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
We recently spent a few nights at this hotel. We had been moved by our tour operator and knew nothing about it before we arrived.
The Carlisle Bay Hotel is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. The staff were lovely, very friendly and helpful. The food and cocktails were delicious.
We particularly enjoyed the snorkelling trip. The hotel has a boat which takes you out to the reef where we led through the water. We saw a huge variety of fish and a fantastic eagle ray.
We can't wait to go back.
We were moved by British Airways to the Carlise Bay after some issues with our previous hotel and were delighted with the outcome.
What a beautiful hotel, with gorgeous welcoming staf and fabulous food.
The only shame was that we were only there for four nights.
Thank you do much for saving my birthday celebrations and our anniversary and for all the care and attention detail.
Your hotel was truly wonderful and we will definitely return.
I cannot praise this hotel and its wonderful staff enough. Starting off with the VIP welcome, staff were warm and friendly and kept us informed on when the room would be available. We were seated comfortably for the check-in process and given cold towels and welcome cocktails. It was also really lovely meeting members of staff from my mother’s homeland of Guyana!
Once our room was ready, we were escorted to it, which was upgraded to a beautiful sea view. The room was clean, beds were comfortable and bedding soft and good quality. Complimentary drinks and snacks in the mini bar was a nice touch.
Room service was delicious, though a little pricey, service fast and fantastic.
Beach was gorgeous, very thankful it was not a busy time of the year, so had no problems securing seats. The service here was fantastic too, there is a call button by your seat which enables you to order drinks and snacks with beach staff.
Grounds were beautiful and expansive; with so many activities, you could not be bored here. The library had a great selection of books.
What can I say about breakfast? Absolutely fantastic and we were seated facing the beautiful beach. Menu options were plentiful, but we were still able to adapt it as desired. We wanted to eat the remainder on the beach, so food containers were provided for us to do so.
We did not have to leave for the airport till 3:30pm, Tony was so helpful in allowing us to check out later, we really appreciated this!
I will definitely be returning to this hotel for the 5* star treatment we received. Every member of staff we encountered were incredibly friendly, welcoming and professional. Top marks!