bathrooms, free WiFi, spectacular diving and bird watching.
The welcome sign to BWI (as the locals call it) is almost purposely misleading, with its faded logo and scratchy writing. But you drive past it, over a quaint bridge, past a whimsical old sugar mill draped in pink bougainvillea, and you get the stumble-upon secret-garden hunch that you’ve found something pretty special. It’s only confirmed when you drive down into the bay and drink in a breathless expanse of turquoise. The hotel literally sits on the sand, which means that every room (yes, every room) is waterfront, and steps from the beach. The bay is backed by 48 acres of lush greenery, which means its sprouting with life, both flora and fauna.
It’s an excellent spot for birdwatchers, as its right across from Little Tobago, a nature sanctuary since 1926. Underwater is just as cool, as they have their own private dock and are minutes from phenomenal dive spots like London Bridge and Blackjack Hole. But if you’re not feeling quite that ambitious, the bartender at the Shipwreck Bar will be happy to whip you up a Yellow Bird (of the liquid kind) and point you to the Infinity Deck, where you can soak in the pool and focus on important tasks such as counting all the colors of blue in the bay.
There are two restaurants, free use of kayaks, a mini games room and library, and an onsite PADI dive shop. The rooms are all recently renovated, with dark wood and leather couches in the suites, giving them a pretty rock star feel. Or maybe you feel like a rock star just since you found the place. Just remember, it’s a secret!
Good to know:
- It’s a long drive to get there (about an hour and fifteen from the airport), but trust us, it’s worth it!
- They can organise deep-sea fishing excursions, and they’ll be happy to cook up your catch!
- Waterfall and rainforest tours are available, and close by, and they will even pack you a picnic lunch if you ask nicely
Blue Waters Inn
Telephone: 1.868.660.4341 or 1.868.660.2583