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 are travelling around the Caribbean on a cruise ship with a day in Antigua and rented a car for a look around. 35 minutes from the port after stopping at ok beaches we drove into Carlisle Bay Resort having enquired as to a full day pass which included a 3 course lunch and access to the facilities.
We were welcomed into the resort and upon explaining that we only had 3 hours and wanted to enjoy a quick lunch and then a relax on the beach after 2 days at sea.
The Receptionist who was lovely understood immediately our request but had to check with Management.
She returned in a couple of minutes explaining we would have to pay the full day rate of $156 per person plus any drinks as Management were not prepared to discount the day rate.
The resort is lovely and we enjoyed a “slow service” okay lunch which even further reduced our time to enjoy the water and kayaks and paddle boards which our kids wanted to do.
A slice of paradise but Management need to rethink their strategy as a small gesture and compromise would have made the whole experience so much better.
By my calculations the lunch and brief swim cost US$356 per hour for our family and whilst a pleasant break from the ship could hardly be called good value!
A shame as the Resort itself had a good feel to it and the staff were pleasant and obliging.
We stayed for two weeks in an Ocean Suite. The suite was beautifully proportioned, exceptionally clean and being on the top floor afforded beautiful sunsets over the palm trees.
Most of the credit for us having such a memorable time was as a result of the staff. They are exceptional, friendly, efficient, nothing was too much trouble, everyone is a credit to the hotel.
The beach was spotless, cleaned everyday, the team who looked after you on the beach were always stopping by with fruit skewers, afternoon tea etc.,
The sea was the best yet. As someone who very rarely goes in I went in every day for a swim.
All the restaurants were of a good standard with a wide choice of food and excellent service.
Sadly there are a few things that the hotel needs to keep an eye on...mostly around the marketing of 'Adult' areas...when we choose a hotel we do look for one that is not ultra child friendly, and in the marketing the hotel does state such things as:
Ocean Suites - "Accommodates a maximum of 3 persons; children must be 12 years and older." We observed several of these suites with young children in!!
Ocean Suites - "Located where peace and tranquility are preserved on the calm end of the beach". Sadly this was not the case as as the weeks went by it was popular with families.
It also states " separate family areas allowing each guest to enjoy the holiday that suits them best." Not something we noticed towards the end of our stay.
East Restaurant is exceptional. Especially for the Caribbean. Again the marketing reads "We would kindly request that those with children younger than 10 years to please dine before 7.00pm." We dinned most evenings there at 8pm and young children were still eating and sadly making quite a lot of noise.
I don't wish to sound negative about children, I was one once. However as I say when a hotel goes out of it's way to mention in the marketing specific things, I would expect them to do their best to keep to it.
Finally the pool. It is beautiful, has a lovely ledge with sunbeds around so you can relax in the soon and feel the water all around you...However, the ledge proved to be the main attraction for families with children running around, playing ball games in the pool and sad to say generally making so much noise that any chance of relaxation would be impossible to achieve.
Would we return, sadly not. It is a stunning hotel, in a beautiful location with excellent service and for families it is the perfect hotel. Sadly not so for those wanting a relaxing holiday away from it all.
Great staff and accomodations. Very good food. Great service from a staff that cares. Large rooms with ocean views and launi. Very nice bathrooms. Nice options to use water sports. Beautiful white sand beach.
We spent a whole week at Carlisle for our 25th wedding anniversary. What a place!!
We were pampered like royalties, nothing seemed too difficult (not even my allergies!) and we rested and rested on their stunning beach. We booked an Ocean Suite (highly recommended if you look for lavish seclusion). We had breakfast almost every day on our terrace (sometimes the breakfast card was missing, do not esitate to ask for it)
Plenty of small details to make your stay unique: the flawless in-room check in, the fresh water basin in front of the room to wash your feet when coming back from the beach, the complimentary beach bag, my husband's birthday cake delivered to our room (and a great bottle of wine for our anniversary), the tea break on the beach (delicious scones!), the shell to be put outside the door if you do not wish to be disturbed...
I had pilates on the jetty in the morning (it should be available every day - maybe alternate with yoga?), went snorkelling (again why not every day?) and sailing
We also took a three hours tour of the island (really good guide - awesome English Harbour)
There are four restaurants, and it's a pity that they weren't open every night, but I guess it's a way to let you try them all. My only comment is that the food is a bit plain (although well presented), unless it's a local recipe, then it's really tasty.
I highly recommend this hotel and hope to be back
The staff of this resort were very professional. Some were more friendly than others but one expects this. The food was good - only complaint is that there wasn't enough Caribbean food on the menu and the one restaurant that offered it was often closed and was adults only - still the room service from here was super. It was very quiet for March Break which is great for tired working parents. The reason we chose this resort is the reason I gave it 5 stars. We had a suite on the beach were our daughter could nap and manage her early bedtime but we could still enjoy the beach steps away from her! Pool had a fabulous wading ledge that she loved and they had a children's tea which helped as restaurants weren't open until 6pm. We got bitten by sand flies (although our little one thankfully did not) - that was really the only downside. its a beautiful island.