Carlisle Bay

Antigua, Caribbean

The hotel

A natural harbour in the most remote corner of the island, defined by a fine crescent of sand, is straight out of an ideal Caribbean press release. The lush countryside, the warm disposition of the people and genuine hospitality is what distinguishes Antigua from other Caribbean islands. Its turquoise waters are surrounded by emerald green hills and plenty of swaying palms, perfectly framing this all-suite hotel. Guests reap the benefit of the proprietor’s assured taste and magnificent attention to detail, from the lights that illuminate the garden at night, to the abundance of orchids and the custom-made furniture and interiors. Look out for Super Chill Out packages throughout the year; with yoga, water sports, tennis, children’s club, afternoon tea and meals at four tantalising restaurants all included. This is the best way to experience Carlisle Bay!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Hobie Cats
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling

Where is it

Nestling on the magnificent undeveloped south coast of Antigua — set in a sweeping bay on a ravishing beach with a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest. Transfer time from Antigua Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

87 spacious, contemporary suites. Cool, calm, luxurious interiors, each with a private balcony or terrace and breath-taking ocean views. Garden Suites are spacious open-planned suites with a large bathroom, steps down to a separate living area and terrace or balcony with tropical garden or partial bay views, with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option: includes full breakfast, three-course lunch at Indigo on the Beach or at the restaurant by the pool, Ottimo!, daily afternoon tea, 3-course dinner from the à la carte menu at Indigo on the Beach, Ottimo! or East restaurant. Drinks including all cocktails, spirits, house wine, beers and soft drinks. Premium spirits and wines are excluded from the fully inclusive rates and may be purchased at an additional charge.

Half Board option: includes 3-course lunch and coffee selected from the à la carte menus at Indigo on the Beach, East, Ottimo! and the Jetty grill (adults only). Does not include beverages.

Ocean Suites have a balcony with views over the gardens to the ocean, with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 3 adults (children must be 12 years and older).

Beach Balcony Suites have beach views, master bedroom with 1 king-size bed, and second bedroom with 2 single beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Bay Suites are oceanfront, adult-only suites featuring a four-poster king-sized bed and a beachside location, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Beach Terrace Suites are located with direct access onto the shoreline. All Beach Terrace Suites have a spacious open-plan layout, 1 king-size bed with living area plus an additional second bedroom or study. Some have terraces (ideal for small children), others are with a balcony on a higher floor. Sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Carlisle Suites have large sitting area which extends onto an outdoor terrace, 3 en-suite bedrooms and can sleep maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children with a central waterfront location. Carlisle Suite A also has a kitchen, and Carlise Suite B has an L-shaped terrace with uniterrupted panoramic views.

4 restaurants: Indigo on the Beach serving grills and healthy salads in an informal setting, Pan-Asian cuisine at East. Poolside Ottimo! serves classic Italian fare from a wood-burning oven and the adults-only Jetty Grill serves fresh seafood and salads overlooking the resort’s Jetty and Caribbean Sea.

Swimming pool. CARA Organic Beauty Spa* offers a full and comprehensive spa menu. Yoga and Pilates classes* available in the Garden Pavilion or on The Jetty at sunset (the first class is complimentary). 9 tennis courts with professional tuition upon request* and champagne tennis mixers. PADI dive school*, complimentary non-motorised water sports including snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing and Hobie cats. Boat excursions*. Fitness centre. Screening room with movie nights. Creche*. Cool Kids Club with its own paddling pool, sand pit and jungle gym (2-6 years). Crew Blue activity programme for children 7-12 years, including raft building, five-a-side football, zip-wiring and star fish hunting (during school holidays).

Beauty salon*. Complimentary WiFi access.

3 nights between 22 Dec '21–2 Jan '22.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: children 12 years and under are not permitted to stay in Ocean Suites. Children under 15 years old are not permitted to stay in the Bay Suite room types.

Please note: hotel is closed between 22 Aug-7 Oct '21.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect escape destination for all the family

Jul 27, 2021 Keentraveller12 Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

