We're not kidding — a 72-room, five-star, all-inclusive resort awaits. And it's all ours. IAPC has negotiated a buy-out of the Curtain Bluff resort on Antigua in the West Indies for the exclusive use of our members and conference guests.
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Because of the all inclusive format, the total cost of registration and hotel accommodations for four nights is LESS than past three conferences.
All your meals, beverages (including premium bar service 12 hours a day) and nightly entertainment are included in the Curtain Bluff per-night cost. So your registration fee this year will be much less if you stay at Curtain Bluff.
IAPC has negotiated a special room rate for the conference — in fact, the rates we're getting are 51% less than the regular accommodation rates. The costs are US$595 per night for double occupancy and US$495 for single occupancy. Again, this includes all your meals, snacks, drinks and night-time entertainment.
We are encouraging our members and guests stay at Curtain Bluff. However if you decide to stay off property, note that the closest hotels are a 20-minute drive and roads near resort are quite winding and not well lit at night.
Your registration fee includes: all meals, open bar and all resort activities at Curtain Bluff during the four-day conference, except where noted.
Curtain Bluff resort will offer (based on availability) three nights pre-conference and three nights post-conference at the same, special room rate.
Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory (bluff) that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf.
72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seascape views, are spread out along the Surf Beach and up the bluff. There are two restaurants: the open-walled Tamarind Tree serving breakfasts and candle-lit dinners, and the Beach Café & Bar, where barefoot-casual lunches are enjoyed one step from the sand and a few feet from the water’s edge.
To really understand Curtain Bluff’s unbeatable value just look at what’s included in the room rate. In other resorts that rate gets you just a room. Here it buys everything you could possible want in an outstanding vacation and, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you never have to pay a penny extra.
All meals and drinks, including room service and mini-bar items are included — and see the next tab (Activities) for a sense of all the activities included in your fee.
An Award-Winning resort: According to readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, Curtain Bluff has the best service in the Caribbean, winning a 2012 World's Best Service (June, 2012). See more of their awards and accolades here.
Events included with your stay include:
While at the resort, you can choose from the following included activities: speedboats, sailing, windsurfing, kayaks, waterskiing, snorkeling, fishing, tennis, gym, putting green and squash. Explore all of Curtain Bluff's activities here.
In addition, the following optional activities are available:
Curtain Bluff has exquisite spa and beauty salon facilities. And they are usually fairly busy. So even though IAPC will be the only guests there, it might be an idea to check out their spa page and book an appointment via email early.
Monday afternoon at 2:30 at Cedar Valley Golf Course. This will be a 9-hole Captain's Choice format (you do not need to be a good golfer, as foursome captain selects best ball for each shot and all play that ball through to the hole).
The cost is $100 per person, which includes: transportation, green fees, cart,club rental.
Sunday at 5 -6 pm in Curtain Bluff's three-level wine cellar. This wine cellar holds more than $2 million of fine wine; and one of the resort's three sommeliers will lead a tasting of several of those wines.
The cost is $70 per person
Sunday at 12:30 pm, immediately following the IAPC morning session. Prior to coming to Curtain Bluff, French-born Executive Chef Christophe Blatz trained with Alain Ducasse and cooked in some of the finest Michelin Star-rated kitchens in France, including Les Ambassadeurs Restaurant in the Hotel du Crullon in Paris.
The cost is $70 per person.
To make your trip planning easier, please check out the Curtain Bluff planning page. You may have additional questions about your stay, including internet access and menu preferences — please have a look at their FAQ page.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Once you land, Curtain Bluff will have staff at the airport to assist with transportation via taxi to the resort.