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 the perfect bay on Antigua. Sand and water there are a 10 plus. Great restaurant on the beach. The resort is right on the beach and you are steps away from the sea. The resort is first rate.
I have to admit I find the tripadvisor reviews so helpful but contribute to so very few of them. I have traveled the world and have stayed at many hotels; what makes this place unique is the beautiful beach, amazing scenery, grounds, amenities, and more importantly, the management and staff. We loved this place so much, it was our second (and likely not our last) trip there. Unfortunately, our youngest son did not feel up to par for most of our trip so we did not take advantage of the kids club. I do want to stress that having one that starts at the age of 2 years old was one of the major selling points for us as parents of 2 young boys...I think it could provide a nice reprieve for parents out there who may feel like they need a little adult time during a family vacation. I don't want to scare off the adult vacationers out there, although the resort is very family friendly, there's an adults only section with an adults only restaurant to boot.
We almost did not make this vacation. We had missed our flight to Antigua in early December. Frantically, at the airport on the day of our reserved car and stay, I called the hotel to let them know we were not able to make it and to see if they had availability the next week (the earliest flight possible) to determine whether it was worthwhile to rebook our flights at a substantial last minute premium. Management at Carlisle Bay became our white knight. In comparison to our two-hour logistical nightmare at the airport with two little ones in tow, the management and staff at Carlisle Bay made it so effortless for us. To our relief, they were able to offer us the same accommodations we booked without any cancellation fees or change in room rates. I fully recognize that the hotel did not have to do this, as cancellation fees are expressly stated when one makes a reservation (for that reason, there’s a booming travel insurance industry). Yet, I am eternally grateful as we were able to experience our vacation “as planned” without having to disappoint our sons. This and the level of service I received while on our vacation, were above and beyond expectations. A true hallmark of a quality resort.
The only areas for improvement would be the lack of variety of food choices and availability of towels at the pool. There are only three restaurants available to families, other than room service. One restaurant, East, is not opened on a daily basis and is only offered in the evening. The other restaurant, Indigo, is opened daily, but its menu does not seem to change. I can see this being problematic for people staying longer than we did, as we were a little bored with our food our final meals there. One suggestion is to have rotating menus. I would also love to see more access to local cuisine. Other than that, we had a VERY FINE stay. We will be back!
Stunningly beautiful setting, with the best bay frontage in Antigua. I don’t know of a more idyllic beach offering this level of privacy, yet on an island with full facilities and lots to do. The only competition in The Caribbean tends to be on smaller islands and then you miss out on either the quality of hotel or they just dont have enough to do.
Lovely big rooms tastefully furnished and ever so comfortable. What is impressive is just how positive and charming the staff are.
Carlisle Bay seems determined to get better still, with a fresh air of enthusiasm to ensure Carlisle Bay’s success as Antigua’s very best hotel from the friendliest of staff.
They are not resting in their laurels, far from it, from my experience of a short visit this January. We look forward to a future visit.
Fabulous setting , idyllic ..one of the great places .. staff unfriendly and sevice unbelievably slow and uncaring ... no smiles . Lots of questions answered with ‘no’ .. eye wateringly expensive .. should be so much better ... Smile !!
Stayed at Carlisle bay for a week with my wife. By far the highlight of this hotel is the beach - easily one of the best I have seen in the Caribbean! Rooms are very spacious, modern and well appointed. All have a great view of the bay.
Only gave 4 stars as the restaurants let this property down. They are perfectly adequate for Breakfast and lunch. Wouldn’t recommend dinner at any of the 3 restaurants. The good news is the hotel is perfectly situated on the island to take advantage of the excellent restaurants nearby (Catherine’s cafe, sheer rocks, Jacqui o’s - all within 30mins).
In summary - very good hotel for a good price. You will love it!