Curtain Bluff Resort

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

Revamped for 2017, Curtain Bluff is sandwiched between two wow-worthy shores. One’s a hammock-strung, palm-peppered beach, washed by ocean surf and lined with many of its seaside-inspired guestrooms, with their sand and sky palette, seagrass furniture, and oversized seaview-framing windows. The other has calm bathing waters, complimentary water sports, and an offshore reef hosting the hotel’s free snorkelling adventures. That’s just the start of the complimentary treats here – with the premium all-inclusive promise covering everything from Champagne to scuba diving, gourmet dining to tennis, and crab-racing to mocktail-making classes at the kids’ club. (If you fancy a little splurge though, the ocean-side spa’s worth the treat for the views alone.) Curtain Bluff’s luxury is most evident as you tuck into five course feasts at Tamarind Tree, or dine by tiki torchlight just steps from the sand at The Sea Grape.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Hot tub
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

With two beautiful beaches, this hotel sits on a peninsula between Surf Beach, a quiet stretch of golden sand with hammocks, and Bay Beach, with its calm waters for swimming and water sports, jetty for boat trips and activities, and sheltering Cades Reef, where you can take complimentary snorkelling trips. Within driving distance of Shirley Heights, St. John’s, and attractions like Zip-line Canopy Tour. Transfer time from airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

72 rooms and suites. All set along Surf Beach with sea views, floor-to-ceiling windows, a verandah or terrace overlooking the beach, air-conditioning, WiFi, pre-stocked mini-bar, oversized soaking tub and no TV's for pure escapism. Deluxe Rooms are 360 sq ft, and are in two storey buildings on Surf Beach. Each has 1 king-size or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults. Please note: Deluxe Rooms have shower only.

All Inclusive of: full breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, Hors d'oeuvres, bar drinks, house champagne and wine by the glass. Room service during dining room hours. All activities and entertainment unless otherwise stated.

Bluff Rooms are 816 sq ft, are on the bluff with sweeping views of Surf Beach, and have 10 ft high ceilings, 1 bedroom, and a large terrace. Each has 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults. Bluff Rooms can connect to One Bedroom Bluff Suites for larger groups requiring 2 bedrooms.

Junior Suites are 861 sq ft, are in three storey buildings on Surf Beach, and have a sunken living room with seagrass furniture, and a sunken bath and open-walled shower. Each has 1 king-size or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

One Bedroom Bluff Suites are 1,759 sq ft, are higher up the bluff in a more secluded spot overlooking Surf Beach, are split-level, and have a large living room, a garden patio with hammock, a breakfast nook, a dining terrace (16 ft wide), and 1 en-suite bedroom with oceanfront patio. Each has 1 king-size or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Two Bedroom Bluff Suites are 2,756 sq ft, are higher up the bluff in a more secluded spot overlooking Surf Beach, are split-level, and have a large living room, a garden patio with hammock, a breakfast nook, a dining terrace (16 ft wide), and 2 bedrooms. Each has 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Terrace Suite is 891 sq ft, is in a private location at the very top of the bluff, and has a terrace (567 sq ft) with an infinity edge plunge pool and daybed, and views over the beach, Morris Bay, and the Caribbean Sea. It has 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Cliff Suite is 1,500 sq ft, is tucked into the hillside, and has a spacious living room, a large patio with infinity soaking pool with unobstructed views of Grace Bay beach, and a separate bedroom with a second terrace overlooking Surf Beach. It has 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

One Bedroom Morris & Grace Bay Suites are 1,944 sq ft, are on the third floor of a villa on Surf Beach, and have a bedroom and living room, which lead out to a verandah with a private plunge pool and amazing views. Each has 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Two Bedroom Grace & Morris Bay Suites consist of a One Bedroom Morris & Grace Bay Suite and a Junior Suite, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

  • Honeymoon offer: honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, a romantic dinner in a gazebo and a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability on arrival).

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 31 Jan '20 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 1 Mar–31 Mar '20 when staying 5 nights or more, except in the Ground Floor Deluxe and Ground Floor Junior Suites.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable

  • Booking bonus: book by 1 Nov '19 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 26 Oct–17 Dec '19 when staying in the Bluff Room or higher.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable

  • Room Upgrade: Book by 31 Jan '20 to receive a complimentary room upgrade from a Deluxe Room to a Bluff Room for completed stays between 1 May–14 Aug '20, when staying a minimum of 5 nights.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Room credit: book by 30 Sep '19 and receive US$100 room credit per room per stay for travel between 26 Oct-22 Nov '19, 1-17 Dec '19 and 1 May-14 Aug '20, not applicable when booking a Deluxe Room Ground Floor or Junior Suite Ground Floor.

    Offers may not be combinable.

