Carlisle Bay

Antigua, Caribbean

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1066 reviews

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.

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, three-course dinner from the a 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 a 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.

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 2 children (up to and including 12 years) when booking All Inclusive for travel between 23 Apr-14 Dec '19 when booking a Beach Terrace Suite.

    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 '18/'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 closed 31 Aug-12 Oct '18 and 24 Aug-11 Oct '19.

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1066 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The View, The Beach, The Food

Feb 16, 2019 Thor13 Evanston, Illinois

The view, the beach, and the food are the strongest assets for the Carlisle. There several other things we enjoyed during our 3 night stay. The staff will go out of their way to assist you. All you have to do is stand still and look confused or uncertain and someone will not only help you but guide you to what you are looking for. Okay, then… Read more
The view, the beach, and the food are the strongest assets for the Carlisle. There several other things we enjoyed during our 3 night stay. The staff will go out of their way to assist you. All you have to do is stand still and look confused or uncertain and someone will not only help you but guide you to what you are looking for. Okay, then on to the a few minor problems. When receiving a tour of the facilities, our host pointed out the several places where food is served, but forgot to tell us it is best to make reservations and to point out not all food serving places were open every day. We ended up not being able to eat where we wanted to as a result. And although the food was excellent, the beef was over tenderized. The Carlisle does not offer transportation to and from the airport as do most other resorts on the island. They will provide a taxi at an additional cost of $47. We were there during Valentine’s Day and trying to make reservations was maddening as we were told conflicting information depending on who spoke to us last. After receiving a complimentary tennis lesson I was so impressed that I made arrangement for a private lesson. I had to re-schedule due to a severe case of diarrhea, but no one showed up. (The gift shop that supplied some drugs was not opened as scheduled.) I pass this off lightly though due to the excellent instruction given previously. In fact it was one of the highlights of our stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing beach and resort

Feb 12, 2019 gg-7 new york

Carlisle bay is the perfect bay on Antigua. Sand and water there are a 10 plus. Great restaurant on the beach. The resort is right on the beach and you are steps away from the sea. The resort is first rate.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing time and great stay for the 2nd time around!

Feb 7, 2019 Nova126 New York City, New York

I have to admit I find the tripadvisor reviews so helpful but contribute to so very few of them. I have traveled the world and have stayed at many hotels; what makes this place unique is the beautiful beach, amazing scenery, grounds, amenities, and more importantly, the management and staff. We loved this place so much, it was our second (and… Read more
I have to admit I find the tripadvisor reviews so helpful but contribute to so very few of them. I have traveled the world and have stayed at many hotels; what makes this place unique is the beautiful beach, amazing scenery, grounds, amenities, and more importantly, the management and staff. We loved this place so much, it was our second (and likely not our last) trip there. Unfortunately, our youngest son did not feel up to par for most of our trip so we did not take advantage of the kids club. I do want to stress that having one that starts at the age of 2 years old was one of the major selling points for us as parents of 2 young boys...I think it could provide a nice reprieve for parents out there who may feel like they need a little adult time during a family vacation. I don't want to scare off the adult vacationers out there, although the resort is very family friendly, there's an adults only section with an adults only restaurant to boot. We almost did not make this vacation. We had missed our flight to Antigua in early December. Frantically, at the airport on the day of our reserved car and stay, I called the hotel to let them know we were not able to make it and to see if they had availability the next week (the earliest flight possible) to determine whether it was worthwhile to rebook our flights at a substantial last minute premium. Management at Carlisle Bay became our white knight. In comparison to our two-hour logistical nightmare at the airport with two little ones in tow, the management and staff at Carlisle Bay made it so effortless for us. To our relief, they were able to offer us the same accommodations we booked without any cancellation fees or change in room rates. I fully recognize that the hotel did not have to do this, as cancellation fees are expressly stated when one makes a reservation (for that reason, there’s a booming travel insurance industry). Yet, I am eternally grateful as we were able to experience our vacation “as planned” without having to disappoint our sons. This and the level of service I received while on our vacation, were above and beyond expectations. A true hallmark of a quality resort. The only areas for improvement would be the lack of variety of food choices and availability of towels at the pool. There are only three restaurants available to families, other than room service. One restaurant, East, is not opened on a daily basis and is only offered in the evening. The other restaurant, Indigo, is opened daily, but its menu does not seem to change. I can see this being problematic for people staying longer than we did, as we were a little bored with our food our final meals there. One suggestion is to have rotating menus. I would also love to see more access to local cuisine. Other than that, we had a VERY FINE stay. We will be back! Read less
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Feb 6, 2019 KeithMakepeace Salcombe

Stunningly beautiful setting, with the best bay frontage in Antigua. I don’t know of a more idyllic beach offering this level of privacy, yet on an island with full facilities and lots to do. The only competition in The Caribbean tends to be on smaller islands and then you miss out on either the quality of hotel or they just dont have enough to… Read more
Stunningly beautiful setting, with the best bay frontage in Antigua. I don’t know of a more idyllic beach offering this level of privacy, yet on an island with full facilities and lots to do. The only competition in The Caribbean tends to be on smaller islands and then you miss out on either the quality of hotel or they just dont have enough to do. Lovely big rooms tastefully furnished and ever so comfortable. What is impressive is just how positive and charming the staff are. Carlisle Bay seems determined to get better still, with a fresh air of enthusiasm to ensure Carlisle Bay’s success as Antigua’s very best hotel from the friendliest of staff. They are not resting in their laurels, far from it, from my experience of a short visit this January. We look forward to a future visit. Read less
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Feb 5, 2019 Bertieandtags

Fabulous setting , idyllic ..one of the great places .. staff unfriendly and sevice unbelievably slow and uncaring ... no smiles . Lots of questions answered with ‘no’ .. eye wateringly expensive .. should be so much better ... Smile !!