Tucked away on a rocky promontory on Antigua’s south side, Curtain Bluff coaxes visitors from life’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pace into a tranquil and enchanting island paradise.
Flanked on both sides by the stunning Caribbean sea, this welcoming repose beckons visitors with breathtaking views, impeccable amenities and unparalleled hospitality. Our 72 spacious suites and guest rooms offer gaze-all-day views of the pristine, palm-shaded beach and rocky bluff that gives the resort its name.
All of our accommodations are situated directly on the sand or just a few steps from it so you’re never more than a moment away from dipping your toes in the crashing waves.
In the daytime, floor-to-ceiling windows and sun-drenched terraces look across the sea to a lush-green headland, while evenings unfold under a canopy of stars.
How It All Began
In the late 1950s, Howard Hulford set out to find the perfect piece of land on which to build a quiet sanctuary for his family and friends. After an exacting search of the Caribbean, he found it here on the south coast of Antigua.
In 1962, Hulford opened a 22-room resort and named it after the bluff, or rocky promontory, that bisects the property’s two beaches. Curtain Bluff has been growing mindfully ever since, adding accommodations and facilities that would establish its reputation as a world-class island destination.
Howard lived on the premises until his death in 2009. Today, his wife Chelle still lives in Bluff House, where she hosts the resort’s weekly cocktail party (a fan favorite).
Resort manager Rob Sherman has been at the helm of the property’s operations for the last 25 years, leading Curtain Bluff’s 211 staff members who have become an extended family.
Throughout its growth, Curtain Bluff has paid careful attention to maintaining the same intimacy and charm that captivated Hulford all those years ago.
We’re proud to welcome a loyal troup of “repeaters,” guests who return year after year and regard Curtain Bluff not just as a vacation destination, but as their island home.
From newlyweds who come here to start their lives as a married couple to families seeking an accessible and affordable Caribbean getaway, guests arrive at Curtain Bluff as visitors and leave as old friends.
BEACH FRONT ROOMS
Blending contemporary luxuries with classic Caribbean influences, our beach front guest rooms are thoughtfully designed to bring the beauty and splendor of the Caribbean sea to your doorstep.
Upper Level Deluxe Rooms
Curtain Bluff’s most affordable accommodations, our nine upper level deluxe rooms offer the ideal mix of value and comfort.
Housed on the second floor of a Caribbean-style villa overlooking our surf beach, these accommodations put you within easy reach of the sun and sand with quick access to our bar and restaurant.
All upper level deluxe rooms feature spacious private verandas with sweeping views of the sea and the distant headland.Our deluxe rooms contain a king-size bed, which can be converted to two twin beds. Maximum occupancy is three persons.
ROOMS ON THE BLUFF
Alarm clocks become a thing of the past as you awaken to calming breezes and the gentle lull of crashing waves in one of our blufftop accommodations. Open-air layouts and elegant coastal furnishings soothe the senses and serve as the ideal setting for your island getaway.
One Bedroom Bluff Suite
Overlooking our surf beach from their perch atop the bluff are our five one- and two-bedroom bluff suites. These light and airy rooms are split across three spacious levels outfitted with natural wood and sea-grass furniture.
The three-walled living room offers the best of indoor-outdoor living, opening onto a garden patio with relaxing hammock where you’ll enjoy dozing off to the sound of the waves. Upstairs, you’ll find a breakfast nook and dining terrace, beyond which is the bedroom with an ensuite bath and adjoining oceanfront patio.
Named in honor of our resort’s founder, this exclusive tier of suites is the epitome of style and comfort. Luxurious features like private plunge pools, marble fixtures and unparalleled views of the sparkling blue Caribbean make the Hulford Collection the crown jewel of Curtain Bluff’s accommodations.
Tucked into the hillside, our cliff suite features a spacious living room that opens onto a large patio with an infinity soaking pool and unobstructed views of Grace Bay beach. Its separate bedroom is elegantly appointed with a king-size bed, marble bathroom and second terrace overlooking the surf beach.
DINING & DRINKS
Imaginative, diverse and simply delicious, the food is one of the biggest reasons our loyal guests return to Curtain Bluff year after year. It’s been praised by the likes of Harper’s Bazaar, Forbes, Fodors and Gourmet Magazine, and with all meals included in the room rate, it truly sets us apart from our competitors in value.
