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Curtain Bluff Resort

St. Johns, Antigua, West Indies

By Roger Cox, Editor

Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua
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This 25-acre enclave on Antigua's southern coast has a long reputation for caring deeply about wine, amiable service, and tennis. Its 72 rooms and suites trail along a rocky peninsula that separates two bays, each lined with a glorious beach. On paper, the small number of courts—four—seems to suggest a perfunctory interest in tennis. In fact, they've been allotted a prime location, right along the sea, and the staff of local pros choreographs a nonstop series of matches—mostly doubles in the high season—that make the courts an epicenter of social activity. The tennis enthusiasm reaches a zenith during Antigua Tennis Week in May, which began in 1975 as an island-wide professional tournament and has evolved into a pro-am tennis festival, featuring Fred Stolle and a bevy of other Grand Slam greats.

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Other Recreation

Beach. There are two beaches at Curtain Bluff, one in a protected cove near and outdoor bar and grill and a second, open to the sea and generally less crowded.

Calendar

Apr. 29-May 6, 2017: Antigua Tennis Week
www.curtainbluff.com/tennis/events.html Phone: 888-289-9898

International Tennis Hall of Famer Fred Stolle, the winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, leads this animated week of clinics, exhibitions, pro-ams, team competitions, cocktails, and dinners with help from Owen Davidson, himself a multiple Grand Slam winner, and Aussie champion Ross Case.

See Also

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Rates and Reservations

Rates are all inclusive, which here means lodging, meals, bar drinks, tennis, and water sports but not taxes or a mandatory 10% service charge in lieu of tipping.

Jan. 3-Apr. 2, 2016
From $1,265

Apr. 3-Aug. 20, 2016
From $820

Curtain Bluff Resort
Box 288
St. Johns, Antigua, West Indies
268-462=8400
Toll-free: 888-289-9898
Web Link: Curtain Bluff Resort


Travel Essentials

Seasons. Curtain Bluff is open from late October to late May, always concluding the season with a weeklong tennis festival featuring Fred Stolle and a number of other former touring pros.

©2017 Roger Cox


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Your Call

Here's what others have had to say about Curtain Bluff Resort.

  • 4½-Ball Rating "This year I went for the second year to the Antigua Tennis Week hosted by Fred Stolle and managed by the capable Steve Contardi. While the event is tailored to couples, I had a simply wonderful time, in spite of horrible weather.
    The tennis is great. They do a great job of getting all skill levels involved. The instruction Fred, Owen Davidson, Ross Case and the other pros (both from the resort and brought in) was simply great. They seemed to have a great time teaching. There was a team competition, multilevel doubles competition tournament, and a shootout (tournament where each round is a 7 point tie breaker with the weaker player given a handicap.
    The food, drink and camaraderie is stellar. There is a great sense of community. Both the staff and other participants made a great effort to make sure I was invited to join them at meals. Coming as a single male, this meant a lot. The resort is great. The accommodations, food, and service are excellent. The resort is all inclusive and includes tennis, snorkeling, water skiing, sailing, etc. Was a great experience. The second year was better that the first even with the bad weather. By this year, I had made a lot of friends. Strongly recommended."
    —T.H., Adv. Int., July 2012

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