This is the real deal: ace location, stunning tropical gardens, swanky spa, watersports, five-star tennis facilities, great food, superb wine cellar – and a long pedigree. All in all, a class act. Sprawling out across the achingly beautiful south coast and bordering the tropical rainforest, the secluded site offers one of the island’s most captivating landscapes.
This grand dame of Antigua’s high-end resorts has shrugged off its former old-school, country-club feel, re-inventing itself to draw a younger crowd. Attractions include: a terrific 5,000 square-foot oceanfront spa; the beautifully refurbished junior suites; and the Grace Bay and Morris Bay suites, which come with four-poster beds, spacious balconies that overlook the ocean and fab jacuzzis.
The focus here is on creating a warm and welcoming family atmosphere and a laid-back vibe – and for many this is the definitive Curtain Bluff experience. The resort has a fully inclusive plan (apart from a handful of services). You check in and are taken to your room – and that’s it, deal done. Not a cent need change hands thereafter. As MD Rob Sherman puts it, ‘you can drink champagne, Remy Martin or Grey Goose vodka and eat foie gras all day and no-one will bat an eyelid.’
Sounds great to us.
- Brush up your culinary skills with head chef Christophe Blatz, who holds cooking classes that focus on a fusion of French and Caribbean cuisine.
- Curtain Bluff has one of the most impressive wine collections in the Caribbean – some 25,000 or so at last count. Don’t miss their wine-tasting sessions, conducted by one of their expert sommeliers in their very cool underground cellar.
- Major thumbs-up go to this resort for their terrific community involvement programs, which have had a big impact on the lives of ordinary people in the local Old Road community for many years.