Breakfast and dinner are served daily in the Tamarind Restaurant, and lunch and dinner are served in the Seagrape Restaurant. Afternoon tea is served in the library overlooking the gardens. All meals are served a la carte, with reservations required for all meals.
The Sea Grape
At the far end of the bay beach, right on the sand and tickled by near-constant sea breezes, is the Seagrape. This open-air establishment serves up an expansive daily lunch offering (including our weekly beach barbecue accompanied by a steel-drum band).
Bento box service is available to your cabana on the beach or by the pool from 12pm to 4 pm. Seagrape offers dinner several nights per week.
Dinner fare is an inventive blend of Italian and Antiguan influences with dishes like yellowtail tuna carpaccio, beetroot gnocchi and fresh-caught pan-seared wahoo filet. In the evenings, smart shorts and collared shirts are recommended for gentlemen. For ladies, denim shorts are not permitted.
The Tamarind Restaurant
Start your day with a shaded breakfast set to the pace of the gentle sea breeze at our central restaurant, the Tamarind.
The menu includes traditional favorites like banana pancakes, French toast and eggs benedict, plus traditional island dishes, fresh juice, fruit and baked goods prepared in house by our renowned pastry chef.
In the evening, dinner tables awash in candlelight are set with a rotating five-course menu including salads, locally caught fish, outstanding meats, and so many desserts they have their own menu.
After the meal, diners filter onto the terrace for dancing to live music and stargazing under the moonlight. Daytime service is casual attire. At dinner, slacks (no jeans) and a collared shirt with dress shoes are required for gentlemen. For ladies, denim shorts are not permitted.
The Wine Cellar
Our excellent house wines are included alongside other alcoholic beverages in the room rate. For those aficionados looking for a truly exceptional bottle, however, Curtain Bluff boasts one of the finest wine cellars in the Caribbean.
Our cellar is stocked with more than 4,000 wines from nearly a dozen countries sourced by our sommelier. Wine cellar tours can be arranged by your concierge and are hosted by one of our knowledgeable wine team.
Close your eyes, inhale deeply and sink into the tranquility of the exceptional Spa at Curtain Bluff. Relaxing and intimate, our 5,000-square-foot spa sits apart from the rest of the resort just feet from the sea.
Its four treatment rooms boast spectacular views over the water to distant Montserrat, Cades Reef, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Redonda. Before your treatment, unwind on the terrace sipping tea brewed from fresh herbs picked from the spa’s garden.
Afterwards, allow your mind to wander and your body to decompress in our luxurious cliffside soaking tub over-indulgent refreshments. Our menu of spa treatments include:
- Massage techniques including Swedish, Shiatsu and deep tissue
- Body polishes
- Herbal aromatherapy wraps
- Couples massages
- Specialty massages
- Facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing
- Wellness and fitness services
When it comes to tennis, it’s hard to match Curtain Bluff in terms of court quality, instructors, equipment and events. Join players from around the world in enjoying our beautiful, world-class tennis facilities.
Our tennis center features four championship hard courts kept in impeccable condition and lit for night play. A pro shop located an easy lob shot from the sea offers all the essentials you need for play. Private lessons are available for $90 per hour.
Curtain Bluff plays host to many tennis events each year, but perhaps the most well-known is Antigua Tennis Week, held here each spring. Started in 1975 as an island-wide professional tournament, it has evolved into an international pro-am tennis festival that attracts many of the biggest names in tennis.
Another notable event is Tennis Challenge Week, held here each November. Guests join former Davis Cup player Dick Stockton for a fun-filled week of tennis, relaxation, and celebratory events
We want our guests to leave Curtain Bluff with more than just the memories. Bring back a new skill, a unique hobby or perhaps a few sore muscles with our revolving series of Aficionado Classes led by experts right here on the property.
From hibiscus arnottianus to bougainvillea peruviana, see what’s in bloom on a tour of our gardens and back-of-house nurseries. Led by our gardener, Smooth, tours leave from the lobby every Wednesday at 10:30 AM.
This low-impact workout is an excellent way to build strength while minimizing stress on your muscles and joints. Our experienced aqua aerobics instructor Samantha holds hour-long classes in the swimming pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Start your day with sun salutations and rejuvenating breath on our peaceful open-air deck. Resident yoga expert Girlette leads practice at 8:00 AM every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Engage your core and work every major muscle group while taking in the sea views. Invigorating Pilates classes are held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 AM.
