Curtain Bluff Resort
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Our family of four (with a tween and a teen) enjoyed a week-long Spring Break at Curtain Bluff. This was our first visit to Curtain Bluff, chosen as the result of a travel agent's recommendation, and we would definitely return. If you are considering Curtain Bluff, I recommend going for at least a week. We were considering a shorter stay but are so glad we elected for the full week as it takes several days to relax into the feel of Curtain Bluff. It is hard to describe the place, but it is sort of "old school," with a clientele that can skew a bit older and British (although there were a few other families there when we visited), and everyone dresses up for dinner. We enjoyed every watersport offered (and there are a lot), the daily exercise classes (especially the morning Power Walk -- we walked to a high point outside the resort with an amazing view of the resort property), the weekly cocktail party at the resort owner's lovely home at the top of the Bluff, and happy hour Pina Coladas delivered to our rooms! We are not tennis players so didn't take advantage of those facilities, but my kids enjoyed the squash court. The spa is nice, and the hot tub at the spa has an amazing view. Everything is very easy and convenient -- the kids could just walk over to the patio outside the tennis center and pick up squash racquets and a ball and play whenever they wanted. If you felt like getting up out of your beach hammock and taking a paddle board out, you just did that. No signing for anything or worrying about additional costs because it is all included. The view of the ocean from our room was gorgeous, and we loved falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves outside our room. The resort is closing for six months for renovation, which I believe is specific to the public spaces, not the guest rooms (which are just a tad bit dated but felt very comfortable to us -- and we are luxury resort folks), and it will be interesting to return and see the changes that are made.
Curtain Bluff is a majestic gem with a unique and wonderful aura. Went for the first time with family including three teenagers and will definitely be back. Everything about the property evokes excellence. The accommodations are phenomenal-- we stayed on the bluff in a two bedroom suite; loved the living room open on both sides to the Caribbean and Atlantic. Food simply amazing and my three teenagers liked being able to order whatever they wanted including multiple portions. Tennis probably the best in the Caribbean. Spa delightful and unsurpassed views. Fitness, basketball and two beaches made us so happy we did not leave. But by FAR the BEST thing about this place is the people and the service. Burdette-- we loved your spirit and warmth. Everyone here including management Rob and Wendy are so friendly, helpful and genuine that it literally makes you feel like you are family. Bravo.
We stayed for 10 days and no matter how long we stay, it is never long enough to fit in all the activities! The staff rally makes the resort. Constant smiles and kindness. Genuine. Upgrades since last May include a sleek, beautiful beachside restroom area with a marble shower. I expect the upcoming renovations to have a similar flair. Also, met the turtles this year which was a fantastic diversion after lunch. The only downsides are things that cannot be controlled. March is a huge American kids break as we learned. (Jumby Bay has an adults only area but CB does not.) The beach was overcome with kids whereas in May it was heaven. Families for the most part were behaved and attentive but the athletic equipment had a longer wait due to more active people wanting to enjoy everything from SUP to tubing, to...well, if you can imagine it, CB has it included!. Snorkeling was also very crowded (16-18 people when we were used to 5.) Ample staff still made it safe.We would definitely return; I would just do better research next time to avoid so many kids. On the positive, if you have kids, this is a great time to go as they made friends quickly and they have all the beach and tennis activities.
Corporate resorts tend to feel the same, but Curtain Bluff feels more like you are at home. At home with the bonus of sandy beaches, blue oceans, fabulous tennis, gorgeous views, excellent dining, and incredibly friendly, attentive staff.Curtain Bluff is a home and a family. We highly recommend it!
