What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included
- Walking out the door of your suite onto the white sand beach
- Plush 45-seat cinema
- Private sessions in the shade of the yoga pavilion
- Four-hand massage at Blue Spa
- Tea served on the beach each afternoon
- Community service projects and green policies that protect the environment
- Crew Blue kids program, plus Crush for teens
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per stay will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Bring insect repellent
- Family-friendly destination
- This is a popular spot for weddings and receptions
- Departure tax must be paid before leaving Antigua
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set along a white sand beach on a tranquil cove on Antigua’s southern shore, the Carlisle Bay blends tropical elegance and anticipatory service with a laid-back seaside tone — an enviable combination that’s been drawing celebs to its enormous ocean- and garden-facing suites from day one. Backed against gently sloping hills covered with tropical rain forest, the resort offers swish amenities — private balconies, a screening room and a spa and yoga pavilion — that mean you’re the superstar of your very own Caribbean fairy tale.
Bed and Bath
London’s Mary Fox Linton collaborated with owner Gordon Campbell Gray on the interior design of the resort’s 82 open-plan suites, which feature Frette linens, bespoke furniture, huge daybeds on each balcony and terrace, Gaggia espresso machines, fiber optic bedside reading lights and original black-and-white images by photographer Jason Taylor. All the conveniences one could want are here: free WiFi, overnight dry cleaning, well-stocked minibars, 24-hour room service and daily delivery of fresh fruit and chilled water.
Outdoors, the blue-green of the Caribbean is complemented by landscaped tropical gardens. Though the wide beach is the main attraction, there’s plenty to do. Along with fabulous treatments at the 17,000-square-foot Blue Spa — which uses Natura Bisse, a Spanish skincare line — there’s a private cinema that shows multiple films and major sporting events every day. Mere steps away, tour boats and dive boats depart from the private dock. Take a private tennis lesson with the resort’s pro, followed by a yoga session in the shade of a large outdoor pavilion. Afternoon tea, which often includes delectable freshly made shortbread, can be enjoyed on the beach, or just about anyplace you choose. And when dinnertime arrives, the Carlisle Bay offers plenty of choices. In addition to private meals on the jetty, in-room dining and the Pavilion Bar, there are great seafood and grilled dishes at Indigo on the Beach and contemporary Asian (think spicy tandoori fish and mango sorbet) at the stunning East, an Indonesian temple–style space accented by striking scarlet armchairs.
In the Area
Go off-road on inland paths, or kayak and birdwatch among the mangroves with Eco-Kayak Adventures. Tours include guide, equipment, beverages and transfers to/from the hotel. Scenesters should head to Shirley’s Heights for the local island sunset party held on Sundays, with live reggae and steel drum music, plus plenty of food and rummy drinks. Those looking for relaxation will enjoy some island therapy at the expansive Blue Spa, which uses Spain’s Natura Bisse product line, while active types can take to the water with the resort’s free snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing gear. Diving, waterskiing, deep sea fishing and kitesurfing can be arranged nearby. And if you’re looking to visit historic island sights, including Fort James, Devil’s Bridge and Nelson’s Dockyard, the resort can arrange a private tour at an additional cost.
How to Get There
Carlisle bay is a special place : medium size in between resort and boutique hotel. It is located on one of the best beach of Antigua in a very well preserved natural area of the island (30 min drive from the airport).
We had a ground floor suite on the family side of the resort, which makes the ocean exceptionally easy to access. Would recommend these ground floor suites for family and people who want quick access to the beach. The sea is very quiet in this bay, no big waves. End of May weather was perfect in Antigua from 23C in the morning to 29C in the afternoon and very little rain from time to time.
We enjoyed the food and restaurant of the resort. Breakfast is very generous. East restaurant (serving Asian food ) is very good. Italian restaurant works very well with kids. The wine list is very smart and we drank some very good wines served with care by the charismatic sommelier.
Watersport activity is a strength of the resort with a very strong team of professionals. It is so easy to take a kayak, hobby cat, board, etc. even for a few minutes. We also enjoyed a fantastic half day family picnic on the boat of the resort which was extremely well organised. With a nice snorkelling experience included : eagle ray seen on that day!
I was at all time impressed by the very strong team of Carlisle bay : there was always a strong sense of professionalism and care. Thank you Carlisle bay team!
I just returned from a 6 night stay at Carlisle Bay with a friend of mine. We had a beach balcony suite. Overall, we had a very pleasant and relaxing stay.
Here are the main points:
Arrival – We received a very pleasant greeting, a tasty pineapple drink and a quick tour of the grounds. Tony was great and the staff was friendly and helpful.
Room – It was nicely maintained. The design was minimal. I think they’re going for the shabby chic look. The view from the balcony was spectacular. I felt the bathroom could have used more lighting.
Beach – The beach is well kept and clean. Plenty of loungers & umbrellas, however we were there during low season. The beach service was a little spotty. Some servers were better than others.
Food – I enjoyed the food. East Restaurant was very good. I thought breakfast was great. Not an elaborate menu but how extensive a menu does one need for breakfast? One downside was that not all restaurants were open every night. There’s a set schedule. Afternoon tea was very nice.
The one major drawback were the mosquitoes. I am not exaggerating when I say, I was there for 7 days and was bitten no less than 40 times. They did provide a complimentary bottle of OFF! – which I finished.
I cannot speak to the spa, pool or tennis courts as I did not use any of them. The main objective of my vacation was to eat, drink and work on my tan. In that respect the vacation was a great success!!
Happy Travels Everyone!
We enjoyed our holiday here so much in 2017 we returned again in 2018 . It is a welcoming hotel and the staff are always happy ! The little touches like having water coolers , refreshing fruit kebabs, drinks and popsicles arriving on the beach ,all delivered with a cheery remark make all the difference . Where else can you have afternoon tea on the beach accompanied by little birds singing away .
Michael and his staff deserve praise for their commitment to ensuring everyone has a great time . We will return x
I stayed with a friend . The one bedroom room was gorgeous and roomy !! The beach is right by the rooms . They have watersports and tennis on site and amazing courteous and attentive staff . Was one of my best vacations ever !
I thoroughly recommend Carlisle Bay. We stayed for 9 nights in a garden view suite, but actually the beach was only a few metres away. The sweep of the 500 metre beach is stunning and the water is only up to your waist for at least 50 meters. There are 4 restaurants, each excellent and the breakfasts were excellent. I really cannot fault the hotel in any way. The entire staff were attentive and pleasant. The gym is very well equipped and pretty empty when I was there, and if you like tennis...well there are 9 courts! We will definitely be back and recommend to our friends