Curtain Bluff Resort – All Inclusive
What We Love
- The glamorous weekly cocktail parties hosted by the owner/manager at her Bluff House
- All rooms and suites are air-conditioned and have private patios or balconies with ocean views
What To Know
- It’s family-friendly, with a long list of kid-centric activities on offer
- Foodies should sign up for the Tuesday cooking classes with executive chef Christophe Blatz
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Flanked by water, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky bluff jutting over the sea. Everything from the ribbon sun loungers to the concertina blinds exudes a 1960s-style glamour, but easy-to-come-by hammocks, a splurge-worthy spa, beach bar and abundant rum drinks — for an all-inclusive price — make it easy to unwind here, too.
Bed & Bath
Updated annually, the 72 rooms and suites are decorated in an ocean-blue and sand palette that mirrors the colors of the beach. Deluxe Rooms are located right on Surf Beach while Bluff Rooms offer room to spread out at 851-square feet. Both include private terraces, as well as refrigerators, air conditioning and oversized soaking tubs.
There are two private beaches, one for swimming and one for water sports, and there’s a freeform saltwater pool with chaise longues on which to unplug and unwind. For a similar degree of repose, the resort’s hilltop spa offers such sea-inspired treatments as its signature caviar and pearl facial, which is applied against an uninterrupted backdrop of Montserrat and the ocean. When the sun goes down, the resort comes to life. Guests don their finest loungewear and head for the Tamarind Tree restaurant for executive chef Christophe Blatz’s take on the classic chateaubriand with bearnaise sauce and a glass of Côtes du Rhone in the plantation-style dining room, which has whirring ceiling fans and a toe-tapping live band.
How to Get There
1. Accommodation excellent (room 31) comfortable and clean.
2. Airport Meet and Greet very efficient; excellent
3. Reception and check out very efficient; excellent
4. Recreational facilities excellent apart from the so-called putting green which is in a poor condition.
5. Sea Grape Restaurant excellent. Very good food always as requested. Service excellent, fast and friendly. But why not open every evening ? It’s a shame to not use such a good facility.
6. Tamarind food and service very inconsistent ranging from good to indifferent to poor. Most meal orders went wrong ... items missing or not arrived. Service sometimes very good but mostly rather poor and seemingly not friendly, even somewhat rude. Some meals so poor not to be worth having ... example: lamb served thinly sliced small portions which were 50% plus fat not meat. Cooked breakfast usually arrived while only half way through previous course.
7. The House “champagne” (as described by CB staff) though good is not champagne, it’s Blanc de Blanc. This is misleading. The house wines in the inclusive package were rather indifferent at best and not of the quality expected in a hotel of CB’s standard.
Overall: good but could do very much better to live up to its self styled reputation as the best on the island; needs to improve the Tamarind food and service. Needs to upgrade the “house” wines.
I don’t know where to begin. When you purchase an all inclusive vacation, IMO some aspect of the vacation would have to fall short on expectations. And then I was proved wrong by the unbelievable experience we had at Curtain Bluff. The staff—amazing and bent over backwards, from day 1 to day 6 when one guest from out party locked himself in the bathroom, the entire staff never stopped hustling. Secondly, the food—I put on >5lbs thanks to the quality of delicious daily offerings. Third, the water sports staff was great with us AND OUR CHILDREN. I can’t tell you how impressed we were across the board.
Hats off to both Wendy (the best) and Rob for running a great resort and we can’t thank you enough for providing our family with such a wonderful experience. Best trip we’ve ever had thanks to you all.
I would suggest not bothering in the UK to prebook a transfer to the hotel. Outside arrivals there is a well ordered system for the official taxis and one is given a chit specifying destination and cost. This is cheaper than the transfers of both a well known airline and a transfer broker.
Check in at the hotel was efficient . Those at reception/concierge services were uniformly friendly and helpful throughout our stay.
The Hotel is located in beautiful gardens with a beach on either side. The first has water too rough for swimming but the second is beautifully calm.That latter beach, unfortunately,for most of its length,has a strip of pebbles along the water line making entry into the sea difficult for crinkles like ourselves.It probably would not provide much of an obstacle for youngsters However very close to the Sea Grape restaurant the strip runs out and there is only sand at the water's edge so that is where we planted ourselves. I can recommend beach canopies there numbered 15 and 16 which are larger than some of the others and well positioned for shade. At that end one is usefully near to well kept loos, a selection of games such as bocce (a cross between bowls and petanque) shuffleboard and table tennis, the pool and the aforesaid restaurant and bar.
Beach staff were extremely capable and do tours with cold towels, water and ice lollies as well as taking drink orders setting up sunbeds and supplying beach towels. Leon in particular was assiduous at seeing we were well looked after.
Standard of service at the Sea Grape itself varied. Food there ranged from acceptable to very good though the pastry chef could do with a lighter touch.
At the other end of the "calm" beach are sailing boats, peddaloes and canoes for use by the guests and nearby are tennis courts
The hotel consists of a number of pleasant low slung buildings. Our bedroom, which overlooked the "rough" beach, had been well maintained but was somewhat dated. Tap fittings and light switches were redolent of the '70s or '80s.Balcony furniture was mostly modern but the table had clearly undergone many coats of paint in its lifetime. On the plus side our room contained a large king bed with a comfortable mattress and soft pillows. There was a sizeable cupboard and oodles of space in a voluminous chest of drawers.A room fridge contained beer and soft drinks regularly replaced.
A complimentary basket of crisps, nuts etc were provided on arrival but when consumed replacements had to be purchased from the shop.(which also sells a limited selection of postcards: postage is free)
The bathroom was somewhat dingy with only one sink and a rain shower. It was more of a drizzle than a shower. Decent Molton and Brown smellies were replaced frequently
Air con in the bedroom was super cooling and there was also a ceiling fan. The room safe was operated by a key rather than the usual electronic variety. Wifi is free.Mosquito spray is provided but not the electric devices which heat tablets or liquid to ward them off. In any event mosquitoes were not a problem for us when we visited.
There are no TVs in the rooms. There is a TV room but because of its location near where live bands perform it is almost impossible during the evening to hear the sound from the TV because of the noise from the band/singer.There are a number of board games available in that room but with the passage of time they have become all jumbled up and incomplete though i was able to cannabalise some of the sets and obtain one which could be played.
One of the public rooms has a bookcase but with few books while we were there.
Live bands and singers therefore were the main evening entertainment and some of the guests used to dance to the music. They clearly enjoyed it though we felt it was overamplified.
The main restaurant ,Tamarind, located in the hotel itself is light and airy with attractively set tables and linen napkins. The food as at the Sea Grape varied from acceptable to very good (though vegetables were often undercooked and virtually raw despite complaints) and the menu changed frequently.The wine list contains some amazing bottles albeit at a price. The wines served as part of the all inclusive deal were drinkable.
Service was inconsistent, sometimes excellent sometimes poor. Some of the staff wandered about doing very little that we could see while we waited overlong to order. On one occasion a waiter brought our main course on a tray which he then put on a side table several yards from us. He left it to do something else, came back to the tray, apparently thought better of it and left again to wander off elsewhere for an appreciable period and only on the third attempt managed to deliver our meal. In the meantime of course our food was exposed to the birds which flew around the restaurant. On another occasion a waiter,to my mind rudely, indicated by simply pointing that he wanted me to give him the menu and wordlessly took it when I did.
Overall however I would rate the hotel as being very good but it requires a little tweaking to take it up the required notch or two