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Curtain Bluff, Old Road, Antigua

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Antigua + Barbuda, Caribbean
Old Road , Antigua
Antigua + Barbuda
Tel: 888 289 9898 (toll-free)
Tel: 268 462 8400's insider take:

Howard Hulford has owned this old-money all-inclusive since 1957, and has endowed it with artifacts from his own high life, including lavish furnishings, fresh produce flown in daily by his import company, and a well-stocked wine cellar. Dining is informal—although collared shirts are required for men—and TV watching is a family affair in the hotel's communal room. The place is so chummy (and secure), there aren't even locks on the doors. Weddings are a big business here; the Hulfords will even rent out their own home for the main event. Plus, for families, 12 of the 72 rooms connect, and one of the two private beaches is reef-protected—ideal for little ones. Last year they opened a 5,000-square-foot spa on a bluff over the ocean.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 91.0
  • Activities: 86.0
  • Design: 90.0
  • Food: 91.8
  • Location: 94.0
  • Rooms: 90.0
  • Service: 94.0
The "classic Caribbean" all-inclusive "doesn't compromise on quality." Surrounded by 20 acres of gardens, the resort's "large, comfortable" rooms with louvered windows and wicker furnishings overlook the bluff or beaches. Caribbean-inflected alfresco dinners are "unforgettable—there are five to six courses, all gourmet." Staff "very quickly become your friends."

(72 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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