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

  • 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. 

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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Traveller rating

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Nov 16, 2019 trmb64

Thumbs up. First time visitors to Curtain Bluff, we liked it for the same reason we like private clubs: it is unique and idiosyncratic. The staff are a key element of the experience. We had lunch with the chef, Christophe Blatz, who was charming. Went scuba diving led by dive instructor Junior who was patient and excellent. Played tennis with… Read more
Thumbs up. First time visitors to Curtain Bluff, we liked it for the same reason we like private clubs: it is unique and idiosyncratic. The staff are a key element of the experience. We had lunch with the chef, Christophe Blatz, who was charming. Went scuba diving led by dive instructor Junior who was patient and excellent. Played tennis with Jason who thankfully took it easy on us. In a travel category full of excellent Four Seasons and Amans, Curtain Bluff is lovely and memorable. Read less
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Nov 16, 2019 Kevin T Denver, CO

This is a nice resort. I think maybe 4.5 stars really. This was our first trip to Curtain Bluff. Prior to staying here, we stayed at Carlisle Bay for four nights. The previous trip, we stayed at Jumby Bay. So, I think we have really stayed at all of the best resorts on the island except Hermitage. Curtain Bluff (CB) basically feels like a country… Read more
This is a nice resort. I think maybe 4.5 stars really. This was our first trip to Curtain Bluff. Prior to staying here, we stayed at Carlisle Bay for four nights. The previous trip, we stayed at Jumby Bay. So, I think we have really stayed at all of the best resorts on the island except Hermitage. Curtain Bluff (CB) basically feels like a country club. There are a ton of repeat visitors and they are mostly older, older than age 60 I would say for the vast majority. Going there for the first time kind of feels like you are a new member of a country club as well. Everybody else knows one another an you don't know anybody. Maybe a bit awkward. I heard another couple referencing this as well. I like how this resort seems to be invested in the community. That means a lot to me. They do a lot for the local villagers. As such, I would like to see the resort continue to thrive. I love that it is privately owned. I sincerely hope they are actively looking at the changing luxury vacation landscape. I think CB really relies on repeat visitors. I have been to almost 70 countries. People of a younger age who are able to experience luxury travel do not typically repeatedly return to the same place and many of the rooms at CB seem to be filled with people who have been there 15 to 20 times. I think they cater to an aging market segment and a disappearing style of vacationing. Again, I hope they can figure out how to adapt. It is a beautiful property stuck in a bit of a time warp and I think they need a great management team to assist with a reboot. The clubby feel extends to the food. I would not call it gourmet but nice country club food. It was fine. Drinks are included yet they do not have a drink menu...just a drink of the day. How about a list of 20 or so fun drinks that your guests can try? Seemed ridiculous that they do not have a menu; I asked a few people for one and they looked at me like I had three heads. I thought the staff and service were "OK" and not really exceptional. 30 years ago, a team like this would stand out. In today's world of exceptional service, I think they have a lot of work to do. I realize that Caribbean service is a bit different than some other places of the world as I've been to the Caribbean dozens of times. However, with resorts like Ritz Carlton, One and Only, Montage, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Kimpton, Rosewood, etc the bar has been raised. Service from CB is really not at the standards of today's luxury resorts...few smiles, no anticipation of needs, general lack of enthusiasm, staff sitting around, staff seeming a bit inconvenienced when asked to do something..... My entire team has undergone Ritz Carlton Leadership Center training and I think something on that level is needed here. CB has a ton of long term team members and change like that can be hard for long-timers; I get that. The one stand-out team member for us was Michael, beach attendant on the surf beach. Give that guy a promotion. Go figure...he has been at CB only two years. His spirit is what the rest of the team needs to emulate. I run a business which is in a rapidly changing industry as well and I guess this is why I am concerned about the viability of this hotel's hospitality model moving forward. It really caters to a bygone era. I hope they can evolve and continue to attract NEW guests willing to pay what they charge when there are so many alternatives that are truly 5 star not only in facilities but service. The property itself is beautiful and reminds me a bit of Caneel Bay on St. John. The rooms have a great location, but are a bit dated. The beach and water are great, as are the beach loungers. Overall, I would say Jumby Bay is our favorite on Antigua, followed by Curtain Bluff, with Carlisle Bay ranking last because the water at Carlisle Bay is not clear like one expects in the Caribbean. Carlisle Bay is a great value though and the room at Carlisle Bay was definitely nicer than that at Curtain Bluff. Jumby Bay probably ranks number one in every category in my book, but it is more expensive and I have not stayed there for a few years. Would I return? Maybe...once...but certainly not 10, 20 or 30 times like people have historically. The world just offers too much to spend that many vacations at one place. Read less
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Nov 11, 2019 matthornmd San Diego, California

The best all inclusive resort in the Caribbean. I have been there over 20 times for tennis week and the service and food and experience is wonderful. The staff is great and very friendly and helpful in every way
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Luxury without the stuffiness

Nov 4, 2019 AliYooper Harbor Springs, Michigan

This was our 3rd visit to CB and we've already booked again for next year (and are talking about fitting in a few days in the spring). It's that special. From Leon who is some kind of mind-reader (I swear he showed up at my beach chair the minute I started thinking I might need something from the bar) to everyone at Watersports who entertained my… Read more
This was our 3rd visit to CB and we've already booked again for next year (and are talking about fitting in a few days in the spring). It's that special. From Leon who is some kind of mind-reader (I swear he showed up at my beach chair the minute I started thinking I might need something from the bar) to everyone at Watersports who entertained my husband for the week (Thank you. Really.), to Michael who attended to us on the surf beach, to everyone at the front desk, as well as the ever-present Chelle and Wendy and Rob and Michael (the night manager)--CB is about the people who work to make every day special whether you've been to the resort multiple times or this is your first trip. I know I haven't mentioned everyone (the dining staff is so professional, and the chefs went out of their way to accommodate one of our group who has special dietary needs)--I'm afraid that list would never end. ...I just remembered how beautiful Ezra and crew keeps the grounds. The landscaping is stunning. I kept stopping to admire the flowers every time I went anywhere. ...Also, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the meals exceptional, and the activities are varied and plentiful. Thanks so much for providing us with such a great week as a family--those memories are priceless. Read less
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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