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
Lovely Place but a bit quite out of season with only 2 restaurants open.. the Pan Asian is very very good and so is the Beach bar restaurant, with atmosphere and local entertainment.. Rooms are very good and ideal for the beach.. if Prince Charles stayed here after the Hurricane it is good enough for us.. Really Decent helpful staff , but nowhere near to really go outside the resort locally. We also stayed in English harbour to break it up during the Antigua Yachting Festival which was terrific. The Boat hire for 4 hours is realy really good with 2 x good guys to serve and help you, its was worth the money. They took us out during the racing and it was a thrill to be close to the action
This is one beautiful resort.
A bit of backstory. We were scheduled to stay at the new Hodges Bay Resort and Spa (on the North side). However, the grand opening of Hodges Bay was delayed (numerous times) so we decided to change reservations to Carlisle Bay. As it turned out we were quite fortunate as Carlisle Bay is truly exceptional.
The grounds at Carlisle Bay are just stunning. Everywhere you look you are in awe at the beauty. Clear attention to detail everywhere. Every time you walk around you shake your head at just how beautiful this place is. This is true whether day or night.
All staff are very welcoming and friendly. Everyone quick to say hello with a warm and inviting smile.
The rooms are spacious and very nicely appointed. Room appeared to be new or was recently updated. Bathrooms are huge. Showers can fit two people. Double sink with large countertop space (and room underneath for more of your toiletries). Balcony faces the beach. Just stunning to look out in the bay from your room, or on your balcony or steps below on the beach.
Restaurants on site were good. Enough choices so as not to make us want to leave the property to find other restaurants for variety. In addition, there are no restaurants nearby anyway - closest ones would be “at least” 15-20 minutes by taxi or further (they may look closer on a map, but the roads are winding and not in great shape so it takes a lot longer to get to Jolly Harbour or English Harbour than you might think - we went to both on a private Island tour we arranged so we know how far each is from the resort). Made no sense to us to go that far off property for a different restaurant experience. As I said, the options at Carlisle Bay were sufficient for us (at least for our 7-night stay).
I would add that breakfast was terrific. Lots of choices, prepared to order with coffee’s, teas, fruit smoothies and fruit, danishes and cereal stations all included. Sometimes when breakfast is included it can be just “ok”, but that was not the case here. Lots of options to choose from.
By the way, we were on the Modified American Plan (so room and breakfast included). We did not do AI (up-charge for it could not be justified - was $350 more for two people plus 12.5% ABST and 10% mandatory service charge, so was more like $430 more per day for two people). In fact, we never spent anywhere near $430 on lunch and dinner combined during our stay (and we had multiple drinks every night with dinner) on any single day.
Carlisle Bay is a quiet resort. No music on the beach or along the walkways. Just the sound of the ocean and the palm trees swaying in the breeze. If you are looking for late night partying, you should probably go elsewhere (Sandals maybe). However, if you are looking for a relaxing, stress free vacation in an absolutely beautiful location then Carlisle Bay is the spot. It’s more a boutique hotel – I think they said 78 rooms.
Only negative I would bring up are the sand flies - they loved my wife and she hated them. Bites all over, even after dousing herself is various bug repellants. I have a hard time taking a star off for this as I just don’t think there is more that they can do about it. They do spray the grounds in the early monrings/evenings and provide bug repellants in the room for guests to use. It’s the Caribbean and the resort is set deep inside a bay where some of the breezes are blocked by mountains on three sides. They are more an issue in the mornings (say before 9:30) and afternoon’s (after 4pm).
We’ve been to many 5-star resorts in the Caribbean (and elsewhere) and Carlisle bay holds its own against those places. Hard to imagine someone being disappointed staying at this beautiful resort.
We spent a week at this hotel and from the moment you enter you are made to feel special.
We had an ocean view suite on the ground floor down the beach towards the jetty which we were told was for adults only. However in the room next door there was a family with children who woke us up early!
The room and bathroom were spacious and clean and well furnished and comfortable.Reading some of the reviews which complained about the room decor I was very pleasantly surprised and experienced none of the problems others had. Maybe they had a different grade of room.
There was a fridge with complimentary soft drinks,snacks, tea and coffee which were replenished. There was also insect room spray and body spray.. Very thoughtful considering the sand flies which are prevalent.
On the gorgeous beach were comfortable chairs and a cooler box filled with cold water. There are sea hammocks and lilos. The water is shallow and warm. There are water sports kayaks, paddle boards, pedalos, snorkeling, Hobie cats. There are complimentary sailing sessions and snorkeling to a nearby reef where we were incredibly well looked after with two guides and all the equipment provided.
The gym was very well equipped and there are numerous tennis courts plus equipment if you don't bring your own. There is a complimentary tennis clinic. Another complimentary trip is a hike..again two guides looked after us and even carried water for us.
Every day tea is served wherever you want it...scones, sandwiches and cake.
Breakfast is a small buffet with many great dishes cooked on demand as well as a great selection of juices and smoothies.
We didn't go all inclusive but there is that option. If you don't fancy going out there are three restaurants to choose from in the evening. Otherwise you have to pay anything between 30$ and 90$ for a taxi to an outside restaurant.. And eating out isn't cheap... Around £100 for a simple meal and wine. So it maybe cheaper you take the all inclusive. We didn't regret not doing so as we only eat and drink too much on all-inclusive.
The only criticism I have is that requests while they are granted immediately are not remembered.For example we only wanted diet cokes in our fridge but often we found ordinary ones and had to phone down to change. I also needed more vanity sets purely for the cotton wool but had to keep asking for extra. I actually think those vanity sets are uneconomical as most of it isn't used or needed. I mean who needs loads of nail files and cotton wool buds?
Reading some of the reviews of this hotel I wondered what to expect.I was very impressed with the accommodation and facilities and the friendly helpful service from the staff. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.
This is a beautiful Hotel. We visited for my husbands birthday.
But the thing that makes it great are the staff. Everyone is friendly, helpful and always smiling.
The day beds are so comfortable and you are provided with a cooler full of bottled water. Fresh fruit and afternoon tea.
The sea is shallow and easy to swim in. There are two sea hammocks to lounge on if you get too hot.
The food in Indigo restaurant is ok . But it is the main restaurant and after 9 nights it gets a bit tedious so maybe a menu change here & there could help.
East restaurant is not open every night but the food and ambience are very good.
Water sports are great with an excellent team looking after them. Kayaking to a nearby bay to snorkel was fun.
Just a small word of caution - sand flies bite! So take plenty of jungle spray.
But all round fantastic holiday.. Thank you wonderful staff.
Shabby chic, but it grows on you. Some excellent staff who would bend over backwards to help, sadly some not so. Love Willett and his Mudslides. Could sit and stare out from Indigos restaurant all day long. Ask for rooms on 1st floor. Ground floor is dark, 2nd floor looks out at the palm trees and you miss that lovely ocean view. East restaurant also lovely. Definitely need to eat out if you are there for an extended time. Admittedly the surrounding area is disadvantaged and the wealth within the hotel strikes a discord. Like all things in life, some people will love it, and some people won’t. If everything goes right, you will love it.