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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This placed is priced and rated as a luxury hotel, but it is not. The room was clean and the property is kinda pretty, but otherwise this place was very disappointing. The staff was only okay; many were rude. The food is eh. The beach and water in the bay is eh. The pool is ugly and the staff there are laughably bad. My partner and I can definitely be picky travelers, so maybe to some people this place is great, but if you are at all used to real luxury and/or great service, you will be disappointed.
We stayed at Carlisle Bay Resort in Antigua for a week and enjoyed this place thoroughly. It was ideal time of the year as the resort was not too busy and the staff were so friendly and attentive. The staff went out of their way to fulfil our wishes to have tropical fruits coming to season. Our room which was a sea view room was very spacious and also had a lounge area and a balcony. The room was clean and comfortable. The beach was located on a cove and was very safe to swim. It was lovely to see small turtles in warm sea. The restaurant were all a la carte and provided a good choice for vegetarians and vegans. It was al lovely break. I would suggest al inclusive package as it could be expensive. Direct flights to Antigua with a flight time of 7.5 to 8 hours was not too long.
Very nice and clean hotel with extremely comfortable beach chairs and nice amenities (i.e every guest has a cooler with free water bottles while on the beach). Lunch and dinner are nothing special but breakfast is very good. Unfortunately, only few staff members are genuinely nice and welcoming while the vast majority is in need of SERIOUS training. The hotel allows jet skies to get too close to where guests swim and even on the beach trying to lure hotel guests into paying for a ride. This happened daily…manager’s kickback? During our stay there was even a party boat blasting music for the entire afternoon (the hotel owner even knows the boat organizers...). Their claim to keep families with little kids screaming and running (rightly so, they are kids) in a separate part of the beach and away from other guests is a total joke. Lastly, beware of their cab scam: our trip TO the airport cost double the trip FROM the airport! When we then called the driver directly (Malcom, nice guy: 268-7706749) they suddenly gave us the correct fare.
We arrived on the 5th May, having been moved from the Royalton as it was still being built!! From the minute we were met by Larry in reception, we were instantly made to feel welcome. He walked us around the resort, pointing out the restaurants and bars, before taking us to our ocean view suite. The room was beautiful and the view amazing, and after all the stress at “the other place”, it all became a little overwhelming for my wife and she burst into tears of happiness. Larry put a comforting arm around her, which I think sums up the level of service we received not just from Larry but from all the staff.
The setting of the hotel is amazing, and the view from the indigo restaurant every morning is breath taking. The quality of the food too was very good. We especially enjoyed the East restaurant (we booked for every night it was available during our stay), and when we went to the Jetty for our anniversary Samantha went out of her way to make my wife a Roti, even though it wasn’t on the menu that evening. Only slight criticism would be the choice at the Ottimo, the “Italian food” options could be better, but that is only a minor thing.
Regarding our anniversary, again the hotel left us speechless. Not only did we have chocolates waiting for us in the room when we came back from an excursion, but also a handwritten card from various members of staff. When we had finished our meal at the jetty, we were asked if we were ready for desert at which point, we were presented with an anniversary cake, and all the staff and customers singing to us. A card accompanying the cake was then pointed out to us, which included a picture taken of us, only an hour or so earlier, drinking prosecco on the jetty watching the sun set. This again was so personal to us and made us feel very special.
Overall it was the staff that really made our stay special. Whether it was Jason at the bar asking the well being of my father in law (we had said he was in hospital on our first of many trips to the bar) and recommending trips, Benn giving us tips and information while keeping the drinks flowing, Odela, who appeared to be at every restaurant we went to, giving us exceptional service or all of the ladies and gents at breakfast who greeted us by name, and with a smile, whether we had met them previously or not.
As we were told by a member of staff as we left, we now have family in Antigua, so we will be back.
We chose this hotel for 4 days R&R after completing a week sailing out of English Harbour. Already being in Antigua we visited a couple of other hotels on the island and Carlisle Bay stood out for its location, welcoming staff and overall appearance.
Our room was lovely; clean and well laid out. As half board guests, we enjoyed breakfast, a complimentary mini bar (not including alcohol) and afternoon tea. The beach was beautiful and on choosing our lounger we were provided with towels and chilled drinks by friendly staff. Fresh fruit was offered to us mid morning.
We found the staff to be really friendly and everyone said hello and greeted us with a smile. Would we come back again... in a heartbeat.
The perfect end to our stay in Antigua.