Join our Puddy for a power walk through the village every Tuesday and Thursday morning. It’s a perfect way to jump-start your day and see a bit of the local scenery.
Resident tennis pros Dillo and Clifton are trained to teach aptitudes up to 5.5 (nearly a pro) and available daily from 7:00 AM to challenge you in a match, pair guests together for a game, or give your backhand some individual attention.
Their enthusiasm and gentle manner are why many of our guests call our tennis program the best in the region.
Private Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation
Build your practice and work on your personal goals for strength, flexibility and focus in a private lesson. Girlette is certified by the Mathatitu Yoga Ashram in India and has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training program.
Experience the mouthwatering flavors of locally sourced ingredients like lobster, snapper, wahoo and mahi mahi in a hands-on cooking class led by executive chef Christophe and executive pastry chef Maurine. Classes cost $70 and are offered on Tuesday mornings. Lunch and a specially selected bottle of wine from our cellar are included.
Curtain Bluff boasts one of the finest wine cellars in the Caribbean, with over 25,000 expertly sourced bottles. Treat your palate to one of our private tastings, which take place in the cellar on Thursday afternoons for $80 per person.
At Curtain Bluff, your special day is our special day. Whether your dream wedding is an intimate two-person affair or an all-resort buyout for up to 140 guests, our experienced and attentive team will oversee every detail for an event that unfolds flawlessly.
To ensure that your destination wedding is both personal and seamless, we never schedule more than one wedding on any given day.
Our wedding rate starts at $1,400 and includes your picturesque ceremony, officiant,round trip taxi to St.John’s to complete the wedding paperwork, one of our stunning locations on property for your wedding ceremony with reception to follow in either the Tamarind Restaurant of Sea Grape Restaurant. bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, wedding cake and the services of our resident wedding planner–everything you need for a magical and memorable wedding day.
Host your corporate event at the most contemporary all-inclusive luxury hotel in the Caribbean. Curtain Bluff offers 1,500 square feet of flexible event space set on 20 acres of lush tropical grounds flanked by the Caribbean Sea.
The perfect honeymoon sets the tone for the journey of marriage ahead: moments of warmth and wonder, intimacy and laughter, shared activities and stillness.
It is all about balance, and Curtain Bluff allows you to tailor a vacation that suits anyone’s personal preferences. It’s easy to see why so many couples choose Curtain Bluff as the place to start their lives together.
Your romantic vacation takes shape amidst our lush grounds as you stroll the gardens and discover secluded swings and day beds where you can spend the long days together – simply enjoying each others’ company.
During the balmy tropical evenings you can enjoy a private dinner for two on the beach with a private butler, delight in the delicious cuisine, treat yourselves to top-shelf alcoholic beverages and end the evening together in the comfort of your luxurious suite, all set against the backdrop of the glittering Caribbean sea.
Our secluded spa is a honeymoon mainstay, with treatments ranging from couple’s massages to assorted wellness services. Once you’ve sampled our celebrated restaurants, savor each other’s company with a private picnic or dinner on the beach.
Make once-in-a-lifetime memories with all-inclusive activities like water sports, kayaking, yoga and scuba diving before retiring to your room for a nightcap from the minibar at no additional cost.
CEE BEE KIDS CAMP
For all bookings in 2021, the Cee Bee Kids Camp will require a minimum of 3 children between the ages of 3 and 10 years in resort in order to operate.
Planning the perfect family vacation is a delicate balancing act. On one side of the scale, there’s the too-rigid itinerary that leaves kids feeling dragged along on mom and dad’s stuffy trip. On the other side, there’s the circus-like amusement park experience that leaves parents feeling anything but recharged.
Curtain Bluff strikes the perfect balance between both sides, with ample activities to keep kids entertained yet within sight of the nearest hammock (which is conveniently serviced by a friendly beach concierge).
Headquartered in the shade of the palms on our calm-water beach, Cee Bee Kids Camp is home base for our younger guests.
A daily activity lineup runs the gamut from crafting to crab races, while active pursuits like Hobie Cat sailing, snorkeling, waterskiing and court sports keep even the most energetic youngsters occupied all day.
For the little ones, there’s a shaded sandbox with full jungle gym, while our game room offers a break from the sun with board games, computer games, and a wide-screen TV showing children’s favorites.
