By Roger Cox, Editor
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.
Stay Longer at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights. That extra night means more time for tennis at the Resort's award-winning tennis center. The 10-court complex features two new AstroTurf courts, four red clay, and four hard, making the facility one of only two in the region to offer three different playing surfaces. For reservations, please call 869-469-6238 or visit fourseasons.com/nevis
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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.
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.
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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
Apr. 3-Aug. 20, 2016
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.