Sea Spa: Caribbean family care at Curtain Bluff, Antigua
by Zoe Dickens
Where is it?
Set on a small peninsula on Antigua’s southern coastline, where the turbulent waters of the Atlantic meet the gentle Caribbean Sea, Curtain Bluff was created as Antigua’s first luxury resort back in 1957. The resort’s two palm-lined beaches are less than 30 minutes from English harbour, the historic Caribbean naval base now known as a superyacht hub.
Why the hype?
Anyone who’s ever travelled with children will know that, even in paradise, they demand constant entertainment – which is where Curtain Bluff scores big. The “luxury included” ethos of this resort means kids can enrol in tennis school with resident pro Nigel, sign up for twice daily scuba diving and snorkelling excursions, while tiny tots can be dropped off at the CeeBee Kids Club, leaving you to spend a few blissful hours in the spa, with its elegant colonial style architecture.
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, music is eschewed for the sound of lapping waves as a gentle breeze blows into its dark wood treatment rooms, the private bathrooms embellished with turquoise tiles and shells.
What to have?
Weary parents should opt for Curtain Bluff’s signature (and outrageously indulgent) Caviar and Champagne Massage. This take on a Swedish massage involves aromatic oils, utilising caviar extract and local ingredients, applied in long, firm strokes before fizzing champagne is poured over the body to enliven and refresh. Pro tip: request the spa’s double room so that mum and dad can enjoy it together.
Best by boat:
Yachts can anchor off the resort’s private beach in Morris Bay or book a berth in Nelson’s Dockyard or English Harbour, both 30 minutes by car.