Overall we enjoyed many things about our 5-night stay at Curtain Bluff (CB), but there was too much that fell below our expectations, so that I very much doubt we’d go back.We’d never been to Antigua before, so I looked long and hard at TA reviews of many places, and decided that CB, for all that it was mighty expensive, just had to be the place to go. So we booked a Deluxe Room at USD1350.00 per night, all inclusive. And for that kind of money, I at least expect excellence in every aspect, and that just wasn’t the case. Lengthy explanation follows for anyone interested.ROOMWe were upgraded (see below though, at the end) to a Junior Suite at beach level, Room 1. The room was very spacious, comfortable, nicely furnished and well kept. The view is fantastic and it’s very quiet, all you hear is the ocean and the frogs (neither of which disturbed our sleep). Bathroom and accessories were also very good. I had to ask twice for the mini-bar to be restocked, though. Wifi worked pretty well.GROUNDS, BEACH, POOL etcThey’re lovely, and everything is very well maintained. We used the tennis courts and they were also excellent, though quite exposed to wind from the beach. The location is wonderful, beaches and sea on two sides, and you get great sunsets from the spa especially. Plenty of loungers on the beach, I used the pool almost daily and it was very nice. Anyone staying here has to deal with quite a few steps, though.RECEPTION AND PRE-ARRIVAL SERVICEPretty faultless really. The car picked us up as arranged (you pay extra for this, mind you), my ticket for the cricket match was waiting for me, Seth greeted us in a lovely manner and showed us around. Wendy and the others at the admin end did everything we asked for with speed and courtesy. (But see below re Seagrape.)RESTAURANTSThere are two at CB. The main one, Tamarind, looks great on the site photos but to us it felt tired, a tad old and a bit gloomy with low lighting and dark, heavy furniture. Maybe the refurbishments that are going to take place this summer will improve this, and it really needs improving – even at breakfast it didn’t in any way let you feel the glorious weather outside. The other – Seagrape, on the beach front – is used for lunch and occasionally for dinner. We ate there once in the evening and liked it more than Tamarind in terms of ambience and food.FOOD AND WINEVery mixed and overall this is where we felt most disappointed. Lunch at the Seagrape was great – buffet with excellent grilled fish, lots of salads, good choices and range of everything – by far the best food of the day. Breakfast at Tamarind is pretty good though not buffet style (given a generally quite elderly clientele, this is perhaps understandable but we far prefer buffet). Food was well prepared but the cooked part tended to come too quickly. Dinner at the Tamarind was just truly, completely ordinary every time – we like good food without being food snobs, I believe, but nothing stood out at all, except unfortunately a terrible steak tartare that looked and tasted as though it had come from a tin, and an utterly inedible piece of steak (gristle) as part of a duo of beef (when I told the waiter about this when he came for the plate, he just said 'Sorry about that'). Not one single dish in four nights left us feeling ‘Wow, that was great!’ Our one dinner at the Seagrape was much better, and we tried to go back for our last night, but we were told it was fully booked. We thought this was odd as the hotel was clearly pretty empty that day, and indeed people we met the next day told us the Seagrape had at most ten tables occupied – seems clear to me they didn’t want to leave Tamarind too empty and even sadder. The house wine is Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay (white), or Cabernet or Merlot (red). There’s a also a sparkling wine. No indication of where any of them were from, and they were all OK but no more than that. Expected better, to be honest. We didn’t order from the (paid extra) wine list.SERVICEVery variable. On the beach and at Seagrape, we liked it a lot. At Tamarind not so much – a bit diffident we found, and I got the impression that if the wait staff knew you (many people there were repeat guests who proudly told us they’d been going to CB for 30 years or whatever) it was all smiles and chat, but otherwise …. Drivers (Maurice and Malcolm), tennis pros and Candia in the tennis shop were really good though.ENTERTAINMENT / SPORTSLive music every evening at Tamarind, quite nice but playing to the tastes of the elderly white US/UK crowd, pretty predictable stuff. However, we had a couple of good dance nights - once the dinner is over, the bands livened up a bit. Our last lunch we looked forward to with a steel band – but they started with Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Good grief, if you hire a steel band, let them play steel band music! We took some tennis lessons and the pros were very good. We went snorkeling one time and were more than a bit surprised to be told that we would have to swim in a group, in a circle and against a current – told this not before we went, but when we arrived near the reef. However, the two guys from the hotel (Carlos and ?) were great with my wife and me, taking good care of us when we snorkelled.COST BENEFITI mentioned at the beginning how much we paid, and maybe it’s clear from my comments why we didn’t feel we really got value for that much money. That feeling was stronger for the following reason: I paid three of the five nights in advance, five months before we went, and knowing that there would be NO refund in the 30-day period before arrival. OK – except, in mid-February, I saw on the CB site that there was an offer that meant that in March (when we went) the five-day, deluxe room we had booked at USD1350 per night could now be had for USD880 per night – for five nights, a saving of over 2300 dollars even before tax etc.. OK we got an upgrade – but still this leaves a sour taste in my mouth, even if I’m not sure if I’m entirely justified.
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- 72 Rooms
- Spa and Beauty Salon
- Fully equipped Air Conditioned fitness centre
- 4 Tennis Courts
- Games Room with sitting area
- 2 television rooms in the hotel
- Wine Cellar
- Gift Shop
- Car rental service
- Room Service
- Complementary coffee
- Parking On Site
- Laundry Service
- Concierge service
- Common Area High speed Access
- Business center
- Meeting facilities
- 1 king-size bed
- 1 Shower/Tub combination full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Clock radio
- In-room safe available for a fee
- Wireless Internet Access
- Maximum occupancy of 3
- 1 king-size bed
- Separate Bedroom
- Balcony or terrace with Sea View
- Sunken living room with with a mini library
- 1 Shower/Tub combination full bathroom
- Air conditioning and Ceiling fan
- Stocked mini bar
- Maximum occupancy of 4
- Water Sports (small sailing boats, kayaks, snorkelling trips, deep sea fishing, scuba diving)
- Complimentary use of fitness centre, yoga, pilates and aerobics classes
- Live music is played nightly for dancing in on the terrace underneath the spreading Tamarind tree
- Weekly beach barbeque lunch accompanied by a live steel drum band.
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Curtain Bluff ResortAntigua,Antigua And Barbuda
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