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Exceptional Curtain Bluff
My wife and I just returned from our first Curtain Bluff holiday (7 nights) and we hope to return soon. The standard of accommodation, facilities and service were outstanding, and far beyond anything we’ve experienced in the Caribbean before. Hotel staff always went out of their way to make our stay special .... and it was. Food was to a really high standard and we really enjoyed the wide range of activities the hotel offered, particularly the snorkelling, water skiing and daily yoga or pilates. We had looked at a wide range of hotels throughout the Caribbean and were so pleased we booked Curtain Bluff and it’s unique two beach ‘Bluff’ location. The only reason we have rated ‘value’ at only 4 stars rather than 5 is because of the current weakness of the UK pound versus the US dollar which makes all Caribbean destinations more expensive than we’d really like.... but Curtain Bluff certainly delivered.. in spades!! One of the key reasons we booked was previous Trip Advisor reviews of guests returning multiple times. We now understand why! Thank you Curtain Bluff for a truly memorable holiday.
Our type of resort
Thumbs up. First time visitors to Curtain Bluff, we liked it for the same reason we like private clubs: it is unique and idiosyncratic. The staff are a key element of the experience. We had lunch with the chef, Christophe Blatz, who was charming. Went scuba diving led by dive instructor Junior who was patient and excellent. Played tennis with Jason who thankfully took it easy on us. In a travel category full of excellent Four Seasons and Amans, Curtain Bluff is lovely and memorable.
Nice Resort...hope they don't get left behind
This is a nice resort. I think maybe 4.5 stars really. This was our first trip to Curtain Bluff. Prior to staying here, we stayed at Carlisle Bay for four nights. The previous trip, we stayed at Jumby Bay. So, I think we have really stayed at all of the best resorts on the island except Hermitage. Curtain Bluff (CB) basically feels like a country club. There are a ton of repeat visitors and they are mostly older, older than age 60 I would say for the vast majority. Going there for the first time kind of feels like you are a new member of a country club as well. Everybody else knows one another an you don't know anybody. Maybe a bit awkward. I heard another couple referencing this as well. I like how this resort seems to be invested in the community. That means a lot to me. They do a lot for the local villagers. As such, I would like to see the resort continue to thrive. I love that it is privately owned. I sincerely hope they are actively looking at the changing luxury vacation landscape. I think CB really relies on repeat visitors. I have been to almost 70 countries. People of a younger age who are able to experience luxury travel do not typically repeatedly return to the same place and many of the rooms at CB seem to be filled with people who have been there 15 to 20 times. I think they cater to an aging market segment and a disappearing style of vacationing. Again, I hope they can figure out how to adapt. It is a beautiful property stuck in a bit of a time warp and I think they need a great management team to assist with a reboot. The clubby feel extends to the food. I would not call it gourmet but nice country club food. It was fine. Drinks are included yet they do not have a drink menu...just a drink of the day. How about a list of 20 or so fun drinks that your guests can try? Seemed ridiculous that they do not have a menu; I asked a few people for one and they looked at me like I had three heads. I thought the staff and service were "OK" and not really exceptional. 30 years ago, a team like this would stand out. In today's world of exceptional service, I think they have a lot of work to do. I realize that Caribbean service is a bit different than some other places of the world as I've been to the Caribbean dozens of times. However, with resorts like Ritz Carlton, One and Only, Montage, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Kimpton, Rosewood, etc the bar has been raised. Service from CB is really not at the standards of today's luxury resorts...few smiles, no anticipation of needs, general lack of enthusiasm, staff sitting around, staff seeming a bit inconvenienced when asked to do something..... My entire team has undergone Ritz Carlton Leadership Center training and I think something on that level is needed here. CB has a ton of long term team members and change like that can be hard for long-timers; I get that. The one stand-out team member for us was Michael, beach attendant on the surf beach. Give that guy a promotion. Go figure...he has been at CB only two years. His spirit is what the rest of the team needs to emulate. I run a business which is in a rapidly changing industry as well and I guess this is why I am concerned about the viability of this hotel's hospitality model moving forward. It really caters to a bygone era. I hope they can evolve and continue to attract NEW guests willing to pay what they charge when there are so many alternatives that are truly 5 star not only in facilities but service. The property itself is beautiful and reminds me a bit of Caneel Bay on St. John. The rooms have a great location, but are a bit dated. The beach and water are great, as are the beach loungers. Overall, I would say Jumby Bay is our favorite on Antigua, followed by Curtain Bluff, with Carlisle Bay ranking last because the water at Carlisle Bay is not clear like one expects in the Caribbean. Carlisle Bay is a great value though and the room at Carlisle Bay was definitely nicer than that at Curtain Bluff. Jumby Bay probably ranks number one in every category in my book, but it is more expensive and I have not stayed there for a few years. Would I return? Maybe...once...but certainly not 10, 20 or 30 times like people have historically. The world just offers too much to spend that many vacations at one place.
Tennis in luxury
The best all inclusive resort in the Caribbean. I have been there over 20 times for tennis week and the service and food and experience is wonderful. The staff is great and very friendly and helpful in every way
Luxury without the stuffiness
This was our 3rd visit to CB and we've already booked again for next year (and are talking about fitting in a few days in the spring). It's that special. From Leon who is some kind of mind-reader (I swear he showed up at my beach chair the minute I started thinking I might need something from the bar) to everyone at Watersports who entertained my husband for the week (Thank you. Really.), to Michael who attended to us on the surf beach, to everyone at the front desk, as well as the ever-present Chelle and Wendy and Rob and Michael (the night manager)--CB is about the people who work to make every day special whether you've been to the resort multiple times or this is your first trip. I know I haven't mentioned everyone (the dining staff is so professional, and the chefs went out of their way to accommodate one of our group who has special dietary needs)--I'm afraid that list would never end. ...I just remembered how beautiful Ezra and crew keeps the grounds. The landscaping is stunning. I kept stopping to admire the flowers every time I went anywhere. ...Also, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the meals exceptional, and the activities are varied and plentiful. Thanks so much for providing us with such a great week as a family--those memories are priceless.
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