Opened in 1962, Curtain Bluff is Antigua’s oldest luxury resort, and one of the island’s finest. It is the kind of place guests return to through the generations, with the same expectation of timelessness they’ve experienced for as long as they can remember. Located at the southern end of the island on a promontory that divides an often roiling Atlantic from a much calmer bay, the resort offers sea views from every room, two beaches, a top-notch tennis center, a pair of restaurants that can boast one of the Caribbean’s most outstanding wine cellars, and a staff whose commitment has often been passed from parent to child. And except for spa treatments, a premium bottle of wine, and the occasional Cuban cigar, there is little that's not included in the rate, making a stay a better value than the price might at first indicate.
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One of the few services not included in Curtain Bluff’s tariff is the 30-minute drive to and from the airport. The resort will, however, have a representative at the airport waiting to help guests secure a taxi, which costs around $50 for up to four passengers. On the same side of the island as Curtain Bluff, Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour is worth a visit, especially since the $8 per person admission also includes admission to Shirley Heights, with its outstanding daytime views and Sunday evening party, where everybody dances to island music. To see great sunsets, get to the harbor by 4 p.m. While visiting English Harbour, plan for a long lunch at Catherines Café Plage. Located at one end of Pigeon Beach, the food is as outstanding as the setting, but be warned, the servers move at a Caribbean pace.
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Rooms: 72 rooms, including 46 suites. From $790 low season, $1,230 high season. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out noon. Dining options: It’s a near certainty that guests will be dining alfresco at Curtain Bluff, as both of its restaurants are open-walled. At the casual Beach Café, guests can dine barefoot at a table in the sand. The more formal Tamarind Tree offers an international menu combined with local flavors. And while house wine is included, it’s also possible to explore an impressively stocked 25,000-bottle cellar for premium finds ranging up to $2,000. Spa and gym details: Among the many reasons for a visit to Curtain Bluff’s spa is that the views from its four treatment rooms look out on Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Redonda islands. Follow the indulgence of a caviar and champagne massage with the further indulgence of relaxing in the spa’s cliff-edge Jacuzzi. In addition to an exercise room, Curtain Bluff’s all-inclusive rate includes yoga, Pilates, aerobics classes, tennis, and a golf putting green.
Who’s it for: Traditionalists who like vacationing with the same guests, and staff, year after year after year. Our favorite rooms: Honeymooners prefer the Terrace Room for its privacy, but the recently refurbished Cliff Suite offers a big living room, an infinity soaking pool, and beach views off two terraces. For ocean swimmers: Although all rooms are on the Atlantic side of the dividing bluff that gives the resort its name, swimmers are better off heading over to the bay beach, where the waves are far more gentle.