How it all Began


A place like Curtain Bluff doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, careful growth and, most of all, personal devotion.


In the late 50s, Howard Hulford began looking for a perfect piece of land in the Caribbean on which to build a quiet sanctuary for his family and friends. He finally found it here on the south coast of Antigua and, in 1962, opened a 22-room resort, naming it after the bluff (rocky promontory) that separates its two beaches. Since then Curtain Bluff has grown, constantly improving, adding rooms and facilities to become the world-class resort it is today.


But the resort has never lost its original intimacy and charm. Howard lived here until his death in 2009, and his wife Chelle still lives in Bluff House, greeting guests like old friends and hosting the resort’s weekly cocktail party at her home. Rob Sherman has managed the resort for the last 25 years. The other 211 members of staff, mostly from the village of Old Road just outside the resort’s gates, are an extended family.


A similar loyalty can be found among the resort’s guests, many of whom are “repeaters,” returning year after year and thinking of Curtain Bluff, not as a resort, but as their island home. Young couples come here to start their married life together, planning their ceremony with the help of our wedding coordinator or choosing Curtain Bluff as the perfect place to honeymoon. And families love the resort for its mix of friendly staff, manageable scale, and everything-included affordability.