Tamarind Tree (Continental and Antiguan breakfasts and five course evening menu, open for breakfast and dinner, with live music). The Sea Grape (Italian and Antiguan menu, open daily for buffet lunch and 4-5 times a week for dinner, with weekly beach barbecue with live steel drum band). Stone Mill terrace (afternoon tea). Sugar Mill bar (cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres). The Wine Cellar* (Sommelier-led tours*, Friday wine tastings*). Room service. Beach Concierge service (with cold drinks, coconuts, ice lollies, and other treats).

Caribbean cooking class*. Wine appreciation class*. Weekly cocktail party (at owner’s home, Bluff House). Weekly beach party. Live music every night.

Beachfront swimming pool (with two 75 ft lap lanes). Spa* (5,000 sq ft, with cliff-edge Jacuzzi, spa shop, and healthy Spa Bites menu). Fitness centre (water aerobics classes, yoga, and Pilates). Water sports centre (with windsurfing, paddle boarding, water skiing, wake-boarding, hobie cats, and kayaking, and with scuba diving for Certified Divers). Snorkelling equipment. Snorkelling trips to Cades Reef (twice daily). Beach chairs, hammocks, and sun floats. Championship tennis centre (4 hard courts, Pro Tennis shop, lessons*). Squash court (lessons*). Basketball (half court). Bocce. Shuffleboard.

Gift shop. Concierge service (deep sea fishing charters*). Complimentary WiFi.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: hotel is closed between 18 Aug–27 Oct '19.

Please note: Virgin Holidays has a restriction on under 16s in this hotel, but it is not an adults-only resort.

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Sep 18, 2019 BLG99

1. Accommodation excellent (room 31) comfortable and clean. 2. Airport Meet and Greet very efficient; excellent 3. Reception and check out very efficient; excellent 4. Recreational facilities excellent apart from the so-called putting green which is in a poor condition. 5. Sea Grape Restaurant excellent. Very good food always as requested. Service… Read more
1. Accommodation excellent (room 31) comfortable and clean. 2. Airport Meet and Greet very efficient; excellent 3. Reception and check out very efficient; excellent 4. Recreational facilities excellent apart from the so-called putting green which is in a poor condition. 5. Sea Grape Restaurant excellent. Very good food always as requested. Service excellent, fast and friendly. But why not open every evening ? It’s a shame to not use such a good facility. 6. Tamarind food and service very inconsistent ranging from good to indifferent to poor. Most meal orders went wrong ... items missing or not arrived. Service sometimes very good but mostly rather poor and seemingly not friendly, even somewhat rude. Some meals so poor not to be worth having ... example: lamb served thinly sliced small portions which were 50% plus fat not meat. Cooked breakfast usually arrived while only half way through previous course. 7. The House “champagne” (as described by CB staff) though good is not champagne, it’s Blanc de Blanc. This is misleading. The house wines in the inclusive package were rather indifferent at best and not of the quality expected in a hotel of CB’s standard. Overall: good but could do very much better to live up to its self styled reputation as the best on the island; needs to improve the Tamarind food and service. Needs to upgrade the “house” wines. Read less
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Sep 3, 2019 tlilly11177 Alexandria, Virginia

I don’t know where to begin. When you purchase an all inclusive vacation, IMO some aspect of the vacation would have to fall short on expectations. And then I was proved wrong by the unbelievable experience we had at Curtain Bluff. The staff—amazing and bent over backwards, from day 1 to day 6 when one guest from out party locked himself in the… Read more
I don’t know where to begin. When you purchase an all inclusive vacation, IMO some aspect of the vacation would have to fall short on expectations. And then I was proved wrong by the unbelievable experience we had at Curtain Bluff. The staff—amazing and bent over backwards, from day 1 to day 6 when one guest from out party locked himself in the bathroom, the entire staff never stopped hustling. Secondly, the food—I put on >5lbs thanks to the quality of delicious daily offerings. Third, the water sports staff was great with us AND OUR CHILDREN. I can’t tell you how impressed we were across the board. Hats off to both Wendy (the best) and Rob for running a great resort and we can’t thank you enough for providing our family with such a wonderful experience. Best trip we’ve ever had thanks to you all. Read less
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Aug 26, 2019 jock16 West Sussex, United Kingdom

