Fodor's Expert Review Curtain Bluff

Old Rd., Morris Bay, St. Mary, Antigua and Barbuda Fodor's Choice

An incomparable beachfront setting, impeccable service, superb extras (free scuba diving), effortless elegance: Curtain Bluff is that rare retreat that stays modern while exuding a magical timelessness. The lavish gardens and legendary 25,000-bottle wine cellar bespeak late owner–founder Howard Hulford's passions, which management is continuing and the loyal multigenerational clientele (yes, families are coddled) shares. Some might find Curtain Bluff stuffy and country-clubby, but guests merely respect one another's privacy. Gorgeous, sunken junior suites—over half the rooms—have marble bathrooms, grass mats, Mexican earthenware, deco-funky lamps, and coffered raw-wood ceilings. Stunning duplex suites, in soothing whites and blues, scale the bluff; their hammock-slung terraces alone outclass many hotel rooms. Everyone eventually emerges for classic Continental dining and dancing to live bands in the lovely alfresco restaurant, where chef Christophe Blatz also gives cooking and wine-pairing classes. The elegant waterfront spa exemplifies how Curtain Bluff remains a world-class resort that's a bargain in its class.


  • luxury lodging
  • sublime food
  • including the new Italian eatery on the beach
  • beautiful beaches
  • incredible extras
  • sublime food, including the new Italian eatery on the beach
  • beautiful beaches
  • incredible extras


  • some find clientele standoffish
  • lodgings atop bluff not ideal for those with mobility problems
  • despite offering value
  • pricey by most standards
  • despite offering value, pricey by most standards


Romantic, Service, Views


Phones: 268-462–8400 | 888-289–9898-for reservations


18 rooms, 54 suites
Rate Includes: Closed late Aug.–late Oct., All-inclusive

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