When it comes to winter-sun getaways, anywhere in the Caribbean is always a good idea. From the UK, you can even find direct flights to some of the popular tropical destinations including the Bahamas, Barbados, St.Lucia and more. As well, November tends to be quite a gloomy time in England, which unfortunately also happens to be my birth month. So when I was invited out to Antigua to visit the charming resort Curtain Bluff, I couldn't say no. Because why wouldn't you want to spend your Birthday on the beach?
This legacy hotel was first opened its doors back in 1962 by Howard Hulford, situated on the southern coast of the island. You'll also notice that the resort sits on a strip of land that separates the deep blue Atlantic ocean from the calm jewel-toned Caribbean sea. There is a rich history to Curtain Bluff, and it is a rare retreat that stays modern with a timeless spark of magic. With a lot more hotels being catered towards the more trendy 'Instagrammable' style, Curtain Bluff keeps it classic with their luxurious old-school style. The way I describe it is something very James Bond-esque (Sean Connery era).
With only 72 suites and guest rooms, you can enjoy an intimate stay to simply unwind. Our suite was located on the ground floor, which means direct beach access to the golden sugary sands. You can either soak up the sun on your private terrace or live the island life swinging on the hammocks between palm trees.
What I noticed during my time, was that there were a lot of regulars that come here and have stayed loyal to this hotel. There was a relaxed, friendly and family-like atmosphere throughout. On one occasion, we received a paper invite through our door, inviting us to enjoy a cocktail with the matriarch, Chelle (wife of the late Hulford), at 'The Bluff House' which is nestled on top of the hill. All guests were invited for an evening drink at the main bar, whilst we waited for cars to take us up to the house. Upon arrival, we were greeted with canapes and cocktails, plus a welcoming speech from Chelle where she also noted loyal guests and even presented them with a gift. A very nice personal touch!
With so many returning guests, you could see how comfortable everyone felt around the resort. Some people even visit just so they can carry on with their tennis lessons here. On the topic of activities, Curtain Bluff offer a range of watersports and on-ground activities such as Caribbean cooking or squash lessons. The front of house team was also fantastic in helping us book excursions outside of the resort, with a day trip to Sting Ray City. In fact, all staff were super accommodating, friendly and not afraid to joke around. Though I understand it's important to keep things professional (to which they all did), I do enjoy it when you can have a relaxed and enjoyable conversation.
The stay was very much of a relaxed vibe for us. We'd spend the morning at the gym, grab breakfast and then book a water activity. We tried a guided snorkel trip, paddleboarding and water-skiing. For those that read my Mauritius reviews, you'll know that I shortly became hooked on this.
No all-inclusive hotel would be complete, without a tranquil spa. On our very last day here, we were treated to a much-needed, deep tissue massage to prepare us for our flight home. The spa area has a private outdoor relaxation area, where you can enjoy refreshments pre or post-treatment and take in the magnificent views of the ocean.
It's safe to say if you prefer luxury resorts, where you won't find people there 'just for the 'gram'. This resort will give you the space you need to enjoy Antigua's timeless classic.
This holiday was gently offered by Curtain Bluff. All views and opinions here are as usual my own.