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Antigua and Barbuda Hotels

Curtain Bluff

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  • Casual Chic
  • Fodor's Choice
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2014 Hotel
Award Winner 2014

Pros

  • Luxury lodging
  • Sublime food, including the new Italian eatery on the beach
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Incredible extras

Cons

  • Some find clientele standoffish
  • Lodgings atop bluff not ideal for those with mobility problems
  • Despite offering value, pricey by most standards

Updated 02/27/2014

Fodor's Review

An incomparable beachfront setting, impeccable service, superb extras (free scuba diving and deep-sea fishing), effortless elegance: Curtain Bluff is that rare retreat that stays modern while exuding a magical timelessness. The lavish gardens and legendary 25,000-bottle wine cellar bespeak late owner–founder Howard Hulford's passions, which management is continuing and the loyal multigenerational clientele (yes, families are coddled) shares. Some might find Curtain Bluff

stuffy and country-clubby, but guests merely respect one another's privacy. Gorgeous, sunken junior suites—over half the rooms—have marble bathrooms, grass mats, Mexican earthenware, deco-funky lamps, and coffered raw-wood ceilings. Stunning duplex suites, in soothing whites and blues, scale the bluff; their hammock-slung terraces alone outclass many hotel rooms. Everyone eventually emerges for classic Continental dining and dancing to live bands in the lovely alfresco restaurant, where chef Christophe Blatz also gives cooking and wine-pairing classes. The elegant waterfront spa exemplifies how Curtain Bluff remains a world-class resort that's a bargain in its class.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Old Rd., Morris Bay, Antigua

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Phone:

268-462–8400; 888-289–9898-for reservations

Hotel Details:

  • Closed late Jul.–Oct.
  • 18 rooms, 54 suites
  • All-inclusive

Updated 02/27/2014

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By Lee

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Oct 19, 2004

Reviews at both ends of the spectrum cloud the issue here...

We visited Curtain Bluff during the height of the 2004 winter season. Accomodations (1 bedroom suite) were nice, but should be considering the rates. With the exception of the above, nothing at Curtain Bluff is worth the trip or expense. Food is only passable; service varies. Our greatest negative, though, was the result of the "groups of repeat guests" who, with management, create an inner circle exclusive to others. Difficult to describe...

unless you have been there. We have stayed at many wonderful resorts and hotels througout the world. Our experience in Antigua was most disappointing. Continue to do your homework.

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By Julie

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Feb 19, 2004

THE ULTIMATE WAY TO TREAT YOURSELF

Just returned from our third visit to Curtain Bluff. Ten days and five pounds later, I am reminded of why we keep choosing to return. The service is unbelievable. When we had a problem with our luggage, management took over and saw to it that we received it as soon as possible. There is a "no tipping" policy, yet all of the employees go out of their way to take care of our every need. After 3 visits, we know most of them by name, and they treat

us like royalty. (I was beginning to think they had mistaken me for a celebrity!) If you lay on the beach for more than a few minutes, you can expect Carlos to be there, ready to take your drink order with a smile. They serve a wonderful lunch buffet daily at the open air beach dining area. Dinner is also a treat, with an extensive wine list that we always take advantage of, and fabulous food. The only complaint I have about Curtain Bluff is that I never get a chance to be hungry, and I always have to diet when I get home. Howard and Chelle Hulford take great pride in their resort, and they are always working to keep things updated without losing the charm that we all return for.We'll be back again and again.

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By Karin

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Feb 15, 2004

What a disappointment

I read great things about this resort and I was truly looking forward to an excellent trip. Instead, I experienced lousy food, indifferent management, a great wine list - too bad they never had the wine in stock that I requested from the list. The dilapidated beach furniture that was used for lunch was a joke - I think they took it from my grandmother's house circa 1970. They never cleaned up the beach during the day, so if you didn't make it to

the beach until 1:00 pm, you were forced to sit amoung dirty glasses and garbage because there is no beach service and they don't even clean up the used glasses until 6:00 pm (this occured each day, not just once!) If you are not a country bumpkin you will be disappointed with the food - certainly not haute cusine as they claim - granted I am from New York City and I am used to fine dining. The only redeeming thing about this resort was the room. I stayed in a junior suite - which was well appointed. I don't think I will be returning and I am convinced the book I read, "Caribbean Hideaways", was paid off by the resort.

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By angus

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Jan 25, 2004

Either numero uno or a close second

We second the happy reports. The value here is extraordinary, particularly if you stay in the cheapest rooms, which are nonetheless wonderful, and on the water. Highly recommend this place and will return.

By Patty

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Oct 2, 2002

PREPARE TO BE PAMPERED!

My husband and I visited Curtain Bluff for the first time last February. I wouldn't leave until we stopped at the front desk to make reservations for Feb. '03. I've never experienced this level of service. The waiters, bartenders, etc. are wonderful. After being there for a few days I realized that most of the people staying there had been there many times before. They knew all of the staff by their first names, and there was even an entire table

singing "Happy Birthday" to one of the staff at dinner one night. Many visitors return during the same week every year to get together with old friends they originally met at Curtain Bluff. It's a wonderful atmosphere if you are looking for a relaxing vacation. Although it is "all-inclusive," don't expect a Sandles type of resort. You won't find a lot of 20-something partiers, trying to get all they can from the unlimited liquor. This is definitely a resort for adults who can afford the best. Bar is stocked with top-shelf liquor. Glouster the wine steward gave us a tour of the well-stocked wine celler (bottles of wine are not included in the "all-inclusive" portion of the price). The food and wine are excellent. Thank goodness for the work-out room and the personal trainer who helped us feel less guilty about eating three full meals a day. You must try the banana daquirie's that are served as you lay on the beach, or at the beach bar. The open-air dining is a nice touch to take advantage of the warm Antigua breezes. Our junior suite had a great ocean view, and was immaculate. The entire resort is very well maintained. Although it's been around for 40 years, they are constantly renovating it. If you are a tennis buff, this is definitely your place. Wonderful tennis courts, with serious players - at least the week we were there. It's not hard to see why so many visitors return again and again. I know we will!

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