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Antiguan diary continued….

I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of my diary, here is the rest……

Day eight.

We awoke early and headed off to the gym, for a quick work out and a light breakfast, before meeting our boat driver and his assistant, Owen and Irwin. Today we were being taken out to a reef for some snorkelling and then onto Prickly Pear Island for brunch and swimming. The sea was a little choppy today so the snorkelling, for me, was a little scary! (I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to the sea!) Nicky dived straight in and I watched for a while, lounging on the back of the ‘Monteray’. After persuasion from the crew and Nicky I decided to give it a go. Wow! How amazing it was to see all of those fish! There were hundreds of them. Only about three or four species but so many! They were all around us. You didn’t really have to swim out to see anything, you could basically just stick you head into the sea! It was like Disney Land! A whole other world going on. Amazing! After returning from our fabulous trip onboard the ‘Monteray’, Nicky and I lazed by our pool floating on a lilo and watching a wedding take place in the distance. So romantic….

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Owen, Irwin and myself in front of the Monteray.

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Lounging on the boat.

Day nine.

Another early start – this time due to the fact that we were water skiing – no not me, Nicky had a session booked. I was going along to be the photographer! We met the skipper on the beach and jumped into the speed boat. A few minutes around the corner and we wherein Dickinson’s Bay. A super calm, flat bay perfect for water sports. After our energetic morning (taking photos is hard work!! haha!) we decided to stay in the privacy of our own villa and listened to music relaxing by the pool. We had another game of chess too!

Tonight we ate at the Cove, it is becoming a favourite with us. It’s probably something to do with the perfect setting, above the rocks, overlooking the sea with BlueWaters in the view to our left and the vast sea out in front of us. Not to mention the fabulous food and service!

Day ten.

We didn’t have the usual sunshine beaming into our bedroom this morning, it was looking a little grey outside? We wandered down to breakfast, taking our time today as it didn’t look like we would be missing any sun on the beach. It soon started raining, light at first then heavy rain and then a tropical storm! There was something quite cosy about it though, sitting in a bikini and a summer dress with it raining cats and dogs! As the rain seemed to not give in we decided to take a trip to St Johns again. A great day for wandering around the shops, picking up a few souvenirs! It was much quieter in own today as there was no cruise liner in. Cooler too, so perfect for exploring. We went into a local cafe for a drink to rehydrate – Hemingway’s. Such a cute place above the shops on a busy Antiguan street. It was a real hit with the locals and guys were coming in and their favourite drinks would be put in front of them without them saying a word to the waitress. I love places like that, a table reserved for you every day and your favourite drink served as soon as you walk in! A real life ‘Cheers’ bar!

Day eleven.

We woke to more rain today, it was still very warm but wet spells. We caught up with some friends over breakfast and we decided to take a road trip around the island as the weather was not that great. We drove towards the south taking in the sights of Jolly Harbour. We ended up at a trendy beach club called ‘Jacqui O’s’. As we arrived the sunshine was coming out and the heat rising. We sat down and had a much welcomed bottle of Rose wine! Lunch was delicious and we then move to the beach. It was pretty windy so every now and then we were exfoliated by the sand! It was like we were in the desert in a sand storm. The sea was pretty rough here too due to the wind, but at the same time that made it fun! We lay in the sun taking in the rays wondering if the rain was still falling at BlueWaters?

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On the beach at Jacqui O’s

Day twelve.

Today the rain had eased pretty much to nothing, a few clouds in the sky but overall a pretty nice day. We decided to stay by our pool today and catch up on a bit of fashion and gossip in the magazines. Nicky went sailing in the afternoon and I watched from our terrace. It really is paradise here….

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Day thirteen.

After the gym and a delicious breakfast of healthy porridge and fruit we headed to the beach for a walk hand in hand. The sea is so crystal clear at BlueWaters, just how I like it! Powder white sand under foot and the warm sun on our skin. Bliss! Back at the villa, Nicky was flower arranging with the Bourganvilla and we had vases full of it everywhere! There is so much around the resort in fabulous pink and oranges. We were having a chef come to cook for us this evening on our terrace so I think Nicky wanted to make an effort and make the house look even more special than it already was! Dinner was a tasty BBQ, prepared and cooked for us by head chef – Jason. We had mouth watering meats served with Corn, salads and spicy Caribbean sauces. I love a BBQ, deliciously healthy!

Day fourteen.

Oh boy, it was a hot one today. Absolutely burning! Trying to stay cool, I spent most of the day in the pool on a lilo and in the sea. Nicky was sailing quite a lot today and eventually persuaded me to try it. It was just a hobby cat sail boat but still pretty scary to me! I really am not in love with the sea when I can’t touch or see the bottom. I must be brave though – I thought! Nicky had been on at me the hole time to try this so I needed to shut him up! On with my life jacket and onto the boat. Not the most lady like manoeuvre to get on but I was on. I went with a friend that we had made, Zsa Zsa. Zsa has been sailing since a chid and knew exactly what she was doing. I felt safe. We started heading out towards Rock Cottage and it was clam and we moved slowly, this was day I thought! Once around Rock Cottage we needed to turn to come back the other way. In order to turn we had to sail into the wind to pick up speed. The sea was a little choppy out this far and waves were crashing over the side. I was now feeling a little nervous! Never the less, we got the speed that we needed and made the turn safely, ducking under the sail each time it changed sides. I can see why people get into this sailing lark but I am not too sure that t was for me! I was glad to be heading into the beach but also secretly pleased with myself for doing it! Also Nicky would stop nagging me now too!

Before dinner we had arrange a photo shoot on the beach with Gwen and Daniel. They wanted us pictured  by the Hugo tree. Nicky and I love to take pictures as the sun is setting, the light is so soft and thus makes the pictures look so professional. Some of the best shots of me have been taken by Nicky on the beach at this time of day!



Our last evening meal was eaten at the Cove, our favourite. It was hard to imagine that we had now been at BlueWaters for 2 weeks – the time has flown by! We headed back to our home, for one last night, and watched the film ‘Gravity’ in bed – Well, Nicky fell asleep and I watched it!

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I can truly say that I have never been to any other resort where the staff are so friendly. Everybody remembers your name and nothing is too much trouble. We were looked after like a king and queen. It was truly magical. I will be recommending this hotel to everyone that I know and would absolutely love to return. Thank you BlueWaters! xx

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I hope you all enjoyed our stay at BlueWaters Antigua as much as we did! Thank you for reading my diary.

Catch up with you next week.

Big love,

Kelly x



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