I would suggest not bothering in the UK to prebook a transfer to the hotel. Outside arrivals there is a well ordered system for the official taxis and one is given a chit specifying destination and cost. This is cheaper than the transfers of both a well known airline and a transfer broker. Check in at the hotel was efficient . Those at… Read more
I would suggest not bothering in the UK to prebook a transfer to the hotel. Outside arrivals there is a well ordered system for the official taxis and one is given a chit specifying destination and cost. This is cheaper than the transfers of both a well known airline and a transfer broker. Check in at the hotel was efficient . Those at reception/concierge services were uniformly friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The Hotel is located in beautiful gardens with a beach on either side. The first has water too rough for swimming but the second is beautifully calm.That latter beach, unfortunately,for most of its length,has a strip of pebbles along the water line making entry into the sea difficult for crinkles like ourselves.It probably would not provide much of an obstacle for youngsters However very close to the Sea Grape restaurant the strip runs out and there is only sand at the water's edge so that is where we planted ourselves. I can recommend beach canopies there numbered 15 and 16 which are larger than some of the others and well positioned for shade. At that end one is usefully near to well kept loos, a selection of games such as bocce (a cross between bowls and petanque) shuffleboard and table tennis, the pool and the aforesaid restaurant and bar. Beach staff were extremely capable and do tours with cold towels, water and ice lollies as well as taking drink orders setting up sunbeds and supplying beach towels. Leon in particular was assiduous at seeing we were well looked after. Standard of service at the Sea Grape itself varied. Food there ranged from acceptable to very good though the pastry chef could do with a lighter touch. At the other end of the "calm" beach are sailing boats, peddaloes and canoes for use by the guests and nearby are tennis courts The hotel consists of a number of pleasant low slung buildings. Our bedroom, which overlooked the "rough" beach, had been well maintained but was somewhat dated. Tap fittings and light switches were redolent of the '70s or '80s.Balcony furniture was mostly modern but the table had clearly undergone many coats of paint in its lifetime. On the plus side our room contained a large king bed with a comfortable mattress and soft pillows. There was a sizeable cupboard and oodles of space in a voluminous chest of drawers.A room fridge contained beer and soft drinks regularly replaced. A complimentary basket of crisps, nuts etc were provided on arrival but when consumed replacements had to be purchased from the shop.(which also sells a limited selection of postcards: postage is free) The bathroom was somewhat dingy with only one sink and a rain shower. It was more of a drizzle than a shower. Decent Molton and Brown smellies were replaced frequently Air con in the bedroom was super cooling and there was also a ceiling fan. The room safe was operated by a key rather than the usual electronic variety. Wifi is free.Mosquito spray is provided but not the electric devices which heat tablets or liquid to ward them off. In any event mosquitoes were not a problem for us when we visited. There are no TVs in the rooms. There is a TV room but because of its location near where live bands perform it is almost impossible during the evening to hear the sound from the TV because of the noise from the band/singer.There are a number of board games available in that room but with the passage of time they have become all jumbled up and incomplete though i was able to cannabalise some of the sets and obtain one which could be played. One of the public rooms has a bookcase but with few books while we were there. Live bands and singers therefore were the main evening entertainment and some of the guests used to dance to the music. They clearly enjoyed it though we felt it was overamplified. The main restaurant ,Tamarind, located in the hotel itself is light and airy with attractively set tables and linen napkins. The food as at the Sea Grape varied from acceptable to very good (though vegetables were often undercooked and virtually raw despite complaints) and the menu changed frequently.The wine list contains some amazing bottles albeit at a price. The wines served as part of the all inclusive deal were drinkable. Service was inconsistent, sometimes excellent sometimes poor. Some of the staff wandered about doing very little that we could see while we waited overlong to order. On one occasion a waiter brought our main course on a tray which he then put on a side table several yards from us. He left it to do something else, came back to the tray, apparently thought better of it and left again to wander off elsewhere for an appreciable period and only on the third attempt managed to deliver our meal. In the meantime of course our food was exposed to the birds which flew around the restaurant. On another occasion a waiter,to my mind rudely, indicated by simply pointing that he wanted me to give him the menu and wordlessly took it when I did. Overall however I would rate the hotel as being very good but it requires a little tweaking to take it up the required notch or two Read less
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Aug 19, 2019 JoanS6260 Houston, Texas

Loved our stay at Curtain Bluff Resort. They guided us through customs at the airport, and then we were off to their lovely resort. Great watersports at the hotel, beautiful pool and lovely beaches - what's not to like? We were upgraded to a suite right on the beach. Everyone was very help and welcoming. I hope to go back next year and stay… Read more
Loved our stay at Curtain Bluff Resort. They guided us through customs at the airport, and then we were off to their lovely resort. Great watersports at the hotel, beautiful pool and lovely beaches - what's not to like? We were upgraded to a suite right on the beach. Everyone was very help and welcoming. I hope to go back next year and stay longer! Read less
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Aug 12, 2019 lvtofil Great Falls, Virginia

My husband and I just honeymooned at Curtain Bluff in July. It was wonderful. We were upgraded to a suite which we greatly appreciated. The ambiance is lovely. The staff is utterly amazing and they make you feel very at home. The guest cocktail reception was delightful. We loved the live music every night. Would absolutely recommend the wine… Read more
My husband and I just honeymooned at Curtain Bluff in July. It was wonderful. We were upgraded to a suite which we greatly appreciated. The ambiance is lovely. The staff is utterly amazing and they make you feel very at home. The guest cocktail reception was delightful. We loved the live music every night. Would absolutely recommend the wine tasting. We read that Curtain Bluff has the best wine cellar on the island and it sure seemed that way. We highly recommend and will definitely go back. Read less