ANTIGUA

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It’s hard to be any­thing but re­laxed in Antigua. The largest English-speak­ing is­land within the east­ern Caribbean’s Lee­ward Is­lands is known for its mel­low vibes, friendly peo­ple, beau­ti­ful un­crowded beaches and near-per­fect weather year-round.

Charm­ing bou­tique ho­tels abound in Antigua, but none com­pare to Cur­tain Bluff. This un­pre­ten­tious allinclu­sive five-star re­sort on the is­land’s south coast, a favourite hide­away of Keith Richards and Eric Clap­ton, fea­tures flaw­less ocean views from ev­ery room and suite. The property (un­der the same own­er­ship and man­age­ment since open­ing in 1962), is like a lux­u­ri­ous sum­mer camp for adults. And with a full-ser­vice spa, gourmet food, top-shelf bar drinks—the dark ‘n’ stormy cock­tail crafted with lo­cal rum and home­made gin­ger beer is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar—as well as com­pli­men­tary snor­kel­ing trips, tennis in­struc­tion, yoga and pi­lates classes, wa­ter sports, and a lo­ca­tion that spans two ham­mock-lined beach­fronts, it’s no sur­prise that many guests re­turn year af­ter year.

With all that Cur­tain Bluff has to of­fer, it’s cer­tainly not nec­es­sary to leave the property, but if you do, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Ven­ture to Antigua’s east coast to visit St­ingray City, a shal­low area just off shore where you can swim with and feed these majestic fish, and for an au­then­tic taste of An­tiguan life, the Sun­day bar­be­cue party in Shirley Heights is not to be missed. This weekly celebration fea­tur­ing lo­cal food and steel band mu­sic has been an An­tiguan in­sti­tu­tion for more than 30 years.—Jen O’Brien

En­joy stun­ning Caribbean sun­sets from Cur­tain Bluff’s se­cluded beach­front.

Take a yoga class on Cur­tain Bluff’s open-air deck over­look­ing the sea.

From sail­ing to wa­ter­ski­ing, you’ll have plenty to do at Cur­tain Bluff.

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