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.

  • Kids eat free: up to two children (2-12 years) receive a complimentary upgrade to All Inclusive when booking a Beach Balcony Suite or Beach Terrace Suite for travel between 23 Apr-14 Dec '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking bonus: book by 14 Dec '20 and adults save up to 35% off the accommodation cost for travel between 4 Jan- 14 Dec '20. Discount not applicable on board basis supplements. Excludes Carlisle Suites.  

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

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. Blue 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, wind surfing 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.

7 nights between 25 Dec '19—1 Jan '19/'20.

* 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 24 Aug-11 Oct '19.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very nice Place

Jan 25, 2020 40klause Hong Kong, China

My daughter had booked a week for us (daughter, her husband, 9 year old girl, almost 3 old boy and my wife and I). We had to leave NYC at crack of dawn, but the flight was only a little over 4 hours. The Resort had arranged a special escort for our family from arrival, via immigration and customs, bypassing the long queues, which was very well… Read more
My daughter had booked a week for us (daughter, her husband, 9 year old girl, almost 3 old boy and my wife and I). We had to leave NYC at crack of dawn, but the flight was only a little over 4 hours. The Resort had arranged a special escort for our family from arrival, via immigration and customs, bypassing the long queues, which was very well received! The Suites are in two rows in front of a very nice beach. Our suites were on the first floor with a big balcony and good view over the Bay! They have about 5 restaurants, but we mainly used the Indigo, where they also serve breakfast, which consists of quite a large buffet, but also a la card, such as eggs Benedict. For dinner you need to book in advance. A lot of food has to be flown in and so it can happen, that certain items on the menu are not available for some time! They have a good water sport Center, where you can rent small sail boats, paddle boats etc and they watch you closely from the shaw! They also have clubs for kids and toddlers, but, it would appear, subject to numbers? If there are not enough, it is cancelled. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A waste of a great location

Jan 22, 2020 Smhchie Antigua

My wife and I have had a house in Antigua for 16 years and have watched Carlisle Bay wither progressively year after year. Today was the new low point. We went for lunch which proved to be prepacked, frozen or bottled/canned food with no care or attention given. Caesar salad with 2 pitiful pieces of anchovy, tuna sashimi, served on bottled… Read more
My wife and I have had a house in Antigua for 16 years and have watched Carlisle Bay wither progressively year after year. Today was the new low point. We went for lunch which proved to be prepacked, frozen or bottled/canned food with no care or attention given. Caesar salad with 2 pitiful pieces of anchovy, tuna sashimi, served on bottled horseradish sauce and frozen fries which were soggy. For drinks my wife had one glass of champagne at US$35 plus service at 10% and tax at 13% (should be 15% for a non-resident) making a total of US$42.50 for one glass of Laurent Perrier! I had one glass of Sauvignon Blanc for a modest US$13.67. The soggy fries were US$12.43 so quite reasonable really. The bill for the whole lunch with no desert or coffee was just under US$200! Beware when staying there that your extras bill will be a shock when you check out, as the prices on the menus are net of service and tax. Everywhere you look there is work to be done whether this be repairs, renewals, or simply staff uniforms that are clean and fit! Such a shame that such a wonderful location on an island that I love, is letting itself down so badly. US$1000 a night....... I don’t think so!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Chic, understated and luxurious

Jan 19, 2020 jonny8898 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My wife and I stayed in the Carlisle Bay hotel for 5 days in January 2020 during the school term-time. It had come highly recommended as a great location for a couple’s break. We loved the hotel. It was just what we had hoped for, quietly confident of its quality, service and location. It is rare these days to find hotels that cater to the… Read more
My wife and I stayed in the Carlisle Bay hotel for 5 days in January 2020 during the school term-time. It had come highly recommended as a great location for a couple’s break. We loved the hotel. It was just what we had hoped for, quietly confident of its quality, service and location. It is rare these days to find hotels that cater to the discerning. There were no gazebos for beach weddings, no off-duty businessmen on free “points” holidays, no noisy water sports/jet skis and not too many loud types. Instead this elegant suites-only resort feels small and intimate. Many guests returning year in year build friendship with the cheerful and attentive staff. It was peacefully quiet in term time, there a few tots but they seemed to play elsewhere. We enjoyed the excellent service, food and wine. Our suite (third floor) as well designed and laid out. Wi-fi was fast and had good coverage. I sailed a hobby cat to nose around the super yatchs and rental catamarans moored up in the bay. We did not use the tennis courts, spa or excursions. Rather we read a lot; a book a day each. And relaxed. Bliss. We will be back. Read less
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Jan 15, 2020 rbbeckner Richmond, Virginia

From the very second we stepped onto the property, I knew this place would be unlike any other. We were greeted by the kindest people with cool cucumber washcloths, a cool Caribbean cocktail, and a tour of the gorgeous grounds. The room was simply stunning with an oceanfront balcony and views of sparkling Carlisle Bay. The food was delicious at… Read more
From the very second we stepped onto the property, I knew this place would be unlike any other. We were greeted by the kindest people with cool cucumber washcloths, a cool Caribbean cocktail, and a tour of the gorgeous grounds. The room was simply stunning with an oceanfront balcony and views of sparkling Carlisle Bay. The food was delicious at each of the three restaurants we ate at on the property, and their recommendations outside of the property were just as wonderful. I cannot say enough about how gracious, attentive, and kind all of the individuals that work at Carlisle Bay are. They are a truly special group of people, and we were so lucky to have had the privileged of staying there. It was perfect on so many levels and we will most definitely be back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Why is this resort given 5 stars????

Jan 13, 2020 hannahkk New York City, New York

It took me a little time to figure out how to write this review and be as honest as possible. I picked this location for my 50th birthday get away because I heard Antigua was low-key and has many beautiful beaches. This part was true, however, the recommendation to stay at the Carlisle Bay was not the best advice. My friends and colleagues… Read more
It took me a little time to figure out how to write this review and be as honest as possible. I picked this location for my 50th birthday get away because I heard Antigua was low-key and has many beautiful beaches. This part was true, however, the recommendation to stay at the Carlisle Bay was not the best advice. My friends and colleagues noted they had spent a lot of time at Carlisle Bay in previous years. It was also featured by American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts and Amex's categories are usually on target. These were the reasons, I could not give this resort 4 or 5 stars: Overall, it seems that the management lacks leadership and staff seem somewhat disorganized and disinterested. The follow through on many little things were not there- here are some examples- I had to call a few times in order to secure reservations and recheck on reservations with the spa. We did not book a taxi from the hotel to the airport, but it appears they had one set up for us, without asking, charged the cost and did not give us a time for the pick up until I went to the front desk to inquire about it. We had to call on the front desk 3 times to take care of a flood in our bathroom and bathroom hallway. I didn't expect this in a 5 star rated hotel. We spoke to the front desk manager about these issues and she was indifferent. I left the survey for feedback about the hotel but never heard anything which was surprising. On another note, the resort is beautiful, the beaches are immaculate and the water is incredible. However, Carlisle Bay is remote and everything costs about $42 round trip via car-service from the hotel- a bit expensive to travel 15-25 minutes. Read less