Just back from 2 weeks at this amazing resort. Something for everyone - ages in our group ranged from 75 down to 20 months! All the staff were so friendly and helpful - and there were plenty of them around. Our room (an Ocean Suite), within a few steps of the beach, was airy, light and spacious. Indeed it must be the first resort I have… Read more
Just back from 2 weeks at this amazing resort. Something for everyone - ages in our group ranged from 75 down to 20 months! All the staff were so friendly and helpful - and there were plenty of them around. Our room (an Ocean Suite), within a few steps of the beach, was airy, light and spacious. Indeed it must be the first resort I have stayed in where there is sufficient room for clothes! The beach itself slopes gently - so perfect for children or less confident swimmers. Turtle spotting, crab hunting occupied the inquisitive. Cleanliness and Covid precautions were reassuring and we felt safe and relaxed throughout our stay. We sampled all four restaurants - lovely to have different food experiences without having to leave the resort. The beach was perfect and a great place for watching those who were trying out the various watersports - hobiecats, kayaks, paddleboards with waterskiing for the more adventurous. The grandchildren loved the Kids Club - certainly the activities there prompted the morning question 'Is it time to go to Kids Club yet?' The pool was a great alternative if the beach palled. From a grandparent's point of view, having a room at the quieter, 'adult end of the resort allowed short retreats from the hubbub! The Spa offered a good range of relaxing treatments. And the rum Daquiris were pretty good too! Thank you Brian and all your staff. Read less
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Jul 24, 2021 Justine F

Not really 5 star hotel Service has been below standard of 5 star hotel - number of issues 1. Sun beds - lack of ? Don’t expect to be able to get a sunbed on the beach they re being reserved at 6am in morning as there are not enough 🤷‍♀️ 2. Service - extremely slow at breakfast 3. No beach or pool service 4. General refurbishment of hotel… Read more
Not really 5 star hotel Service has been below standard of 5 star hotel - number of issues 1. Sun beds - lack of ? Don’t expect to be able to get a sunbed on the beach they re being reserved at 6am in morning as there are not enough 🤷‍♀️ 2. Service - extremely slow at breakfast 3. No beach or pool service 4. General refurbishment of hotel is needed 5. Stayed for both mine and my husbands 50th birthdays - nothing special provided and even messed up the dinner reservation on my birthday and didn’t sort it out until made a big fuss about it. Asked General Manager to meet with me next day to discuss not heard from him so obviously not interested. Positives 1. Standard of food is very good 2. Lovely beach & pool Read less
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Jul 21, 2021 13Lindsey

Just home from a 7 night stay in an ocean suite (10th-17th) at Carlisle Bay and loved it. I have been a few times, 2011, 2017, and 2019 and each time I get drawn back! The suites, grounds, hotel, staff, service, and food is all fantastic. We had a ground floor ocean suite and it was perfect, just steps from the sand with a perfect view. I love… Read more
Just home from a 7 night stay in an ocean suite (10th-17th) at Carlisle Bay and loved it. I have been a few times, 2011, 2017, and 2019 and each time I get drawn back! The suites, grounds, hotel, staff, service, and food is all fantastic. We had a ground floor ocean suite and it was perfect, just steps from the sand with a perfect view. I love the suites, they're so spacious and so relaxing to spend time in. Ate in all 4 of the restaurants, Indigo on the Beach being my favourite for the variety of food available. We were all inclusive and I think this was by far the best option for us, menus for food and drinks both during the day and on an evening was great, we never wanted for anything. Staff and service was second to none. There were always plenty of staff around to assist and we never waited long for our drinks or food at all. Beach service is great, barely had to move from my sun lounger when I fancied a cocktail or two!! I was a little apprehensive about what things would be like due to Covid-19 but I needn't have worried as the protocols in place kept everyone safe. It felt pretty normal too which was very refreshing. Had an accident with a fellow guest while I was on the mable water inflatable the day before I was due to check out and hurt my head and the watersports staff, the nurse, and Brian the Manager were all great in making sure we were okay. You need to book to stay here, you won't regret it. Thanks for a memorable stay, Lindsey and Simon room 111. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely escape after a long year!

Jul 16, 2021 DonnaOrl London, United Kingdom

Had a lovely time at Carlisle Bay. The staff, food and beach are all really great! Some of the room could be updated but overall the cleanliness and decor are superb! @Tony at front desk has been nothing but wonderful! Our daughter enjoyed the kids club and we went on a really nice boat trip. Very much recommend to families!.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional Property + Service

Jul 4, 2021 nataboston Weston, Massachusetts

Just returned from a week-long stay at Carlisle Bay. Our stay was impeccable - beach front balcony room was well situated, dining options and quality of food great and the beach simply the best. We made liberal use of the water sports center from sailing to kayaking to snorkeling, all are worthwhile and the staff at the activity center went above… Read more
Just returned from a week-long stay at Carlisle Bay. Our stay was impeccable - beach front balcony room was well situated, dining options and quality of food great and the beach simply the best. We made liberal use of the water sports center from sailing to kayaking to snorkeling, all are worthwhile and the staff at the activity center went above and beyond to make our time on the beach active. I would highly recommend this property for families and adults alike. Tranquility abounds and the staff go out of their way to ensure high quality of service. Dining was consistently good across all restaurants, and we tried them all during our stay. If you are debating, I would think no further. Front desk & management do a great job running this operation. We will be back. Thank you Carlisle Bay for a rejuvenating stay. Read less