Fitness Fun in the Antiguan Sun: 2 Resorts to Try

The bay at Curtain Bluff where I tried my hand at stand-up paddle boarding. 

The bay at Curtain Bluff where I tried my hand at stand-up paddle boarding. 

“Yay, me!!” That’s what I thought as I pressed myself up into a standing position on the paddle board in the turquoise blue bay that skirts Curtain Bluff Resort in Antigua. And then I promptly lost my balance — and fell into the water. 

But on a beautiful day in the islands, this is my ideal type of workout (falling into the bay and all). Actually, it was the water sports, walks along the beach, and swimming that I enjoyed most about a visit this summer to Curtain Bluff and another Antiguan resort known as Hermitage Bay.  

You all probably realize by now that I’m the type of gal who picks her vacation destinations based on nearby fitness classes and other active options. So, I was especially psyched to visit the two above-mentioned resorts for an article I’m working on for American Fitness Magazine

As we head into that time of year where temperatures are dropping — and a Caribbean vacation would be ideal — here’s why these two spots should be on your fit destination to-visit list...   

Hermitage Bay

This spot is like heaven to the active set. You can choose from a menu of water sports ranging from stand-up paddle boarding to the sea kayak for two that my friend, Lane, and I took for a spin. The resort also offers up yoga, pilates, and meditation classes on a terrace that overlooks the water (the perfect spot for a workout with a view). And in a setting like this, you probably won’t want to head inside for a sweat session. But there is a fully-stocked gym for those who want the option. 

The open-air relaxation room at the Hermitage Bay spa.

The open-air relaxation room at the Hermitage Bay spa.

Of course, there is also a pretty amazing spa on property — for example, the relaxation room (which doubles as where the classes are offered) is an open-air terrace overlooking the bay. The treatments are all based on the Dorissma color rituals, which are designed to correspond with your chakras. (Lane and I both indulged in hour-long customized massages. And we learned it was possible to be even more relaxed than we’d been pre-rub down.) 

Curtain Bluff

Like Hermitage Bay, this spot is also top-notch when it comes to catering to the active set. As you’ll recall, it was in Curtain Bluff’s bay that I tried my hand at stand-up paddle boarding (which, in spite of falling off my board a few times, I’m eager to try again). Or, you can choose from a number of other activities including scuba diving and water skiing. There are also four championship tennis courts that overlook the bay, a phenomenal fitness center, and classes ranging from water aerobics to pilates are offered each week.

And when it’s time to soothe those worn out muscles, check out the 5,000 square foot resort spa. Here you can enjoy treatments like the signature Champagne and Caviar Facial or a Water Lily Wrap to soothe sun-soaked skin. Also, be sure to take a soak in the 10-person hot tub that overlooks the ocean. It’s the perfect place to take in a sunset. 

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