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.