Antigua
Curtain Bluff

Flanked by sea on both sides, this elegant resort offers Caribbean luxury with family-friendly touches.

The hotel was built in the 1960s by American WW2 pilot Howard Hulford as a quiet retreat for his family and friends. It may have grown from a 22-room hotel to a resort with 72 rooms and suites, but the top-notch service, stylish decor and familial atmosphere remain intact. Foodies will enjoy the dining options while active families will love the water sports all included in the rate.

Facilities & Activities

With so much on offer in the resort for the whole family, you won’t want to leave its idyllic setting. As well as the main pool, there are two beaches – one with the surf and the other with pristine sand, palm trees and still seas that are ideal for snorkelling.

The extensive array of watersports is a real highlight of the resort. Get involved in everything from scuba diving trips and Hobie cat sailing to paddleboarding and waterskiing. There are also four tennis courts and lessons are available from world-class instructors. Other activities include yoga, Pilates and aqua aerobics. Keen to try something new? Pick up a paddle and hit the pickleball court or work up a sweat under the A/C with a game of squash.

For a spot of relaxation, the  5,000-square-foot spa is just the ticket. Its four treatment rooms have superb sea views and therapists offer everything from herbal aromatherapy wraps to deep tissue massages and rejuvenating facials.

 

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Dining

The hotel’s two restaurants offer excellent food for the whole family (with children’s menus available in both). The Tamarind Tree is set around a centuries-old tamarind tree in a courtyard and serves a la carte breakfast and dinner. Options range from banana pancakes and French toast when you wake up to soups, steaks and spaghetti over a candlelit dinner.

For al fresco lunches, The Sea Grape is positioned on the beach and offers Bento boxes that can be delivered to your cabana. Several nights per week it also serves Antiguan-meets-Italian dinners – think tuna carpaccio, beetroot gnocchi and pan-seared seafood that’s fresh off the boat. The impressive Wine Cellar – one of the Caribbean’s finest – is stocked with more than 4,000 wines that are hand-picked by the sommelier.

A great touch for an easy dinner, enjoying the sea views from your room, is the complimentary room service during restaurant opening hours.

Rooms

With neutral colour schemes, oodles of space and floor-to-ceiling doors overlooking the waves, the 72 rooms and suites have a seaside chic feel with immaculate bathrooms and contemporary Caribbean art on the walls. The categories range from entry-level (which still boast direct beach access) to multi-room suites.

The Beach Front Rooms are a good choice for small families, with Junior Suites sleeping up to four people. Deluxe Rooms are ideal for both couples and families – each sleeps up to three guests and connecting rooms are available.

For larger groups and those seeking extra space and more luxury, it’s worth splashing out on a room from the Hulford Collection. These grand suites feature large living areas, deep baths and private plunge pools. Extended groups and families can book the entire third floor (four bedrooms) of a Caribbean villa, the Grace & Morris Bay Suites.

Rooms on the Bluff are perfect for couples, with freestanding tubs, terraces with daybeds and chic coastal furnishings. For families requiring two bedrooms, the bluff room can be added to a one-bedroom bluff suite. Please note that children aged under six are not allowed in bluff suites.

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Family

Children aged three to ten will love the CEE BEE Kids Camp. It has a daily schedule of activities that includes arts and crafts, beachcombing, designing your own T-shirts and fishing. The club is located in a shady spot on the calm-water beach, with a sandbox and jungle gym that little ones will love. Older children will be kept entertained with court sports and activities such as sailing and waterskiing.

Both restaurants have children’s menus with options including grilled catch of the day and spaghetti with meatballs. Family-friendly early dinners take place on the Tamarind Terrace at 6pm. Babysitting services are available.

Families can book interconnecting rooms as well as suites with sofa beds.

Sustainability

Curtain Bluff is committed to the conservation of beautiful Antigua and addresses sustainability with practical methods and ideas. The hotel became Green Globe certified in 2008, meaning they are nationally recognised for their commitment to sustainability and environment protection recognition.

Involved in community development and educational efforts in the Old Road Village, Curtain Bluff aims to give back to the community and surrounding areas. The hotel continues to address their environmental and social performance through commitment to legislative framework and environmental performance within the property. The Old Road Fund, is a 501c-3 non-profit foundation supported by Curtain Bluff and its generous guests. The hotel is committed to ensuring their staff are primarily from Old Road and other communities within Antigua therefore showing consisting support to the community.

Some other forms of support and recognising of the environment are tracking their carbon emissions and reducing their carbon footprint in light of the global challenges faced within climate change. Careful purchasing and utilisation of biodegradable products and chemicals that are environmentally friendly is another consistent method of protecting the delicate environment of Antigua. The hotel also focuses on ensuring that the product selection provided by the local and regional suppliers meets their standards with regards to environment and quality as well as implying equipment that provides enhanced environmental performance whilst providing excelling facilities for guests.

Location

The resort has a stellar location on Antigua’s south coast. The hotel’s two beaches have distinctly different feels – one has crashing surf while the other has calm waters that are perfect for snorkelling. You’re also within a 30-minute drive of the bustling English Harbour, while the capital St John’s and the International Airport, served by frequent direct flights from the UK, is 40 minutes away.

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