Curtain Bluff – Antigua
Hotel Type: An all-inclusive five * beach resort with breath-taking sea views from every room.
Location: Located on the southern tip of Antigua in the Leeward Islands, Curtain Bluff encompasses 20 acres of lush tropical gardens on the Curtain Bluff peninsula, overlooking the Caribbean Sea and two beautiful beaches. The airport is a 45 minute transfer way.
Style: Refined beach elegance.
Rooms: 72 beachfront rooms & suites with hammocks and beautiful Caribbean sea views.
Favourite Room: Gemma loves the Ground Floor Junior Suites which are just a stones throw from the water and right on the beach.
Ideal For: Being pampered and enjoying the finer things in life.
Swimming: In the Caribbean Sea off one of the beaches or in the hotel pool. Some rooms also come with their own private pools.
Dining: Curtains Bluff is all inclusive but don’t expect wrist-bands or buffet lines, dinners at Curtain Bluff are al fresco fine dining with a local and seasonal menu that changes nightly. Have lunch or dinner at the open air The Sea Grape Restaurant serving Antiguan and Italian cuisine at the far end of the bay. Or head to The Tamarind Restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner, located in the centre of the resort. Imaginative, diverse and simply delicious, the food is one of the biggest reasons our loyal guests return to Curtain Bluff year. We love that alcoholic beverages are included within the room rate.
Children: Most definitely. It is an F&P favourite for families.
Activities: The following activities are included in the daily rates: tennis (4 championship courts), squash, sailing, water-skiing, scuba diving (for certified divers), guided snorkeling trips, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, bocce, shuffleboard and basketball just to name a few.
Spa: A 5,000 square-foot spa hangs on the water’s edge. The spa has 5 treatment rooms, an open-air relaxation room with unbeatable ocean views, and a huge infinity-edge hot tub. There is also a fitness centre with Yoga, Pilates, aqua aerobics, weekly power walks and body sculpting classes are offered several times a week free of charge.
Accessibility: For those that are less mobile we recommend staying in one of their ground-floor deluxe rooms or junior suites.
Low season Price From: £630 per night for a Deluxe Room on an all-inclusive basis
High Season Price From: £1,348 per night for a Deluxe Room on an all-inclusive basis
Open From: October – August
Curtain Bluff is that rare mix of genteel hospitality and contemporary bells and whistles. Originally a sugar mill, it was restored as a home, and to this day it has a distinctly country club feel. It is an effortlessly elegant, timeless classic. Its beachfront location is incomparable, with superb beaches either side – surf to the left of the spit and calm waters to the right, so going straight from paddle boarding to surfing is just a short walk. The service is top end and you’re even whisked seamlessly through the airport to arrive in style. And because the food is so good, it’s one of our Caribbean favourites. We also love the fact that there’s a no tip policy – guests can donate instead to a local fund that enables villagers with college and medical fees. This is truly a gem, and it’s no surprise that guests return year after year.
We could quite happily stay in any one of the rooms or suites at Curtain Bluff – they are all marvellously spacious with views of the emerald Caribbean. Up high are the Bluff Rooms with their king size beds and large living areas and terraces. For families, these can interconnect with a One or Two Bedroom Bluff Suite. These split-level suites have their own secluded garden terraces and balconies, and extremely comfortable living spaces. Opening up onto the surf beach, the Ground Floor Deluxe Rooms are distinctly styled with West Indies touches and have their own beach terraces. The Upper Level Deluxe Rooms offer are airy with good sized balconies, and can interconnect with each other. The Ground Floor Junior Suites open up right onto the beach – there’s nothing quite like waking up to the sound of waves and being able to walk to the water straight from your bed. The luxurious marble bathrooms have huge walk-in showers and deep baths. They can sleep up to four people, so they’re also ideal for families. The very roomy Upper Level Junior Suites are similarly furnished, with large balconies looking out over the Caribbean. For even more space, and extra luxury, the Hulford Collection is a range of suites, many of which are secluded, and all come with a plunge or infinity soaking pool. Some are for romance, whilst others can interconnect with other rooms and suites for larger families.
The standard of food here is excellent, and its reputation is deservedly earned. The Tamarind Restaurant (built around a centuries old tamarind tree) serves fabulously hearty breakfasts and five course dinners, with locally caught fish and a pudding menu that you can only dream of. Sea Grape On The Beach serves delicious Italian influenced food, with an extensive lunch menu – you can have everything delivered to your cabana too. Steel bands and dancing after dinner – you’ll find a lot of musical accompaniment when you dine here.
This is easily one of the Caribbean’s best places for families, and where parents can relax in the knowledge that their children are having an absolute ball. The Curtain Bluff kids’ Club is complementary and caters for children aged 3-10, with a programme of activities that can easily keep them entertained pretty much all day. The older ones can take to the water on a hobie cat, or with a snorkel, whilst the younger guests have a jungle gym, a shaded play area and can often be found having crab races on the beach. And our favourite, is the team of staff who can take tired children back to their rooms, whilst parents enjoy dinner.
Take your pick! There is so much on offer at Curtain Bluff – and much of it is inclusive. The water sports are exemplary, with scuba diving and snorkeling, waterskiing and wakeboarding, hobie cats, kayaks and paddleboards.
And if you’re looking to keep your fitness levels up, the swimming pool has two 75 foot lap lanes. There are tennis and squash courts and even a basketball court. It’s a short drive to English Harbour, so we definitely recommend a bit of exploring, and no trip to Antigua should be without an evening up at Shirley Heights. The team here can organise excursions, so just ask at the desk. And of course, the Spa should not be missed. Just a few feet from the lapping waves, each treatment room looks out towards islands on the horizon. There’s always time for a bit of indulgence.
After becoming Green Globe certified in 2008, Curtain Bluff continues to be committed to the beautification of Antigua. They strive to monitor and reduce utilities and to lower carbon emissions, whilst also using environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Local providers are prioritised to reduce the distance resources travel, whilst their herb garden is also utilised for organic ingredients. Their biggest project is supporting the local community through the Old Road Fund. Over $3 million has been raised towards providing education, job offers and training, healthcare, and community programmes. Their main focus is on the town of Old Road, from which over 80% of the resort’s staff are recruited.