In the evening, enjoy family-friendly early dinners on the Tamarind Terrace at 6:00 PM. Later on, childcare staffers are available for hire to look after kids back in the room, freeing up parents for leisurely dinners and dancing to our nightly live bands under the stars.
If lounging in the shade is a bit low-key for your tastes, our extensive selection of water sports ensures an all-day lineup of fun in the sun. All water sports are included in the room rate so you can dive, board, cruise and paddle to your heart’s content.
- Scuba diving (including all necessary equipment)
- Aqua aerobics
- Swimming pool with two 75-foot lap lanes
- Waterskiing and wakeboarding (speedboat, equipment and instruction)
- Beach toys (Hobie Cats, paddleboats, kayaks and Windsurfers)
- Snorkel equipment (fins, mask and snorkel) and two daily reef trips
- Beach chairs, hammocks and sun floats
- Boat tubing (Super Mable)
Take a break from the waves with a pick-up game on our half basketball court, which is stocked with balls and fully lit for evening play. Up for trying something new? Grab a paddle and hit the pickleball court or break a sweat under the A/C in a game of squash.
We pride ourselves on offering guests above-and-beyond experiences, so it should come as no surprise that we’re the first luxury all-inclusive resort in Antigua to offer PADI Dive Center services.
The room rate includes one dive per day for certified divers. If you’re new to scuba, you may add on premium services to learn the ropes and get certified.
- 1 dive per day
- Maximum depth for certified divers is 65 feet
- Safety stops on descent and ascent
- 2 divemasters per trip
Home to an estimated 80,000 people, Antigua is one half of the pair of islands that make up the West Indies nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Known for its warm, steady winds, colorful coral reefs and white sand beaches, the island is a popular destination for sailing, scuba diving, and abundant outdoor excursions.
Our all-inclusive rate offers such a wide range of activities that many guests never leave the resort. However, if you’d like to see a bit more of the island, we’ve outlined a few of our favorite attractions below.
NELSON’S DOCKYARD: Just a few minutes by taxi from Curtain Bluff, Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour is one of the Caribbean’s most well-known historic sites.
Developed as a base for the British Navy in 1725, the dockyard served as home base for Britain’s Leeward-Islands fleet under the command of celebrated naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. The dockyard ultimately closed in 1889 and has since been completely restored. It’s now a designated World Heritage Site.
SHIRLEY HEIGHTS: Perched high above the harbor and accessible by car or by foot via the Lookout Trail, Shirley Heights is a former fortress with superb views across the Caribbean to Montserrat and Guadeloupe.
The site offers live music on Sundays, with a steel band from 3 to 6 PM and reggae from 6 to 9 PM. At the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Center, which is located on site, you can watch an impressive multimedia presentation of Antigua’s history from its initial settlement to independence.
MUSEUM: For another glimpse back through the centuries, spend an hour in the cool interior of the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in the middle of St. John’s, a half-hour ride from the resort.
The collection of artifacts and exhibits tells the islands’ captivating story, from a life-size replica of an Arawak dwelling to the bat of Viv Richards, one of the greatest cricket players of all time.
STINGRAY CITY: If it’s Antigua’s natural beauty that interests you most, take an eco-tour with Antigua Paddles in the village of Seatons on the island’s eastern shore.
Experienced guides lead you through a half-day excursion filled with kayaking, snorkeling, powerboating and hiking. To get even closer to the local marine life, snorkel Stingray City, a crystal-clear ocean pool protected by its own reef where you can actually swim with the rays.
ZIPLINE CANOPY TOUR: Gear up for an adrenaline-coursing zipline ride through the rainforest canopy just a few minutes’ taxi ride from the resort. Safe for all ages, including young children, the full tour includes 21 different lines. Photographs are available once you get back to base.
ADVENTURE ANTIGUA: Adventure Antigua offers three award-winning, full-day, water-based excursions: Eli’s Original Eco Tour and the Xtreme Circumnav, which are conducted on specially-designed power boats, and the Classic Sailing Tour, which takes guests on a ride on a traditional wooden sloop.
All tours have themes of history and ecology. Snorkeling equipment, lunch and drinks are included.
Getting to Antigua
All air traffic into Antigua arrives via V.C. Bird International Airport, which is a short 30 minutes from the resort. Curtain Bluff guests enjoy luxury VIP meet-and-greet service and transportation to and from the airport.
Though Antigua’s official language is English, we drive on the left here, which is an important detail to consider if you’re thinking of renting a car.